Tuesday, September 22, 2009

DATA Students Flip Out Over New Flash Drives

All DATA students and teachers now have their 2010 'flip' flash drives!  The 4 gig drives from Rocky Mountain Ram will be used for moving files between DATA elective classes, core subjects, and home.


DATA Di Studio in Art Room Showcase 2009

The DATA Digital Imaging studio was featured as a winning arts classroom on The Teaching Palette, a Scholastic Instructor Top 20 Teacher Blog.  The Art Room Showcase 2009 was created to provide inspiration for art teachers across the country and around the globe.


Classroom Jeopardy! Visits DATA History

Ivan Eissler

Kelly Miyahara, a member of of Jeopardy!'s Clue Crew, visited Rose Gonzalez' third period class at Cathedral City High School to play a round of Classroom Jeopardy! Classroom Jeopardy is an interactive, electronic version of the popular television show that allows teachers to imput customized clues and categories.
DATA students where there to capture the action when Classroom Jeopardy! came to CCHS Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. While DATA history teacher Rose Gonzalez played the game with her third period class, DATA students captured the action for later broadcast on KPSP Local2. The Classroom Jeopardy! unit was donated to Cathedral City High School on behalf of Jeopardy! and KPSP.


2010 DATA Teacher Posters in 3D

The 2010 DATA teacher room posters are now out.  The 3d "DATA" image was created by 2009 DATA Digital Imaging graduate, Jaime Villanueva, using Maxon's Cinema 4D.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

DATA Students Selected for 2009 Docent Program

Congratulations to DATA Digital Imaging senior Markie Hackwith and DATA Digital Imaging junior Arin Wall for being selected as Palm Springs Art Museum teen docents for 2009 - 2010 school year.

Students from across the valley were given the opportunity to apply to the  program at the Museum.  Interviews were conducted by Education Programs Manager Emily Spallina, and those students selected participated in a three week summer training program to learn about art, art history, museum education, and public speaking. 

"We lead weekly tours for local elementary school students, teaching them about how artists use the elements of art," said  Hackwith.

"It is great to receive a $250 stipend, school credit, a Sun Bus pass," said Wall, "and also know that we will enrich the lives of children through the arts."


Words of Students

As part of the first few days of school, students in the Digital Imaging strand of DATA were asked to describe the Academy, photography, and high school.

Here are their responses
What should high school be like?

What is photography?

What is DATA?

Summer Happenings


Digital Imaging Externship
Digital Imaging teacher Matt Cauthon spent time with a variety of local professionals in order to make connections between what happens in local imaging-based businesses and the Di classroom.  Local professionals included:

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Apple Distinguished Educator Summer Institute
As part of the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) program, 150 ADEs were selected to travel from around the U.S. to be a part of Apple's top notch summer staff development for it's teachers.  DATA teacher Matt Cauthron, with assistance from PSUSD CTE Coordinator Diana Verney, was one of the lucky few to join colleagues in this amazing experience in the high tech facilities at Full Sail University in Deer Park, Florida.
    • World class motion designer, Full Sail graduate, and owner of We Are Royal LLC, Jason Whitmore
  • ADEs were engaged for five days and nights in developing Challenge Based Learning projects, networking opportunities, software and technical workshops, reverse mentoring by Full Sail University students, and photo shoots with Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Frakes.  All this and more occurred throughout the 190 acre Full Sail campus which boasts 23 degree programs and over 110 studio and production environments. 
  • All lodging, food, and evening entertainment was paid for by Apple, Inc.

Summer Academy Staff Development
DATA teachers and counselor worked together in both June and August this summer to coordinate Academy tasks and challenges.  Items from the staff development included working with Google Docs, Calenders & Groups, establishing a clear set of Academy goals, vision & responsibilities, and planning events for the 2009-10 school year.