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Mr. Quinn from Philadelphia PA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

History Through Your Family's Eyes: A Genealogy Project

My students need a flatbed scanner for the classroom and a mobile scanner for family visits to archive precious family photos and documents for their genealogy research.

  • $404 goal

This project expired on November 2, 2010.

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My Students

"I can't relate to history!" I hear this from students all the time. The fact is, we all relate to history. Our families have experienced it, fought it, and struggled through it! Students will explore history through their ancestry using online research and interviews of living relatives.

Our students are among the brightest and most motivated teens in our urban area.

They come from every neighborhood in the city and many nations of the world. Many commute for over an hour to attend our school and be challenged with creative classes that prepare them for higher education. They embrace projects that help them develop real-world knowledge and skills with enthusiasm. Students frequently take their research and final products in directions that their teachers never imagined. I've had students write fantastic historical fiction, win awards for videos and websites, and perform dramatic interpretations of "What if...?" scenarios. The challenge for me is to provide relevant and powerful ways to challenge my students to act as historians, and to help develop skills and habits that inspire a life of inquiry.

My Project

As part of the "History Through Your Family's Eyes" project, students will be visiting friends and neighbors to conduct oral history interviews. The richest of these interviews happen when the old photo albums and shoe boxes of ephemera get pulled out of the closet. Many of us have old family photos and documents that are yellowing and slowly fading. If students come equipped with mobile scanners they can act as preservationists as well as historians. They can create digital images on the spot, to save for the family, and to use in their family tree and multimedia presentations. More delicate items can be brought to the classroom to lay on a flatbed scanner. Once these precious items are scanned, students will be able upload them to their family tree on and share them with the class and their entire family. They will become the main primary sources they will use to research historical events.

The "History Through Your Family's Eyes project will help students see that they do, in fact, relate to history.

It is my hope that I can develop the project into a semester-long elective course in genealogical and historical research methods that prepare students for important work and academic study. Students will develop theses based on original primary document research to take their experience over and above the average high school class.

Mr. Quinn
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 160 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
NEAT RECEIPTS SCANNER FOR MAC -- NeatReceipts For Mac • Quill $161.99 1 $161.99
CANOSCAN LIDE 5600F SCANNER -- Canon Scanners; CanoScan LiDE 5600F Color Image Scanner • Quill $134.99 1 $134.99

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