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2007 Best Teaching & Learning (VP)

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the 6th Annual Mabry Film Festival. We begin our evening extravaganza with students from the Mabry Orchestra performing Celtic Fiddle Tune. Please welcome our Celtic Fiddlers!

Orchestra performs: “Celtic Fiddle Tune”

In May of 2001 Mabry Middle School held our first Film Festival. We did something really new: All of our movies were produced on the computer. At that time we did not realize that this simple idea, to have students and teachers use more technology in class, would lead Mabry Middle School to set the standard for technology innovation in public schools.

As a result of this plan, last year Mabry was awarded Scholastic and Intel Corporation’s prestigious School of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation, an award that brought over a quarter million dollars worth of technology to our school. Amazingly, by leveraging connectivity through the iTunes store and MabryOnline.org’s Podcast Central, our students’ and teachers’ work has been seen all over the world.

Our website has served up over 300 gigabytes of data to users the world over. And this figure does not include a single digital media file! We have actually received emails from every continent on earth. And hundreds of visitors from all over the United States as well as the United Kingdom, the Republic of Georgia (the former Soviet Union), and Australia have come to Mabry to see how we accomplish the amazing work we do with digital media. Tonight we have the privilege and the pleasure to present to you the 6th Annual Mabry Middle School Film Festival.

Tonight we celebrate our theme: “Making Our World a Better Place.”

Best Teaching & Learning

Our first category for the evening is Best Teaching and Learning. The objective for these movies was to create a movie that would be the best representation of curricular significance.

The nominees are:
• Clase de Español
• Immigration Past and Present
• Who Is An American
• Who Lives and Who Dies


posted on: April 26, 2007

2007 Best Documentary (VP)

I am not sure that people realize what a distinguished panel of judges we have used over the years, people who work in the communications and media industry in television, cable, and film, as well as people in technology, education, and even the state department of education. During the judging this year, one of the judges asked “How do your students and teachers do it? They just get better and better when I think they can’t get any better!”

The movies in our next category, the Documentary, were to strive to be the best presentation of political, social, or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner.

The nominees for Best Documentary are:
• Adoption
• Frankengenes
• Is It You?
• Living Hope
• Nothing But Nets
• Through Technology 6th Graders Can Change the World


posted on: April 26, 2007

2007 Best Editing (VP)

The movie-makers in the Best Editing category did an excellent job of putting together all of the elements of the movie to create the finished product. They accomplished the difficult task of making it all come together in a way that goes beyond just making sense to telling a compelling story.

Many times this includes adding still pictures, special sound editing, special effects, titles and transitions in addition to importing their footage. Editing on the computer requires skill and patience.

And the nominees are:
• Do You Have Religious Freedom
• Frankengenes
• Girls Got Game
• Music Our Bond
• Nothing But Nets
• Who Lives and Who Dies

posted on: April 26, 2007

2007 Best Screenplay (VP)

The screenplay is the story. Each movie has no more than 2 minutes to make a compelling point. If you don’t think writing a short screenplay is difficult, you just haven’t tried it before.

The screenplay has to sell the concept, the one main point of the movie, to the audience. It requires extensive research, writing, editing, rewriting, and group collaboration.

The nominees for Best Screenplay are:
• Adoption
• Immigration Past and Present
• Frankengenes
• Nothing But Nets
• Through Technology 6th Graders Can Change the World
• Who Lives and Who Dies


posted on: April 26, 2007

2007 Best Cinematography (VP)

The movie-makers in the Best Cinematography category did an excellent job with the overall visual impact of their film: lighting, composition and camera angles, photography, and framing. They did an exceptional job of making sure that the visual information in their movie told their story well. This year, Dr. Tyson challenged us to shoot our own footage and not rely so much on still images found on the internet.

Perhaps as a result, more than any previous year, more of our movies include some really great footage that was actually shot by our students. Some movies even incorporated footage from the operating room at Emory University and footage shot in South America specifically for their movie.

Our students used interesting visuals, camera angles, and made their footage look very professional.

And the nominees are:
• Communication with Technology
• Decisions
• Do You Have Religious Freedom
• Frankengenes
• Music Our Common Bond
• Through Technology 6th Graders Can Change the World

posted on: April 26, 2007

2007 Best Picture Category (VP)

Special Recognition
We would like to take just a moment tonight to celebrate the theme for our film festival this year: Making Our World a Better Place. This year we wanted to take what we learn in our classes and use that to make our world better. Making the movies to show you tonight is a tremendous amount of very hard work. Making these movies make a difference is even more challenging.

Taking what we have learned in school to the big screen in the hope that it will cause everyone in our audience to help us all make our world a better place is what this festival is all about! It takes very special people with very special gifts to be able to go from an idea to a real finished product.

For the past five years, we have been privileged to enjoy a very special collaboration with a real genius, an actual director and producer in the commercial film industry who has done just that: guided us in taking our ideas to the bring screen, turning them into the finished products that you see tonight. His genius is his amazing ability to help each team of students shape their ideas, to focus on making one compelling point as powerfully as we can possibly make it.

He gives each team of students his professional advice, which we can choose to take or not. Each movie team gets to spend about 20 minutes with him 6 times throughout the course of our 5 month project. So not only is he a genius, but he is also amazingly generous with his time. Dr. Tyson says that Mr. Ciralante is not a person; he’s an energy field. He takes time out from his busy production schedule to freely give his professional guidance to the students of Mabry to help us make our world a better place.

We will present a small token of our appreciation, a $50 gift certificate to the iTunes store for him or his son. While Mr. Ciralante could not be with us tonight, we wanted to publically say, “Thank you, Mr. Ciralante.”

iPod Awards
The iPod is such a powerful media player device. I love mine! I love listening to all of my music on it. But when Apple announced the video iPod, it got even more outrageously cool! Dr. Tyson will place all of the movies in each category of the Film Festival on our website in Podcast Central. That means, that in the next few days, anyone in the world will be able to download the movies you have seen tonight from the iTunes Store or from MabryOnline’s Podcast Central!

