Nathan Smith - Portfolio
Nathan Smith is Director of The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's main campus. The YETC is a combination student open-access computer facility, a K-12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center that focuses on how to integrate technology into teaching and learning. He has worked in this position for the past 27 years.
Nathan serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET). He has been in charge of their website, and currently is the voice of the organization through the newsletters, emails, and blogs he runs for them.
A former elementary school teacher, Nathan teaches students of every age from young children to senior citizens. He taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades at the Santa Clara Elementary School in Santa Clara, Utah for twelve years.
Over the last several years, he has had the opportunity to work extensively with groups of international teachers through the IREX/TEA program sponsored and funded through the U.S. State Department. In 2011, he was invited by the U.S. State Department to go to Amman, Jordan to train high school teachers from Jordan and Lebanon in the use of technology in education, and to share open education resources with them.
He is pictured here with his wife, Phyllis. They have seven children. Nathan also is an artist and photographer. You can view his art and photography here.
Websites I've Created:
- TeacherLINK Blog
- Beginning Photoshop & Graphic Design Course
- Advanced Photoshop & Graphic Design Course
- Technology Integration and Innovation for Educators Course
- Gifted & Talented Educational Resources
- Open Education Resources
- Phenomenal Websites
The purpose of this website is to work alongside my Beginning and Advanced Photoshop students as we create an e-Portfolio of our skills and progress using design principles and strategies, as well as some of the more advanced features of Photoshop Extended. The e-Portfolio will contain examples of my work completed during the semester. Our portfolios for the class will be completed by the end of the semester - so visit again and watch the portfolio grow over the semester.
I hope my students will continue to build their portfolios as they graduate and move into the job market. The purpose of this assignment is to provide them a way to share their skills online with potential employers.