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.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Preparations Continue

DLSR Cameras, FlipCams, & iPad Pan/360 Added to the Mix!
 
March 4th, the students, college mentors, and the leadership team were absorbed by supplementary camera equipment and “how it works” activities.  The additional cameras (from Citizens Telephone Coop) Mr. Worley demonstrated make it possible to film interviews from different angles and give more depth to interview movie scenes.   


The second half of the class explored interview questions centered on “neighborhood” and “community,” and exactly how those concepts might be affected by place, communication, family, church, school, and social activities. Some very good ideas emerged from the class discussion.

blogpost: Catherine Pauley

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