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.
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