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, February 16, 2016

Recording Equipment Round-Up

An Audio & Video How-To

We returned to Floyd County High School this week to learn about equipment and techniques for capturing quality interviews. We brought boxes of digital recorders, microphones, and cables of every size and color.  Our Marantz audio recording devices create superb sound quality, and are invaluable to our work capturing oral history.  Kathleen Ingoldsby demonstrated operating techniques as well as proper care and handling, and in follow-up student group workshops, Radford University mentors tutored hands-on, how-to lessons for using these devices. 

 Kathleen explains the Project Manual's Recording Section
Our high school students seemed to pick up operating the equipment quickly, as if it were second nature. They are eager to see things work the way that they're  supposed to and getting these results on their own.  By the end of the class the majority of students seemed comfortable setting up the audio equipment and began staging mock interviews.  Next week we'll begin our discussions and demonstrations on how to conduct interviews and gain conversational rapport.
 02-04-16 blogpost: Fiona Mahar-Milani

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