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Interviewing

Goals

  • Share information within the community.
  • Share information beyond the community.
  • To learn about your home.
  • To collaborate with others for purpose(s).

Overview
We will use mapping and interviews to develop an understanding of our community. We will link this to our explorations with surveys. We will use Excel to create visual presentations of our surveys with graphs and save them as graphic files to use on the web or in print. We will also explore creating email books with email attachments, digital cameras, and Photoshop.

We will use digital cameras, Photoshop software, Composer software, and the Internet. Strategies will include questioning methods, visual mapping, list-group-label, and others. Techniques will include modeling, pair/share, community building, collaborative work, presentation, and others.

The Sequence

  • Within the building.
  • Outside the building.
  • Into the surrounding community.
  • Building to other communities.

Surveys and Charts
We will use Excel to generate the graphs. This will provide an opportunity to briefly revisit our work with surveys while building on using graphs to support our findings. This will include how to enter information into Excel, generate various graphs, and transfer the graph to a graphic file for inclusion in a website and/or printed representation.

Maps
We will explore online map resources and how to apply them with our surveys and mapping or our communities. We will use maps in our webpages to present our findings and idea books for field research.

  • Draw maps
  • Use online maps

Interviews
We develop ideas through a hands-on exploration of interviewing people in our community, mapping who and where they are in our community, and presenting our findings on webpages and other media. The process will include interviewing techniques, questioning ideas, drawing, and photographs.

We will develop a visual map of who to interview and what to ask. The information we develop will become part of our online resources. The mapping and interviewing of the community starts at home - our building. Our exploration will extend beyond the four walls and into the community around us.

The initial interview will be modeled to the whole class. After we model the process, we will explore the process in groups and share our examples in class and post them online as a resource.

The interview will be done in groups of four. The in class model can initially include the whole class. The roles of the four participants are:

  • ask questions (2) - with more participants those not drawing or taking photographs
  • draw the interview (1) - with more participants 2-3 people
  • photograph the interview (1) - with more participants 2 sharing the camera while assisting each other

The interview and presentation process:

  • develop the questions
  • develop ideas for drawing and photographs
  • determine roles (keep track of to change with future interviews)
  • the interview - ask questions and write answers in idea books
  • the webpages - putting the interview into a presentation form. This can include a paper sketch first.
  • make two pages with one student as a model to the class. Use Composer to create the webpages.
  • saving in folder within the My Documents folder.
  • telling about the interview and creating any links to online connections
  • photos and drawings (scanner or photo of) incorporated into the webpages
  • linking two webpages

After the model we will work in groups of four. We will inteview a person in the building. Each person in the group will have a roll as modeled above. We will create the webpages followed by a gallery walk to share. The pages will be part of an online resource for everyone to access.

Email Books
We will explore and share possibilities of developing email books with two different locations collaborating on a research, observation, and writing project. This will include taking digital photos &/or scanning images to share via an email attachment. The discoveries will include exploration with photo manipulation using Photoshop. The email books will include writing as part of the development.

Photography
We will continue to explore purposeful ideas for using phtotography with digital cameras (bring one if you have one) and photoshop to incorporate into our projects and webpages. In future sessions we will continue to expand on still images, and begin exploration with animation and moving images.

Using photo ideas through using examples online and print sources of photo images. It is important to develop ideas to model for photography with children and youth.

Online Resources
Online resources for ideas and links to surveys and interviews.

Examples From Workshops
The following examples were done at a workshop. The interviews were onsite with community memebers followed by using the photos and information to create webpages with Netscape Composer.


Robert Price - 66 First Place #3 - Brooklyn, NY 11231 - 718.855.8548
www.eggplant.org - robert@eggplant.org

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