Students in Nicole Pfaff's Monsters: Our Dark Mirrors English class create interactive maps to better comprehend the classic Frankenstein. Through this exercise they are better able to imagine the plot, the characters and the struggles they faced. As a KQED Teacher Ambassador, Nicole completed an interactive maps course and then applied the concepts to her lesson plans.
You can read Nicole's blog post on the KQED Education website here.
In addition to this innovative project, Nicole is currently working with sophomores to help them understand the stories of genocide survivors. "Students watch oral testimonies of genocide survivors, then reflect on how they see intolerance in their own communities. Then they develop a small community action plan and document both the action and its impat. Combined with the piece of testimony that inspired them, they create a short video of the experience. The students will ultimately enter their creations in a Shoah Foundation contest."