To think that every movie seen tonight will be in global distribution–that’s just amazing! Anyone, anywhere in the world can watch our movies on their computer and can even download them onto their video iPods. NAM: So tomorrow morning someone riding on the Tube in London might be watching our movies!

That’s just way cool! And because of the generosity of Apple Incorporated, who is donating 3, 80 gigabyte video iPods to Mabry Middle School, three Mabry students are about to win a state of the art video iPod. So they will be able to download all of our movies, including their own, onto their new video iPod!

The judges selected three movies they thought should receive the iPods. The students on each team then selected which student would win the iPod if their movie was selected by the judges.

Best Picture Category
The most coveted category award is winning the Best Picture Category. The criteria for this category is to combine all of the elements of the movie to bring a powerful emotional impact that convincingly conveys a significant message, leaving a lasting impression.

But before we announce the winner for the Best Picture category, we will not only watch each of the movies that have been nominated for this coveted category, we will hear some very brief comments from each team about the movie they made. You will hear that each team of students gives great thought and care to the product they produce. They sincerely want to make our world a better place.

Final Award
And we have one final award made possible by the generous sponsorship of a very prestigious organization. The International Society for Technology in Education, commonly referred to as ISTE, hosts an annual international technology conference attended by over 20,000 educators from around the world.

That conference, the National Educational Computing Conference, is actually being held here in Atlanta this summer, and the closing keynote presentation will be Dr. Tyson and selected Mabry students talking about this very film festival you are attending tonight. That’s an incredible honor that recognizes our students’ exemplary work.

Leslie Connery, Deputy CEO and Conference Chair for ISTE has called our film festival “a national treasure” and wants educators the world over to know about it. ISTE has therefore chosen to be one of our Mabry Movie Academy sponsors and has donated an Apple MacBook and a Mini Digital Video Camera to be awarded to a single student tonight.

For this unbelievable award, the judges could select any movie from all of the movies submitted in the film festival to receive this amazing gift. Each team had to select the one student on their team that would win the computer and digital video camera should their movie be selected by the judges.

Conclusion
The Mabry Film Festival is an incredible event that has earned our school prestigious international recognition. We hope that our movies tonight have challenged you to make our world a better place. It sounds like such a difficult thing to do. But it’s really fairly easy. Simply be nice to the people around you. Help others. Go that extra step to attain your personal best.

Several of our movie teams wish to solicit donations from you tonight, including your bodies organs! We encourage you to stop by their tables, or take their fliers, as you leave and consider how you can help them attain their goal to make our world a better place.

It has been our pleasure to be your hosts this evening. Thank you for coming, and goodnight.

posted on: April 26, 2007

Jekyll Island Podcast: The Maritime Forest and Boneyard Beach (VP)

Our 7th grade students spent last week on a science expedition on Jekyll Island, exploring the marine habit and ecosystems. Not only did they have a tremendous amount of fun, but they attended classes in the field, studying:

  • The Slouth
  • The Maritime Forest
  • The Beach
  • The Marsh
  • The Dock
  • Herpetology
  • Endangered Species

The depth of understanding acquired by our students by seeing, feeling, and holding first hand is difficult to match. Be sure to visit the Jekyll Island, 2007 blog at the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative. You will find hundreds and hundreds of pictures of the students in their classes.

While on the island, student created short video podcasts of their experiences. This podcast highlights the maritime forest, also known as Boneyard Beach. You can download it to your computer (for your video iPod) by clicking on the picture below, or you can watch it in your browser window by clicking on this link.

posted on: March 15, 2007

Jekyll Island Podcast: The Marsh (VP)

Our 7th grade students spent last week on a science expedition on Jekyll Island, exploring the marine habit and ecosystems. Not only did they have a tremendous amount of fun, but they attended classes in the field, studying:

  • The Slouth
  • The Maritime Forest
  • The Beach
  • The Marsh
  • The Dock
  • Herpetology
  • Endangered Species

The depth of understanding acquired by our students by seeing, feeling, and holding first hand is difficult to match. Be sure to visit the Jekyll Island, 2007 blog at the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative. You will find hundreds and hundreds of pictures of the students in their classes.

While on the island, student created short video podcasts of their experiences. This podcast highlights the marsh. You can download it to your computer (for your video iPod) by clicking on the picture below, or you can watch it in your browser window by clicking on this link.

posted on: March 15, 2007

Jekyll Island Podcast: The Slough (VP)

Our 7th grade students spent last week on a science expedition on Jekyll Island, exploring the marine habit and ecosystems. Not only did they have a tremendous amount of fun, but they attended classes in the field, studying:

  • The Slouth
  • The Maritime Forest
  • The Beach
  • The Marsh
  • The Dock
  • Herpetology
  • Endangered Species

The depth of understanding acquired by our students by seeing, feeling, and holding first hand is difficult to match. Be sure to visit the Jekyll Island, 2007 blog at the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative. You will find hundreds and hundreds of pictures of the students in their classes.

While on the island, student created short video podcasts of their experiences. This first podcast highlights the slough. You can download it to your computer (for your video iPod) by clicking on the picture below, or you can watch it in your browser window by clicking on this link.

posted on: March 13, 2007

Jekyll Island Podcast: The Beach (VP)

Our 7th grade students spent last week on a science expedition on Jekyll Island, exploring the marine habit and ecosystems. Not only did they have a tremendous amount of fun, but they attended classes in the field, studying:

  • The Slouth
  • The Maritime Forest
  • The Beach
  • The Marsh
  • The Dock
  • Herpetology
  • Endangered Species

The depth of understanding acquired by our students by seeing, feeling, and holding first hand is difficult to match. Be sure to visit the Jekyll Island, 2007 blog at the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative. You will find hundreds and hundreds of pictures of the students in their classes.

