For teachers looking for new ways to motivate students to want to learn about the important events in history, the iHistory WW2 contest may be just the thing. You can help bring history to life by encouraging your students to interview WW2 veterans and create their own mini-film documentaries—possibly even for extra credit. Your students can learn and, at the same time, get involved in the teaching process by presenting their projects to the class. Plus, those who participate will not only have their video interviews archived at the Library of Congress, they will also have the chance enter to win prizes for themselves and their schools.
Educators, you can help make the iHistory WW2 contest a success. Besides working the contest into your lesson plans and offering the project as an extra credit assignment, here are some suggestions for spreading the word and guiding your students through the project.
- Print our flyer to handout: Click Here
- Hang the poster on your classroom bulletin board and in the teachers’ lounge.
- Arrange for the contest to be announced via your school’s public-address system.
- Announce the contest during the next assembly at your school.
- If available, provide resources from the school to help your students complete the project (eg. video cameras, lighting equipment, computers for editing).
- Encourage your students to Register on the iHistory WW2 website to access the step-by-step guide, release forms and resources.
- Remind students to vote for their favorite videos on YouTube, starting January 6th, 2014.