Summer professional development workshops are often a time for teachers to step away from their jobs as educators and to explore new ideas, technologies and opportunities to upgrade their skills and hopefully reconnect with why they got into teaching in the first place.
This June DIGICOM delivered multi-track training to approximately 120 Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) teachers from 15 schools. DIGICOM training this year included Digital Storytelling Basics, Integrating Digital Storytelling into Common Core Curriculum, Short Documentary and Advanced Production Techniques. All the participants where challenged to take the range of technical and narrative training and to leave the workshops with a specific project idea in hand to take back to their classrooms and their over 4,550 students.
This summer, the Anderson Children's Foundation awarded DIGICOM $22,000 to launch a Cross-Age Mentoring Program in Desert Hot Springs. Participating schools are Desert Hot Springs High (DHSHS), Painted Hills Middle (PHMS), and Bella Vista Elementary (BVE). Students from each of the schools will work together on common projects centering around the theme: It's About Time.
The Cross-Age Mentoring Program will engage students selected from Jamie O'Neil's Video Production Course at DHSHS to mentor students in the DIGICOM After School Club at PHMS. Subsequently, those students from PHMS will mentor students in BVE's DIGICOM After School Club. Frank Guttler, along with Donielle Gerrell, one of PSUSD's recent Journalism/ Video Production graduates, will work closely with the teachers and students to facilitate their success. The funds will be used to implement the program and provide video production equipment.
Bright morning, blue sky, tinted mirrored glass windows, doors I will enter every morning at 9 a.m. Until August 21. A chance of a lifetime given by David Vogel, CEO of DIGICOM and Greg Burton, Executive Editor of The Desert Sun, who is thrilled to have me on board. This building with light brown coating, in bold black letters reads, The Desert Sun.
My first day I got the chance to meet the staff. Even a closer look into a printing press I never imagined existed now. The smell of ink and paper. A whole factory, which was fascinating; seeing rolls stock high of newspaper. I sat and observed with Ashely at work as she prepares her budget for Features in the paper and assisted new employee Kristen with audio for her educational piece on College of the Desert's Robotics Camp.