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 23, 2016

Recording the Interview

Lights, Camera, Action!  


Arriving at the high school with even more boxes in tow, we expanded class lessons into using our video equipment, how the cameras are arranged, how to operate them in different recording formats, and how the Marantz audio recorder syncs with them to create powerful and high quality tools for our project. 
 RU mentors Fiona Mahar-Milani and Olivia Thompson
 explain the camera equipment set-up process. 
 
RU mentors divide into three groups, each hosting an explanatory workshop on the different components of this crucial set-up process. Students rotate between arranging the tripods, from powering up and formatting the recorders, to operating and connecting the camera to the proper ports.

  Derik Galvez, RU mentor, helps test interconnected recording equipment.

 

In each workshop students have an opportunity for hands-on experience with the tools, and it's nice to see their growing familiarity and enjoyment of technology.  

Finally, once all of the students have completed each step, the RU mentors explain the importance of making sure everything is properly packed away, with an appreciation for careful, protective care of sensitive equipment.     

02-18-16 BlogPost Fiona Mahar-Milani



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