NCTE, NCSS conferences

Thursday November 8, 2012

IWitness will be presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention and will make its debut at the National Council on Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference, both of which take place this week.


NCTE Annual Convention

November 15-18

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

The USC Shoah Foundation will spotlight IWitness in its presentation, titled “From Suffering to Social Change: The Power and Promise of Survivor Video Testimony in 21st Century Classrooms.” Geared toward middle school and high school teachers, the presentation will demonstrate how IWitness can make digital literacy development, online citizenship, and tolerance education part of every curriculum, all through the use of its unique content: more than 1,000 searchable, editable video interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. The presentation will be led by Sherry Bard, Project Director, Educational Programs; Sheila Hansen, Senior Trainer/Content Specialist, Educational Programs; and Laura Dobrin, a teacher at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Suffolk, Virginia. November 16, 4:00 pm, Grand Ballroom, Room 115, Level One.

Throughout the convention, IWitness will also be presented within the context of Echoes and Reflections, a multimedia curriculum on the Holocaust developed in partnership by the USC Shoah Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, and Yad Vashem. Attendees are welcome to visit the Echoes and Reflections booth to demo IWitness and learn how its online activities can be used to support the curriculum. Booth #706, Exhibit Hall.


NCSS Annual Conference

November 16-18

Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

Brandon Haas, a teacher at Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida, will detail his experiences using IWitness in “IWitness: Holocaust Education for the 21st Century Learner,” a presentation involving teachers and education experts from across the country. November 16, 2:30 pm, East Lobby - Level Six, session ID 143.

IWitness provides online access to more than 1,000 video testimonies given by Holocaust survivors and in 2013 will expand to include eyewitnesses of genocide from Rwanda and other crimes against humanity. A team of teachers—Kelly Watson (Fishers Junior High, Fishers, Indiana) and Robert Hadley (Clackamas High School, Clackamas, Oregon)—have developed lessons to teach on the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide using survivor testimony to which they received early access. Watson or Hadley will share their resources in their presentation “USC Shoah Foundation and Using Testimony to Teach about Rwanda.”November 16, 5:00 pm, Room 3A, session ID 105.

IWitness will be on exhibit all weekend long at the USC Shoah Foundation's booth, where attendees are invited to demo the resource for themselves. Booth #716, Hall 4 AB.

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