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Videoconferences on World War II

Pearl Harbor 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:

A Day of Infamy: The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor from The National WWII Museum. Students explore Japanese and American motivations and actions through maps, primary sources, and role playing. For students in grades 5-12th. (The National WWII Museum conducts several videoconferences).

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.

Auschwitz: Remembering the Holocaust from South Central Kansas Education Service Center High School students will examine the complexity of race and ethnic relations as experienced during the Holocaust through the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp. For students in grades 9-12th.

Free Videoconferences from the National Archives

You are invited to introduce your staff & students to the power of primary sources through free videoconferences from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC. To learn more about these programs, or to register for one, visit NARA’s education website.

NARA vc workshops are:

  • interactive and document-based
  • available for groups of up to 30 students in grades 5 – 12
  • designed to last 1 hour, and can be scheduled on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (ET).
  • made possible through ISDN or IP-based videoconferencing systems.

Workshops for Students in Grades 5 – 12

The Constitution
In this workshop, students who have studied the Constitution will analyze facsimile copies of the great charter and related documents from the holdings of the National Archives that illustrate the importance of the Constitution and its influence on our lives today.

Introduction to the National Archives and Records Administration
In this workshop, students will be introduced to the Federal agency responsible for preserving and making available the permanently valuable records of the Federal Government. Students will examine facsimiles of a wide variety of primary sources, including photographs, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, cartoons, and textual records.

Workshops for Educators

Teaching With Documents
Primary sources such as Joseph Glidden’s patent for barbed wire, FDR’s “Date Which Will Live in Infamy” speech, photographs from the Civil War, and the canceled check for the purchase of Alaska provide students with exciting learning opportunities. All of these documents and millions of others are held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). In this workshop, a NARA education specialist will introduce teacher participants to documents, teaching activities, and professional opportunities available from the National Archives. Efforts by other Federal agencies to make valuable government resources readily available for educators and students will also be described.

Introduction to the National Archives and Records Administration
In this workshop, students will be introduced to the Federal agency responsible for preserving and making available the permanently valuable records of the Federal Government. Students will examine facsimiles of a wide variety of primary sources, including photographs, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, cartoons, and textual records.