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SCCPSS > Divisions > Data & Accountability > Instructional Technology > IT Blog

Technology Integration . . . Connecting the Dots


“Project-based learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying.” (

In the PBL model of learning, students show mastery of learning goals through their creation of many different types of end-products, such as experiments, videos, presentations, websites, displays, etc. Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products, as well as make their work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.

The Georgia Student Media Festival ( is a program that encourages project-based learning by providing a showcase for student work and feedback from educators and media professionals beyond the students’ own schools. Student media projects such as live action video, website design, animation and photography foster learning across the curriculum. Media production develops reading, writing and math skills, as well as increases the student’s ability to plan, analyze, and interpret results. Collaboration and leadership flourish through student media production.

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 learning environment. Georgia Standards of Excellence and ISTE Technology standards are met and surpassed in the exciting atmosphere of creativity cultivated through the use of student media projects. Future academic and employment opportunities increase in relationship to the rise in technological proficiency.

Every year hundreds of students in all grades in Georgia produce media projects and submit them for judging, first in local and then system festivals. Projects scoring 96 or higher advance to the Georgia Student Media Festival. Student Media Festival activities progress through three successive levels: building, system, and state. Entries must be evaluated at each level and receive a superior rating in order to proceed to the next level. 

Projects are judged for their excellence in production, writing, creativity, lighting, and impact using rubrics for each media type. The Georgia Student Media Festival does not pit one entry against another. Rather, it seeks to recognize a high quality of workmanship and thoughtfulness, and doesn’t simply award first, second, and third place.

SCCPSS Schools are encouraged to participate and may get more information about doing so by contacting Deborah Hargroves, or 912-604-9087
Here is a link to a presentation that can be shared with anyone who is interested in participating as a media producer or as a judge:

Dates for the Student Media Festival:
Suggested school-level judging by March 1, 2017
Registration for SCCPSS judging - March 8, 2017
SCCPSS Festival Judging - March 15, 2017 (SAA Performance Hall)
State Festival - April 28, 2017 (in Hinesville, GA)

Categories include:
Live Action Video
Sequential Stills

Link to SMF Entry Form:
VERY IMPORTANT: Please select File>Make a Copy to make a copy for your school -

Submitting your project to District-Level by March 13, 2017:

Create a folder in your Google drive for you to upload projects to share with

Naming of folder:

School Name-SMF Winners 2017

Naming of winning projects:

School name-project type-Grade level-Last name- first name of one of the producers


East Broad-Live Action-4-Smith-Michael

Numbers Do Tell a Story
Newsletters can serve several purposes: inform, motivate, update, spotlight- to name just a few. No matter the reason, it is important that each newsletter serves its purpose. 

The Instructional Technology Department's newsletter was created to serve several of the above mentioned purposes so why weren't people reading it?  After the first edition was sent out, disappointment in the numbers was evident - only a total of 338 views. Now that isn't bad, but our district numbers are huge in comparison! Discussions took place about possible causes of the low number: 
  • Is there a specific day that would yield higher results?
  • Were the emails correct?
  • Do recipients know what it is?
  • Did it go to Junk/Clutter?
  • Did recipients care?
These and many more questions were asked. We went about trying to eliminate as many roadblocks as possible which included 'White-listing' the site, checking the email setup within the application, reading about ways to increase readership, asking "Did you read the newsletter?",  and others. It was then time for the 2nd Edition to be issued. "What would the numbers look like?" 

Whew! Readership numbers increased, just not where we want them - yet. Again, brainstorming and problem solving took place. Adjustments were made and readership numbers again increased. We must be onto something now!
Editions 3, 4, 5, and 6 and higher and higher the numbers climbed. Our number story was developing. 

Numbers do tell a story! Our story began with 338 views and has grown as high as 3020 views. Teamwork, problem-solving and perseverance are the basis for our number story and it will continue to develop. Are we where we want to be in the story? Not yet - but well on our way thanks to you, our readers. If you are not a part of our story yet, it is not too late! Join our story by reading our latest 
Instructional Technology Newsletter
New Year, New Goal, New Tech!
Happy New Year!

So many articles and social media posts are focused on goal setting, habit forming, and general personal overhaul this week.  I'm joining in the barrage of posts, but to ask you this one question. What will technology integration look like in your classroom in 2017?  Will you focus on:
  • content delivery?
  • student engagement?
  • organization of online materials?
  • community communication?
  • project design?
  • connecting to a wider audience?
To help you decide, I'm sharing the International Society for Technology in Education's Standards for Students.  Choose one that resonates with your interests or TKES Goals then focus on gaining proficiency with that standard for the rest of the year.  Schedule a meeting with your IT Coach for support, ideas, and strategies to have the best technology integration experience ever! 
SCCPSS ITCs Present at Ga Educational Technology Conference (GaETC)


This past week (November 2-4, 2016) several colleagues and I went up to Atlanta because we were chosen to present at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference (#GaETC16). This is the first time any of us has presented at this conference. We all chose things we were passionate about so the process of preparing was very enjoyable.

