USC Shoah Foundation Strengthens WeVideo Partnership with Major Upgrade to IWitness Digital Storytelling Tools

USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education provides WeVideo video storytelling tools to students and teachers through the IWitness digital education site.

WeVideo complements the goals of IWitness, which are to engage students with personal testimony that connects them with the past and motivates them to build a better future.

WeVideo today announced that USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education has enhanced the WeVideo video storytelling tools available to students and teachers through the Institute’s IWitness digital education site ( For more than five years, WeVideo’s cloud-based video-editing platform has been an important part of IWitness, which uses audio-video testimonies—personal stories—from survivors and witnesses of genocide to teach students worldwide the importance of compassion and in bringing about positive societal change. Beginning August 1, the IWitness site will offer students the latest feature-rich HTML5-based version of WeVideo.

Instilling Change through Engaging Activity

The goal of IWitness is to motivate students to act responsibly and ultimately to help them uphold important values. These include justice, equality, diversity, tolerance and how best to counter attitudes and acts of hatred. IWitness provides online access to more than 2,000 full life histories, testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides for guided exploration. IWitness brings the human stories of the Institute’s Visual History Archive to secondary school teachers and their students via engaging multimedia-learning activities. Designed to be participatory, academic and student-driven, IWitness addresses education standards from the Common Core State Standards Initiative (United States) and the International Society for Technology in Education, among others.

WeVideo online video-editing tools are tightly integrated into 21 separate IWitness video activities that challenge students to research and produce public service announcements, video essays, or short films. WeVideo is also used by participants in the annual IWitness Video Challenge that asks middle and high school students in the United…

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