While on the island, student created short video podcasts of their experiences. This podcast highlights the beach. You can download it to your computer (for your video iPod) by clicking on the picture below, or you can watch it in your browser window by clicking on this link.

posted on: March 13, 2007

Jekyll Island Podcast: Dock Studies (VP)

Our 7th grade students spent last week on a science expedition on Jekyll Island, exploring the marine habit and ecosystems. Not only did they have a tremendous amount of fun, but they attended classes in the field, studying:

  • The Slouth
  • The Maritime Forest
  • The Beach
  • The Marsh
  • The Dock
  • Herpetology
  • Endangered Species

The depth of understanding acquired by our students by seeing, feeling, and holding first hand is difficult to match. Be sure to visit the Jekyll Island, 2007 blog at the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative. You will find hundreds and hundreds of pictures of the students in their classes.

While on the island, student created short video podcasts of their experiences. This podcast highlights dock studies. You can download it to your computer (for your video iPod) by clicking on the picture below, or you can watch it in your browser window by clicking on this link.

posted on: March 13, 2007

Jekyll Island Podcast: Reptiles and Amphibians (VP)

Our 7th grade students spent last week on a science expedition on Jekyll Island, exploring the marine habit and ecosystems. Not only did they have a tremendous amount of fun, but they attended classes in the field, studying:

  • The Slouth
  • The Maritime Forest
  • The Beach
  • The Marsh
  • The Dock
  • Herpetology
  • Endangered Species

The depth of understanding acquired by our students by seeing, feeling, and holding first hand is difficult to match. Be sure to visit the Jekyll Island, 2007 blog at the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative. You will find hundreds and hundreds of pictures of the students in their classes.

While on the island, student created short video podcasts of their experiences. This podcast highlights reptiles and amphibians. You can download it to your computer (for your video iPod) by clicking on the picture below, or you can watch it in your browser window by clicking on this link.

posted on: March 13, 2007

Mabry Band Auditions with Miss Liberty

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. Congratulations to them for earning this distinguished honor.

This second podcast from their recent recording session is a recording of their performance of Miss Liberty. These podcasts are among the recordings included in their audition package. To listen to each podcast in your browser, simply click on each link.

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

posted on: March 13, 2007

Mabry Band Auditions with Among the Clouds

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. Congratulations to them for earning this distinguished honor.

This first podcast from their recent recording session is a recording of their performance of Among the Clouds. These podcasts are among the recordings included in their audition package. To listen to each podcast in your browser, simply click on each link.

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

posted on: March 13, 2007

Mabry Orchestra Performs with Barrage! (VP)

The Mabry Middle and Lassiter High School Orchestras recently had the opportunity to perform with the internationally-renowned Barrage! This multi-talented string ensemble performs an eclectic repertoire (music, song, and dance) of high-octane, energy-fueled music from varied genre, including jazz, folk, and contemporary world music designed to inspire string students the world over to practice and enjoy stringed music on steroids.

11Alive featured a news story on the Barrage performance and their joint performance with our students. 11Alive graciously granted permission for us to post two podcasts on our website: their news story about the event, and our students' performance with Barrage! Enjoy!

This podcast features the Mabry Orchestra performing with Barrage. If you wish to watch the podcast in your browser, you may do so at this link. To download the podcast to your computer so you can put it on your video iPod, simply click on the picture below.

posted on: March 13, 2007

Mabry Orchestra in the News (VP)

The Mabry Middle and Lassiter High School Orchestras recently had the opportunity to perform with the internationally-renowned Barrage! This multi-talented string ensemble performs an eclectic repertoire (music, song, and dance) of high-octane, energy-fueled music from varied genre, including jazz, folk, and contemporary world music designed to inspire string students the world over to practice and enjoy stringed music on steroids.

11Alive featured a news story on the Barrage performance and their joint performance with our students. 11Alive graciously granted permission for us to post two podcasts on our website: their news story about the event, and our students' performance with Barrage! Enjoy!

This podcast is the 11Alive News story about the event. If you wish to watch the podcast in your browser, you may do so at this link. To download the podcast to your computer so you can put it on your video iPod, simply click on the picture below.

posted on: March 13, 2007

Technology Celebration K-5 (VP)

Recently I visited one of our feeder elementary schools, Davis Elementary, who was just named a Georgia School of Excellence. I was delighted to have the opportunity to be on their campus as this exciting honor was announced to their students, staff, and community. While on the campus, I was incredibly impressed with the level of technology integration in their curriculum--even in the kindergarten classes!

I asked Davis' principal, Mrs. Brink, if I could return with a middle school film crew to create a podcast of the amazing work these teachers and children are doing as they prepare for Mabry Middle School. This podcast is the product of that visit. Special thanks to Rebecca, Grant, and Chandler, the three eighth grade Mabry students who filmed and edited this project.

posted on: February 27, 2007

Life Science Students Study Genetic Transformations (VP)

Our seventh grade Life Science students have learned about transgenics: the process of extracting genetic material from one organism and inserting it into another. In this podcast they clearly describe the scientific process of this experiment in which they extracted a DNA plasmid from a jellyfish and inserted it into the DNA of a bacteria. They grew this new microorganism in the lab, designing a new species of bacteria which manufactures a protein that fluoresces under UV light, indicating that the new DNA had been successfully inserted into the DNA of the bacteria.

Our students are getting an authentic look at how genetic scientists are using new technologies to create treatments (and hopefully someday even cures) for diseases such as diabetes, hemophilia, and sickle cell anemia to name a few.

Did you learn this in your 7th grade science curriculum?!


Or you can click on this link to watch this podcast in your browser!

posted on: January 17, 2007

Piggy Week (VP)

Seventh grade Life Science students have been busy studying body systems and anatomy. This podcast by Mrs. Larkin and her students shows her students highly engaged in learning.


Or you can click on this link to watch this podcast in your browser.

posted on: January 17, 2007

Celebrating a Birthday

Students in Mrs. Kaplan's 8th grade Language Arts class studied a collection of works by Edgar Allan Poe. In this podcast, Thomas' opening sentence sums up the quality of this student project: "Welcome to Mrs. Kaplan's class' literary theatre..."

And theatre it is!

We post this podcast now as a celebration of the author's birthday, which happens to be in just 2 days: Friday, January 19, 1809.

