App to Facilitate an Intergenerational Project Over Thanksgiving
The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national project that empowers young people to create an oral history of contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the freeStoryCorps app for iOS and Android devices. The interviews will become part of the StoryCorps archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where they will serve as an invaluable resource for future historians. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved more than 100,000 interviews, providing families with a priceless piece of personal history. The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a free technology-based assignment originally developed for high school students studying American history, social studies, English, language arts, journalism, drama, ESL, media, and technology. Teachers and administrators can learn more and sign up on the project’s website to receive updates, special curriculum, and the free2019 digital Teacher Toolkit. Costs: Free
In September 2019, author Kenneth C. Davis began offering free virtual classroom visits on the subject of democracy and dictatorships. The intent of the virtual visits is to speak with middle school and high school students and their teachers about what democracy is, what threatens democracy today, and how to protect it.
Learning through digital technology and video games can lead to more peaceful societies, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the educational arm of the United Nations. The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development has created two games aimed at teaching students about global citizenship and sustainable development.