It is July 28 and I am sad to report that our week-long conference is in its final hours.
Fear not historians, we will meet again, in person, on December 1, March 2, and June 1. I do not know if there will be crispy bacon but I’m sure there will be loads of outstanding student work that will demonstrate your dedication and hard work throughout the school year. Congratulations!!!
Although I had a great time at the Queens Library on Thursday, today was my favorite day of the week. It’s not because it was the last day (I can read your mind). Today was the day that you guys showed us why there is hope for our public school system. After the excellent presentations from April Lynne Earle and Andy Mink the teachers began to create assignments and artifacts in Chronozoom for the year-long project. They got their feet wet and just by listening to the conversations and even looking at the expressions on their faces, this is going to be a huge success and a great benefit for our students.
We started off today with a presentation from Professor April Lynne Earle, a librarian at Farmingdale State College. April, who is 3/8 Canadian and seems to have a problem with North Dakota, gave a witty and informative presentation on how teachers could use genealogy websites for their students’ projects. She spent time on the pros and cons of the major search websites such as Ancestry and Family Search. Our students will have difficulty finding valuable family data from the big search engines since many of them are first or second generation. April emphasized the importance of the family interview. Our students need to develop interview questions prior to the family interview. The preparation for the family interviews will be a key component for successful student projects. April can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our second presenter was Andy Mink who gave a detailed presentation on why we should be using Chronozoom and how it can put visualization to historic records. Andy stressed the benefits for students in understanding their family history. It gives them a sense that they are part of a bigger continuum and that they are not alone in the big picture of history. Chronozoom will be the flagship for the year long project. Our students will enter their research in a timeline that will connect their family and cultural histories with each other and to see how their world fits in the greater world of global history. Andy can be reached at email@example.com.
We are at the precipice of something special.