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Ms. Orr from Los Angeles CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Oral History Project

My students need 5 flip cameras for an Oral History project interviewing Holocaust survivors.

  • $479 goal

This project expired on June 30, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Touching the past through interviewing people who lived then makes an impact on my students. My students studied the Holocaust through reading and listening to a Holocaust Survivor as a guest speaker to 100. Now we want to have small groups interview Holocaust survivors and document this in video.

Our school is in one of the oldest communities in Los Angeles.

Our history is one of great diversity but we have been primarily a Mexican American community for several decades. While most families are low income and the parents have not graduated from high school, our families are proud of their culture, language, and heritage. On the other hand, our students have not experienced much of the diversity of our international city.

My Project

My students will study the Holocaust in their English and History classes using literature and historical events. We would like to add experiential learning by having them visit a Jewish synagogue that was built in their community almost 100 years ago. It has been condemned and closed for many years and most people in the community do not know what it is. We will visit it and go on a walking tour of sites that still show evidence of the early Jewish community. Students will also work in small groups to conduct oral history interviews with survivors of the Holocaust. They will then visit a thriving modern Jewish synagogue and meet the rabbi there. All of this will be documented with the flip cameras and students will create videos of their journey through studying the Holocaust. We will hold a community event to showcase their videos.

Learning inside the walls of the classroom is valuable.

However, nothing makes a greater impact than experiencing real people, places, and things. Most of my students rarely venture outside their community. This project is something they will always remember. Being able to create videos of their journeys will personalize the experience even more.

Ms. Orr
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Flip Video MinoHD (3rd Generation) Camcorder - 1 Hour - Silver • Best Buy $64.99 5 $324.95

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