Friday, November 30, 2012

Qualifying Photography Skills

On Wednesday, November 28th, local photographers Ethan Kaminsky of Kaminsky Productions and Chris Miller of Imagine Imagery donated their time in between shoots to qualify Di students for the 2012-13 SkillsUSA photography competition season. Both photographers interviewed students and provided guidance in practice for the state and national levels.  

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying for SkillsUSA California Region 6 Photography!

Emilia Jimenez
Ella Ramirez
Estaban Bonilla
Jenni Verela
Melissa Guevara
Crystal Zacarias
Janette Segoviano

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

UCLA Design Media Arts

On November 8th, 50 DATA students were treated to a special tour of the Design Media Arts (DMA) department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

While at DMA, students spoke with professors and toured the photography, typography, fabrication, and game design facilities. They also recieved information on the DMA Summer Institute for high school students and how to enter the program as a freshmen based on specific portfolio criteria.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Life Touch Studios 2012

As part of an ongoing community partnership with Life Touch Studios in Palm Desert, Di students were again provided a Fall opportunity of working in a professional photography environment. For the past five years, students have worked with AC Patel and his crew during the day assisting school-wide year book photos and after school on senior portrait sessions.

This annual opportunity provided 
25 students a total of 45 hours of hands on experience
using a variety camera and content management technologies

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Note Pad Wars on iTunes

The second mobile gaming app from Metal Games, led by DATA/Art Institute grad Bryan O'Neil, is now available on the iTunes store!

This app allows users to upload their own drawings or art to become part of the game and available for the whole world to play.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Student

In 2009, we set out to respond to Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk on how many schools are not killing creativity. As we launch our fourth global digital arts collaboration, MyThology, we are pleased to share our brand new site. The is now live with resources for how schools around the globe can come together to discover and share their creativity around modern interpretations of classical and cultural myths.

On the site you will also find links to our past digital publications, Paint the World with Light, Float!, and SurrealisticMe, for print and the iPad. All proceeds benefit the Jacaranda School for AIDS orphans in Malawi.

Make sure to catch Sir Ken Robinson as he keynotes the

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Globally Surrealistic

DATA Digital Imaging is pleased to announce that our third global digital arts collaboration as The Student Creative is now available in print and for the iPad! Grab all three collaborative texts with student images from the US, Canada, Asia, the UK, and South America or the current book, Surrealistic Me. All proceeds benefit the Jacaranda Foundation in Malawi.

Also visit our new site with this year's global challenge, MyThology, at!

Find The Student Creative conversations on these global education networks

Friday, October 19, 2012

DATA on 94.3 FM

On October 2nd, KNEWS 94.3 local radio host, David Wilson, visited the HEAL and DATA programs at CCHS as part of a series on Career Technical Education in PSUSD. About 10 DATA students did an awesome job speaking about their interests in photography, graphics, 3d, game design, video, journalism, and SkillsUSA.

Listen to 
- Jump to time 6:20 in the audio player -

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Imaging Youth Designs

Once again, local artist and 2005 Cathedral City High School graduate returned to lend a hand and a creative eye to the DATA Di program. Aaron Hansen, whose mural work stretches beyond the Coachella Valley, worked with students on this year's DATA t-shirts by providing inspiration, design feed back, and screen printing techniques. Students gained an insight into developing their brand and hands-on experience in t-shirt production as they prepare for this year's SkillsUSA competition season.

Check out his recent interview for Palm Springs Life magazine,

Get Inspired By Desert Artists Turning Heads In L.A.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Heavy Metal Pinball Wizard

DATA Di is pleased to announce the first app ever launched by a DATA alum!

Heavy Metal Pinball, created by 2008 grad Bryan O'Neil, is now available in the iTunes store for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod.

Bryan, who worked with his design partner for about 8 weeks, created the game play using the Unity game engine.

