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Free Webinars from The National WWII Museum

Expand the walls of your classroom and make cross-curricular connections with the Museum’s FREE webinar series. Students have the opportunity to interact with authors, historians and Museum experts to explore a broad of array of topics that bring WWII history to life. No special technology needed, thousands of students can connect to the Museum at once simply via their classroom computer to view live, interactive programs that immerse students in history. Over 20,000 students from across the country tuned in, examined Museum oral histories and artifacts, and asked questions of guest speakers and Museum experts. Register for one of our webinars below today!

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#WhatFloats Webinar #WhatFloats: Designing, Building, and Driving Wartime Vessels
Thursday, October 8, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm CT

During World War II, boats and ships were designed for a specific purpose, whether to aid in landing thousands of troops on faraway beaches, or to launch air attacks in the middle of vast seas and oceans. Learn about the importance of boat design firsthand from Museum boat builders, currently hard at work restoring PT-305. Built in New Orleans, PT-305 served in the Mediterranean during WWII. After 70+ years of wear-and-tear, it’s now the job of the boat building team to repair and restore PT-305 to her wartime condition.

Next, discover what it’s like being in the driver’s seat of a Higgins boat from World War II veteran Johnny DiFatta. With their unique design, Higgins boats were used in every major amphibious landing of the war, delivering soldiers and supplies during beach invasions. Mr. DiFatta will share stories about his experiences behind the wheel of this critical landing craft in the Pacific Theater.

Students will have the opportunity to ask the boat builders and veteran questions and engage in a WWII design challenge of their own.

Part of the "What Floats Your Boat?" IVC special event proudly supported by the Pinnacle Education Collaborative during October 5 to 9. Find more events by searching #whatfloats on the CILC website!

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Pearl Harbor Webinar Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Featuring The National WWII Museum & the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm CT/ 8:00am- 9:00am HAST

Join The National WWII Museum and the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor through this special, live webinar. Travel to New Orleans to get behind the scenes access to the Museum’s newest gallery, Campaigns of Courage: Road to Tokyo, officially opening to later in the month. Explore Pearl Harbor resources and artifacts that tell the story of the “day that will live in Infamy.”

Next students will venture to Hawaii, for an up close encounter of the USS Arizona Memorial with National Park Service educators. Learn how the park remembers the historic anniversary every year and preserves the stories of the attack for visitors from across the globe. Hear firsthand testimony from a witness of the attack and discover how this one day forever changed our country’s history.

Classrooms participating live will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Museum and Park Service educators. All registered teachers will receive early access to Pearl Harbor teaching materials from the Museum’s War in the Pacific curriculum volume. Space is limited—register today!

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Mare's War Student Webinar Mare’s War: Exploring African American Experiences in WWII with Historical Fiction
Featuring Author Tanita Davis
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm CT

Join Museum Educators and author Tanita Davis for a FREE webinar exploring the experiences of African American women in WWII. In the Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner, Mare’s War, readers will embark on a road trip with teens Octavia and Tali, disgruntled to be spending endless hours in the car with their grandmother, Mare. Mare a “grandmother with flair and a fascinating past” begins to share her stories with her grandkids―her difficult childhood growing up in the Deep South, lying about her age to join the Women’s Army Corps during WWII, and the segregation she faced serving her country in an all-black Army unit. Students will explore both stories of discrimination and achievement on the Home Front and battle fronts through artifacts and oral histories featured in the Museum’s latest special exhibit, Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences during WWII. Students will be able to ask Museum Educators and the author questions throughout the live session.

A perfect program to commemorate Black History Month in your classroom. Teachers will receive curriculum materials related to the program upon registering. Perfect for students in grades 7-12, but all audiences are welcome to view and participate.

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Tuskegee Student Webinar Veteran Voices: Tuskegee Airmen Share their Stories
Thursday, April 21, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm CT

This FREE webinar features veterans from one of the most distinguished groups of air crewmen in American history: the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots during WWII. Known for their stellar flying record and their distinctive aircraft, these Red Tail Angels broke barriers by fighting fascism abroad and prejudice at home. These courageous pilots encountered discrimination and racism, quieting doubters as they flew perilous bomber-escort missions over Europe, rarely losing a plane. Students will not only hear about these accomplishments and setbacks firsthand, but also have the opportunity to ask the veterans and Museum Educators questions throughout the program. Students will also encounter the one of the Museum’s newest artifacts, an iconic Red Tail P-51 Mustang before the war bird is hung in the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

Teachers will receive curriculum materials related to the program upon registering. Perfect for students in grades 5-12, but all audiences are welcome to view and participate.

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Archived Programs

Explore the Museum’s lineup of dynamic and unique student webinars from previous school years. Connect with expert Museum staff, authors and poets of World War II literature, a veteran who landed on Iwo Jima, and a Holocaust survivor, among other special guests, telling firsthand accounts and sharing with students how WWII shaped their lives. Programs showcase Museum special exhibits and historic WWII anniversaries with a simple click of a button. Whether you are teaching about Pearl Harbor, the Home Front, or the atomic bombs, there's a webinar fit for every classroom.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I need to watch the webinar?

  • If you have not run an Adobe Connect webinar in the past, you need to test your system here (ensures you have an updated version of Adobe Flash Player, etc). You will also receive this information in your confirmation email.
  • If there’s an entire classroom watching the webinar, you will need a smart board or digital projector and external speakers.
  • You will receive a teacher guide via email with curriculum materials specific to the WWII topic covered in the webinar.

How do I get into the webinar?

  • Anyone with the specific Adobe Connect URL can access the webinar. NOTE: The webinar streams from Adobe Connect, not from The National WWII Museum website. You will receive a link to the specific webinar room in the confirmation email.
  • You will enter the webinar as a "GUEST." No login credentials necessary! The webinar room is BLOCKED TO GUEST ACCESS up to half an hour before the webinar begins. It will open up to guests half an hour before the webinar is set to start.

What if I’m having technical difficulties once I enter the webinar room?

  • Shut down all programs on your computer. If the problem persists, close out and restart Adobe Connect. If you have a weak wireless signal, you might want to connect with an Ethernet line.

Is there a recording of the program available?

  • After the program, registrants are emailed an online evaluation. If you complete the evaluation, you will receive a link to the recording of the webinar. It is available for about a month after the program.


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Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.

See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.

The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!

The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.

Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.

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