By: Erica Fatima
Recently, the Georgia Student Media Festival (GSMF) awarded 28 projects from 13 APS schools the prestigious 2016 Outstanding Media Production award. Additionally, four APS projects were bestowed the revered Best In Show award for receiving a perfect score of 100. Lastly, Autumn Allen’s (Adamsville Primary) project was granted the State Elementary GALILEO Award.
Since 1976, the Georgia Student Media Festival has supported and celebrated efforts to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production from grades K-12. Student media projects such as live action video, website design, animation and photography foster learning across the curriculum and the GSMF festival provides an outlet for students to showcase their work.
Dr. Warren Goetzel, APS Media Services Coordinator said, “Student-driven project based learning is vital for today’s students to attain the 21st century skills needed to be successful in our rapidly changing technology-based learning and work environments. The GSMF is a perfect avenue for APS students to master the 4 C’s of 21st century learning: collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.”
In classrooms across the globe, teachers and students are working together to infuse technology into their learning landscape. At the elementary and middle school levels, reading comprehension, writing and math skills are developed while producing these technologically advanced projects. High school students increase their ability to plan, analyze, and interpret results. Furthermore, cooperation and leadership flourish where student media is encouraged. Future academic and employment opportunities increase in relationship to the rise in technological proficiency. Student-created media, through its involvement in the world of computers, video, sound and photography, is a proven avenue to increasing student participation in the classroom.
See the list of winning APS projects: APS GSMF Winners
Overall, 93 projects from 22 APS schools were submitted to the 2016 GSMF. The 28 award winners and their sponsors will receive a custom, personalized plaque and all participants will receive GSMF certificates.
Congratulations to all of the 2016 GSMF student and teacher winners!