Develops teaching tools for educators and provides professional development to educators to use testimony in relevant and engaging ways—providing an experience for students that goes beyond textbooks.
POLIN Museum Debuts Short Film on Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Education Department Adds New Education and Outreach Specialist for IWitness Armenia
Impact in Profile
Meet Kayla Strickland
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews premiered an original short film about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising featuring testimony from the Visual History Archive.LEARN MORE...
USC Shoah Foundation is expanding its efforts to develop educational resources about the Armenian Genocide with the creation of a new position devoted to the IWitness Armenia program.LEARN MORE...
In order to supplement her students’ reading of Anne Frank and other Holocaust diaries, Kayla Strickland turned to IWitness for the first time.LEARN MORE...
Providing Transformative Learning Tools and Educator Professional Development
The Institute currently houses video testimonies of over 53,000 eyewitnesses of genocide from 63 nations in 40 languages. Each interview is a testament to history and humanity. Each is a unique source of insight and knowledge.
Already reaching 68 countries in more than a dozen languages, the Institute aims to provide meaningful educational experiences in formats that can be deployed globally and can also be scaled to meet the cultural, language, and curricular needs of local communities.
The Institute recognizes the corresponding need to appeal to today’s young learners, a generation that is highly mobile and connected to one another, as well as to their personal technology. Whether for social, recreational, or educational purposes, they are deeply engaged with visual and digital media. In a global economy, where connectivity is key, even students without regular access to computers, Internet, or high-tech environments need to develop skills in digital, visual, and media literacies.
The Institute builds learning tools that leverage the medium of the testimonies and interactivity of the Internet to develop these vital 21st-century literacies. At the same time, these tools invite deep engagement with testimony that involves cognition, emotion, attitudes, and behaviors. Students learn core subjects such as history, language arts, and civics, and gain critical thinking skills to address socially vital topics such as identity, family, fear, hope, and survival.
IWitness brings 1,536 full life histories, testimonies of survivors and other witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides from the Institute’s Visual History Archive to secondary school teachers and their students via engaging multimedia-learning activities. Designed to be participatory, academic and student-driven, IWitness addresses education standards from the Common Core State Standards Initiative (United States) and the International Society for Technology in Education, among others.
Looking for lessons or other educational resources for the classroom? Looking for opportunities for professional development? The Institute offers both online and offline resources as well as teacher training workshops.
Learn about opportunities available to students who want to get involved and make a difference in the world. Find out about becoming a USC Shoah Foundation Partner School.
Our educational programs are responsive to the demands of the educators and students. Evaluating our programs allows us to publish on our work, to ensure wider dissemination of our educational programs, and to make an impact on fields of inquiry such as Holocaust education, genocide studies, and scholarship of teaching and learning.
Call for Lessons
Educators, we want to hear from you and the innovative work you are doing teaching with testimony.
Submit a lesson today that uses the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
Request a Training/Presentation
Looking for professional development opportunities for you and your colleagues? The Institute offers teacher trainings in the use of visual history testimonies in the classroom.
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