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Subject:

Re: A Conference and a Billington aha

From:

Kirk Ankeney <[log in to unmask]>

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Kirk Ankeney <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 2 Mar 1998 07:34:28 -0800

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Thanks for the news.  David Vigilante, Carol Barry, Rich del Rio and I had =
a similar experience at the California Council for the Social Studies =
conference Saturday.  The on-line demonstration went well, and we expect =
there will be applications from CA to this summer's project. KSA
On 2/27/98, American Memory Fellows wrote:
>Hi everyone!
>
>I'm just back from the largest ever (over 2400 people attending) Michigan
>Council for the Social Studies Conference where Tim and I did two
>presentations (each to 80+ teachers -- standing room only). We were able =
to
>hook up directly to the site and demonstrate how it worked while I shared
>some of my lessons and my students' experiences. People were very
>responsive and were quite interested about this summer's program.  Our
>handout included a page about it and I hope / think there will be some
>Michigan applications. We even had a request to do a summer inservice for
>an intermediate (countywide) school district. Their social studies
>consultant wants us to do a full day workshop dealing with how they can =
use
>American Memory as a part of their K-12 history program. "What do you
>charge?" we were asked.  Never heard a teacher asked that before!  Guess
>we're not used to thinking of ourselves as professional workshop
>facilitators.
>
>And, at Frances' request, I'd like to share an experience I had last week;=

>it really was a pleasant "aha" for me and my kids. It involved the WPA =
LIfe
>Histories Collection. I was not all that familiar with this collection =
but
>thought it might be helpful as I wrapped up the New Deal and began =
getting
>my kids ready to go out and interview local residents about Midland's
>history in the 1940's.  Previously when I worked with American Memory
>Collections I had constructed fairly elaborate assignments which required
>them to do a variety of tasks with a particular collection.  This time I
>wanted a less structured and less formal assignment.  Since the students
>already were comfortable with using AM sites, I simply turned them loose =
on
>a one day scavenger hunt.  I asked them to identify some "best" and "most"=

>life histories (i.e. best capturing of dialect,  most interesting story
>involving a minority group, most unusual job description, best written
>history, etc.).  The kids loved it!  (And so did I.)  Several times I had
>to quiet them down as the shouted excitedly across the lab about what
>they'd just discovered. They found hangings, Italian dialect, tall tales,
>cousins' weddings and meatpacking stories which would have made Upton
>Sinclair sick to his stomach. Equally powerful were the silences that
>accompanied the finding of horrific stories about the KKK or what life
>really was like out West. They achieved what I wanted -- they learned =
about
>this specific WPA program and they now have a reference base for =
different
>ways to write up successful life histories.  Perhaps even more important,
>they directed their own learning about the past using a diverse =
collection
>of primary resources.
>
>Last summer Dr. Billington challenged us to tell him how a digitized
>collection can directly impact students' education.  In my opinion, he
>asked the right group of people at the wrong time. I wish I could have
>described this lesson to him then. It and this experience would have been
>impossible without the efforts of the Library -- both in putting
>collections online and in educating me about them. These resources have
>made history come alive for my students and have allowed them to be
>"historians" working with legitimate primary documents.
>
>Anyone else had a post-Institute "aha" that they'd like to share or a
>response for The Librarian?
>
>Mike Federspiel
>
>
>
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