Studying the Armenian Genocide: A Flipped Classroom Approach

Posted by KC Kourtz on April 17, 2015

This month marks 100 years since the start of the Armenian Genocide. This event raises important questions. How do historical events influence our identity and our perception of the "other"? Why do genocides frequently take place under the cover of war? What choices do individuals, groups, and nations have when responding to genocide and other instances of mass violence?

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Topics: Antisemitism, Armenian Genocide, EdTech, Media Skills, Assessment, Online Learning, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

Twitter and Your PLN: One Teacher's Story

Posted by Ashley Proulx on February 27, 2015

I remember driving to work one morning in 2008, vaguely paying attention to the DJ discussing Ashton Kutcher‘s recent Twitter rant about noisy neighbors. I had no idea what Twitter was.I was 25 at the time, right about at the stage in my life where adulthood began to officially set in and my knowledge of all things trendy began to rapidly decrease.

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Topics: Professional Development, Antisemitism, Teaching Resources, Social Media, Twitter, EdTech, PLN, Media Skills, Online Learning, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

Best of 2014: Top 5 Facing Technology Blog Posts

Posted by KC Kourtz on December 18, 2014

Reviewing the year we will soon be leaving behind, here are the Top Five Most Read Posts from Facing Technology

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, English Language Arts, Film, Antisemitism, Facing History and Ourselves, Civil Rights, Stereotype, Holocaust and Human Behavior, EdTech, ELA, Holocaust Education, Common Core State Standards, Blogs, Online Learning, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

30 Top EdTech Resources of 2014

Posted by KC Kourtz on December 16, 2014

Common Sense Education's Graphite site has named Facing History and Ourselves among its 30 best EdTech resources of 2014!
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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, Social Media, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Online Learning, Facing Technology

Using Survivor Testimony in the Classroom

Posted by Julia Rappaport on December 2, 2014

Survivor testimonies—firsthand accounts from individuals who lived through genocide and other atrocities—help students more deeply appreciate and empathize with the human and inhuman dimensions of important moments in history. They supplement what we learn from historians and secondary sources by offering unique perspectives on the difficult and sometimes impossible situations individuals were forced to confront during moments of collective violence and injustice.

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Topics: Webinar, Antisemitism, Survivor Testimony, Experiential education, EdTech, Holocaust Education, Online Learning, Facing Technology

Two Flipped Classroom Exercises to Teach "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Posted by KC Kourtz on November 24, 2014

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Do you teach Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird?

Check out these two flipped classroom exercises that can help engage students in the issues central to the novel—and their own lives—including race, class, gender, justice, and moral growth. The first exercise activates student thinking about "stereotype threat," or how stereotypes can negatively affect us in our daily lives. The second sets the historical setting of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, English Language Arts, Facing History and Ourselves, Video, Stereotype, EdTech, Online Learning, Flipped Classroom, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

From Our Sister Blog: Student Agency, Student Voice & the Maker Movement

Posted by KC Kourtz on October 23, 2014

As October is Connected Educator Month, we are pleased to announce Facing History's new partnership with Educator Innovator! Educator Innovator, powered by the National Writing Project, provides an online “meet-up” for educators who are re-imagining learning. Educator Innovator is both a blog and a growing community of educators, partners, and supporters. Read more about it on our sister blog Learn + Teach + Share.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, EdTech, Online Learning, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

A Flipped Classroom Approach to Teaching Civil Rights History

Posted by Denny Conklin on August 20, 2014

With summer easing its way into fall, we all are busy thinking about strategies and resources to bring into the classroom this school year.

As a Facing History program associate and former history teacher, I try to work in activities and lessons that build critical reading skills, which got me thinking: What if an educator were to do something similar using film clips and text-dependent questions?

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Topics: Film, Facing History and Ourselves, Video, Civil Rights, EdTech, Media Skills, Assessment, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

Back to School: 4 Top EdTech Trends to Watch

Posted by Hedrick Ellis on July 23, 2014

The annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference is the biggest educational technology gathering in the U.S. This year’s ISTE conference, held in June in Atlanta, Georgia, set a new attendance record, drawing over 16,000 people from 67 countries. Here’s my take on hot trends from my time at the conference.

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Topics: Social Media, EdTech, Media Skills, Online Learning, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

Why Developing Critical Listening Skills Matters

Posted by Miriam Morgenstern on July 2, 2014

As a Facing History-trained teacher, I strive to consistently integrate authentic voices in the classroom through survivor testimony. My students have heard my mantra many times: The greatest gift you can give another person is to listen to his/her story.

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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology, Listenwise

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