School systems throughout Southwest Georgia took part in this annual event. This competition allowed students to showcase projects they created using media and digital technology resources. Students shared interactive blogs/posters, digital presentations, websites, documentaries, podcasts and videos they designed this school year.
In the K-2 division, students from Thomas County Schools swept the awards. Marnee Stone’s first-grade students from Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School won first place. Her students created a Glogster (an interactive online poster) called “Marnee’s Moon Explorers.” Within the interactive poster, students embedded digital books they created, an animation that was coded using ScratchJr pictures and videos. Representing her class at the competition were Sam Stewart, Khloe Barrow, Ashton Thomas, Samantha Knight and Xander Davis.
Vicki Warren’s second-grade students received second place. They created an interactive online poster about the state of Georgia. The students representing Warren’s class were Sophie Rehberg, Isabel Varas, Madison Holton, Sydney Butler and Amya Jones.
Third place went to Lynn Burton’s second-grade class from Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School. These students created an online presentation called “Future Explorers” that featured a trip on a space shuttle using green screen technology. Students in this group included Daniel Thompson, Adeline Finch, Graham Gaines, Kinley Reneau and Millie Wilson.
"I am extremely proud of all of our students who participated in the media festival,” said Sharonda Wilson, principal at Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School. “Our teachers and students work throughout the year to prepare for this event. Our teachers incorporate the use of technology in their daily instruction. I am overjoyed and pleased with the work of our students and teachers."