Jerrad Gleim
Innovation, Curriculum, and Technology Specialist (ICATS)

Oral Histories

Lesson Plan Published 5/20/14 Last updated on 2/28/20
Students will interview a family member, local personality, or friend and use Adobe Voice to create an oral history of their family, town/city, or event.

Note: Adobe Voice can optionally connect to a variety of online services, like photo storage and video hosting services, that require account creation and are not available to users under the age of 13. If you plan to use these online service features with students under the age of 13, the teacher (and not the student) must create the online service account.
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Age Levels
1+ Week
Custom Standards
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer
iPads with Adobe Voice installed, Student handouts, Notecards, Photos and photo editing software, external microphone
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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/20/19 9:17:53 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Kelli Long

Posted on 3/1/16 9:49:54 PM Permalink

This is a wonderful resource for middle school teachers! I would like to post it in my monthly newsletter to encourage my teachers to incorporate Adobe Voice in the classroom. Is there any way to get a link to be able to post?

Saif Smeirat

Posted on 2/8/15 10:49:19 PM Permalink

Thank you Jerrad ,its perfect.

Vickey Bolling-Witt

Posted on 1/18/15 4:04:13 PM Permalink

This is an outstanding resource, and just what is needed in order to get Adobe voice out of the educational marketplace. Love the lesson plans. the potential for projects are endless here given what you have outlined. To do daily journals with visuals, to create a creative process timeline, or to work with fan fiction at the college level are all opportunities for can now explore with Adobe voice. Thanks for making creativity a little bit easier for the students to "make visual".

Myron Pulier

Posted on 1/18/15 9:39:26 AM Permalink

I'm floored by the many apparently excellent aspects of this plan ("apparently" because this is all completely new to me... I'm neither trainer or experienced as a teacher). Does it actually work, and where does it go wrong for students? Would an instructor be able opportunely to spot where a student is getting into trouble (interaction with peers, shyness dealing with any interviewee, confusion over the instructions/technology, lacking adequate cognitive capacity/judgment/stability to handle this or that)? What about kids who are "out sick" for some of this project... would they have been better off if the project never had been assigned to the class or is there a way of "catching-up" gracefully without impairing progress in other learning areas? I suspect middle-school kids who do well or even OK at such projects do so with massive parental assistance... is that OK or should parents somehow be made to keep their hands off? Are kids from dysfunctional/fractured/abusive family situations necessarily driven deeper into shame, despair and alienation by such complex and demanding assignments where each component depends on the others' being good enough? Is there a way for the instructor to intervene and forestall or minimize such problems or is it a matter of retrospective analysis followed by after-the-fact "remedial" extra assignments/after-hours attention/private tutor/summer school/retention-in-grade type stuff? Is it useful/legitimate to build checkpoints, criteria and "Plan-B" algorithms into the teacher's procedures part of a curriculum?

Also I'd love to see some examples of good and fair or yucky videos that kids actually produced based on this very inspiring curriculum.

Fredrik Andersson

Posted on 7/5/14 9:21:17 PM Permalink

Very well done! Can I use it translating it to swedish?

Jerrad Gleim

Posted on 4/8/15 12:43:30 PM Permalink

That's fine. Please link back to your translation here in the thread so others needing the translation can benefit.

Thanks - Jerrad

Curt Peters

Posted on 6/4/14 12:21:37 AM Permalink

Without a doubt, lots of effort into creating a lesson plan that lays it all out. I understand the challenges of using the interviewee own voice, it might be good to do a special recording of a few comments. The interviewee voice can be really powerful in telling a personal story. I really enjoyed the fact that your plan includes all the standards.

Jerrad Gleim

Posted on 4/8/15 12:44:27 PM Permalink

Thanks Curt!

Rachelle Wooten

Posted on 6/2/14 12:25:47 AM Permalink

Jerrad, this is a great lesson and very engaging and interesting for middle school students. You've put a lot of work in creating all the necessary resources that an educator would need to complete this project successfully! I can't wait to share this with some of our teachers!

Jerrad Gleim

Posted on 6/3/14 8:10:23 PM Permalink

Thanks Rachelle for the kind feedback! When you or any of your teachers/students get some awesome videos published, feel free to link them here in this thread so everyone can check them out!