On this episode of Blending In, I chatted with Omar Ali, the Career and Technical Education teacher from Tahquitz High School. Omar shared how his education and career background in film, radio, and journalistic photography led him back into a classroom to teach digital media to high school students! In our conversation, Omar shares how he “blends in” project-based learning, student voice, and leadership skills all while guiding students down a two-year pathway in his Digital Media class!
While most teachers take a traditional pathway into teaching, Omar took a very different career pathway to end up in the classroom with his high school students. At the start of the episode, he gives a glimpse into how he transitioned from film, radio, and photography to becoming a Digital Media CTE teacher for high school students. He went on to explain that in his Digital Media class, students are on a two-year, standards-based pathway where they first learn about basics, like how cameras operate, through project-based learning activities which gives them a foundation for the second year of the program in which they really dive into more autonomous, creative projects. Omar’s Digital Media students also collaborate to produce the school’s TV show, Titan TV, and content for their Instagram account. Additionally, they partner with the yearbook students to help capture memorable moments for the yearly publication.