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SHIFT: Professional Development “Through My Lens: Personalizing Social Studies through Documentary”

October 5, 2018 @ 8:30 am - October 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

Through My Lens: Personalizing Social Studies through Documentary

Join the Utah Film Center for an intensive professional development initiative to train social studies educators (grades 4-12) to facilitate the production of student-produced documentaries into history, civics, humanities, and social sciences. Rather than just having students repackage found online images, archival video clips and sound bytes, Through My Lenstrains participants to integrate cinematic principles and craft compelling stories with an authentic student voice. After 2-day initial training, teachers and students will work with media mentors in the classroom to move through the filmmaking process from ideation to exhibition. By framing essential questions around instructional content, teachers will explore how digital storytelling, combined with intentionally designed lesson plans, increases positive learning behaviors. This is a creative opportunity for students to acquire, apply, and build upon their core content knowledge.

Teacher Incentives:

  • Comprehensive, standards-linked filmmaking curriculum manual that includes five filmmaking genre units and lesson plans, assessment rubrics, thumb drives containing youth-produced media, instructional videos demonstrating filmmaking concepts, and other additional resources
  • 2.0 USBE credit or 30 hours relicensure professional development credits
  • partial Educational Technology Endorsement (9 of 18 credits)
  • Access to online resources and support
  • One-year Utah Film Center membership

Dates and Time:

  • Initial two-day Workshop: October 5 & 6, 2018 | 8:30am- 4:30pm
    Venue: Salt Lake Community College South City Campus
  • At-Site School Media Arts Project Implementation: Customized per teacher team; TBD @ initial workshop in October


October 5, 2018 @ 8:30 am
October 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm


Salt Lake Community College
4600 South Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
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