Ferguson: Breaking Down the News

Posted by Stacey Perlman on August 2, 2016


Nearly two years ago, on August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri. News of the event swiftly spread across national media outlets and the shooting quickly became a flashpoint for a national discussion about race, policing, and justice in the United States.

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Topics: Media Skills, Journalism, current events, Facing Ferguson

Digital Tools to Inspire Your Students on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Posted by Daniel Braunfeld on January 12, 2016

Next week we will take the time to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His message of calling people from all walks of life to work together in support of the common good is just as pertinent now as it was then. As we prepare to talk to our students about what Dr. King stood for, here are some digital tools to bring his words and ideas to life in your classroom. This round up will enhance your students’ ability to study his role in the Civil Rights Movement while inspiring them to participate as upstanders in their own communities.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Civil Rights, Media Skills, Online Learning, Facing Technology

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

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

Tools You Can Use: Resources From the Facing History Website

Posted by KC Kourtz on September 15, 2014

Happy back-to-school season! We hope the academic year is off to a terrific start and are excited to support you with new readings, streaming video, lesson ideas, webinars, and other opportunities for professional development.

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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, Video, Media Skills, new website, differentiated instruction, Webinars, 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

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

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