Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 27, 2014

Students participate in tech fair


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THOMASVILLE — For the second year, students from Thomasville City Schools competed in the Colquitt County Regional Tech Fair, held Jan.  25 in Moultrie.

A total of 30 Thomasville City School students participated in the Tech Fair.  Three students from the Scholars Academy placed first in their respective categories and divisions, which means they advance to the state-level Georgia Educational Technology Fair on March 8 in Macon.

Katie Tabb, sixth grade, won first place for Multimedia Applications, Division 2, for her project “The Mermaid Myth” created with Glogster EDU.  In 2013, She won second place (along with Makayla Weeks) in the Animated Graphics category, Division 2.

“This is my second time competing, so I felt more relaxed about going in front of the judges.  I loved participating in the Tech Fair and I will continue to go back,” she said.

Heaven Robinson, seventh grade, won first place for Multimedia Applications, Division 3, for her project “Different Genres of Music” created with PowerPoint.  Also a second-year participant, she  won second place in the Multimedia Applications category, Division 2 in 201 and felt that having experience helped.

“With it being my second year in the Tech Fair, I wasn’t as nervous. I got to enjoy seeing friends from last year, compete, and win,” she said

Senior Kosha Patel, in her first year participating in the Tech Fair, won first place for Non-Animated Graphics, Division 5, for her project of non-template graphic design layout pages for the annual Scholars Showcase magazine.  

“I enjoyed my first experience at the Tech Fair because it made me proud of the work I have done, using only one Microsoft program.  I was surprised to win 1st place in my category and division, and I realized that having a side-career in graphic design would be fun,” she said.

Other students who participated were Katherine Jones, Myla Still, Olivia Suite, Ella Williams, Jaidyn Wood, and Kendall Young – third grade; Alyssa Allen, Mallory Bennett, Kendall Cullison, and Jenna Gantt – fourth grade; Clyde Allen, Amber Booker, Fanessia Chatmon, Rutvik Choski, Maddie Cobb, Jackson Coppedge, Jasmine Ford, Tian Green, Reid Harbin, Emma Ryan, Chakia Tucker, Jordan Williams and Caleb Winterbottom – fifth grade;  Hailey Ochsenbein and Shayna Welch – sixth grade; and Elizabeth Hardy and Annalee Jackson – 12th grade.

Each student or student team presented the project to a panel of judges.  The judges asked questions of the students concerning the purpose of the project, the technology tools used, what the student learned from the experience, and how the student could use the tools and skills learned to accomplish other tasks.  The projects were scored on a rubric and the top three scorers in each division and category were declared winners at an awards ceremony that afternoon.

Maddie Cobb, who entered a Prezi about the Solar System in the Multimedia Applications category, said the tech fair was educational and fun.  It was more crowded than I expected but the judges were nice and let you take your time presenting.

Another Prezi, this one about Soccer, was entered in the Multimedia Applications category by Jackson Coppedge.

Second place winner Chakia Tucker’s project was a PowerPoint presentation about The Big Oak.

The seniors, whose projects followed the IB Design Cycle for the subject area of Technology, did not use a template to complete graphic design layout pages for Scholars Showcase magazine.  They also spoke positively about the Tech Fair.

Thomasville City Schools was represented by four teachers, a media specialist and the system instructional technology coordinator served as judges for the Regional Tech Fair.    

According to Scholars Academy video broadcast teacher Bonnie Hayes, The level of creativity from these student projects was impressive. Even more so was the student's enthusiasm for the competition. Our area is fortunate to have a competition for those who excel at computers and other technology areas.

Donita Hinckley, system instructional technology coordinator gave thanks to the innovative teaching practices used in Thomasville City Schools, our students are achieving and leading in the area of technology.

The Regional Tech Fair is a stepping stone to the statewide Georgia Tech Fair (http://www.gatechfair.org/).   The Georgia Educational Technology Consortium has produced the Georgia Educational Technology Fair (GaETF) since 2001.

Serving as the highest level of student technology competition in Georgia, the GaETF has over 500 student participants in grades three to 12.