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April 25, 2007

2007 Film Festival

"Like the Oscars, but not lame"

--The George Lucas Foundation, Eudtopia Magazine

"This is the first and only Level 6 Technology Implementation I've seen in the country. This is the highest level of educational technology integration in the nation."

--Dr. Moersch, principal investigator and creator of the internationally-recognized LoTi (Level of Technology Implementation) Project, and Director and Co-Founder of the National Business Education Alliance

"A national treasure"

--Leslie Connery, Deputy CEO and Conference Chair for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)

"This is as good as anything I've ever seen."

--Patrice Weaver, Operations Manager for GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

"The Pied Piper of Educational Technology"

--Kathy Ishizuka, The School Library Journal

Schools of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation

Scholastic and Intel Corporation

2007 Event Pictures:  And the Winners Are...
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The 2007 Annual Mabry Film Festival, our 6th such event, was nothing short of a stunning success. In fact, this film festival was the best one yet. The festival was launched by Dr. Tim Tyson, Mabry's principal, six years ago as a means of propelling technology integration into engaging instructional activities for students. Mrs. Janet McCrary, retired Instructional Lead Teacher, and Mr. Chris Swanson, former Instructional Lead Teacher's hard work and dedication to this event has propelled it into an international model for excellence in technology integration.

This year's sold out, black tie event is like the Oscars for education. Student film maker teams arrived, in spectacular attire, to walk the red carpet to their pre-party celebratory events. Spot lights pierced the sky as, at 7:30PM, the enormous audience rose in complete silence to honor the men and women who defend our nation. Then, the celebrations began! The event was hosted from start to finish by our student emcees who introduced the nominees for each movie category and opened the eagerly anticipated envelopes. Each film, a two-minute short, was based on this year's festival theme: "Making Our World a Better Place."

Nothing is more exciting to our students than seeing such a large audience eagerly view their work with critical acclaim, than seeing and hearing the parents' and students' tremendous enthusiasm for each movie team's hard work in bringing big ideas to life on the big screen. And cheer they did! This year, in addition to the winning movie in each category, because of the generosity of the International Society for Technology in Education, commonly referred to as ISTE, an Apple iBook laptop computer and a Digital Video Camera was donated to a deserving student. Because of the generosity of Apple Incorporated, three students were awarded an 80 gigabyte video iPod. While not every student could take home the gold, all of the students who participated in this one-of-a-kind event are winners! Every single movie was a shining testimony to the bright hope of tomorrow: the sincere desire of our children to make the world a better place!

You may watch all of the movies from the film festival online through your browser by simply clicking on any image below. Each image links to the movies in that category. Or you can visit mTV (Mabry TV) to see not only these movies, but many digital media products from previous years.

My heart-felt thanks to the many, many people who helped make this event the most extraordinary educational celebration children can experience!

To view the different movies nominated in each category, click on the category links below. QuickTime 7 must be installed properly on your computer (Windows or Mac). If a movie was nominated in more than one category, the full movie only appears in its entirety in the first category in which it played the night of the Film Festival.

Teaching-Learning Documentary Sound
Dramtic-Comedy Teaching-Learning Cinematography

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Quicktime 7 required.

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Posted by Tim Tyson at 04:02 PM

April 09, 2007

Mabry Band Accepts Invitation to Perform for The Midwest Clinic!

The Mabry Middle School Band was invited to audition for The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference which is certainly one of the most prestigious school music honors in the United States. Performance at the conference is by invitation only. Our band students and teachers work very hard and are among the very best middle school bands in the country.

Being requested to audition and then accepted to perform at Midwest next December is an extraordinary and rare honor for a middle school band. I am just astounded! Congratulations to these students and teachers!

Below we are including two audio podcasts from their recent recording session. These are among the recordings included in their audition package. To listen to each podcast in your browser, simply click on each link.

Among the Clouds
Miss Liberty

Congratulations students and teachers. We are very proud of you!

Posted by Tim Tyson at 12:34 AM

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