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End of Project Reflection Notes

posted Jun 18, 2014, 10:05 AM by Dallas Price   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 10:05 AM ]

Uncovering and telling the narrative story within primary resources takes a lot of practice. Students did an excellent job using primary sources collected by Bruce Parnham of the National Archives in Anchorage. For the next project, before beginning GeoHistorian storytelling, I will work with the whole class on a modeled writing example. This would take 3-5 work sessions of approximately an hour, but it is a necessary scaffold.

Google Drive tools are essential for collaborative three-column storyboards, script writing, researching and documentation, and storage of multimedia.

The end-of-year viewing was interesting because I realized that students had not seen their digital stories with an audience yet. We were short on time and skipped right to showing work with an audience. Many students had strong reactions to hearing their own voices. For the next project, I will spend more time throughout the project teaching work-focused critique skills.

Creating multi-media is a complex craft that requires all forms of literacy: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing media, and producing media. 

Creating multi-media is a process and students need to be encouraged to embrace growth rather than perfection. 

Day 7: 5/1/14

posted May 3, 2014, 9:31 AM by Dallas Price   [ updated May 3, 2014, 9:31 AM ]

Create GeoHistorian Teams and Begin Begin Building Research
Read building information prepared by Bruce Parnham from the National Archives, Anchorage.
Create Google Doc titled GH Notes - Building Name. One document per team. Share with team members, Mrs. Price, and Mr. Trampush.
Read historical information, take notes, examine and cite links.

Day 6: 4/30/14

posted May 3, 2014, 9:25 AM by Dallas Price   [ updated May 3, 2014, 9:25 AM ]

Analyze Geographical Information: What geographical features may have led the first residents to settle in the Ship Creek Area?
Find the Google Maps satellite image for the Ship Creek historical townsite by searching for the Anchorage Railroad Depot on 1st Avenue.
Create a screenshot of the map image.
Upload the satellite image to Moodle.
Respond to the geographical analysis prompt in the Moodle.


Day 5: 4/24/14

posted May 3, 2014, 9:13 AM by Dallas Price   [ updated May 3, 2014, 9:13 AM ]

Downtown Field Trip: Walking Tour, Photojournalism, and Lunch Downtown

Meet at the Alaska State Trooper Museum and to learn about history, artifacts, archives from Laura Caperton, Museum Director

Learn principles of photojournalism from Jody Overstreet with Through the Lens Alaska
  • Document your story with a beginning, middle, and end - just like a written story.
  • Photograph from unique perspectives.
  • Have fun and be creative with your photos.
Learn principles of digital citizenship from Mrs. Price and Mr. Trampush
  • Ask permission to photograph or share photographs of people.
  • Do not post school photos on social media sites. 
  • Delete photos that are unflattering or embarrassing.
  • Be scholarly in choosing subjects to photograph.

Thank you to David Green Master Furrier for providing parking.


Day 4: 4/23/14

posted May 3, 2014, 8:47 AM by Dallas Price   [ updated May 3, 2014, 8:47 AM ]

This Week: Thinking Like a a Detective - Finding clues about history in newspapers, images, and journals. 
Historical Photo Analysis using Moodle Resources
Download image of Ship Creek.
Learn about Quadrant Strategy of Photo Analysis
Use Preview tools to annotate quadrants.
Begin filling out Historical Photo Analysis organizer. 
Check out Moodle Links for Alaska Digital Archives

Also: 50 Word Stories Continued: Download images to iPhoto; record audio. 
*50 Word Stories provide practice with the narrative format and two column storyboard method for digital storytelling.

Day 3 - 4/16/14 - Storyboards

posted Apr 16, 2014, 2:47 PM by Dallas Price   [ updated Apr 19, 2014, 7:17 PM ]

This Week's  TO DO List - Goal: Practice Create a Digital Storyboard
1. Log into Moodle & Google Drive
2. Go to the Digital Story Telling section of our GeoHistorian V2 Moodle
3. Read each other's response posts  to the question "What makes a good story?"
4. Read "Elements of a Digital Story" & "Sample Storyboard" (We'll use a simpler two-column storyboard in Google Drive)
5. Copy the 50 Word Story Assignment to your Google Drive - Read instructions.
6. Create your 50 Word Story Story Board - Sample Storyboard


Day 2 - Thursday 4/10/14

posted Apr 10, 2014, 8:40 AM by Dallas Price   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 8:43 AM ]

Student TO DO List:
1. Log into Google Drive & the Moodle Site
2. Check comments on your GeoHistorian Notes and make revisions if needed.
3. Write your rough draft paragraph "What makes a good story?" in your Google Doc. Let Mrs. Price know when you're finished.
4. Add your "What makes a good story?" response to our Moodle.
5.  Complete the Google Scavenger Hunt by making a copy of the Google Scavenger Hunt Document shared with you in the 2013-2014 Students folder. Follow the instructions on the document.
6. Do preliminary research online about our different buildings to prepare for project selection. 


Wednesday 3/9/14

posted Apr 9, 2014, 7:27 PM by Dallas Price   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 7:28 PM ]

Day 1 - GeoHistorian V2 Starts
Wednesday will be the first day of working on the GeoHistorian project. Eventually, students will make 2 minute historical narrative movies that can be accessed by QR codes placed on historical buildings.

Today's Student TO DO List:
1. Log in to Moodle and find the GeoHistorian V2 Page.
2. Write a response to the prompt, "What makes a good story?"
3. Open GarageBand Podcast (New Basic Track); record yourself reading one paragraph from Early Anchorage History Background.
4. Note how many words were in the text and how long it took you to read.     What is your your word per minute rate?
5.  Optional Homework: Watch the Moodle Videos about GeoHistorian Projects

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