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June 5, 2002

WebQuesting the Holocaust

A picture of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Had an enjoyable meeting today with the Education Outreach director of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Turns out they're planning on a three day event at SDSU next April about teaching about the holocaust and he wants to devote a half day of it to WebQuests. They're planning on 200 pre-service and in-service teachers. The Museum pays for substitutes.

Should be an interesting challenge! I'm thinking about simulated diaries, meeting of minds, consensus building.... those are the first designs that come to mind. Given the content, though, I'm going to have to be very careful about not romanticizing or over-simplifying things. I've got 10 months to figure it out.

The outreach director is another former Peace Corps vol and a former Californian who then moved to New England and loves it. What does he love? Without prompting, he named the two things I miss the most: the smell of lilacs in May and the cold crisp air (and brilliant foliage) of October. He also appreciates the respect that they have for preserving traditions and old buildings, in contrast with the early 1970's California he left behind which was tearing down orchards and neighborhoods to build freeways and condos everywhere. I think we're better about preservation nowadays.