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Eugene School District - March 6 2013

Eugene School District - March 6 2013

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Media Outlet | The Register-Gaurd
Eugene, Oregon
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Eugene, Oregon

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EUGENE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Localhistorygoeshigh
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CamasRidgestudentscreatealastingprojectthatpreservesEugene’spast
March 6, 2013
LillianPaschall(fromleft),McKenzieCarrier,EvanHendersonandJessieMcCannlookovertheirhistoricalvignetteprojectatCamasRidgeElementarySchoolinEugene.(BrianDavies/TheRegister-Guard)
 
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WhenDonnaDuBois’fourth-andfifth-gradestudentsstartedtheirclassprojectslastyearatCamasRidgeElementarySchoolinsouthEugene,thekidsdidnotinitiallygraspthattheireffortswouldsparksuchinterestbeyondtheclassroom.ButwhenEugeneMayorKittyPiercyshoweduptolearnmoreaboutit,theyrealizedthiswasn’tanordinaryassignment,thekindthat’sheavyonpersonaleffort,thengradedbyateacher,tuckedawayandforgotten.Thisprojecthasstayingpower.Thestudentsselected20downtownsites,researchedtheirhistoricalsignificance,trackeddownoldphotos,thenwroteascriptandmarriedtheimageswithvoicerecordingsthattellasuccinctstoryofthecity,itspresentanditspast.Thedigitalstories,eachjustacoupleofminuteslong,areavailableontheInternet,butthekidswentonebetterthanthat.TheycreatedQR,orquickresponsetags—barcodesforsmartphonesthatwillallowpeopleinstantaccesstothehistoricalinformationjustbyholdingtheirphoneuptothebarcodeimage.
 
Incomingweeks,thankstothehelpoflocalbusinesses,signswillbeappearingatthe20historicalplaces,fromthetrainstationtothepostofficeandtheFifthStreetPublicMarket.ThesignswillhavetheQRtagssopeopledoingwalkingtourswillbeabletoinstantlyseethehistoricpicturesandhearthestudents’descriptions.CuriousabouttheSmeedHotel?ThestudentscombinedoldpictureswithgreatsnippetsabouttheWillametteStreetbuilding’shistory,includingthefactthatSmeedatonepointaddedan“E”totheendofthehotelnametomakeitlookfancierbeforethinkingbetterofitanddroppingit.AndtheSheltonMcMurphyJohnsonhousebuiltin1888?ThedigitalstorymentionsAlbertaShelton,whogrewupinthehouseandwasdescribedinanewspaperarticlein1895asEugene’sfirst“ladycyclist.”Eachstoryteasestoanotherone.Thehistorictrainstationnarrativesuggestsviewerscheckoutthedowntownpostofficestory,wheretheywilllearnwhoownedthefirstCadillacinLaneCounty.ThestudentshadhelpontheprojectfromDavidFunkofBell&FunkResearch,ChrisMeekeroftheImagineGroup,TravelLaneCounty,thecityofEugeneandtheLaneCountyHistoricalSociety.DuBois,theirteacher,cameupwiththeidea,thankstoinspirationfromtheNewLearningInstitute’sModelClassroomprogramattheSmithsonianinWashington,D.C,whichprovidedongoingadvicealongtheway.“Theirwholethemeisusingtechnologyinthiscommunity-basedservicewaytogivestudentsmeaningfulwork,”DuBoissaid.Severalofthestudentsinvolvedincreatingthedigitalstorieshavebeenaskedtotalkabouttheirefforts,lastweekatanopenhouseatCamasRidgeandthemonthbeforeatadigitallearningdayatMadisonMiddleSchool.ForEvanHenderson,10,thefunwasinfindingthehistoricphotographs,anduncoveringfascinatingbitsofEugenehistory.Forexample,inonerecordofthecitywrittenbyJonathanPincus,Evandiscoveredthatheandhisclassmatesweren’tthefirststudentstocomeupwithahelpfuldowntownproject.Backin1887,Eugenestudentshadtroubledeliveringgiftbasketstoneedyfamiliesbecausethecitystreetshadnostreetsigns.AccordingtoPincus,thestudentssalvagedtincans,paintedthemwhiteandthenprintedstreetnamesontheminblack,creatingthecity’sfirststreetsigns.“Thatwassocool,”Evansaid.ForstudentJessieMcCann,11,thefuncameindoingthevoiceovers.AndforMcKenzieCarrier,10,itwasthegroupinvolvement.“Itfelttomelikeourwholeclasswaspartofthisthinganditfeltreallyspecialthatweweretheoneswhowereabletodoit,”shesaid.

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