Ralph and his parents escaped Nazi Germany shortly after the Night of the Broken Glass. He shared a condensed version of the history of Germany following WWI and the rise of the Nazi Party. He finished his story by acknowledging five people who played a key role in his family's escape from probable death. I loved the word he used to describe these five individuals. He called them upstanders. Bystanders will watch and refuse to get involved. Upstanders risk their own safety to help others. He seamlessly connected this idea to the students' lives. When they see something happening and they know that it is wrong, he encouraged them to be upstanders. The power of one person is amazing.
I want to thank Ralph and the IHMEC for making this experience possible. I also want to thank @SkypeClassroom for providing the tool for this connection. Educational technology tools provide opportunities that were once never possible. If you want to enhance a lesson you currently teach, find somebody who can share a story or experience with your class. With social media tools such as Twitter, and the video conferences software like @SkypeClassroom, the possibilities are beyond belief.
Who have you invited into your classroom lately?