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More Good News: Gwinnett students win 64 awards at festival

Gwinnett County Public Schools students recently earned 64 "Excellence in Media Production" awards from the 2008 International Student Media Festival.

The 64 winning projects represent a wide spectrum of live action video, animation, mixed media and sequential still productions.

The winning entries represent 25 Gwinnett schools, including Dacula Elementary, Gwin Oaks Elementary, Level Creek Elementary, Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary, Rebecca Minor Elementary, Parsons Elementary, Peachtree Elementary, Pharr Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Simpson Elementary, Creekland Middle, Alton C. Crews Middle, Richard Hull Middle, Frank N. Osborne Middle, Pinckneyville Middle, Snellville Middle, Berkmar High, Brookwood High, Collins Hill High, Duluth High, Maxwell High School of Technology, Meadowcreek High, North Gwinnett High, Parkview High and Phoenix High.

The International Student Media Festival is an annual program that provides teachers with an opportunity to motivate, educate and inspire their students to excellence in their academic pursuits through the creative use of media technology.

Georgia school boards shine in national survey of tech savviness

Georgia school boards took nine out of 38 Top 10 awards in the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association Annual Digital School Boards Survey.

The study examines how school boards and their school districts are applying information technology to better engage their local communities and constituents and improve their delivery of services and quality of education to public schools.

The survey asks in-depth questions about topics like how technology and data are used in the decision-making process and what strategies the district employs for technology usage in the classroom. All school boards in the United States are invited to participate in the survey.

Barrow County Board of Education tied for fifth place with Jones County Board of Education in the medium districts category.

Other winning school boards were:

· Cherokee County Board of Education - First place in large districts category

· Forsyth County Board of Education - Third place in large districts

· Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education - Eighth place in large districts

· Newton County Board of Education - 10th place in large districts

· Marietta City Board of Education - Sixth place in medium districts category

· Camden County Board of Education - Ninth place in medium districts

· Chickamauga City Board of Education - Seventh place in small districts category

Heather Darenberg writes about education for the Gwinnett Daily Post. More Good News From Schools appears online Monday.