Students attended a field trip to the Missoula Public Library to view the archives and learn about micro-film. Mary Doyle discussed the various research options the students will have. She discussed the Polk City Directory, how to use the Genealogy Computer and the micro-film reader. She demonstrated how to get the Daily Missoulian from microfilm for the time period that they will be researching.
Today the high school teachers and students met with Mrs. Petty to discuss the project, go over the guidelines for cross-age peer mentors and the schedule. We also talked about how we would communicate and collaborate using Google docs and Skype.
These high school students should have a basic background knowledge of Missoula history and should have the following skills:
You will find all of the documents related to the discussion from today under Documents.
What an exciting day! Joe Fischer held a lunch meeting for interested social students students to explain the project. He had about 15 students show up interested in the project. This was a great start.
I also Skyped with Margaret Petty later in the afternoon to see how the process worked. I sat at my teacher station at Sentinel High School and she used an iPad. We decided to use Google Docs for creating and storing materials. We created nine folders, one for each team. We also created a folder for students to exchange information and documents and a folder for the public to provide us with documents. We decided to use Google Docs for collaboration and recording our research. Everything worked well, so I feel we got a good start with the technology we will be using.
We plan to have Margaret Petty meet with the high school students to further explain their role in the project. We will then have the Social Studies students meet face-to-face with the third graders to get the process rolling. Each team will given the name of a Missoula person that they will have to research.