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library of congress collect stories of the pandemic

May 15, 2020 2020-05-15

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Platform for Sharing Moments Connecting with Loved Ones

In this historic pandemic, when people across the country are feeling alone, one meaningful conversation can make all the difference. National Council for the Social Studies is collaborating with StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit with the mission to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Teachers and students can share a moment of connection with loved ones through a new remote technology. The StoryCorps Connect platform enables anyone to remotely record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one using videoconferencing technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview will be preserved in the Library of Congress. Students’ interviews will become part of American history, and hundreds of years from now, future generations will listen in. StoryCorps has developed a companion toolkit and interview questions to help teachers bring the StoryCorps model into their virtual classrooms. The lessons and multimedia resources cover the process of planning, recording, and preserving interviews remotely.

Reading/English/Language Arts Social-Emotional Learning Media Literacy Social Media Social Studies

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