On Nov. 11 each year, schools around the country observe Veterans Day. Although it is customary to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives while serving our country, many forget that Nov. 11 was originally Armistice* Day, which officially marked the end of World War I in 1918. Unfortunately, it often seems that the First World War is no better remembered—or taught about in U.S. schools—than Armistice Day.
The Doughboy Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to World War I education, makes high-quality, compelling WWI Teaching Resources available to students and educators. The resources, which include augmented reality apps and lessons, provide an interactive and engaging way to teach about World War I in a way that’s relevant to today’s students.
Although WWI defined one of the most consequential periods in American history, high-quality teaching and learning resources about America’s role in the so-called “Great War” are limited. To fill that gap and help a new generation understand the history of WWI, the Doughboy Foundation has made its collection available at no cost to teachers and students around the country. The Doughboy Foundation’s collection, available through Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, includes:
- A completely updated, 20-page “The United States in WWI” history e-book;
- A series of video documentaries called “How WWI Changed America”;
- Augmented reality apps for smartphones and tablets;
- Additional primary sources;
- Teacher guides; and
- Student worksheets.
The “How WWI Changed America” documentary series was developed with the help of prominent WWI historical experts, led by Dr. Libby O’Connell, Chief Historian Emeritus for the Discovery Channel, along with Dr. Chris Capozzola of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Jennifer Keene from Chapman University, Dr. John Morrow Jr. of the University of Georgia, Dr. Jeffrey Sammons from New York University, and Dr. Herman Viola, Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution. To provide a complete picture of the impact of the war on American society, the available learning resources look at the war through the experiences of women, Black and Native Americans, and immigrants as well as through lenses such as the Bill of Rights, propaganda, and more.
Created for use in history or civics classes in grades 7–12, the Doughboy Foundation’s WWI Teaching Resources are standards-driven and flexible. Teachers can use the materials to plan and deliver lessons about WWI for as little as a single day or as long as a full school week or more.
To further immerse today’s students in history, the National WWI Memorial’s Virtual Explorer and Visitor Guide mobile apps use augmented reality to integrate interactive elements and explorations of WWI into “virtual visits” to the Washington, D.C. memorial. They bring the story of WWI to life for students in new and engaging ways, wherever they are. Learn more.
*An armistice is a formal agreement of warring parties to stop fighting. It is not necessarily the end of a war, as it may constitute only a cessation of hostilities while an attempt is made to negotiate a lasting peace. It is derived from the Latin arma, meaning “arms” and -stitium, meaning “a stopping.” Source: Wikipedia