On October 30, 2023, Humanities Texas held a webinar for social studies and English language arts (ELA) teachers on implementing oral history projects in the secondary-level classroom.
Serving as a follow-up to our summer 2023 webinar “Using Oral History in the Classroom,” this online workshop explored in greater depth how to implement and guide students through oral history projects in the secondary-level classroom. The introductory session provided an overview of oral history best practices, available technologies, and suggestions for project design. This second session focused on strategies for using oral histories as classroom texts and preparing students to create and conduct their own oral history projects. Participants practiced activities that can be used in project design, engaged with examples of oral histories, and discussed how to integrate oral history projects into classroom instruction.
Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinar emphasized close interaction with scholars and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.
J. Todd Moye (Fenton W. Robnett Professor of U.S. History at the University of North Texas and director of the UNT Oral History Program) and Liz Close (humanities academic coaching specialist for Austin ISD) led the webinar.
The webinar took place over Zoom on October 30, 2023. The schedule is available here.
The webinar was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.