Angela LaPlante presented Teacher’s on Twitter? You Betcha! Find Your Teacher Tribe Online,  Dru Piersol presented The Amazing Tech Race: Using Google Apps to Create a Collaborating Game-Like Experience, and I, Libby Miller, presented on EDpuzzle + YouTube=Interactive Formative Assessment.

We had packed our rooms with 50-100 participants. All of our sessions were interactive with educators around the state enjoying playing “games” and tweeting about their shared experiences.

We grew our Professional Learning Network (PLN) and we even had the privilege of speaking with educators we follow on social media. This is always a meet and interact personally with people we “follow." Members of our own PLN that we saw at GaETC were  @tonyvincent, @lesliefisher, @coolcatteacher, @Stumpteacher, @alicekeeler, @chriscraft, @catflippen, and @rmbyrne. I encourage you to “follow” these influential educators, as well.

We kept a Google Slide Presentation while in our different sessions for the duration of the event. We also Live streamed the Closing Keynote from Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) from our Facebook SCCPSSITC page @ (November 4 at 12:20pm). Please check out our notes from the various sessions we attended or presented. Finally, Google #GaETC16 to read the feed from many of the 4000 participants. You are likely to find some great resources for you, your class, and your students.
Shadow Puppet Edu and Seesaw...a beautiful integration!

We learn about tools and software all of the time. Some are worthwhile and some dwindle by the wayside. One factor that helps make tools stick is if they are able to integrate with other tools. An example is creating a lesson in goFormative or Zaption then sending directly from the source to Google Classroom. Teachers are able to save steps by the ease of technology tool integration.

Dru Piersol shared a blogpost about Seesaw on 3/24/2016 and now we have found a tool that integrates beautifully with Seesaw. It is Shadow Puppet Edu (available in the App Store). With Shadow Puppet Edu a student/teacher can select multiple items from their Camera Roll and narrate over each picture creating one video that can then be uploaded into their digital portfolio within Seesaw. The ultimate goal for students is to have a digital portfolio where they can bring static images to life with technology. Another added benefit is Seesaw also has a Parent App so work can also be shared with parents digitally.

Here is a wonderful step-by-step instruction guide for Shadow Puppet Edu using another powerful tool,

Stay tuned for more tech tools from #SCCPSSITC.
I didn't have the Internet when I was a Kid!
Parents and teachers alike learned in classrooms very different from the classrooms of 2016.  With the Internet and various devices available at school, children are learning about technology much faster than their parents. How do we keep up?
Student projects often require online research outside of the classroom.  How do you know if a site is reputable? How can you find one on your child's reading level?
With a few awesome resources in your back pocket, you'll be supporting your young learner with confidence!
Seesaw - Learning Journals

Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school.

Students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and is accessible to teachers from any device.

Student work can be shared with classmates, parents, or published to a class blog. Seesaw gives students a real audience for their work and offers parents a personalized window into their child's learning.


Learn More...

Understanding and Using Twitter #Hashtags in Education


A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase.” from

Teachers can create #hashtags for their classrooms and/or search for topics using #hashtags. (Example: Search for #edchat in your address bar: type #edchat twitter. Even if you do not already have an account, you will see the results of tweets that included the hashtag #edchat)

You can “follow” more than one #hashtag at a time using

Start with this list of educational #hashtags compiled by

Happy #Tweeting…...
Interested in going paperless? Try Go Formative!

Are you interested in a software tool that can help transform your existing documents into an interactive online experience? Well, Go Formative is the tool for you!

You can create questions from a PDF, Word document, or you can add your own questions and content. The best feature is you are able to get Live results in real-time! All you have to do is drag and drop your document into the website.

Check out the two video demonstrations on and give it a try today!

Top 10 EdTech Tools to Strengthen Relationships with Parents and Students
I'm totally stealing this blog post from the fabulously talented bloggers at Technology and Learning.  They are at the leading edge of EdTech integration and have great insight.  Their post about using technology to strengthen relationships and communication includes many tools already familiar to many district users. Use this as an opportunity to re-visit good practices, or embrace a new one.  
For those of you unfamiliar with Technology and Learning, I highly recommend that you follow them on Twitter @techlearning , or subscribe to the RSS feed of their blog. 
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