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All digital biography submissions are due by March 31, 2013 for consideration in Face2Face and Microsoft contest. Face2Face and Microsoft will select the best video stories and award winners in various categories (details to come).

All videos must:

  • Be between 3-6 minutes in length
  • Communicate any part of a biographical story of the chosen subject (suggested questions and ideas here)
  • Be free of swearing, or offensive/sensitive languages

Submissions can be:

  • Digital videos of any picture quality (smart phones, digital cameras, tablets,
  • Images paired with audio or text in a Powerpoint or slideshow format
  • Anything digital! If you have other ideas about different media you’d like to use, let us know

Release forms:

Two release forms must be signed upon submission of every Project Hero video, giving Face2Face permission to post the submitted video to the Face2Face Story Gallery and promote the video accordingly. These two forms include:

  • Participant release forms: Signed by the video’s subject as well as any other person who speaks in the submitted Project Hero video
  • Student release forms: Signed by any student who participated in the creation of the video. If students are under 18, the student release form must be signed by a parent or guardian of that student.

Technology has changed the way we do everything – including the way we learn. We understand that adapting digital technology in the classroom might be a challenge, so here are some excellent resources and tools to help you get started.

Technology in the classroom:

Using and editing video:

  • Windows Movie Maker: This free software will enable your class to edit videos, stream together photographs and add fun effects to their digital biographies. Download it here.
  • Vimeo Video School: Looking to challenge your class to create videos? The Vimeo Video School is a great resource for learning the basic of video, or expanding your skills to create fun and interesting projects.

If you're a teacher looking for an exciting project for your classroom that combines numerous learning benefits with creativity, community building and digital media, look no futher?

Join us to challenge your students to answer the question, “who’s your hero?”

The challenge

Have your class create digital biographies about people they admire in their communities – teachers, principals, parents, grandparents; we want to hear from them all!

Other schools have done this!  Check out their stories.

How it’s done

Challenge your students to work together in groups to select an individual in their community to be the star subject in their digital biography.

Encourage them to plan and capture their biography in a fun, creative way using whatever technological resources you have available in your classroom (videos, digital images, Powerpoints, audio).

Finally, submit your class’s projects to us and add to Canada's living history. 

Check out our sample project plan to learn more.

Learning benefits

This challenge is an opportunity to implement a hands on project in your class that:

  • Appeals to all types of students; academic, applied, and resource
  • Builds respect and compassion for members of the community and promotes community involvement and culture building
  • Challenges your students to use creative processes, problem solving skills and take innovative approaches to a challenge
  • Encourages the use of technology and new media to convey emotions, thoughts and details of a story
  • Develops storytelling, communication and new media skills
  • Promotes collaboration within a group to generate ideas and complete tasks

Why Face2Face?

Face2Face is a non-profit organization looking to capture and preserve the living history of Canadians in digital format. Our goal is to preserve Canadian culture and build compassion and appreciation for every Canadian’s story.

Get Started

Interested in taking part with your class? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll help you get started. Please browse our additional resources to learn more.

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We look forward to hearing from you. 

Who is this project for?

All classes and age ranges are welcome to submit videos but we think you'll probably like this project most if you are:

  • An English/French/Social studies teacher teaching grade 6-10
  • A grade 11-12 communications technology teacher or media teacher

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate.

How long will this project take?

We suggest a project timeline of four-six weeks. Please see our Sample Project Plan for the Classroom to learn more.

What kind of technology can my students use to capture their biographies?

Use of any digital technology is welcome and encouraged. Example mediums include and are not limited to:

  • Cell phones
  • Tablets
  • Camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Slideshows using images, audio, text etc

I've never done a project like this before. Are there any resources to help us implement this contest in our classrooms?

Definitely. Once you contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., you'll be connected with someone to provide you with support and answer any questions you have. We also have the following resources:

Is there any other free digital software or tools that will help me and my class complete this project?

Yes! We invite you to check out these wonderful resources and tools.


There is a wealth of information on the internet that can help you make your stories the best they can be. Here are some things that we recommend! 

Video Production

Check out Vimeo Video School to learn how you can improve your video creation skills.

Tips for Production

  • Take notes while you are filming about good/bad clips and their timing
  • Have the camera held at eye-level to the subject in most general cases
  • Know what you are going to talk about in advance
  • Use a tripod or flat surface to hold the camera still - it is best not to be holding a camera with your hands to avoid shakiness of the image
  • It doesn't matter if you are aiming to create a 2 minute Snippet or a 4-10 minute Mini-Biography, shoot for much longer so you have a variety of clips to use in your editing

Video Editing

There is lots of free editing software that can allow you to edit the videos you create into 2 minute Snippets, or 4-10 minute Mini-biographies. 

For Macs: iMovie is a free editing application that comes automatically with your Mac Software

For PCs: Windows Movie Maker is a free editing software that you can download here

Please, contact us if you have any questions, or suggestions for our Resources list.



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