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, April 20, 2016

Almost Ready for Movie-making!

Content Logs create Keyword lists

It’s April 14th and we are on the tail-end of transcribing!  We're now peer-editing them for accuracy, and creating content logs—indexes of the important things that are said—so everything is well organized for the future. 
We will soon be editing our film footage into several small documentaries, and so are getting ready to plan what sort of stories we want to tell from each interview. 
Some students have begun composing themes and storyboards for their videos.  Next week we begin editing with iMovie!

Dr. Wagner explains how our videos can
  be created as both informative and entertaining-

Blogpost: Fiona Mahar-Milani 

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