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Exploring Genealogy Through Technology

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Keywords: Genealogy, English, Technology, video
Subject(s): Art, Video, Social Skills, Technology, Writing, Reading, Information Skills, Photography, English/Language Arts, History
Grades 7 through 8
School: Pen Ryn School, Fairless Hls, PA
Planned By: Donnalee Charlton
Original Author: Donnalee Charlton, Fairless Hls

Part 1- English/Language Arts
Students are introduced to the story "My Furthest Back Person" by Alex Haley
Discussion on genealogy
Students begin research at home with family and relatives

Part 2- Technology
Students review MacBook with Iphoto and Keynote software
Students introduced to IMovie software

Part 3 Art
Students begin organizing their research in the form of a storyboard
Students build computer presentation
Students create table display showcasing computer presentation and enhanced with the addition of family artifacts and info researched

Part 4 Presentation
Students present to art and english teachers for grade, 5th and 6th students during school and parents and family on special night.

Extension: Present to grandparents on grandpartent day
Materials: Mobile Labs, Flip Video, Digital Cameras, Camera/Video Accessories, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods