iWitness Webinar and Class Contest!

Posted by Jasmine Wong on May 2, 2013

IWitness Archive Gives Voice to Holocaust Witnesses: Free Webinars and Student Contest

Facing History Offers IWitness Webinars for Teachers May 9 and May 14 2013
In May 2013, Facing History will offer two free webinars for educators on powerful ways to use the IWitness tool.

Facing History and Ourselves is partnering with the USC Shoah Foundation to explore how teachers can use their new online tool to shape teaching and learning experiences for students in a Facing History course. Educators may use this tool in world history, civics, language arts, elective, and other classes. The tool presents survivor testimony in a flexible online video format, providing an avenue to engage students directly in inquiry-based, multimedia learning.

Join Facing History’s Director of Program Technology Deb Chad and Facing History educator and USC Shoah Master Teacher Brandon Haas for a demonstration and conversation on how IWitness can be used to enhance Facing History teaching strategies and classroom conversation.

Sign me up for May 9 Sign me up for May 14

IWitness Video Challenge
Educators, bring a multimedia learning opportunity to your classroom today.

During the 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film, Schindler’s List, the USC Shoah Foundation is sponsoring the IWitness Video Challenge. The Institute invites students from all over North America to be inspired by the voices in IWitness, to use their innovation and creativity to create positive value in their communities by doing something ordinary (or extraordinary), and then asks them to build a video telling the story about how they contribute to making their communities a better place.

How the Contest Works
The Video Challenge site shares free online activities and a downloadable tool kit.

Middle and high school students can complete the “IWitness Video Challenge” Activity on the IWitness website. The Activity challenges them to increase their understanding of digital and media literacy, deepen their critical thinking, and promote positive social change in their community and in the world. Teachers can register either a whole class or a group of students in the challenge.
Teachers, together with their students, will select a winning video from each class. These winning videos will be sent to a regional judging panel. The winning video from each region will then move on to the national judging panel.

Teachers can visit the IWitness site and use the signup form to let the program know your class will be participating in the IWitness Video Challenge. The deadline for registering is June 30, 2013, but classes will have until October 31, 2013 to complete their entries.

Get More Details and Sign Your Class Up by June 30


Topics: Events, History, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Holocaust Education, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course


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