Summer Workshop
Telling Their Stories: Producing Web-Based Digital Video Oral Histories


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See sample movies from the 2008 workshop

See interview with Alison Ganem, former high school student "oral historian" conducted by adult students in 2007. <link currently broken - fix coming soon>


June 27-July 1, 2011
Monday – Friday (5-days)
The Urban School of San Francisco

Who: This workshop is designed for middle to high school teachers, college, and community practitioners who want to implement a highly engaging and integrated project that has meaning far beyond the classroom

Note: this workshop has filled the past 4 years

levin pictureInstructor: Howard Levin, Director of Technology, The Urban School, Telling Their Stories Project Director, Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, Oral History Section of the Society of American Archivists

Cost: $1000 (early discounts available)


See sample movies from the 2008 workshop

This hands-on workshop explores the production and web publishing of digital video interviews. The publishing of student-conducted interviews has efficacy far beyond the oral history. Consider the benefits of interviews with local authors, scientists, mathematicians, community leaders, artists and musicians.

Using The Urban School's award-winning project, Telling Their Stories: Oral History Archives Project, as an example, participants will learn and practice production techniques, including interview preparation, creating and using a mobile studio, and post-production leading to a public website, complete with digital video and full transcription. See for examples.

New This Year: Participants in small groups will conduct interviews at the home of a local elders drawn from the current topics of Holocaust survivors, camp liberators, and Japanese American relocation camp internees. Participants will complete all stages of production, from preparation to interview to publication. In true “Authentic Doing” style, this interview will be added to the Telling Their Stories website (, providing a lasting contribution to oral history scholarship.

**Note** Some prior reading in preparation for the interview will be provided. Participants will also be expected to complete some proofing tasks from their homes on a flexible schedule during the weeks following the workshop.

Production will be completed on Apple Macintosh computers, but skills are transferable to other platforms. Participants with Apple laptops are encouraged to bring them to the workshop. The Center for Innovative Teaching also will provide Apple laptop computers for the duration of the workshop.

Topics include:

Interview techniques and materials
Scaling and adapting to local and grade-level needs
Topic development and research
Developing a mobile studio, (lighting, sound and recording)
Transcription procedures
Simple movie editing using QuickTime Pro
Processing systems: moving from tape to the web
Classroom/project management practices.

See sample from last year's 2008 workshop agenda (pdf)

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