Friday, March 29, 2013

Continuing On CUE with Apple

In addition to the 5+ years that Di students have helped to support Cahuilla CUE and the Apple Education rooms at the annual CUE conference, several joined Mr. Cauthron to present our 3rd local arts and literacy collaboration between Rio Vista Elementary and James Workman Middle schools.

Students with several years of experience spoke about their various roles to a full room of California technology specialists and presented last year's fully interactive iBook using iPad 3 and Apple TV.

"Not enough students have an idea that what we do in DATA means something to people in other places. It is great sharing our work with teachers from California and beyond."
-Sara Lopez, DATA Junior and iBooks Authorista

Creating Tahquitz

Our 3rd multi-age, cross-media project from the Rio Vista Collaboration series is well under way! Legends of Tahquitz focuses on multiple perspectives of a local myth, while bridging this local arts & literacy effort with our 2013 Student Creative global collaboration, MyThology.

This year's project begins with three stories written by James Workman Middle School GATE English students from varying perspectives of the Tahquitz Canyon myth. From these three pieces, Di students again worked with Rio Vista Elementary 3rd graders to develop an exciting visual foundation for digital illustrations. After initial artworks were completed under the direction of PSUSD Visual Arts Specialist Louisa Castrodale, Di students then began to work in teams to create solutions for three separate animations which will be submitted to local and regional student film festivals. All media will be compiled as a fully interactive digital text for the iPad and downloadable for free from the iBookstore on iTunes.

Later this Spring, video from this project and further imagery will join our fourth Student Creative digital text alongside works from students sharing their mythological perspectives from around the globe.

Friday, March 22, 2013

About Face Awarded

For three years, PSUSD and Cathedral City's Public Arts Commission have worked to help promote photography as part of it's educational community. This year's theme, About Face, worked in concert with world-renown local celebrity photographer Michael Childers.

The show and awards ceremony on March 16th recognized talented students for their work at elementary, middle school, and high school levels from Cathedral City schools.

Congratulations to the following Di students!

1st and 2nd Place Advanced - Crystal Zacarias
3rd Place Advanced - Ella Ramirez

1st Place Beginning and Best of Show - Kandace Jovan
2nd Place Beginnig - Reesha Jessie

and a huge congrats to our upcoming photo students...

Willow Vega – Grade 5 - Landau Elementary
Melinee Ray, Kenia Gonzales, Erik Villa, Abigail Ortiz, Arianna Martinez, Angelica Rodriguez, Alyssa Cordero, Yullissa Rodriguez - Grade 4 – Agua Caliente Elementary
Daniel Behnam - Grade 1 - Rio Vista Elementary

Guadalupe Cortez - Grade 8 - Nellie Coffman Middle School
Isamar Meza  - Grade 8 - Nellie Coffman Middle School
Alexia Marquez - Grade 6 - Nellie Coffman Middle School