Teacher Trainings

We offer on-demand training, and interactive and immersive workshops for educators looking to grow their media expertise.

Our teacher training offers hands-on seminars that effectively train classroom teachers, after-school site leaders or county employees to incorporate 21st century skills into their programs. Our targeted workshops provide tools, curriculum access to OTL tested projects and an online teacher portal for support. You’ll be amazed how your staff starts to incorporate STEAM into their classroom, or how you have easily enticed instructors to finally open their laptop cart. 

Ensure your staff is ready to engage youth with photography, videography or computer-based programs with our one-of-a-kind workshops; it's a unique way to train. Choose from many topics, all aligned to common core standards and a number of workshop lengths, from 2 hours to 3 days.

Teachers will walk away with OTL curriculum and access to an online portal for support, giving them the tools and long-range approach they need. This ongoing reinforcement provides teachers with new materials annually and has proven to be a lasting investment year after year.

Interested in learning about rethinking media education from an OTL digital consultant, trainer or coach with real-world experience?

Speak to one of our staff now about promoting confidence in digital media applications—for educators ranging in experience, from novice to expert.


Are you interested in utilizing digital media to engage your students and enhance their learning experience?  Would you like to learn more about using cameras to build your students' social-emotional and 21st century skill sets? 

Join the Outside the Lens Arts Integration Workshops explore the language of visual and media art through our project design process, supporting teachers with the skills to integrate media arts into their core curriculum. Workshops will address English Language Arts and Science standards alongside VAPA and NCA standards. By leveraging arts education resources and expertise through this professional development opportunity, teachers can provide more meaningful arts experiences for students. 

During these participatory workshops we will explore the concepts of visual and media arts within a classroom setting, and how we can apply these skills to various curriculum to amplify students’ voices, both as critical consumers and conscious creators of media. Participants will walk away with an arts integrated project and lesson plan to use with students.

Workshop #1: Let Me Introduce Myself; Thursday, February 25th from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ONLINE through ZOOM.

What makes me unique? 

Students will learn about perspectives and composition in portraiture photography. They will explore, understand, and express their unique identity through photography and writing.

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Workshop #2: Animal Adaptations; Thursday March 16th from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ONLINE through ZOOM.

How do different environments affect how animals adapt to their environment?

Students examine the ways that animals have evolved and adapted to their different environments through photographic examples. Using photography and digital art students think about their own environment that they inhabit regularly (either their home or school) and design an animal that is adapted to that environment.

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Workshop #3: #rememberearth; Thursday April 22nd from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ONLINE through ZOOM.

How does the short documentary film Earthrise challenge us to consider our relationship to the Earth and provide a context for what it means to be a global citizen?

Students will learn about the historical, cultural, and environmental influences of the iconic Earthrise film, reflecting on their own point of view of the living world while creating their own visual representation that captures their relationship with the earth. 

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Workshop #4: What We Share; Thursday May 18th from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ONLINE through ZOOM.

What similarities do we share?

Students pair up and ask their partner a series of questions to determine more about the other, finding something specific they have in common.  While learning about object and still life photography, students document their similarities through photography and share more of the meaning behind their work through a written piece.

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Workshops are Free for Educators! 



  • In-school and after school programs for students in grades K-12
  • Teacher training programs
  • Evening and weekend workshops for teens and adults at our Liberty Station Media Lab + Gallery


  • Tips and tricks to get the most out of your digital camera and take better photos
  • Strategies for how to use cameras in the K-12 classroom to engage students, enhance learning, and build 21st Century Skills
  • Free, user friendly Web applications to edit, manage and display student work