Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thank You Travis Chen!

I don't believe there is a student who has done more for our school district, or any school district in the country for that matter, than Travis Chen. I'm so grateful, appreciative, and proud of what this young man has accomplished. Over two years ago we started DCI with just us two, many of the students wanted to join just to learn and be around Travis, and now we have more than 40 helping to continue the mission and legacy he started. Thank you TC! I enjoyed being a part of your journey. Arcadia Unified is a much better place thanks to you. Continue to Conquer the World! #ausdDCI 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DCI Recognized by City of Arcadia

DCI was thrilled to be honored by Arcadia Mayor Tom Beck and the Arcadia City Council for recently being recognized by the California School Public Relations Association (CalSPRA). Read more about the award and project here.

Executive Producers: Melanie Mak, Mr. Foran, Naomi Silver

More photos from the City Hall available here

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DCI Wins Statewide Award from CalSPRA!

A group of talented Arcadia High School students is honored with a prestigious communications award that is typically reserved for seasoned public relations professionals. The Arcadia Unified School District and its Digital Communications Internship (DCI) program were recently honored by the California School Public Relations Association (CalSPRA) at its annual awards dinner held in Sacramento. Arcadia Unified’s DCI students received an “Award of Excellence” in CalSPRA’s Excellence in Communications program.

“I am beyond proud of the job our students did on this project, and am grateful that CalSPRA recognized them for their very creative and important work,” said Arcadia Unified School District Public Information Officer Ryan Foran who created and oversees DCI. “This was a major project that we spent a lot of time on, and more importantly, it will save our district money and afford more students access to Chromebooks and technology.”

The “Award of Excellence,” the highest distinction available, was earned in the Multimedia/Visual Communication category for the creation of “DCI Chromebook Care Video.” After completing a three-year, 1:1 technology rollout, where every student and teacher in the district received their own Chromebook to work with, the number of repairs being made were higher than anticipated for the roughly 10,000 Chromebooks distributed throughout the District.

“We needed to get the word to our students about a few simple but important tips and techniques that would reduce the number of repairs we were making to the Chromebooks,” explained Arcadia Unified’s Chief Technology Officer Scott Bramley. “I’ve seen the impressive work produced by DCI, and knew they would do a great job with this project.”

DCI turned the challenge into an opportunity and created a very informative yet entertaining video about proper Chromebook care. The video, which has well over 2,000 views on YouTube, was sent to all AUSD parents, students, and teachers, and was also watched and discussed in classrooms throughout the District.
After the release of the video, damage reports significantly decreased.

Alongside Foran, AHS juniors Naomi Silver and Melanie Mak, two-year DCI veterans, led the project as co-executive producers, with Silver also serving as lead video editor. Twelve other DCI students worked on the video as segment producers, actors, and contributors. These students include: Adele Ng, Alan Zhang, Derek Jing, Nick Marshall, Jack Wu, Jarett Yip, Jeremy Du, Kelly Li, Sarah Wang, Seongwook Jang, Troy Nguyen, and Katie Wen.

The Arcadia Unified Digital Communications Internship program was created in the Spring of 2015 and is an integral part of Arcadia Unified’s Communications and Public Information Office. DCI has grown from its first intern, Arcadia High senior Travis Chen, to 41 Apaches now participating in the program. The interns help cover the many events that occur throughout the district through digital communications, helping tell the many positive stories of Arcadia Unified’s students, teachers, and staff.

"It's more important now than ever that schools share our stories, to help parents connect with their children's schools and to help taxpayers see how districts are spending their precious resources. CalSPRA’s Award of Excellence winners are at the top of their class, successfully building support for and creating an understanding of our public schools," said CalSPRA President Music Watson.

CalSPRA is a nationally recognized leader in school communications that promotes better public understanding, commitment, and support of public education through effective communications.

News Article: Click Here

Award-Winning Video Below

Monday, March 13, 2017

DCI at USC High School Journalism Day

DCI spends the day at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at USC. A dozen DCI students attended USC’s High School Journalism Day along with another 100 students from eight other high schools in the Los Angeles area.

According to the Daily Trojan, which DCI was featured in, “The biannual event, which is in its fourth year, began as an initiative of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in collaboration with Jaime Carias, the Annenberg Civic Engagement Coordinator. The event has expanded to include the National Association for Black Journalists and the Annenberg Latino Student Association. The agenda included an introduction by Willow Bay, the director of Annenberg, a keynote speech by KABC-TV news anchor and USC alum Marc Brown, and a variety of smaller workshops on a plethora of journalism and communication techniques.” Read the full article from the Daily Trojan here.

DCI students learned a lot from the workshops that were led by USC professors and were inspired by touring the school’s impressive media lab and campus. DCI greatly appreciates and thanks USC for this wonderful educational experience.