USC Shoah Foundation Founder Steven Spielberg Announces IWitness Video Challenge

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IWitness, which the American Association of School Librarians has named as a top website for teaching and learning, provides students with guided exploration to full-life histories and testimonies of nearly 1,300 survivors and other witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides. Students watch testimonies and use them in individual or group multimedia projects; teachers can assign activities as classwork or homework, and can even custom-build their own lessons and activities. The testimonies are searchable by more than 9,000 keywords, enabling students to pinpoint exact moments of interest within each testimony. The built-in IWitness video editor gives students the ability to construct video essays, editing testimony clips together with footage from other sources as well as photos and maps, voiceover audio, music, and text.

Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation, believes that IWitness will transform learning for students now and in the future. "By integrating testimony-based education with the development of media literacy, digital citizenship, and other 21 st-century competencies, IWitness can help students understand the power of their words and actions and prepare them to be global citizens who add value to society."

Teachers interested in signing up their students in the IWitness Video Challenge must do so by June 30, 2013 and video essays must be submitted by October 31, 2013. USC Shoah Foundation will fly the IWitness Video Challenge winning student, a guardian/parent and teacher to Los Angeles in March 2014 to screen the video essay as part of the Institute's 20 th anniversary activities.

For more information about the IWitness Video Challenge, visit iwitness.usc.edu.

About the USC Shoah Foundation

USC Shoah Foundation The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute's current collection of 51,696 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes.

SOURCE USC Shoah Foundation Institute




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