PBS Digital Innovator 2017

Steve Hartnett

Steve Hartnett Pennsylvania
  • WQED
  • Elizabeth Forward Middle School
  • North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

When Steven says it’s his aim to bring history to life, he’s not fooling around. In fact, it’s not unusual for students to walk into this self-proclaimed “history nerd’s” classroom, and find him dressed up as George Washington or a judge presiding over some famous historical court case. Steven doesn’t keep the costumes to himself; in a recent assignment, his students were challenged to use his green-screened, one-button studio to create a short historical film based on primary source research. “By taking historical events and incorporating technology, I am able to craft meaningful learning experiences,” says Steven.

Fun Fact: Bzz Bzz! Steven coaches his school’s National History Bee team. Over the past three years four of Steven's students have qualified to compete at the national level.

Follow Steven on Twitter @MrHartnett212.