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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Movie Premiers - Floyd Co. High School    ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯

thumbnails of some of the student videos

Two technology classes present twelve films from their WWII oral history interviews.

After completing the four prior interviews of WWII veterans, the students learned the art of transcription from RU Professor, Dr. Melinda Wagner.  In a follow-up step, the classes created searchable content logs.   Radford University mentors assisted with the format completion and gave workshop lessons on each segment of the program, assisted by the program's project manual.   Next, Mrs. Myers assigned three teams for each interview with three different tasks for a 3-7 minute movie focus:  a behind the look at the interview production dynamics, a story about the early life of each participant, and a view of the wartime experiences from each interviewee.  Storyboard basic development and iMovie instruction followed.

The twelve movies were beautifully done and, as a total package, presented a full picture of what the students learned, experienced, or researched about another generation in their community.  The behind the scenes movies added the dimension of accomplishment from lots of hard work.

Many of the technology tools of the video craft found their way into the iMovie student films:
sound effects, type fonts, color, images, voiceovers, transitions, text, video, audio, & music!                  Applause!   Applause!!


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