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      Educator Resources

    • Background Information on the Holocaust: https://www.ushmm.org/learn/introduction-to-the-holocaust
    • What is Genocide? Connections video in IWitness: http://iwitness.usc.edu/SFI/Account/
    • Echoes & Reflections professional development and resources for teaching the Holocaust (middle and high school teachers): http://echoesandreflections.org/
    • Teaching with VR

      Testimony-Based Virtual Reality in Education

      IWitness360 brings together individual testimonies and virtual reality (VR) film to promote empathy, among other positive educational outcomes. IWitness testimony-based activities and resources are effective in building the capacity for empathy, deepening learning, developing digital literacy skills and enhancing educational outcomes. Emerging VR research points to VR films as also having the potential to increase empathy. New IWitness360 activities are being developed to explore the combined power of testimony and VR to increase empathy and achieve other Social Emotional Learning outcomes.

      Use of Testimony in Education

      Our methodology consists of four core principles. All content and programming is

    • Based on testimony and the universal cultural tool of story.
    • Tied to theory and research.
    • Associated with learning outcomes.
    • Flexible, accessible in multiple formats, and designed to be localized by educators.
    • Application of these principles engages students in dynamic multimedia learning experiences that promote understanding of history, sharpens critical thinking, enhances digital skills, builds their capacity for empathy and promotes motivation and interest in responsible citizenship in their communities.

      Our Pedagogy

      We use the 4C’s (Consider, Collect, Construct and Communicate) as the framework for our pedagogy. Each ‘C’ corresponds to build knowledge, transliteracy skills, promote empathy and critical thinking skills. The 4C’s incorporate active learning, guided exploration, practice and reflection as students: Consider information about a specific topic or concept and as they reflect on their background knowledge; students Collect information from various sources of text including testimony; students Construct a final product which reflects their understanding and they Communicate their learning through reflection and sharing with peers.

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      Testimony-Based Virtual Reality

      A new addition to IWitness, IWitness360 combines educational immersive VR experiences with personal testimony to actively engage students with themes that cross the curriculum. Each VR experience will be supported by activities, resources and guidelines for bringing testimony-based VR into the classroom. It is expected that the Library of VR films will expand over time.


      Lala, an animated and live action VR film developed by USC Shoah Foundation in partnership with Discovery Communications, Discovery Education, and Global Nomads Group, is based on the testimony of Holocaust survivor Roman Kent. About his beloved dog, Lala, the story demonstrates that even when human beings perpetrate the worst atrocities, “love is stronger than hate.”

      The Last Goodbye (Coming soon)

      In The Last Goodbye, powerful testimony of the tragedy of the Holocaust is preserved for the first time in poignant and interactive room-scale VR, as survivor Pinchas Gutter takes the audience with him on his final visit to Majdanek Concentration Camp where his parents and sister were murdered during World War II. Created in partnership with here Be Dragons, MPC, and OTOY, Inc.

      Here are 3 options for viewing virtual reality (VR) content.
      1. Simple ”Cardboard” VR viewer with a smartphone.
      2. On a smartphone or mobile device on its own.
      3. On a computer screen with the web-based video player.  

      Simple “Cardboard” VR viewer with a smartphone

      "Cardboard" viewers work along with your mobile phone and are available in a range of styles from a range of companies. Download the YouTube app for iOS or Android on your smartphone. Once the app is installed, use your smartphone to access iwitness.usc.edu/360, where you will find direct links to IWitness360 videos. To view the video in VR format, tap the "Cardboard" headset icon in the corner of the YouTube app player, press play, and insert your smartphone into your “Cardboard” headset to begin. Wear your headphones/earbuds for stereo sound.

      Smartphone or mobile device viewing

      Even if you don’t have a VR headset, you can still have a VR experience using your smartphone or mobile device on its own. Download the YouTube app for Android or iPhone on your smartphone. Once the app is installed, use your mobile device to access iwitness.usc.edu/360, where you will find direct links to IWitness360 videos. Make sure the "Cardboard" headset icon is NOT selected. After hitting play, move your device around to look in 360 degrees. Wear your headphones/earbuds for stereo sound.

      On computer, web-based video player viewing

      Scroll down the iwitness.usc.edu/360 page and click on the VR video player and the VR film will begin to play. To look around, use your cursor to click and drag within the viewer window.

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