Student producers: Collin and Kyle
Student readers: Caitlin, Jillian, Kristen, Kyle, and Lance
Student Narrator: Thomas


posted on: January 17, 2007

Mabry Helps Children in Peru (VP)

Mrs. Miceli is one of Mabry's sixth grade Social Studies teachers. Her sister and her husband (Karen & Paul Whitley) are missionaries who work in Peru. They have actively been working to raise funds to help build an orphanage in San Francisco, Peru. Before they left for their most recent trip back to Peru, Mrs. Whitley asked Mrs. Miceli if her classes would like to collect crayons and coloring books for the orphans, who are of Incan decent. As Mabry 6th grade students will be studying about Peru and the Incans, Mrs. Miceli thought this would be a great project for her students to accept, giving her students a firsthand experience with the people of Peru.

Mrs. Miceli is so proud of her students. Their response was wonderful. They got to make a direct contribution to the people in a country they will study. And, for them to give up their Halloween candy for the orphans was an added bonus. This podcast features several Mabry students' reflections on what they saw and learned as a result of their contribution.

You can also learn more about this project at this link at the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative.

posted on: January 10, 2007

Mr. Howard's Students Make Mabry Ad (VP)

My Howard's students completed this clever little 1 minute enhanced podcast about Mabry Middle School. Enjoy!


posted on: November 06, 2006

Japan Global Collaborative Begins (VP)

Dr. Tyson is traveling to Japan as a guest of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund. As part of his 19 day itinerary, he will be visiting many places: Tokyo, Fukuoka, Arao, and Tamana to name a few. He will visit several schools in Arao in the Kumamoto Prefecture, learning about the culture and educational system of Japan, and sharing his travels with his 7th grade students here at Mabry (as well as students all over the world) who study this country. We look forward to exchanging information between our schools and countries.

This podcast introduces this project.


posted on: October 02, 2006

Most Eggcellent Eggsperiment (VP)

Seventh grade Life Science @ Mabry continues to rock...or, um... egg. As a part of this major unit on cells, students were learning about cellular transportation through osmosis and diffusion. The students used eggs to parallel or model an animal cell. For 6 days they added solutions of varying water concentrations to observe the effects on the eggs' mass and circumference. The eggs could lose or gain mass based on the properties of the solution in which they soaked.

Take just a few minutes to sense the eggcitement of learning in science!


posted on: September 25, 2006

Microscope Mania Sweeps 7th Grade Science (VP)

Mrs. Larkin and her students made this video podcast to show us all of the engaging learning experiences they had with their unit on microscopes. You can also view this video podcast in your browser at this link.


posted on: August 31, 2006

Gummy Bears Teach Scientific Method (VP)

Gummy Bears were used in 7th grade Life Science to teach students the scientific method. This video podcast by Mrs. Kulkarni and her students is an overview of the lesson, procedures, vocabulary, and knowledge Mrs. Kulkarni's students learned. You can also view this video podcast in your browser at this link.


posted on: August 31, 2006

GIA Agents Conduct Global Investigations (VP)

Mrs. Glenn's 7th grade G.I.A. (Glenn's Intelligence Agency) agents begin their global investigations. Learn about what 7th grade social studies is up to @ Mabry!

You can also watch this podcast in your browser at this link.


posted on: August 24, 2006

Science Rocks @ Mabry (VP)

Mrs. Larkin's 7th grade science students learn about the scientific method through an experiment with Gummy Bears. Learn all about the scientific method and their findings.

You can also watch Mrs. Larkin's students' podcast in your browser at this link.


posted on: August 24, 2006

La Famille

The French classes did a class project: La Famille (the family). In this podcast, Chanel describes her family in pictures, writing, and with the podcast, orally. The project was first created as an iPhoto album, converted into a movie, and, finally, developed into a video podcast in which you hear Chanel introduce you to her family. Enjoy!


posted on: May 15, 2006

Top Mabry Readers Take Home Nano and Shuffles

Georgia state law requires each middle school student reads 25 books each year. The majority of our Mabry students greatly exceed that goal. Hundreds read over 50 books, and many students even came close to 300 books read and documented in 1 year!

This podcast features the top reader in each grade level. Of these three students, the one (Katherine, 8th grade) with the highest number of books read and correctly documented on the Mabry reading logs received an iPod Nano. The second highest (Wade, 6th grade) received a 240 song Shuffle. And the third highest (Chelsea, 7th grade) received a 120 song Shuffle.

Listen to these students talk about their reading, their favorite books and authors, and how to pick interesting books.

Winner2Winner1Winner3
(Katherine, Wade, and Chelsea)


posted on: May 14, 2006

Mission Possible I

On May 3rd, in Podcast Central, I published Mission Possible. Our objective was to award an iPod Nano to the student whose essay, designed to help students excel at Mabry next year, was the best. The contest was so close we just had to have three winners! An iPod Nano was awarded to Katie (pictured). Two students, Katie1Gretchen and Kyle, tied for second place just just one point less than Katie!

This podcast, by Katie, is the first in the series, Mission Possible, from our three winners. Students and parents both, listen carefully to Katie's excellent advice on how to achieve our school goal. If you follow her advice, I guarantee you will have even greater success at Mabry! We are making each of these mp3 podcasts so the students can actually download themselves into their new iPods!

Congratulations to all of the students who participated. Everyone submitted excellent entries!


posted on: May 14, 2006

Mission Possible IIa

Kyle1On May 3rd, in Podcast Central, I published Mission Possible. Our objective was to award an iPod Nano to the student whose essay, designed to help students excel at Mabry next year, was the best. The contest was so close we just had to have three winners! An iPod Nano was awarded to Katie. Two students, Gretchen and Kyle (pictured), tied for second place, each with just one point less than Katie!

This podcast, by Kyle, is the third in the series, Mission Possible, from our three winners. Students and parents both, listen carefully to Kyle's description of our school programs and his excellent advice on how to achieve our school goal. If you follow his advice, I guarantee you will have even greater success at Mabry! We are making each of these mp3 podcasts so the students can actually download themselves into their new iPods!

