Scrolling through History: Using digital storytelling to deliver social studies content to classrooms in Appalachian Georgia
In Year 2 of our project to increase the interpretive capacity of The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, two new community partners were added to digitize and package last year's arts-based research about agricultural traditions and deliver it to Appalachian classrooms via the web: The Northeast Georgia History Center and The College of Education at the University of North Georgia. This new collaboration among organizations that have never worked together before leveraged the Appalachian Regional Commission’s investment in northeast Georgia’s cultural, educational, and heritage assets.
Last year’s ATP students used narrative inquiry as a research methodology, they wrote an original script that highlighted major themes, and finally, created a “crankie,” a long scroll illustrated with delicate paper cuts that is wound in a wooden box and hand-cranked while the story is told. This year, UNG College of Education students worked with their community partners to digitize and package the crankie performance into social studies content for Appalachian classrooms. The Northeast Georgia History Center used its production facilities to produce a “webisode,” a short documentary that teachers can download on demand and the ATP students packaged the social studies unit by adding pre- and post-activities aligned with Georgia Performance Standards.
Director, Appalachian Studies Center
University of North Georgia
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Dahlonega, GA 30570
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