A learning community empowering digital witnesses of Kansas oral history
We got amazing digital recording from interesting people all over Manhattan. I broke my students up into groups of 4 students to work on one aspect of the history: stage, community, building/school, and future. I am glad I did this because it would have been overwhelming to do this big of a project by themselves. I brought in one expert in each area to help the students brainstorm where to find their information. The kids were so excited and went right to work. When it came time for them to put all the recordings together it became more difficult. First they received amazing stories from so many with recording as long as 20 mins. They had to cut all this to a 5 minute recording. It is a hard job to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Then there was down time when only one or two kids could really do the work and the other two were bored or goofed off.
I think next time I will break them into groups for the research but then have them take one interview or two and do the project for themself.
This project was my first one done by the students and I am so proud of them. They became experts on how to cut on audacity and how to make one voice quiet or loud. They were more excited in doing this project than most others this year. They also know that these projects will be embedded in our USD website for all to see for years to come. They are beaming with pride! So maybe it is not perfect and maybe I could have done things differently but the amazing things they have learned about their school, their history, and technology with never be equalled!