Roots with Wings, a Floyd County Place-Based Education Project:: Intergenerational Connections

Floyd Story Center

Since 1998, a community oral history collection partnership of the Old Church Gallery, Ltd., Radford University’s Center for Social and Cultural Research, Honors Program, Scholar-Citizen Initiative, Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, and Floyd County High School. Our archives now hold over 100 interviews.

In our Roots with Wings project, college mentors, high school staff, and community volunteers meet weekly during the school year to teach the discipline of oral history collection to Floyd County High School students.

Students learn ethical, methodologically sound interview techniques, practice and complete several interviews, transcribe the audiotapes, create searchable content logs, archive interviewee resources and period photographs, learn the technology of audio and video recording, research historical backgrounds, acquire proficiency in iMovie and storytelling, and finally extract a theme from an hour long interview to create a seven minute movie production.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Theme Construction Time

Creating Short Film Stories 

April 21st the class divided into four movie groups, one for each of our interviewees.  With assistance from the Radford University mentors, the groups brainstormed story themes from the printed interview transcripts. 

There was no shortage of ideas, since our respondents each had many varied life experiences in music, farm, sales, business, sports, and education.  What to choose?

Our celebration is set for Thursday, May 26th, at the high school library, where we’ll have our movie premiers and see the results of the students' work.

                                                        Blogpost: Kathleen Ingoldsby

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Almost Ready for Movie-making!

Content Logs create Keyword lists

It’s April 14th and we are on the tail-end of transcribing!  We're now peer-editing them for accuracy, and creating content logs—indexes of the important things that are said—so everything is well organized for the future. 
We will soon be editing our film footage into several small documentaries, and so are getting ready to plan what sort of stories we want to tell from each interview. 
Some students have begun composing themes and storyboards for their videos.  Next week we begin editing with iMovie!

Dr. Wagner explains how our videos can
  be created as both informative and entertaining-

Blogpost: Fiona Mahar-Milani 

Typing Transcriptions

Mid-way Through the Semester

April 7th, and we're making great strides in transcribing the audio files from our interviews. As we finish up the transcriptions we also peer-edit them--checking for accuracy, thoroughness, and proper spelling of place names. 

We're also in the process of creating content logs for our transcriptions—they are useful because they act as an index to our interview, highlighting important subjects discussed in the interview. This makes research and archiving in the future much easier, and makes the material more accessible and user-friendly. 

This coming week we will begin planning and creating our short documentaries using iMovie to edit our video footage. We want each documentary to have a theme and tell a short story. For many students this will be their first time working with iMovie, however, we are confident in their capabilities and creativeness and are really looking forward to seeing what ideas they come up with! 

Blogpost:  Fiona Mahar-Milani 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Transcription Begins!

Listening & Typing the Audio Tracks 

Thursday, March 31st, our class meeting is all about transcribing!  We are listening to our interview’s audio track and then typing out what is said.  The program that we use for this is called Express Scribe, and after getting used to program, we upload our audio tracks, label them very specifically, and everyone becomes well on their way to transcribing interviews.  Each student is assigned, on average, 15 minutes of audio as not to feel overwhelmed and have the tracks evenly distributed.  By the end of the day, all the students had developed their own techniques for working with the program.

In the coming weeks we will introduce them to iMovie.  This begins the next process of editing our own short documentaries out of our interviews---letting creativity and informative story-telling take over on the video projects.
blogpost: Fiona Mahar-Milani