Teach and Learn
IWitness Comes Out of Beta with Enhanced Functionality, New Projects and Quicker Access
Three Ukrainian Teacher’s Guides Now Online
Meet Olena Bilchenko
After a successful test run, the educational website IWitness is coming out of beta with new functionality, additional languages, as well as a faster and easier way for educators to create accounts so they can begin using IWitness in their classrooms without delay.LEARN MORE...
Educators can now access three of USC Shoah Foundation’s Ukrainian-language lesson guides and modules for free on the USC Shoah Foundation website.LEARN MORE...
The Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century program in Ukraine wasn’t Olena Bilchenko’s first experience teaching with the Visual History Archive. But the program gave her the opportunity to develop her own lessons for the first time, and she emerged with new skills and feeling a personal connection to Holocaust survivors and witnesses.LEARN MORE...
Providing Transformative Learning Tools and Educator Professional Development
The Institute currently houses video testimonies of over 53,000 eyewitnesses of genocide from 61 nations in 39 languages. Each interview is a testament to history and humanity. Each is a unique source of insight and knowledge.
Already reaching 58 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 1,390 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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