Congratulations to all of the students who participated. Everyone submitted excellent entries!

posted on: May 14, 2006

Mission Possible IIb

Gretchen1On May 3rd, in Podcast Central, I published Mission Possible. Our objective was to award an iPod Nano to the student whose essay, designed to help students excel at Mabry next year, was the best. The contest was so close we just had to have three winners! An iPod Nano was awarded to Katie. Two students, Gretchen (pictured) and Kyle, tied for second place, each with just one point less than Katie!

This podcast, by Gretchen, is the second in the series, Mission Possible, from our three winners. Students and parents both, listen carefully to Gretchen's excellent advice on how to achieve our school goal while maintaining active involvement in sports. If you follow her advice, I guarantee you will have even greater success at Mabry! We are making each of these mp3 podcasts so the students can actually download themselves into their new iPods!

Congratulations to all of the students who participated. Everyone submitted excellent entries!

posted on: May 14, 2006

Third Nine Weeks Student Art Work (VP)

We love to post student work at Mabry, and our Art teacher probably puts more student work up on bulletin boards around the school than anyone else. The work our students produce is so beautiful, she eagerly shares it with everyone in our school community.

But why not share it to a much broader audience? This third video podcast of student art work at our school is posted to our new Worldwide Bulletin Board. Now our students can share their work with their friends and relatives all over the world!

Enjoy!

posted on: May 03, 2006

Second Nine Weeks Student Art Work (VP)

We love to post student work at Mabry, and our Art teacher probably puts more student work up on bulletin boards around the school than anyone else. The work our students produce is so beautiful, she eagerly shares it with everyone in our school community.

But why not share it to a much broader audience? This second video podcast of student art work at our school is posted to our new Worldwide Bulletin Board. Now our students can share their work with their friends and relatives all over the world!

Enjoy!

posted on: May 03, 2006

Mabry's Band Festival Performance Three

Band in Washington
The music program at Mabry is widely respected. Our students and their teachers work very hard to attain a level of mastery and artistic expression rarely found among students this age. I have often bragged on their dedication and hard work as well as their commitment to making our world a better place by creating exemplary expressions of beauty.

With great pleasure and pride, I present this third of three podcasts of our 8th grade band's performance at the District 12 Middle School band Festival--Awakening Hills by Richard Saucedo. The band received superior ratings and "A"s from all 8 judges. Mr. Alfred Watkins, head band director at Lassiter High School, stated that this was the best middle school band performance he has ever heard.

Pause a moment and enjoy!

posted on: May 03, 2006

Mabry's Band Festival Performance Two

Band in Washington
The music program at Mabry is widely respected. Our students and their teachers work very hard to attain a level of mastery and artistic expression rarely found among students this age. I have often bragged on their dedication and hard work as well as their commitment to making our world a better place by creating exemplary expressions of beauty.

With great pleasure and pride, I present this second of three podcasts of our 8th grade band's performance at the District 12 Middle School band Festival--As Summer Was Just Beginning by Larry Daehn. The band received superior ratings and "A"s from all 8 judges. Mr. Alfred Watkins, head band director at Lassiter High School, stated that this was the best middle school band performance he has ever heard.

Pause a moment and enjoy!

posted on: May 03, 2006

Mabry's Band Festival Performance One

Band in Washington
The music program at Mabry is widely respected. Our students and their teachers work very hard to attain a level of mastery and artistic expression rarely found among students this age. I have often bragged on their dedication and hard work as well as their commitment to making our world a better place by creating exemplary expressions of beauty.

With great pleasure and pride, I present this first of three podcasts of our 8th grade band's performance at the District 12 Middle School band Festival--Normandy Beach March by John Edmonson. The band received superior ratings and "A"s from all 8 judges. Mr. Alfred Watkins, head band director at Lassiter High School, stated that this was the best middle school band performance he has ever heard.

Pause a moment and enjoy!

posted on: May 03, 2006

2006 Best Teaching & Learning

In May of 2001, we held our first Film Festival. That year, we did something that was really new: We made movies that were completely produced on the computer. At that time we did not realize that this simple idea, to have students and teachers use more technology in class, would lead Mabry Middle School to set the standard for technology innovation in public schools for the entire United States.

The power of ideas! The idea was simple. The idea was transformational.

The power of this little idea led us to receive the prestigious Schools of Distinction Award for Technology Innovation from Scholastic and Intel Corporation. Because of this national recognition, Mabry has had over 200 visitors come to our school from all over the nation to learn about what we do. Magazine articles have been written in professional journals about us. And our school even received over a quarter of a million dollars in grants and technology donations.

Mabry actually competed against over 3,600 schools around the nation that applied for the award. We were even competing in the high school division. Because of this innovative use of technology for learning, the film festival, we won!

Tonight we have the privilege and the pleasure to welcome you to the 5th Annual Mabry Middle School Film Festival. Tonight we celebrate our theme: “The Power of Ideas–-Stories From Our Studies.”

Our first category for the evening is Best Teaching and Learning. The objective for these movies was to create a movie that would be the best representation of curricular significance.

The nominees in this category are:

  • The Dark Side of Chocolate
  • Generation of Conscience
  • History Remembers
  • Inventions--Ideas of How We Work and Play
  • You Must Be the Change


Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Best 6th & 7th Grade Indi

From the very first year, students who were not participating on a school team for the Best Picture category still wanted to submit movies. The Independent Film category was born.

This year, in the Independent Film category, one 6th grade movie, one 7th grade movie, and one 8th grade movie will each take home the gold. Since there are so many Independent movies to show, we will begin by showing the 6th and 7th grade films first. After we have shown the 8th grade films later tonight, we will then announce which movie won in each grade level.

And because of the generous gift of an anonymous donor, a 4th award will be given to one of the Independent Films: a 60 gigabyte video iPod. But we will have to wait until just before the evening ends to learn which movie from the Independent Films wins the video iPod.

The nominees are:

  • The Adaptations of Seals in the Antarctic
  • Atomic Bombs that Ended WW II
  • Human Predators -- Devastation in Antarctica
  • Lionesses


Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Best Documentary

I am not sure that people realize what a distinguished panel of judges we have each year, people who work in the communications and media industry in television, cable, radio, and film, as well as people in technology, education, and even the State Department of Education. During the judging this year, one of the judges, who has served as a judge since our very first film festival, said that our movies this year weren’t just the best ones yet, they were more seasoned, refined, and mature this year than they have ever been.

