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Bridging the Gap: Videoconferencing Program
Thanks to the videoconferencing technology available at Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, students in Grade 10 and 11 were able to witness history, when they held a videoconference with the Holocaust Survivor, Eva Braun, on March 10, 2005. The students connected directly from their classroom to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and experienced a unique opportunity to hear about Mrs. Braun's life under the Nazis occupation, during some of the darkest hours of World War II. Students heard how this remarkable woman survived many months in Auschwitz and why she has dedicated the last 14 years of her life to sharing the lessons of the Holocaust with students. In this extraordinary presentation students learnt how the Holocaust relates to issues of racism and prejudice and how they can become part of the call for tolerance. Students were able to put a face to history through the experiences of one Holocaust survivor. The Museum of Tolerance initiated its Bridging the Gap program several years ago as a way of using videoconferencing technology to connect disciplines, generations, communities, and experiences. This program utilizes video-conferencing techniques while integrating literature in order to stimulate students' critical thinking & independent inquiry, and initiate historical analysis in order to facilitate their own learning, enhance actual knowledge, and foster their interest in the understanding of history & current events. Through the interaction with Holocaust survivors students gain primary source information about the content that has previously been discussed in class.
For more information about the program visit: http://tft.museumoftolerance.com/Content.Node/library/BTG-Info.pdf
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