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Community Heritage Project

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Although this particular project has not been done before, a similar project has been used for the last three years at the middle school level. Previously students chose a topic about their community to explore. The choice of topic was in no way the result of a real-life problem or authentic student task.
The students were taught the Big6 process by the library media specialist. The students followed this information problem-solving process to gather background information about the topic. Students also went to the public library to do primary research in the Montana/community archives. The English teacher and the LMS taught the students how to conduct oral history interviews. The students chose one or several community members to interview about their topics. Students used tape recorders to record the interviews and transcribed the tapes after the interview was completed. No part of the actual instruction came as the result of using Internet resources. Some of the students used the Internet to do some of their investigations. Some of the students used the digital camera or video camera as well as a scanner to add interest to their projects.

After the research and interviews were complete, the students had to create some kind of product to share their new-found knowledge. Some students chose to use Power Point to create presentations, some students wrote reports, and some students created desktop displays. All of the student work was displayed at a "Community Heritage Night" at the end of the school year.

Students were assessed in several different ways. A variety of informal formative assessments were conducted throughout the project. Students completed weekly KWL charts to keep track of progress and goals. At the end of the project students and teachers completed a project rubric, and the group members completed a group evaluation. None of the assessments were completed using technology.

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Pam Birkeland e-mail: tis@gtccmt.org
School: Golden Triangle Curriculum Cooperative, Shelby, MT
Created: April 25, 1999
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w99/projects/heritage/pre.html