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Through My Lens: Personalizing Social Studies through Documentary (SHIFT-SLC)

October 5, 2018 - October 6, 2018

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 Lens trains 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

At-Site School Media Arts Project Implementation: Customized per teacher team; TBD @ initial workshop in October

Venue: Natural History Museum of Utah– 5th floor (Forum Room)

Registration Will Open in late April 2018

Visit http://www.utahfilmcenter.org/shift/workshops/ for more information.


October 5, 2018
October 6, 2018




Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108 United States
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