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

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

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

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

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

Digital Tools to Explore Martin Luther King's Legacy

Posted by Daniel Braunfeld on January 13, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed in the United States next week, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King and calling people from all walks of life to work together in support of the common good. The day provides an important opportunity for students to study the civil rights movement in the United States and King’s role within it, but it also can – and should – be a moment for young people to reflect on their own civic agency, and to find ways to participate as upstanders in their communities. Here are some new ideas for honoring King using digital media.

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

Three Video Resources for Human Rights Day

Posted by Julia Rappaport on December 9, 2013

Today is International Human Rights Day, marking the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document signed in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Video, Civil Rights, Holocaust and Human Behavior, Universe of Obligation, Media Skills, Holocaust Education, Online Learning, Flipped Classroom, Facing Technology

Nazi Art Discovered: Leading Classroom Discussions on the Role of Art in Nazi Germany

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 15, 2013

Last week, news broke about the discovery of 1,500 pieces of artwork – art that Nazis had confiscated during World War II. Found in a Munich apartment, the paintings included works by artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall, among others.

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Topics: Art, Video, Holocaust and Human Behavior, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Museum Studies, Holocaust Education, Online Learning, Restorative Justice, Flipped Classroom

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