College mentors, high school staff, and community volunteers meet weekly during the school year to teach the discipline of oral history collection to high school students who
• learn ethical, methodologically sound interview techniques
• practice and complete several interviews
• transcribe the audio tapes
• create searchable content logs,
• archive personal interviewee resources and period photographs
• learn the technology of audio and video recording
• research historical backgrounds and connect with another generation
• acquire proficiency in iMovie and storytelling
• extract a theme from an interview to create a seven minute movie production
Two of our program's short films will be presented at the Encouraging Student/Community Engagement: A Service Learning Workshop by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley on July 30th. (event)
One of the videos to be shown is based on an interview with a former WWII USO dancer, the other features students speaking about their project experience "In Their Own Words."
We must be doing something right when teens use the words "cool," "neat," "amazing," "wow," and "fun" to describe a project that resulted in professional products created with rigorous standards of quality.
Or as one student so aptly put it, “It shows that we should work together as a community to get the history out there – yeah, just get the history out there!”