Dozens of teachers from around the country recently participated in our first ever Annenberg-Newseum Summer Teacher Institute, both in person and virtually via social media. During this free professional development workshop, presented in partnership with Annenberg Learner, teachers focused on ways to incorporate new media, the First Amendment and social change into their classrooms through interactive presentations and curriculum-building sessions. On-site participants also had the chance to examine artifacts from our collection with an archivist and explore our galleries.
The Newseum Education team used social media to reach the greatest number of educators during the three-day institute. All activities were accessible online through classroom videos, live tweets, Instagram images, Pinterest boards and Poll Everywhere.
Educators who participated in the institute raved about the experience. Beth Gryczewski, a social studies teacher at Flint Hill School in Alexandria, Va., told us, “Not only are the Newseum instructors dynamic, but they have done a fantastic job of telling the story from perspectives that are usually ignored. Learning about the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the First Amendment, the press, and from the perspective of the demonstrators are all essential parts of the story that are too often left out of the classroom.”
Thanks to all teachers who applied to and participated in the institute. We look forward to more great opportunities like this in the future!
Annenberg Learner is the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 Summer Teacher Institute.