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Galveston Independent School District
News Release
Friday, August 05, 2011

Central MS Media Arts Academy Unveils Two New Mac Labs at August 10 Ceremony

GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston Independent School District celebrates new additions with the opening of two Mac Labs at the Central Middle School Media Arts Academy (3014 Sealy) on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. The labs will support the implementation of new courses available at the specialized school: Digital Graphics, Web Design, Video Tech/Broadcasting, and Digital Photography. There will be a short ceremony and a tour of the Mac labs with a ribbon cutting led by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce.

“All the Central students will cooperate in using the new technologies, whether filming documentaries for social studies class or doing photography projects,” said Diana Bidulescu, Magnet Coordinator for the Central Media Arts Academy. “We’re preparing our students for high demand jobs such as producers, video journalists, graphic designers and many more. Working in the Mac labs will help them understand what these careers are about using equipment the professionals use.”

The Video Tech/Broadcasting lab and Digital Photo/Web Design lab are equipped with 45 iMacs along with professional-grade video and broadcasting equipment. The approximate $130,000 cost came as part of the Magnet Schools of America grant, aimed at improving the overall quality of education via innovative programs and school themes. At Central, the grant provides the best equipment for a Media Arts focus, and ensures the school’s success and sustainability after grant funding ends.

The overall instructional experience at Central is impacted by the Media Arts theme, as all students will actively participate in media projects such as creating book trailers, a video research, historical re-enactments and podcasts. The media courses come associated with high school credits and the possibility to pursue them more in depth at Ball High School upon completion of 8th grade. Media projects will be stored for public viewing on the new Central website that will also host a daily live news broadcast.

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