Big Screen Science: Fostering Science Inquiry Through Filmmaking
Join SHIFT, in partnership with the Leonardo and the Utah State Office of Education, in a seven-month professional development initiative to train STEM educators (grades 6 through 12) how to facilitate the production of student-produced instructional and documentary videos. Big Screen Science participants will be trained to integrate storytelling principles and the filmmaking process to craft compelling digital stories aimed at deepening content learning, enhancing STEM literacy and exciting students about potential STEM careers. Framed by essential questions, this technology infused training will allow teachers to explore how constructing cinematic narratives combined with intentionally designed lesson plans can increase student engagement, improve STEM skills achievement and energize classroom climate.
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Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student openaccess computer facility, a K12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (20042012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was reelected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State