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Mdrc Tampa Presentation

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Mdrc Tampa Presentation

  1. 1. The Digital Safari Academy @ Mt. Diablo High School redefining school, redefining cool since 1996
  2. 2. Some Background • 1996 USDOE Vocational Education Grant • 2004 California Partnership Academy Grant • 164 students in 10th - 12th grades • Multimedia skills learned form a basis for careers in wide ranging new media fields 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade • Multimedia I • Multimedia II • Multimedia III • English II • English III • English IV • World History • US History • Economics • Math • Math • US Government
  3. 3. The DSA Paradigm • Academic standards drive CTE projects • Students as designers of content, not simply consumers • Learn media tools by applying them to specific academic tasks • Focus on Communication Confidence - visual, reading, writing, speaking, listening • Vertical integration and 3 year focus lead to academy wide expectations
  4. 4. Innovation Model • When developing projects, teachers integrate four ideals to ultimately encourage students to reach their full potential • Innovation: New solutions for real world problems • Varied Outcomes: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Visual • Audience: Teachers are not the sole arbiters of quality • Competition and Relevance: Students gain a realistic edge in employment and college tasks
  5. 5. The Career Academies Project Career Exploration Visits Fall 2009 (11th Grade) Bars+Tone - Video Production & Advertising AKQA - New Media Advertising Electronic Arts - Video Game Production Spring 2010 (10th Grade) Beyond Pix - Video & Television Production KTVU - Commercial Television KQED - Public Television
  6. 6. The Career Academies Project College Visits 10th Grade - University of California, Berkeley • February 17, 2010 11th Grade - San Francisco State University • April 15, 2010
  7. 7. The Career Academies Project Internship Site Development • Contra Costa Television • Guava Films • Willows Theater Company • C&T Publishing • Concord Music Series • and more...

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