Designed for secondary school educators and students, IWitnessbeta provides a searchable collection of more than 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s archive, along with educational tools and supporting resources that provide context to deepen students’ understanding of the Holocaust.
IWitnessbeta enables students to engage on an individual level with the testimonies and to discover connections to their own lives while building the literacies needed in the 21st century, including information, media, and digital literacies.
Powerful tools for searching the testimonies
Bring the archive to you
Using the IWitnessbeta search engine, students can open the door to a deeper understanding of history through the personal accounts of eyewitnesses of the Holocaust, while gaining 21st-century digital and media literacy skills they need to understand how to navigate online information sources.
Browse by topic or use the IWitnessbeta search engine
IWitness allows educators and students to browse through short testimony clips grouped into common topics and incorporate them immediately into their classroom work. IWitnessbeta users can also search for specific topics of interest within the 1,000 testimonies. An directory of more than 9,000 index terms enables educators and students to jump to the exact minute within a testimony in which topics of interest are discussed.
Find relevant clips by topic
Click on a topic to reveal ready-to-use clips you can immediately play.
Search by keywords
As you type, IWitnessbeta provides search suggestions. Rolling over a suggested keyword gives you a definition.
As flexible as you need it
Building literacy skills and encouraging critical thinking
IWitnessbeta includes engaging and customizable multimedia activities in which students can demonstrate their knowledge and express their personal connection to the topic. Educators can choose from activities that align with ISTE and Common Core student outcomes, among others, or use the Activity Builder to construct their own activities according to their specific interests and needs.
Each activity is supported by a framework called the 4C’s: Consider, Collect, Construct, and Communicate which encourage critical thinking and build literacy skills. With this framework, students watch and respond to video content, then search for and collect clips of testimony to construct their own projects, and then discuss results with their peers.
Know where you’re going
Progress bar lets students know where they are in the activity.
Encourage successful outcomes
Guidelines, rubrics, and self assessments help students stay on track.
Tools and resources all in one place
Rich resources from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem available through IWitnessbeta
IWitnessbeta provides educators and students with access to a comprehensive set of supporting materials from leading sources such as Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, including an extensive Holocaust encyclopedia, glossaries, documents, photographs, artwork, and much more. Each step of the way, these resources provide essential context to the testimonies within IWitnessbeta.
Research within IWitnessbeta
Students can expand the Research Guide at any time to look up terms and events mentioned in testimony.
Discover a range of materials
IWitnessbeta offers links to maps, timelines, articles, and other resources to enhance learning about the Holocaust.
A secure online arena for promoting and fostering digital citizenship
IWitnessbeta Groups enable educators to set up their own virtual classroom space in which they and their students can share and communicate about class projects. Educators are in control of their Group and this space serves as a tool in promoting responsible online community behavior.
Educators also have the ability to create peer groups to share ideas, activities, student projects, and best practices with other educators.
Track student progress
Progress indicators for each assignment lets you see who started and how far they've come.
Communicate directly with students
Private and secure one-to-one messaging with students inside IWitnessbeta helps to streamline how you work