The movies in our next category, the Documentary, were to strive to be the best presentation of political, social, or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner.

The nominees are:

  • The Art Project
  • The Choice
  • Got Water?
  • The Heat Is On
  • Technology -- Losing Human Connection


Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Best Sound

This next category is absolutely the most difficult one for our students to master. The sound in a movie shapes the whole emotional tone of the movie’s content. The sound can make a great idea even more powerful. But while it is so powerful, it is very hard to get clean sound without a lot of noise.

The nominees in this category did an excellent job of using sound, sound levels, and sound elements to powerfully convey the message of the movie.

The nominees are:

  • The Choice
  • The Dark Side of Chocolate
  • Freedom
  • Stem Cells -- Science and Faith Divide
  • Technology -- Losing Human Connection


Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Best 8th Grade Indi

We now conclude the Independent Film category with the 8th grade independent movies.

The nominees are:

  • Chain Reaction
  • Keeping the Faith
  • Microbes -- They Got a Bad Rap
  • Together

One thing the audience will find interesting: In the microbe movie, a rap music video staring the microbes as themselves, the students not only wrote the words to the rap, but they also created their own music in GarageBand and did their filming through a microscope.

That’s pretty creative! We will now announce the winning Independent movie in each grade level. Please hold your applause until all three grade level winners are announced. Winning students, if you will please come up together as a group to receive your trophies after all three grade levels are announced.


Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Best Dramatic Comedy

Before we begin this next category, we would like to remind you that we still have one final award to be given to a movie in the Best Independent Film category. This award, the 60 gigabyte video iPod, may be awarded to any movie in the Independent Film category.

That’s right. It could be given to a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade movie. It could be awarded to an Independent Film that just won a trophy or it may go to an Independent Film that has yet to win an award tonight.

We will just have to wait to see. The video iPods will be awarded later in the evening.

Wait a minute, Austin. Did you just say iPods?--as in more than one?

Oh no! I gave away the big secret. You’re right! We will be giving away two 60 gigabyte video iPods tonight! One will go to an Independent Film, and the other will be awarded to… Well, you will just have to wait and see!

The Best Dramatic Comedy category is new this year. It was created to suit the needs of three special movies that fit just perfectly in this category. This category was created for films that effectively use parody or humor as a means of conveying a meaningful theme.

The nominees are:

  • Dude, Where's My Lock
  • From Fantasy to Fact
  • Take French


Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Best Cinematography

The movie-makers in the Best Cinematography category did an excellent job with the overall visual impact of their film: lighting, composition and camera angles, photography, and framing. They did an exceptional job of making sure that the visual information in their movie told their story well.

The nominees are:

  • Drugs, Are You Addicted?
  • Dude, Where's My Lock?
  • From Fantasy to Fact
  • Stem Cells -- Science and Faith Divide
  • When Things Go Wrong


Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Best Alumni

For the past two years, we have been asked by former Mabry students if they could enter films into the Mabry Film Festival. We created the Alumni Category to meet this need. Any movies submitted in this category only compete within this category and not for Best Picture.

In this movie, Matthew, a former Mabry student now in 10th grade, demonstrates excellent use of his own 3D modeling, computer animation, student-generated computerized digital and in camera special effects, as well as blue/green screen and alpha channel compositing.

Click the link above to download the movie in this category just as it was presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Best Picture

The iPod is such a powerful media player device. I love mine! I love listening to all of my music on it. But when Apple announced the video iPod, it got even more outrageously cool!

Dr. Tyson has already placed all of the movies in each category on Podcast Central. That means, when we leave tonight, anyone in the world will be able to download the movies you have seen tonight from the iTunes Store or from MabryOnline’s Podcast Central!

To think that every movie seen tonight is already in global distribution–that’s just amazing! Anyone, anywhere in the world can watch our movies and can even download them onto their video iPods. So tomorrow morning someone riding on the Tube in London might be watching my movie!

That’s just way cool! And one of our Mabry student’s is about to win a video iPod. Tonight they can download all of our movies, including their own, onto their new video iPod! We now have the privilege of announcing which movie in the Best Independent Category will receive the 60 gigabyte video iPod. [Award]

And earlier we learned that a second video iPod will be given away tonight. The judges decided that this second iPod could go to any movie from tonight’s film festival. [Award]

Of course, the most coveted category award is winning the Best Picture Category. The criteria for this category is to combine all of the elements of the movie to bring a powerful emotional impact that convincingly conveys a significant message, leaving a lasting impression.

Before we announce the winner for the Best Picture category, we will hear from each of the nominated teams about the movie their team made.


[Award]

Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

[Award]

And the final award made possible by another generous anonymous donation is the Apple iBook computer. The judges could select any movie from all of the movies submitted in the film festival to receive this amazing award. Each team had to pick one student from their team that would receive the Apple iBook if their team won this award.

That just had to be incredibly difficult. We will now announce the winning movie and the person on that team who was selected by their teammates to receive the computer.

[Award]

The Mabry Film Festival is an incredible event that has earned our school prestigious national recognition. Your being here tonight is such an incredible affirmation of our hard work. One of the biggest reasons we love making these movies is to see how each of you react to the quality of our work.

On behalf of all of the emcees for tonight’s film festival and all of the students and teachers who worked so hard to make these movies, we want to say, “Thank you, and goodnight.”

posted on: April 26, 2006

2006 Special Recognition

We would like to take just a moment tonight to celebrate the theme for our film festival this year: The Power of Ideas. The power of any idea is making that idea become real. I mean, sure, we can have the idea that we want to make a movie, but actually making the movie to show you tonight is a tremendous amount of very hard work.

Taking a brilliant idea from our heads to the big screen in the hope that it will cause everyone in our audience to have other brilliant ideas that will then help us all make our world a better place is what this festival is all about! It takes very special people with very special gifts to be able to go from an idea to a real finished product.

