PALM SPRINGS - The Palm Springs Unified School District will be honored in the 33rd Annual Golden Bell Awards program of the California School Boards Association in the Technology category for its DIGICOM Student Film Festival, under the direction of Instructional Technology Specialist Dr. Lee Grafton and Retired Walt Disney Motion Pictures President David Vogel.
The highly respected Golden Bell Awards will be presented at a special ceremony during CSBA's Awards Luncheon at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco on Dec. l.
DIGICOM, begun in 2009, develops students' 21st century skills focusing on communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity through movie making. DIGICOM provides equipment, professional development and incentives facilitation excellence in digital storytelling. Students create engaging digital stories to communicate clear, intended messages using movie-making techniques, equipment and editing tools. Students submit their movies to the annual DIGICOM Film Festival, where they are empowered and recognized as they share their productions with the community.
The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Awards reflect the depth and breadth of the education programs necessary to address students' changing needs. The goal of the awards program is to contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services.