Multimedia Arts – Mr. Macias

At Hamilton we aim to provide a well-rounded learning experience filled with critical 21st Century cognitive skills. We want technology to become an extension of our students’ own natural creativity and we want our students able to create at the speed of their own thought process. The Multimedia Arts curriculum will leverage a students’ natural curiosity. Harnessing a student’s sense of wonder drives exploration and student centered learning. Putting students in a position to handle frustration and doubt with composure and resourcefulness creates powerful learning experiences.

Any questions? Email Mr. Macias at jdmacias2@cps.edu

In Multimedia Arts:

  • Students will develop an adaptive and productive relationship with technology
  • Students will develop problem-solving resilience and resourcefulness
  • Students will develop an understanding of how different pieces of technology (devices, websites, applications) can be used for all forms of creative expression and productivity
  • Through immersive technology exploration experiences students will transform from content-consumers into content-creators

 

Problem-solving skill development exists across all grade levels.The learning experiences align vertically from grade level to grade level creating a linear skill progression.

  • In primary grade levels, more focus is given to isolating and developing fundamental skills
  • In intermediate grades, multiple skills are embedded into the units listed
  • All learning experiences develop an organic relationship with technology and sharpen students’ problem-solving ability

 

The entire curriculum is designed to develop and enhance the learning experience for students so that they understand the interplay between technology, problem-solving and outcomes/results.The chart below gives an overview of school-wide curriculum this year:

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Pre-K Engineering and Problem-solving games Basic iMac intro – Using a mouse; left click, using the scroll ball, drag and drop
Kinder Cultivating the basic bond with advanced technology through exploration, trial/error Early graphic design, using the printer, document management.
1st Grade Early keyboarding, Early graphic design, using the printer, document management. Early file management, saving documents, taking pictures
2nd Grade Coding (Patterns, sequencing, conditional loops/logic), Digital Writing Skills program begins (15 wpm, yearly developmental goal), Writing and sending a letter using digital word processing and US Mail, Cognitive Digital Writing Skills, Coding cont., Digital Citizenship & Literacy
3rd Grade G Suite Introduction (Google CPS account orientation – Email/Drive/Docs), Digital Writing Skills – 20 wpm. Coding (Animation, interactive programming), Digital Citizenship & Literacy
4th Grade G Suite Year 2 (Web-based collaboration, data presentation/collection/analysis), Digital Writing Skills – 25 wpm. Coding (Generating sounds/music, positioning objects, user interactions, keeping score), Digital Citizenship & Literacy
5th Grade Coding (Interactive scenes/music, broadcasting messages, time limits), Digital Literacy, Digital Writing Skills (30 wpm) Creating stop-motion animation unit, using Stykz and iMovie,  storyboarding, plot development, dialogue creation, recording narration.
6th Grade Coding (Message driven programming, using random number generators), Javascript Course (Advanced),  Digital Literacy, Digital Writing Skills (35 wpm) Publishing a website, brainstorming a business idea, creating site navigation hierarchy,generating content, selecting a domain name, publishing content to the Internet
MS Choice Coding (Advanced motion, nested loops, cloning, parallax scrolling), Javascript Course (Advanced), Digital Writing Skills (40/45 wpm) 1) Take-it-apart unit, dissecting old technology, studying legacy technologies, how they work, using cameras to chronicle work and publish findings to the Internet.

2) How-to video project – Storyboarding, writing dialogue, camera work, recording sound, video production in iMovie.