Starting Wednesday, 12 September 2023, you will be participating in YOUCEE 2023. During the
opening of YOUCEE 2023, we expect you to give a 5 to 10-minute presentation. In that presentation,
you will introduce yourselves and your school, you will give an explanation of one war memorial, and
you will tell us what experiences you expect to gain, or what you expect to learn, in this week.
To sum it up: we expect your presentation to pay attention to:
Present your school to the other YOUCEE participants in a short vlog/video. Of course, nothing is
more fun for the others than to get an impression of the school that you go to! In your video/vlog,
you can give a tour of the school building, but perhaps an impression of a "regular" class day at your
school is even more fun to watch! However you choose to present your school, be as creative as you
In addition to presenting your school, also highlight one war memorial. You can do the presentation
and the introduction of the war memorial in a short film or as part of your vlog/video. Another
option is, of course, to present "your" war memorial in a PowerPoint, Prezie or poster presentation.
The Netherlands has over 3,900 war memorials. Some memorials pay tribute to a specific event or
person. Others are rather in general memory of World War II. For your presentation, choose one war
memorial that is related to the airborne troops/battle of Arnhem/Operation Market Garden. To get
an idea of what we expect, you can watch the following two videos:
On the following websites, you can find information on the various war memorials:
There is a lot of interesting information about war memorials. Possible points for attention for your
presentation could be:
Tips and tricks for the vlog/video
We have some tips and tricks for your vlog/video. If you use a vlog/video for the memorial as well as
for the presentation of your school, you can save the two in separate files. This may be handy given
the size for transmission and for recording/editing the videos. It is a nice touch to present your video
in a way that is personal and authentic. To tell the story yourselves. In the video, to 'take' the viewer
to a location and inside your school.
A creative ending to the video makes sure that the viewers will continue to think about your
vlog/video for a while or even remember it. A good final sentence goes back to the attention-getter
at the beginning of your video. We call this a "full-circle argument". This stylistic device brings the
video full circle. Another stylistic device is to make a powerful statement, wish or final sentence.
Of course, you should make sure that you can be properly heard/understood in the vlog/video, and
that there is no annoying background noise. Intelligibility can make or break your vlog/video. You can
have the most beautiful images, and you can have the most convincing smile on camera, but if the
sound is not right, your viewers will lose interest in no time at all. Mobile phones and most cameras
are equipped with internal microphones. If you use those, make sure they are not accidentally
covered. A separate microphone (for example those in the earphones/AirPods) will enhance
intelligibility in various situations, and may be handy, for example for outdoor filming. In addition to
sound, high-quality, steady images are also important and pleasant to watch. Finally, editing your
video is an important part of the process. If you edit your video well, you can secure the viewer's
attention. There are several programmes that you can use. Widely-used programmes are iMovie,
Adobe Premiere Pro, and Final Cut. Know that editing is a matter of practice - after some time, you
will see that you will get better and faster at it. If you don't want to reinvent the wheel yourself, you
can find numerous instruction videos and training courses online. For a little more effect, you can use
royalty-free background music and sound effects, for example
on https://freemusicarchive.org or https://soundcloud.com.
When editing, make sure that your vlog/video is not too long. Focus on your aim and your key
message. We expect the presentation of your school and a war memorial to be at least 5, but no
more than 10, minutes.
On behalf of the YOUCEE organization,