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Friday, 05 May 2017 17:53

DIGICOM Summer Workshops Open

It's almost summer, which means it's time to get in on the Professional Development Training workshops hosted by DIGICOM!

Teacher Workshops
June 12 - 16, we will offer our next round of intensive DIGICOM Workshops.  Digital Storytelling for Beginners will be open for registration on Wednesday morning, May 3 for PSUSD teachers and our community private schools on PD links. For our previously trained teachers, an invitation has been extended to register for Cinematic Production and TechniquesApplied Digital Storytelling, and Integrating Digital Storytelling into the Curriculum workshops. 

Student Screenwriting Workshop

DIGICOM will be expanding its Student Screenwriting workshop as we reach out to high school filmmakers from ACROSS THE COACHELLA VALLEY.  

As soon as school is out this summer we will host two week-long screenwriting workshops to committed students that want to hone their storytelling and script writing skills. The weeks will be staggered to accommodate the end-of-the-school-year schedules from the districts across the valley.  Date, time, and location details will be sent to our school contacts. 

High school students from Palm Springs Unified, Desert Sands Unified, and Coachella Valley Unified schools will join DIGICOM's professional trainers to explore narrative structure, format, visual storytelling, development of story, and the authentic voice of the author over the course of the week.  We're looking forward to an amazing, creative learning experience!

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This month we sat down with Georgia Terlaje in her classroom at Della S. Lindley (DSL) Elementary.  Even before becoming a DIGICOM Fellow this year, Georgia was a DIGICOM leader. Three years ago, Georgia launched the DSL Engineer Report; a bi-monthly video news magazine created and produced by DSL students. The Report is broadcast to all the classrooms across the school, informing and entertaining the staff and students as it builds a sense of community. 

One of Georgia's objectives in starting the DSL Engineer Report was to interest other teachers and students in the power of digital storytelling. Not only was this objective achieved, but Della S. Lindley Elementary has become a model school for those that are studying the impact of this instructional method on learning.
This year the work being done at DSL attracted the attention of researchers at the Digital Learning Lab at the University of Irvine's Graduate School of Education. "What is happening at DSL gives us a unique opportunity to study the impact of digital storytelling in student learning." stated Dr. Mark Warschauer, Director of the Digital Learning Lab.
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As Desert X's Education Program Partner, DIGICOM engaged high school art and video students in the Palm Springs Unified School District in a unique collaboration with internationally renowned artists participating in the inaugural biennial. DIGICOM students have been creating short documentaries about both their educational experience learning about the artists' professional creative practice, as well as the dynamic installation process of these site-specific sculptures. This eye-opening experience for the students presented a compelling opportunity for these international artists to inspire and be inspired by these young artistic minds of tomorrow. 

As the students interviewed the artists and documented their installation process, they learned that creating art is hard work, often inherently collaborative, and can involve complex principals more aligned with mathematics and engineering classes than traditional art classes. The image of the artist working in a solitary environment was dashed when the students visited artist Phillip K Smith's studio and found it looked more like an industrial architectural studio than a scene from the Left Bank. 
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On March 1, we opened our doors to welcome our newest employee, Stephen Heslin.  What an asset!  Stephen comes to us NOT ONLY with great filmmaking skills, but he is also a natural when it comes to working with students, teachers, and members of the community. 
Stephen has jumped in and is providing input to help us manage our workflow, as well as working on several projects, including our Black Voices Rising programthe Student After School Clubsand preparing for our upcoming festivals.
Stephen comes to DIGICOM with over 20 years of video production experience, as well as several years of TV and Film Industry on set experience. He has a wide variety of skills including software development for film industry tools, corporate communications, and social media strategy. While working as a Video Producer for Entertainment Partners, one of the largest employers in the state of California, Stephen created a visual medium strategy that helped the company reach new clients and garner higher adoption rates for all their products. He has recently moved to Palm Springs with his husband Sean and their two rescue dogs.  
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Friday, 05 May 2017 17:02

"Black Voices Rising" - An Update

As Lead Producer of our "Black Voices Rising" program, Aaron Johnson hit the ground running this year, collaborating with students, teachers and community organizations on a number of complex and illuminating video projects. 
Pre-production planning has begun on a documentary profile of the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center that Aaron and DIGICOM will produce in consultation with Center Manager Jarvis Crawford.  The project will involve crews of digital storytelling students from three high schools.  Alongside creating a promotional video for the Center, DIGICOM will also assist students in producing documentary portraits of Desert Highland Community Members and Historical Portraits of James O. Jessie and his legacy.
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Friday, 05 May 2017 16:59

DIGICOM Goes to College!

In January, David Vogel and Tim Lentz went to the University of California, Irvine's Graduate School of Education to deliver an address to two graduate digital media classes led by Digital Media Lab founder, Professor Mark Warschauer. 
The lecture, "Digital Literacy in the 21st Century," explored how DIGICOM and the Palm Springs Unified School District have incorporated digital storytelling to boost student learning opportunities. The lecture was enthusiastically received and ended with an energetic Q and A discussion exploring how digital storytelling affects academics and the challenges of implementation. 
To check out David's presentation, click here.


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Looking for a fresh approach to learning and teaching is common for veteran teachers. The teachers participating in the DIGICOM training and the Fellowship connect their lessons to newly acquired digital storytelling skills and create a larger and deeper learning experience for their students.
"In watching my students present, I now see that I have taken what I see as the most beneficial portions of every workshop I've attended and applied them to my teaching." Rufino Cuevas an English Language Development teacher with 16 years experience reflects on his year as a DIGICOM Fellow." Being a Fellow has really helped me to challenge myself. I've been teaching the same material in the same ole' manner now for about 10 years and being a Fellow has completely changed that. I expand my lessons and create more opportunities for students to speak, collaborate, and challenge each other." 
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DIGICOM hosted its first Coachella Valley-wide High School Narrative Filmmaking Symposium, March 29th at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theaters).  The Symposium served as the launch for a new DIGICOM collaboration between students from school districts across the Coachella Valley.  With over 225 students in attendance from Palm Springs High School, Cathedral City High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, Mt. San Jacinto High School, Indio High School, Shadow Hills High School, Coachella Valley High School, West Shores High School, La Familia High School and Desert Mirage High School, the event was groundbreaking!

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On WEDNESDAY MAY 24 from 6 - 8 pm, at the Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School, DIGICOM will present the DIGICOM X High School Film Festival With Short Films From Across the Coachella Valley, plus the premiere of our new documentary - Lights, Camera, Music.

This is the first year that DIGICOM will bring high school students from across the Coachella Valley to DIGICOM X to screen their films and we could not be more excited!  We are also eager to be able to premier our first featurette documentary, a behind-the-scenes story about a Coachella Valley Student Summer Rock and Roll Camp.

Prepare to be inspired when you see the talents of our valley's youth come together!  Doors will open at 6:00 with festivities to follow the screening!

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On FRIDAY, MAY 19, 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the newly renovated Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School, the red carpet will be rolled out for our 2017 DIGICOM Student and Teacher Film Festival!  This year's theme is One for All!
Now in its ninth year, the DIGICOM Student and Teacher Film Festival is our fantastic FLAGSHIP Festival!  It's our largest red carpet event!  During the evening, we will screen videos from ALL grade levels K-12:  classroom projects, documentaries, arts and animation, personal stories, and even the occasional narrative short.  IF YOU CAN ONLY ATTEND ONE EVENT, THIS IS THE ONE!
Each year the festival has grown to become one of the biggest events in our community revealing the hearts and minds of our youth as they share their homework, their personal journeys, and their stories about life in our community and world.
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