Los Angeles, California
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
— Pablo Picasso
Jesus De Dios teaches Digital Imaging 1 and 2 at West Adams Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, California. The courses introduce his students to vector and raster graphics as they build a foundation for a profession in media arts. His main objective is to have students develop the necessary skills to create complex works of art that showcase creativity and require critical thinking.
De Dios developed a curriculum around Adobe software tools (Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash Professional) that makes use of digital cameras, image scanners, and audio software. His students plan and produce works ranging from CD/iTunes music and artwork to ePortfolios, movie publicity, logos, and animation. He uses educational Web 2.0 tools in the classroom to engage his students and promote current technologies. De Dios created and manages an educational website that is an extension of his classroom.
De Dios also leads professional development opportunities for educators, sharing best practices and highlighting how Adobe software can be used in the classroom. He has presented on using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom at the annual Computer-Using Educators (CUE) conferences.
When not teaching, De Dios likes to paint and often exhibits at local art galleries. He is also a freelance professional photographer, so he usually has his camera at hand looking for the perfect shot. As a hobby, De Dios plays the button accordion and performs with his band.