Friday, May 30, 2014

HornetCon Recap

Maybe you missed HornetCon, but you can kind of get the idea from this short video and we'll see you next year. Congratulations to Senior Jasmine Shy who won 2 tickets to Atlanta Comic Con.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Your Next Five

Your Next Five is the newest and best thing to come to the South Atlanta Media Center since wireless mice. Don't know what to read next, or just want something "interesting"? Get a personalized reading list customized just for you. I guarantee you'll have at least 5 good titles to choose from that will keep you turning the pages long into those lazy Summer days.

Step 1: Compose an email with the subject line: Your Next Five
Step 2: Answer at least (2) two the following questions in the body:

  • What was the last book you read that you liked?
  • What is your favorite TV show?
  • What kinds of movies do you like?
  • What is your favorite genre? (Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, etc.)

Step 3: Email your answers to

Summer Reading

 Summer is here! Don't let the slump get to you. We've got a few recommendations for you and your family from the district here:

Keeping students engaged during the summer month can be a challenge for all parents.  I write to share with you a few examples of community based resources available throughout the state that seek to address the issue lack of scholastic engagement during the summer for our children.   Please share this information with your family and friends as they too may see value in these opportunities for their children.

 ·       Georgia's Summer Food Access Initiative, at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, will provide healthy meals at libraries in 20 Georgia counties this summer using federal USDA funding in conjunction with language and literacy programming and health services to ensure that children have the vaccinations they need to begin school in August. To learn more about how your county can take part, contact Falita Flowers (
 ·       The Mayor's Summer Reading Club, organized by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, engages public and private partners to distribute free age-appropriate books to children, ages birth to 8, at family-friendly events held across the city over the summer months.
As for you big, bad and bold high school students you can keep up with us with our official Summer Reading List here at Amazon: . You can also join our online book club at GoodReads here:

Monday, May 19, 2014

#HornetCon Raffle

HornetCon is almost wrapped, but there's one prize left for everyone who wants to geek out a little bit more. We're giving away two tickets to Atlanta Comic Con on Saturday, May 31st.

Enter the Contest here:

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Student Peer Review

As the end of the year approaches final projects and papers are almost due. In an effort to integrate technology AND foster more peer collaboration and innovation I invite you to add peer reviews, and to make the process easier I’ve created an online template using Google Docs.

By using the template you’ll be able to get a spreadsheet of the peer evaluations and keep them anonymous. To make the process even simpler, I suggest asking students to only evaluate 2-3 papers/projects. Getting started is simple:

1.       Log in to Google Docs. If you have a gmail account then use that login. If you don’t you can sign up easily.
2.       Generate a Form using the “Final Project Peer Review” template by clicking on the link above.
3.       Modify the form if you like or use “as is”. Click “view live form” in the toolbar.
4.       Share the link for the “view live form” with your students.
a.       Check out the iPads and let students use those to evaluate, or
b.      Print a paper ballot and have students use your classroom computers to input their responses, or
c.       Create a QR code and allow students to use their phones to access the form and complete it.
5.       Go to your Google Docs homepage to see the responses, an additional spreadsheet will have already been created. You can download the sheet in excel or as a pdf.

Peer evaluation:
·         Fosters collaboration
·         Encourages positive peer pressure

·         Empowers students to take responsibility for their own work

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Twitter Essay Contest

Did you know that 50 years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling that schools in some cities are MORE segregated now than they were when the ruling came down? Write a 140 character essay (that’s twitter length) response to race and education in Atlanta schools. Send your essays to @satlantahigh or email them to The best response will be announced and win a prize pack. 

Deadline is Friday, April 25.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HornetCon 2014

HornetCon is almost here. May 5-9 we'll be getting our GEEK on with workshops, panels, a gaming tournament and more! Sponsorships are still available.