For the past four years, we have been privileged to enjoy a very special collaboration with a real genius, an actual director and producer in the commercial film industry who has done just that: guided us in taking the power of our ideas and turning them into the finished products that you see tonight. His genius is his amazing ability to help each team of students shape their ideas, to focus on making one compelling point as powerfully as we can possibly make it.

He gives each team of students his professional advice, which we could choose to take or not. We got to meet with him five times throughout the course of our movie project. So not only is he a genius, but he is also amazingly generous with his time. Dr. Tyson says that Mr. Ciralante is not a person; he is an energy. He takes time out from his busy production schedule at Toybox to freely give his genius to the students of Mabry to help make our ideas as powerful as they can be.

Tonight we want to present a small token of our appreciation to our very own man of powerful ideas, Mr. Nick Ciralante.

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Click the link above to download the movies in this category just as they were presented on April 25, 2006, the night of our film festival.

posted on: April 26, 2006

Science Fair Winners

I am proud of our students who participated in the District Science Fair. We had a number of students who placed and earned recognition for their work. This enhanced podcast features some of the students (Jeffrey, Kaleigh, Skylar, Chris) who won an award. Each student briefly describes his or her project. Enjoy!


posted on: March 04, 2006

7th Grade Jekyll Expedition: The North End (EP)

I am at Jekyll Island with our 7th grade students. This field trip is just an awesome learning experience for our Mabry students. Be sure to keep up with the event "as it happens" at our Jekyll Blog, which features hundreds of pictures and important information related to the trip. This year we are even posting podcasts.

This podcast is a highly compressed version of the student class about the living organisms around the docks. Despite the drizzly rain, we had a great time! Click the icon below to download our podcast. Then open the file in iTunes to watch it!


posted on: February 22, 2006

7th Grade Jekyll Expedition: The Dock (EP)

I am at Jekyll Island with our 7th grade students. This field trip is just an awesome learning experience for our Mabry students. Be sure to keep up with the event "as it happens" at our Jekyll Blog, which features hundreds of pictures and important information related to the trip. This year we are even posting podcasts.

This podcast is a highly compressed version of the student class about the living organisms around the docks. Despite the drizzly rain, we had a great time! Click the icon below to download our podcast. Then open the file in iTunes to watch it!


posted on: February 22, 2006

The Alamo "Book Report" (VP)

In 2004 two eighth graders, Cameron and Matt, made this "book report." This project demonstrates how effectively students can convey their work through video.


posted on: December 14, 2005

The Realia Museum at the GIA (VP)

Mrs. Glenda Glenn, our 7th grade Advanced Content Social Studies teacher, is the Chief Educational Officer (CEO) of the Glenn Intelligence Agency (GIA as opposed to the CIA). Each of her "operatives" (students) are investigative agents in the quest for global knowledge. In the spring of 2005, she began the Realia Museum, with collections from her travels. The museum has grown with acquisitions from two grants, additional donations, and visiting exhibits.

Artifacts from the museum collection were professionally photographed by her operatives and assembled in iPhoto to create a virtual museum. This project will ultimately yield a hardback book, which will also be made available as an online pdf download. The operatives wish to share their collection with students and teachers around the globe.

As a teaser for this upcoming release in January of 2006, the GIA has sponsored the creation of this video podcast. As you view the podcast, note the exemplary museum quality of the student work.


posted on: December 12, 2005

Best School in the World (VP)

Yesterday I went to 6 different classes with 1 simple question for the students: "If you were to walk into the best school in the entire world, what would you see?" I told the students that I wanted thoughtful answers, as in answers that are full of thought. I gave no suggestions, no ideas, no context whatsoever. I simply asked them the question.

I must admit to being stunned by the depth of their answers. Our students will tell us what an excellent educational setting is if we only ask. They get it.

Listen to their answers.

posted on: November 16, 2005

Les petits poissions dans l’eau

“Les petits poisons dans l’eau” is a French poem. The title means “The Little Fish in the Water.” This poem tells us that the little fish swim as well as the big fish. Mabry French students use poetry to work on pronunciation and fluency.

The music for this Podcast was selected and edited by Mabry's French Podcast Team with songs from Bizet's "Carmen" and Disney's "Under the Sea."

posted on: November 08, 2005

French ABC

The French alphabet is very similar to the English alphabet. In this Podcast, you can practice your French alphabet along with Mabry’s French students.

Mabry's French Podcast team edited music from Bizet's Carmen and the Jackson Five "ABC" song for this Podcast.

posted on: November 08, 2005

Page d’écriture

Page d’écriture is poem by Jacques Prévert, a very famous French poet. The title of the poem means "Page of Writing." French students from Mabry’s feeder high school, Lassiter, are the voices of the teacher, student and narrator in the poem. The student in the poem is bored with her lesson and upon seeing a bird out the window of her classroom calls to the bird to play with her. This Podcast will be used to work on students’ oral fluency.

The music you hear at the beginning and the end of this Podcast is from Bizet's opera, "Carmen."

posted on: November 08, 2005

What's It Like to Move to a New School

Moving to a new school is really tough. Being a middle school student is tough. Put the two together? No way!

In this podcast we explore the stories of five of our new students in 7th and 8th grades. They moved from near and far. Most planned their move, but one 8th grade girl was forced to move unexpectedly because of the tragedy of Katrina. She and her family lost everything but found a wonderful school. This podcast contains the stories they told and the advice they give to students who move. They also share their thoughts on how students can welcome people to our school family.

posted on: November 07, 2005

PE Department Gets Psyched for Film Festival with Frisbees (VP)

Every year the PE Department has produced an outstanding award-winning movie for the Film Festival and has taken home an Oscar. What's even more amazing is that each year the movie team has a different Coach for their sponsor! (No pressure here for this year's sponsor, Coach Spannagel!...)

Well, like any great group of coaches, you warm up the team before the big game. That's exactly what Coach McCall did with this video podcast! The students got to start practicing their technology skills as the PE Department gears up for their BIG movie project.

Our students recently finished their Ultimate Frisby unit, and Coach McCall had the camera crew working, followed by the video software editing team. The students put together this video podcast that shows off their learning new frisbee stunts and preparing for the final round of Ultimate Frisbee.

