This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Taking place in Poland on January 24-27, 2015, Auschwitz: The Past is Present marks 70 years since the camp complex was liberated. The joint effort from The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and Discovery Education. The program is designed to promote a deeper understanding of 20th century history and its continuing relevance, hone digital literacy and critical thinking skills using real-world applications and audiovisual testimony, and inspire action against racism, intolerance, and prejudice and the suffering they cause, according to its website.
Educators are invited to enter a contest for an opportunity to travel to participate in this event. According to Shoah and Discovery, you could be chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience designed to deepen your historical understanding, develop digital and media literacies, and teach you how to effectively integrate testimony across your curriculum. Click here to read through the steps carefully to the review application questions and video requirements. Contest ends October 3, 2014.
There is also an opportunity for students through a virtual field trip: “hear firsthand from survivors and witnesses returning to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and engage in a meaningful dialogue about history and its relevance today.”
There are many distance learning opportunities to learn about World War II. As the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor approaches, I thought I’d put together a list of some of the videoconferences offered by various content providers:
• WWII – War in the Pacific from Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. While studying the role of the Battleship New Jersey in the Pacific, students will analyze the effect that the Iowa class battleships had on the morale of the average sailor, those on the home front, and the enemy. Short video clips of oral histories from those who served will enhance the educational experience, as well as clips of the battleship’s 16″ guns in action. For students in grades 4-9th.
• Inside the Vault: The Curators Series from Pacific Historic Parks. This is a program that allows students to view artifacts that are currently not on display. Fuchida’s bible, silverware off the USS ARIZONA, the Jitterbug trophy awarded at the “Battle of Bands” December 6, 1941, Admiral Kidd’s cup holder. Also on display are rare images from the 14th Naval District Historic Photo Collection. These photos illustrate the development of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack and the massive salvage operation that followed. For students in grades 5-12th.