Palm Springs, California
"Creativity is contagious, pass it on.'"
— Albert Eistein
Matt Cauthron runs the Digital Imaging (Di) program at Cathedral City High School’s Digital Arts Technology Academy (DATA). DATA is a California Partnership Academy that was launched in 2001. It has been a model program in arts and technology for the California Department of Education and Apple Education.
His students interact creatively with local, regional, and global communities by:
His Di classroom includes tools such as DSLR cameras, Wacom tablets, studio lighting equipment, an animation room, and a 38-seat Mac lab. Cauthron delivers his curriculum via a series of interactive websites to encourage all students to be active and responsible digital citizens. This provides multiple opportunities to share, organize, comment on, and distribute creative content.
Outside the classroom, Cauthron has been an advocate for digital arts education. He is a frequent conference presenter and helps plan the Digital Strand conference for the California Arts Education Association. He also participates in curriculum development for Apple's Challenge Based Learning and serves as a CUE board member.
In addition to his educational roles, Cauthron is an active professional photographer, live music enthusiast, and father of four who lives with his wife in California's Coachella Valley. When not "plugged in" or teaching, he enjoys dragging his children down the dusty roads of the western United States on camping and photography adventures.