As a freshmen, he entered the Academy with an overwhelming desire to become a game designer. He worked diligently in 3d all four years of high school to develop the foundation to make his dreams come true. After leaving CCHS he entered the game design program at the Art Institute of the Inland Empire. He will be graduating this December with hopes of further developing his company, Metal Games, or working for a larger developer in southern California or beyond.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Golden Rules

At the end of the 2011-12 school year, all students in the Di classroom took an online survey via Google Docs to provide feedback to improve the courses. Part of this was used to create The Golden Rules for our digital imaging classroom using The list will later be used as a poster design contest.

In the meantime, it is conveniently accessible on each class wiki along with the CCHS Bell Schedule, the Di Vocab guide (our digital word wall), classroom assignments, a Delicious word cloud, and an embedded Google class calendar.

Students also have access to our other sites; The Di Blog, DAE Ning, the DATA channel on Vimeo, etc.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Peek into the Di Studio Classroom

In 2011, we posted Preparing the Di Classroom to provide a comparison between what the studio classroom looks like when we walk in the door vs. what it looks like the day school begins. For the 2012-13 school year we're again using 360Panorama, a real-time panorama creation and sharing app for the iPhone, to emphasize the work that goes into the Di workspace two weeks before school begins. A very special thanks to those students who lent a hand!
August 20th (when we walked in the door)

September 4th (the first day of school)
For curricular resources make sure to jump over to the DATA Wikis!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Welcome to the 2012-13 School Year!

For the past two years, DATA Digital Imaging has been on a mission to reduce the amount of paper used to distribute it's syllabi via the Di blog. In 2010 it was through an embedded Google Doc. In 2011, we switched to where we can maintain a Di collection of publications as an online 'bookshelf'. Above you will find the updated syllabus for the 2012-13 school year.

The entire document is reviewed with students the first day of school with only the first and last pages being sent home for households to read, sign, and return. At their convenience, anyone can download and print a complete copy of the 2012-13 Di Course Syllabus or request one in print from Mr. Cauthron.

Make sure to also checkout our Student Creative global collaboration books in print and for the iPad on! 
 ~Thanks for your support~


Friday, July 27, 2012

Focusing Creativity for College

Over the past 10 years, the DATA Digital Imaging program is pleased to announce student acceptance at over 30 universities and colleges. Studies include a full range of digital arts/media related subjects, as well as business, pre-med, education, history and beyond.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Internationally Awarded Educator

Congratulations to the International Society For Technology in Education's 2012 Outstanding Teacher! 
This award, presented at the international conference held in San Diego, recognizes and honors one PK–12 teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. Candidates for this award are nominated by ISTE affiliates, a network of nearly 80 professional associations representing more than 100,000 educators worldwide. 

Cahuilla CUE (Computer Using Educators of the Coachella Valley) nominated Cauthron for his ability to engage students and encourage creativity by providing them with a rich learning environment. He is also recognized for his achievements in helping Apple develop its Challenge Based Learning model, designed the e-learning environment- Digital Arts Education, and has launched multiple local and global digital arts collaborations. He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, and serves as a dedicated leader and active member of various digital arts and educational technology professional communities.
Nominations are reviewed by a team of education and technology professionals from around the world using the following criteria 

  1. The nominee's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, or worldwide.
  2. The nominee has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative institutions to advance the use of technology in education.
  3. The nominee works tirelessly to genuinely improve the quality of education.
  4. The nominee has demonstrated his/her ability to both deliberately plan for and incorporate the use of technology for the purpose of improving the educational setting.
  5. The quality of education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's workplace as a result of the nominees efforts.
  6. The nominee is an active member of professional organizations.
  7. The nominee has contributed to the profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars, and/or workshops or by publishing articles in print or through electronic media.
  8. The nominee's work can be used as a model.
  9. The nominee's work reflects the mission and purpose of ISTE.
  10. The nominee will represent ISTE well in all forums. 

Mr. Cauthron will also be recognized by Palm Springs Unified School District 
at the September 11th Board meeting.