Who said PE couldn't integrate technology into their curriculum?! Our PE Department is at the top of their game!

posted on: November 07, 2005

Social Studies Projects (part 2) (VP)

Each of our sixth grade Social Studies students typically does a report on each student's family's geographic, religious, and cultural heritage. These reports have then been presented to the class as a wonderful way to highlight family heritage and values and to welcome students into a greater understanding and appreciation of the rich geographic diversity that constitutes our larger school community.

Last year the Social Studies teachers decided to use digital storytelling to make this project come alive. Students scan in pictures and take pictures of family artifacts and then combine them in video celebrating their family. This year we are sharing two of those family stories with our larger classroom, the whole world. Hopefully the friends and relatives of these children, friends and relatives who live all over the world, can see these students' work. Enjoy these student-created stories of ancestry, rich heritage, and connectedness.

This project was created by Julie. The project in the post below was created by Abby. Enjoy the work of these two 6th graders.

posted on: November 07, 2005

Social Studies Projects (part 1) (VP)

Each of our sixth grade Social Studies students typically does a report on each student's family's geographic, religious, and cultural heritage. These reports have then been presented to the class as a wonderful way to highlight family heritage and values and to welcome students into a greater understanding and appreciation of the rich geographic diversity that constitutes our larger school community.

Last year the Social Studies teachers decided to use digital storytelling to make this project come alive. Students scan in pictures and take pictures of family artifacts and then combine them in video celebrating their family. This year we are sharing two of those family stories with our larger classroom, the whole world. Hopefully the friends and relatives of these children, friends and relatives who live all over the world, can see these students' work. Enjoy these student-created stories of ancestry, rich heritage, and connectedness.

This project was created by Abby. The project in the post above was created by Julie. Enjoy the work of these two 6th graders.

posted on: November 07, 2005

Kid Capacity: Podcast with Chelsea

Georgia law now requires every student in middle school read 25 books in a given school year. A book is considered 150 pages of printed text, and that's still a lot of reading. One of our students, Chelsea, has already read a total of 83 books. She got started this summer and has carefully documented her reading using our school reading logs. Obviously she is an avid reader.

I wanted to recognize her outstanding achievement and thought our Podcast Central listeners would want to hear from this sweet little 7th grade girl.

posted on: November 03, 2005

First Nine Weeks Student Art Work (VP)

We love to post student work at Mabry, and our Art teacher probably puts more student work up on bulletin boards around the school than anyone else. The work our students produce is so beautiful, she eagerly shares it with everyone in our school community.

But why not share it to a much broader audience? This first video podcast of student art work at our school is posted to our new Worldwide Bulletin Board. Now our students can share their work with their friends and relatives all over the world!

Enjoy!

posted on: November 02, 2005

Spanish Podcast Debut

Señora Rivera's 8th grade Spanish students have been busy at work this year as they begin to learn the rich culture and language of the Spanish-speaking people. In addition to their studies, several of our Spanish students have been working on assembling podcasts from their studies. Brandon put the finishing touches on this, the first Mabry Spanish podcast.

This podcast reviews:

  • the letters of the alphabet

posted on: November 02, 2005

2005 Best Picture Category (VP)

We simply can't pass up an opportunity for our student's amazing work to be made available for everyone in the world to view on their video iPods. Therefore, we are posting a video podcast of the five student movies and student interviews from the 2005 Fourth Annual Mabry Film Festival's Best Picture Category.

Enjoy!

posted on: November 01, 2005

Student Forum Elections

This podcast features the four students that are running for student forum president. I decided to give them the opportunity to show everyone how quickly they can think on their feet. Unexpectedly, each student came into my office to record just one reason why they would be an excellent student forum president. Listen to this short podcast to get an important impression of each candidate.

Each one of them did an excellent job with the podcast.

posted on: October 24, 2005

Language Arts Research Papers

Mrs. Hartnett, our 2005 - 2006 Teacher of the Year, and Ms. Collins, our 2004 - 2005 Teacher of the Year, team-taught their first 8th grade Language Arts research unit at the beginning of the year. The students researched world-wide charitable organizations as well as those found closer to home in the metro area. Little did they know at the time how timely their work would become with the recent tragedy experienced on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

In keeping with our Mabry commitment to give our students a significant, meaningful, global voice, and as part of the end-of-unit project, a group of students was selected to communicate to our global community the wealth of information they had encountered. By sharing this information through this student podcast (which comes directly out of their curriculum), the students hope that they can in some way help the victims of these disasters.

Mabry Middle School: giving students a significant, meaningful, global voice to make the world a better place!

posted on: October 14, 2005

Kid Capacity: Podcast with Stephanie

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We have such incredible students at Mabry Middle School. In fact, I believe they are the leaders of tomorrow. Each brings a unique set of skills and attributes into which we at Mabry want to instill maximum capacity for leadership. This category in Podcast Central, Kid Capacity, is a collection of interviews with Mabry students that gives voice to the leaders of tomorrow, today.

For our second interview, I have asked one of our 8th graders, Stephanie, if she would participate in Kid Capacity. Stephanie offers tips for teachers and students alike. She talks about learning styles and how she is working to make our community a better place.

posted on: September 19, 2005

Kid Capacity: Podcast with Stephen

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We have such incredible students at Mabry Middle School. In fact, I believe they are the leaders of tomorrow. Each brings a unique set of skills and attributes into which we at Mabry want to instill maximum capacity for leadership. This category in Podcast Central, Kid Capacity, is a collection of interviews with Mabry students that gives voice to the leaders of tomorrow, today.

For our first interview, I have asked one of our 7th graders, Stephen, if he would participate in Kid Capacity. He has done an excellent job in "setting the pace" for this new category of podcasts in Mabry's Podcast Central.

posted on: September 12, 2005

The French Jump Rope Song

This podcast teaches the days of the week to a traditional French jump rope song. The music is from Bizet's "Carmen" and "Walk the Dog" from freeplaymusic.com. This is the first teacher podcast produced by Mabry's students who are studying French.

posted on: August 25, 2005

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