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.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Conducting Two Practice Interviews

High School Staff Recorded on Mic!

February 23rd was a big day for RU mentors and FCHS students.  With Mr. Worley's class divided in two, we devoted our day to mock interviews on the auditorium stage. 

The class has been learning how to effectively operate our audio and video equipment for the last few weeks, and today we really put that knowledge to the test.  Armed with only their project manuals and, with only the most minimal guidance from RU mentors, Floyd County High School students set up the equipment on their own, carefully attaching a multitude of cords and adjusting the many controls.  In short time, the groups successfully sync'd the equipment together—it was good to see their comfort level with the technology grow and flourish. 

The video crew with Dino Herrera filming the interview  

We conducted two different practice interviews with a most helpful high school teacher (thank you Ms. MacAulay), and then, afterwards, we reviewed both interviews and discussed what techniques and types of questions worked best in each.  
blogpost: Fiona Mahar-Milani

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