The more I work on the project and hear these women’s story, the more excited I get about what I am doing, what I am learning and what my students can learn. The editing process can get a bit tedious and sometimes I find myself, after hours of listening, re-listening, and listening again, speaking like these women with their accents and tone…it makes me laugh. Anyway, I had to go back several times and reduce some picture sizes for the Janina video. The file size is too big to upload to the website so unfortunately the quality of photos is not the best but it’s the audio and what is being heard, the listening that is the important part. I am now working on Lena’s video and editing; however, I am finding the audio quality is not the best due to all the noise in the background. I interviewed her at her family’s deli and it was very busy—so all that background noise comes in…I decided to add some subtitles even though Lena speaks in English. I thought the slides with the subtitles could be used as future lessons for my students. Some slides are written in English for clarity, some slides are written both in English and Italian and some only in Italian. These slides can be used as an example of what my students can do in case their own sound quality of their recordings are not the best and also used as translation lessons. I will be adding a tab on the website for possible lessons that can be taught from the videos…I can see these lessons for Foreign Language classes, History, or English Electives…it’s fairly multi-disciplinary. For the rest of the week, I will be taking a break from all this and come back to it after the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
I have been editing the recordings of all these amazingly brave and resilient women. I am creating a video and have spent HOURS on editing. I am learning a lot about technology and it doesn’t always cooperate. However, I am also learning a lot about the programs available on my Mac. I had been a PC user forever, I still use a PC once in awhile and use one at school/work but I am becoming much more familiar with my Mac. I am learning how to create video with iMovie and am also learning how to use Garage band but not quite as familiar with this yet. The majority of work being done is with iMovie. I am thankful for this time. I wouldn’t have been able to learn all that I am learning if it wasn’t for time. All of it is trial and error and if you don’t have the time to fiddle, test, figure the program out, I think it would have take even longer time to learn. I am finding, however, that I do forget once I learn how to use a particular tool, etc. I just got to be continuously doing, continuously practicing. Huh, it’s similar to learning a new language, like Italian, for example. If my students don’t use it, don’t practice, they’ll forget. Anyway, I have been working A LOT on editing and the more I listen to these women, the more I learn, the more in awe I am of what people can do; what people can tolerate, get used to, change, grow and teach others. I am grateful to be doing this and to have been given the time to do it.
I emailed StoryCorps about their Agreement of Terms. What I discovered is that I would be considered owner of material but they would have the right to do use it even for commercial purposes. I decided not to give this right away so I will not be submitting my project; however, I believe it to be a great option for my students if they wanted to archive their future oral history projects and keep it in the Library of Congress.
Instructor of Italian language and culture at OPRFHS