Learning from DMA: A Technology Teacher Talks About Her Experience

By Margaret Lim

Karen Sparks is an elementary school teacher at Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe, CA (in North County San Diego). Karen teaches K-5th grades and uses iLife to teach movie editing using iMovie.

Digital Media Academy provides hands-on learning sessions for educators at CUE’s Spring 2013 conference.

Karen attended one of DMA’s workshops at the CUE Conference in Palm Springs and will be taking one of DMA’s adult filmmaking course in the summer. Karen’s passion is bringing technology to the classroom.

The DMA Experience
“I took the Final Cut Pro class to increase my knowledge of Final Cut. In the CUE session we learned how to select the footage for our project and to import music and titles. The instructor was very concise, very helpful and knowledgeable.” Karen’s session was taught by Tom Wolsky, one of DMA’s founders. A former ABC News producer, Tom worked on Good Morning America and World News Now, Tom literally wrote the book on Final Cut Pro.

“Tom reviewed the keyboard short cuts for the most frequently used commands and showed us how much easier it is to learn the keyboard commands than trying to find each command in the menu bar. Tom was very patient with our questions too,” Karen said. “Final Cut Pro offers so much flexibility. Final Cut Pro allows for so much control over the media and offers so much potential.”

Training & Certification
For educators like Karen, it’s her job to make sure kids are prepared for Middle and High School. Karen (like many educators) depends on DMA to provide the latest training and technical skills to help her students succeed. DMA offers a wide range of adult courses and certification for adults.