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KSL Hosts Future Connections Students on Innovative Learning Project
Looking to the Past, for the Future: Kelvin Smith Library hosts 6 Future Connections students in June and July, participating in a UCI program that brings 50 Cleveland high school 10th and 11th grade students to a 9-week study/internship program with Circle institutions and area businesses.
The students get to take advantage of new technologies and research tools as they create a documentary video on Cleveland's Underground Railroad history, including the nearby 1853 Cozad-Bates house.
Days are filled with exposure to experts in digital storytelling, and to sessions with librarians for expert research assistance in learning how to best utilize the riches of the KSL collections. They work with the Head of Special Collections and the Preservation Department, using archival primary material unique to Cleveland's role in the Undergound Railroad. Interviews and visits to local sites are documented with their new skills on digital still and videocameras, with guidance of librarians and staff in the KSL Freedman Center, where the final compilation and editing takes place.
Students also work with the Head of Government Documents to search for and use census data for the Cozad-Bates tract, and then use mapping software in the KSL Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data, overlaying various types of information to produce maps and posters that further tell the story of Cleveland's role in history.
The students also spend time in many areas of library services, and are led by staff in Friday book discussions. Developing research skills, working with primary resources, learning about copyright, and creating a video gives these students a chance to develop unique knowledge and skills that will advance their next learning experiences!
Posted by Karen Oye on June 30, 2006 02:13 PM