Kelloggsville Digital History

Teacher(s): Darrell Eck & JD Gonzales
Main Contact: JD Gonzales Email:
Date: 10/4/12 Building: Kelloggsville High School Grade Level: 9-12
First Semester: ___________ Second Semester: __________

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Project Overview

Students will research and create a digital history of the Kelloggsville School District as well as the history of the Kelloggsville Community. The school district is 150 years old, but many individuals have no idea how we received the name, or what has transpired here during this time period. The digital history will include interviews, audio voice over, pictures in a Ken Burns type of presentation and other media including links to other resources. The rationale behind this project stems from the number community members who have no idea about the history of Kelloggsville, and a desire by many to learn as much as they can before many of the iconic individuals in this community pass on.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

Student surveys conducted at Kelloggsville High School demonstrated an interest I earning about the history of the school. Students also researched local libraries and found no quality or quantity of primary historical documents. Through dialogue with some older community members, it was determined that there is a rich heritage in the community and these individuals need to be contacted before they expire.

What service will you provide to address the need?

Students will research, collect, store and publish historical memories through digital and audio recordings in the Kelloggsville Community. The students will create a traveling interview booth which will offer site interviews at various Kelloggsville events and allow community members to share their personal experiences. Students will continue to edit and produce future programs for WKTV with links from the school website.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

The Digital History Project of Kelloggsville will allow students to interact with the community as they research the history of the Kelloggsville community and school district. Students will use technology skills for research and production which will help students to discover interests in these areas.

What are the educational goals?

Students will develop skills and knowledge necessary for historical research using primary and secondary resources, as well as developing the skills to produce and create a professional documented digital history of Kelloggsville Schools and the Kelloggsville Community.

State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

Career and Employability Skills

CE 1.3.7     Participate collaboratively and productively in groups (e.g., response groups, work teams, discussion groups, and committees)-fulfilling roles and responsibilities, posing relevant questions, giving and following instructions, acknowledging and building on ideas and contributions of others to answer questions or to solve problems, and offering dissent courteously.

CE 1.3.1     Compose written, spoken, and/or multimedia compositions in a range of genres; pieces that serve a variety of purposed and that use a variety of organizational patterns.

CE 1.2.2     Write, speak, and visually represent to develop self-awareness and insight (e.g., diary, journal writing, and portfolio self-assessment).

EHSCE.SI.1.2.3a     Show originality to enhance style in oral, written, and visual narrative messages (e.g., natural language, expressed sentiment, original ideas and/or text such as listing, naming, describing).


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

1.) One minute video reflection

2.) Survey (survey monkey)


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc.)

This Kelloggsville Digital History Project will utilize diversity in a number of ways. The project will engage students with seniors who live or have lived in the area. Students will also perfect their research abilities through the various types of research. Students will use audio, kinetic and visual learning styles to create this project.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

Students will research, conduct interviews, and create audio and visual production through the partnership with WKTV. Students will see the fruit of their labor as the program is shown on local community access channels as well as viewings at various Kelloggsville events.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

The project partner will be community access television WKTV in Wyoming, Michigan.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Students will benefit by attaining experience in historical research, writing, interview skills and attaining career skills in audio/visual production.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

WKTV is always in need of on air programming. The on-going digital history will continue to offer programming for WKTV. As community individuals view these programs, they will be encouraged to share their personal experiences as well. This will allow future programming for WKTV.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Students will be given project goals via teacher-created rubrics. Students will receive assessment reports throughout the year. Eventually the final assessment will be the completed digital history of Kelloggsville. Of course, as community member learn about this project, others will share their experiences and the project will continue to grow.

How will you assess your service goals?

Students will be given project rubrics for specific goals throughout the duration of the project. Rubrics will be given based on the individual assignments of students.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Students will do audio and visual training at WKTV in Wyoming, Michigan. Students will also be doing in class preparation for research and interview skills.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

1.) Students will communicate with the older generations of the Kelloggsville Community and allow them to share their experiences.

2.) Students will research and inquire about individuals who have personal knowledge about the history of Kelloggsville

3.) Students will contact libraries, cities and townships for records about the community and the school district.

4.) Students will partner with WKTV to learn the techniques used to produce a digital production explaining the history of Kelloggsville.



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

Progress is built on the foundation of the past. By capturing and preserving our Kelloggsville Community history, we are able to understand where we have been and where we can go in the future. As we continue to create and produce a digital history that will be broadcast on WKTV, and with links on our Kelloggsville Public School website, we encourage others to share their history and recollections of the past. We will continue to broaden the history of our community for generations of the future