How Outside Agencies like DMA Meet the Demands of Ever-Changing Tech Industry Standards
A debate is raging in America as to the state and future of our education system. It seems like classrooms are becoming more packed with students as budgets are cut and teachers are being required to work overtime trying to teach curricula that are so jammed with subjects that each one can only be taught for a day. But as increasing numbers of parents try to navigate what this means, outside agencies are cropping up to provide better teaching environments for specific skills. As one of these agencies, we are able to step into the gap of un-taught tech skills left by public schools and other traditional learning environments. DMA has an opportunity to build upon the skills taught in those traditional classrooms and give students a unique experience that greatly boosts their ability to learn and achieve.
More Available Resources
One of the most important resources available to DMA is our autonomy. We are able to research and decide which industry trends are important for our students to learn. And we don’t make these decisions alone. By creating meaningful partnerships with industry leaders and education professionals, we are able to not only acquire the specialized equipment needed in courses such as 3D Printing & Product Design, we are also able to tailor our curriculum for how students will be using it in a professional setting. These valuable resources make up an immense part of why DMA is able to stay on the cutting-edge of tech education and is able to adapt quickly to changes in those trends in order to better equip not just our students, but other teachers and instructors who come to our camps each summer.
More Specialized Instructors
At DMA, students can learn about important subjects like computer coding, filmmaking, 3D modeling techniques, and even the burgeoning field of AI & Machine Learning. We can do this not only because they have access to newer and better equipment that allows for more accessible learning of these subjects, but because our instructors have tons of experience in these fields. DMA offers students access to these instructors who have built their careers on these exact fields of study. Not only does this allow for a deeper pool of knowledge from which the instructors can draw, but it allows for students to get a glimpse of how these skills can transfer into public life in the real world.
More Specialized Coursework
Since DMA can focus on those subjects related to digital media, we can craft our coursework around specific skills. In traditional education systems, teachers may have to split their time among a variety of subjects, but we can narrow our focus and energies. Like a laser beam, this focusing means that the coursework is more potent. DMA has developed a number of teaching styles and a learning methodology that seeks to train the next generation of creators. By catering our coursework towards specific goals of career development and professional skills, our students come out of our camps better prepared for college and a career.
That is what DMA offers: depth. A traditional education system may teach students about 3D printing, but DMA will show them how to do that kind of work. A traditional education system may go over the basics of coding, but DMA will feature instruction from actual computer programmers. Rather than thinking of DMA as a replacement for traditional education systems, parents should recognize that ability of institutions like DMA to fill gaps in students’ instruction by going into increased depth in subjects in which traditional classrooms can only scratch the surface.