USC Shoah Foundation – the Institute for Visual History and Education, an organization that works in collaboration with the University of South Carolina to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and other genocides through audio-visual interviews, has partnered with Discovery Education to create Teaching with Testimony. This new educational program unlocks the powerful classroom potential of testimony by drawing upon USC Shoah Foundation's vast library of audiovisual testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocides.
Among the tools offered by Teaching with Testimony, there is a virtual field trip on the often-overlooked tragedy of the Armenian genocide. The virtual field trip is accessible at this link: https://www.teachingwithtestimony.com/virtual-field-trip-armenian
The virtual field trip comprises a number of firsthand stories of anti-hate advocates working to preserve the legacy of the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide, a recorded Q&A, and a downloadable Educator Guide with hands-on activities designed to prepare students for themes introduced in the VFT and extend the learning after watching with a class discussion about the power of story.
The tool is a great initiative to spark timely discussions with students about the need to speak out and actively counter hate in their communities.