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 27, 2018

Practice Interview Day

Practice Interviews with Special Guests!

Volunteers Share Stories with Students

Thursday, February 15th, students practiced their interview and equipment skills. Floyd County High School welcomed two guest volunteers into the Video and Media Technology Class. These guests came to share their stories so that the students could gain experience in a real interview. The class was divided into two groups to get work done. Each group has a set of roles to fulfill, just as on the day of the interview. 

Students interview Linda Laplante
Linda Laplante was one of the guests that agreed to sit in for a practice interview. From Maryland originally, she moved to Floyd County and was immediately welcomed. She shared her dream of living a "back-to-nature lifestyle" and how Floyd County became the place that offered the welcoming community she was looking for. (Pictured above right)
Students interview Brittany Quesenberry
The second guest was a familiar name and face to the students, Ms. Brittany Quesenberry who is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director and Assistant Principal for the high school. Ms. Quesenberry shared a bit about her family, work, and home life.   (Pictured above)
Aside from learning about our special guests, the students learned the process of setting up and interviewing for Interview Day. Since it was a practice day all around we had a discussion on what "constructive criticism" means, and how it can be beneficial. The high school students were very open and understanding when it came time to work through the commentary the class collected. 

RU mentor works with students 

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