Introducing the Holocaust to 8th Graders

It’s my first time using the Haiku Deck App, and I have to say, it’s pretty awesome. Definitely an engaging and fun app. I’m using it to introduce the Holocaust and our unit on The Diary of Anne Frank (the play). We are going to explore the use of dramatic writing to bring the story to life, as well as how the story is brought to life on screen.

By using Haiku Deck, I’m hoping to make this a more personal, relevant experience for these students. Most of them are so far removed from the horrors of the Holocaust and desensitized by violence that I’m hoping to invoke some empathy by putting them in the mindset of someone who experienced it.

I remember learning about the Holocaust in 6th grade, then again freshman year when we read Night, by Eli Weisel. I met a survivor during that unit as well, and I have to say, it was one of the most eye-opening, emotional, interesting, and memorable units of my school career.

I’m hoping to do the same for my end-of-the-year, burnt out 8th graders. We’ll see how it goes!

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/86f74grmGo

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Extracurriculars

I coach dance team after school. It’s a blast, but the school doesn’t have a sound system for me to use. I’ve lugged boom boxes to and fro quite a bit, and, frankly, it’s a pain in the butt. Or arm. Or both.

I had the brilliant idea to use my iPad as my stereo, I got a cheap speaker system on sale and have downloaded songs to my iTunes. This solves many problems, and I love how light and portable it is! I’d love it even more if our MPR had Internet access. Then I could use the Pandora app or other radio apps to supplement my music selection.

Using Multimedia in the Classroom…A Challenge

So, I have some ideas of how to include multimedia in my classroom, although implementing it has been a challenge. Here are some cool sites I want to play with and figure out how to use so I can show them to students:

glogster
And it’s edu-friendly version glogster edu
A very visual and creative way to blog. I can see uses for other subjects, trying to see how I can incorporate it into language arts and literacy. Maybe a use with small group instruction?

epubbud
Publish an ebook! I would love to see if this is worth while with my writing students. Doesn’t seem to work well on the iPad though…bummer.

blurb
More ebook publishing. Might be expensive, but looks super cool. Lots of potential!

HMH Readers app
Really great leveled fiction and nonfiction on iPad app. Need to figure out how to access on school iPad lab.