Engaging Students in a Study of Identity: A Flipped Classroom Exercise

Posted by KC Kourtz on June 20, 2014

At Facing History, we begin each journey of investigation with a study of identity, focusing on how both individual and national identities are formed, as well as how these identities influence behavior and decision-making.

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Topics: Antisemitism, Holocaust and Human Behavior, EdTech, Online Learning, Flipped Classroom, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

Facing Today Blogger's School Wins Excellence in Innovation Award!

Posted by Julia Rappaport on June 11, 2014

Congrats to Beacon Academy, an in-depth Facing History school, on its Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2014 Excellence in Innovation Award! Beacon Academy's associate head of school, Mervan Osborn, is a regular contributor to FAcing Today as well as a 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant winner.

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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Beacon Academy, Facing Technology

Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant Recipients Announced!

Posted by KC Kourtz on May 28, 2014

This week Facing History announced the recipients of its annual Margot Stern Strom Innovation Awards, which grew out of a teaching award established in 2006 to recognize Facing History-trained educators who are thinking outside-the-box to transform schools and impact student learning.

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Topics: Professional Development, Facing History and Ourselves, Social Media, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Online Learning, Facing Technology

Four Resources to Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in Your Classroom

Posted by KC Kourtz on April 24, 2014

April 28 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah. We have put together what we hope will be a useful collection of resources for you to share with your students as you observe this important day.

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Topics: Art, Antisemitism, Choosing to Participate, Facing History and Ourselves, Video, Holocaust and Human Behavior, EdTech, Holocaust Education, Online Learning, Facing Technology

Facing History, Facing Ourselves in Washington, D.C: A Class Trip

Posted by Mervan Osborne on April 17, 2014

In March, the Beacon Academy Class of 2014 took a trip to Washington, D.C. with the Close Up Foundation. Over the course of four days, 19 students from the class of 2014 had the opportunity to explore the most important sights in the city – places that gave us the chance to think, reflect, and learn about the United States’ democratic ideals and historical realities.

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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, Experiential education, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Museum Studies, Beacon Academy, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

How to: Use a Flipped Classroom Exercise for Teaching Art As Resistance/Propaganda

Posted by KC Kourtz on March 7, 2014

A few months ago we published our first in a series of blog posts on using the flipped classroom approach with Facing History themes and resources. (To learn more about the flipped classroom model, see this helpful article on the New York Times Opinionator blog.) We were happy to read so many positive responses from educators who have tried this method in or are planning to soon. While it is still too soon for us to know the long-term impact of the flipped classroom approach on students and on educators’ teaching practices, we do know one thing: flipped classroom exercises create opportunities for personalized learning, help teachers use classroom time more efficiently, and allow us to incorporate technology into homework as well as classroom lessons.

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Topics: Art, Antisemitism, Video, EdTech, Assessment, Online Learning, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

45 Terrific Twitter Accounts for Teachers

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 19, 2014

We're so excited to be featured in My Town Tutors' list of 45 Terrific Twitter Accounts for Teachers!

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Topics: Social Media, Twitter, EdTech, Media Skills

Fill in the Blank: “The Truth Is…”

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 6, 2014

Today, Cleveland Facing History students are getting an opportunity to share their truth - whatever it may be - on video as part of a traveling public art display.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Video, Stereotype, Universe of Obligation, School Culture, EdTech, Media Skills, Facing Technology

Digital Learning Day and Facing History

Posted by KC Kourtz on January 28, 2014

Digital Learning Day (February 5, 2014) is an annual day designated to highlight the effective use of technology to improve education for all students. Here at Facing History, and in this blog in particular, we are excited to be in conversation with educators about how technology amplifies, as well as complicates, our notions of identity, history, and community. To this end, we are proud to support educators every day in their thoughtful use of technology in the classroom, and Digital Learning Day is a perfect opportunity to highlight this work.

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Topics: Professional Development, Safe Schools, Civil Rights, EdTech, Holocaust Education, Webinars, Online Learning, Facing Technology

Teachers Are Challenging Stereotypes About Who is Using Social Media: Are You?

Posted by Julia Rappaport on January 17, 2014

Last week, the Gates Foundation blog Impatient Optimists shared a post about educators that use social media as a professional learning network. Author Vicki Phillips, the Gates Foundation's director of College-Ready Education, wrote:

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Topics: Professional Development, Social Media, EdTech, Online Learning, Facing Technology


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