APS Students Win Big at the 2015 Georgia Student Media Festival
by Britney Morgan
“Student media projects such as video production and website design stimulate learning across the curriculum and are an effective tool to meet content, technology, and 21st century standards,” said Atlanta Public Schools Media Coordinator Warren Goetzel. “The Georgia Student Media Festival allows students to communicate and demonstrate what they are learning and thinking.”
On May 8, 2015, 29 projects from 14 APS schools were awarded the “Outstanding Media Production” award at the Georgia Student Media Festival (GSMF).
Ten APS projects also received the “Best in Show” award for receiving a perfect score of 100.
The purpose of the GSMF is to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production. Each year they celebrate outstanding student produced media projects by providing an opportunity for students to show their work to an interested audience, to have their work critiqued by a panel of expert judges, and to be stimulated by the work of other students.
All APS students are eligible and encouraged to participate. Projects can be submitted individually, as a group or as a class project. Many students create websites, blogs, animations, and other digital media on their own for submission. Students have until March each year to submit their work.
APS Media specialists throughout the district work collaboratively with classroom teachers and educational technology specialists to assist students in creating and submitting creative projects.
Some projects are developed in school technology clubs but more often they are an extension of classroom learning. The projects are frequently regular classroom assignments that involve the use of digital media.
“When the projects are fully integrated into classroom instruction the learning is more authentic,” said Goetzel.
Expressing pride in all the student media producers and their faculty sponsors, Goetzel said that the projects clearly show that our students are using vital 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
He thanks all of the teachers, media specialists, educational technology specialists, parents and others who assisted students with creating and submitting their projects.
Congratulations to all the Atlanta Public Schools Georgia Student Media Festival winners! See a list of the winning projects below.
|School||Sponsoring Teacher||Score||Project Title|
|Benteen||Stephens, Kia||98||All About the Planets|
|Benteen||Brightharp, Wilma||98||Susan B. Anthony : a Timeline|
|Benteen||Everett, C. P.||98||Telephone Timeline|
|Benteen||Stephens, Kia||98||Wacky Word Problems|
|Benteen||Stephens, Kia||96||Arts and Crafts With Lisette|
|Bolton Academy||Newell-Rich, Jennifer||100||Sinking Soda Surprise|
|Carver – Early College||Lewis, Sonja||100||Math tutorial for fractions|
|Deerwood||Ashley, Brian||96||The Adventures of Zion, Jeremiah, and Kyntin|
|Drew Charter||Mr. Richardson||96||Zack’s Video|
|Harper-Archer||Green, Letitia||98||GME: Acid Rain Edition|
|Harper-Archer||Green, Letitia||98||Road to Freedom|
|Lin||Rogers, Jenifer & Johnson, Zenobia||100||Road to Independence|
|Miles||Pamela-Faith Jackson||97||100 Years of Toys|
|Scott||Laura Woods||96||The Ram Review|
|South Atlanta – CAD||Taylor, Tokie||99||The Perfect Patriot|
|South Atlanta – CAD||Taylor, Tokie||96||A Battle Within|
|South Atlanta – CAD||Taylor, Tokie||100||Life Hack|
|South Atlanta – CAD||Ms. Katherine Davis||98||The Allegory of the Kingdom|
|Stanton, D.H.||Stephens, Kia||98||The Seed|
|Stanton, D.H.||Stephens, Kia||100||Cinderella Remix|
|Stanton, D.H.||Stephens, Kia||100||The Butterfly|
|Stanton, D.H.||Stephens, Kia||96||What Happened To My Dirty Socks?|
|Stanton, D.H.||Stephens, Kia||100||Things I Can Make With Shapes|
|Usher/Collier Heights||Vassell Mitchell, Debbie||100||Chemical Changes|
|Usher/Collier Heights||Vassell Mitchell, Debbie||97||Our Beats|
|West Manor||Mrs. Jamesa Hodge||100||Out of this World learning Blog|
|Young||Deborah Heard||100||All About Me|
|Young||Deborah Heard||98||All About Me|