El Dorado is Recognized for High Tech Innovation

Established in 2009 by Project Tomorrow, the award recognizes educational leaders and students for their innovative uses of science, math and technology in the classroom. Three categories are recognized: “Emerging Student Innovator,” “High Impact Teacher” and “Innovative School-wide Program.”

El Dorado and Principal Cecil were honored for leadership in supporting El Dorado High School’s Digital Media Arts Academy (DMAA). The academy offers four-year digital storytelling programs in the fields of film and television, photography, broadcasting, and animation with an emphasis on career and college readiness. Students in the highly sought-after academy produce digital portfolios, a weekly broadcast show, and numerous animation/film projects using the best equipment in the business. The new broadcasting strand will train students with broadcasting industry experience such as on-camera training, news directing, sound editing, boom operations and much more. Their recently-built recording and editing studio is complete with computers loaded with a suite of the latest industry software. Students can also earn Apple certification in Adobe Flash, Final Cut Pro and other software used by professionals in the video and film industry. Students have won a myriad of awards and one student work was even selected to the Cannes Film Festival. Alumni are now employed with companies such as Universal and MTV.

Principal Carey Cecil and DMAA teacher Mark Switzer proudly accepted the award which was presented on October 9 at the 21st Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards dinner ceremony in conjunction with the OC Tech Alliance’s corporate awards. For more information about El Dorado’s Digital Media Arts Academy, visit http://edhsdigitalarts.com. For information about Project Tomorrow or the awards, visit http://www.tomorrow.org.

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