As time diminishes the voices of the last living survivors, it is imperative that we find innovative solutions to educate about the Holocaust. IWalk’s content has been developed specifically for the Memorial Plaza, where visitors can use the app to view video testimonials from Holocaust survivors and witnesses drawn from the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, which has over 54,000 eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust.
IWalk personalizes its content for each visitor, based upon their native language, place of origin, and other customizable information, to create a unique guided tour experience. IWalk includes multiple learning modules with different content for general visitors and students of different grade levels. It establishes personal connections between the park’s visitors and Holocaust survivors through place, language, and culture, thereby encouraging people to think critically and empathetically about their beliefs and actions in the present.
To help educators use this new teaching resource, PHRF and USC Shoah Foundation have partnered with ADL Philadelphia to reach out to and train teachers in the Philadelphia region. Participating teachers will have access to both in-person trainings and webinars to support them in crafting robust learning opportunities and lesson plans.
For teacher training opportunities, please contact Randi Boyette at: firstname.lastname@example.org