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Teaching the Holocaust with

Smithsonian Learning Lab and Primary Source Materials

 

June 24, 2016, 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Montgomery College, Rockville Campus

Workshop Focus

“Teaching the Holocaust with Smithsonian Learning Lab and Primary Source Materials” is designed to encourage and support teaching the Holocaust.  The workshop introduces participants to a new teaching platform, the Smithsonian Learning Lab.  Participants will learn to locate and save Holocaust-related artifacts from the digital collections of the Smithsonian Institution as well as from the Library of Congress and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. They will learn to organize, annotate and publish their Learning Lab collection(s) and consider how these images may support new or existing assignments and activities related to Holocaust studies. Participants will be guided through activities and exercises by content and process experts to strengthen their ‘teaching with primary source’ skills.

The last two hours of the workshop are reserved for a somber and reflective experience, as Holocaust survivors join the group to share first person testimony and answer participants’ questions.

  • We welcome teachers from local public and private schools, community college and university faculty, as well interested college and graduate students.

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

-  establish an account with the Smithsonian Learning Lab, explore the platforms features, research a topic and save digital artifacts to a “named” digital collection. 

-  practice accessing digitized primary source materials (e.g. photos, maps, artwork, manuscripts and other documents) about the Holocaust from the Smithsonian’s collections; 

-  learn how to import lesson plans and artifacts from non-Smithsonian resources, including Library of Congress and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, into their Learning Lab collection;

-  learn ways to use Learning Lab collections with existing or new assignments;

-  participate in role-playing exercises to analyze primary sources related to the Holocaust;

-  learn how to search the Library of Congress’ reader rooms catalogs and become familiar with process to obtain their Library’s Reader Identification Card;

-  learn about services provided by the Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County traveling photo exhibit and Holocaust speakers bureau; and

-  experience and reflect upon first person testimony from a Holocaust survivor.

Workshop Instructors

-  Carol Danks, Regional Education Corps, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Ken Jassie, Coordinator, Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County Maryland Education Program

-  Niyati Pandya, Information Literacy Coordinator and Reference Librarian, Montgomery College Libraries and Fellow in the Montgomery College Fellows at the Library of Congress pilot program.

-  Philippa Rappoport, Community Engagement Programs Manager, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 20

Registration is mandatory; attendance is free.  Contact Professor Ken Jassie at ken.jassie@montgomerycollege.edu. Participants will be served a Continental breakfast and lunch. The event is sponsored by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College and the Montgomery College Foundation. 

Participants must bring own laptop or tablet and extension power cord.


Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County is a collaborative social documentary project (photo portraiture and narrative) created to tell the stories of survivors who have lived in and around Montgomery County, Maryland. The exhibit consists of more than thirty 24 x 36" panels.

This traveling educational exhibit provides visual imagery and personal history of Holocaust survivors, and reaches a national audience. Portraits of Life enhances classroom teaching and learning; provides students with direct experience on a professional project; offers opportunities for faculty and student collaboration, and reflects the partnership between Montgomery College and the surrounding communities. 


In the 2015-2016 academic year POL programs took place in the following venues:

Montgomery College, Germantown and Rockville Campuses, MD

Eastern Middle School, Silver Spring, MD

Ridgeview Middle School, Gaithersburg, MD

Rockville High School, Rockville, MD

Farquhar Middle School, Olney, MD

Redland Middle School, Derwood, MD

Temple B'nai Israel, Rockville, MD

Temple Har Shalom, Potomac, MD

Rehoboth Public Library, Rehoboth, DE (Upcoming: Fall 2016)

 

In the 2014-2015 academic year POL programs took place in the following venues:

  • Eastern Middle School, Silver Spring, MD
  • Wilmington Public Library, Wilmington, DE
  • Westland Middle School, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Ridgeview Middle School, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Rockville High School, Rockville, MD
  • Redland Middle School, Derwood, MD
  • Hoover Middle School, Rockville, MD
  • Banneker Middle School, Burtonsville, MD
  • Lowell School, Washington, DC
  • Temple Har Shalom, Potomac, MD
  • Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
  • Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD    
                                                              

To request the exhibit and a Holocaust survivor speaker for your school or community group in Montgomery County, Maryland, please contact: Professor Ken Jassie, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland, USA. ken.jassie@montgomerycollege.edu.

View the "Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County" catalog.

We invite you to view, Access to History: Holocaust Survivors. This 2012 Telly award-winning video interview features Montgomery College Professor Ken Jassie, Montgomery College students and Holocaust survivors Nesse Godin and Emanuel Mandel. The video produced and director by MCTV’s Dan Rankin runs 49 minutes and is a production of Montgomery College Television (MCTV) © 2012.

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