Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Illinois Veterans & Community Classroom Project
Students as Digital Historians

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Illinois Veterans & Community Classroom Project Goals

DRAFT - Draft

The vision  of the Illinois Veteran & Community Classroom Project is:
Provide an statewide on-line platform for Illinois educators, their students and communities to digitally preserve historically significant military, home front and community-based,  student-produced projects digitally.

The vision is based on five broad goals:

  1. Provide students the opportunity, training and an access to equipment to complete personal interviews that capture the experiences of veterans, families and community using digital storytelling, problem-based learning aligned to 21st Century Learning Standards
  2. Assist all members of our communities in understanding the service and sacrifice  of our veterans by capturing personal interviews  by veterans and other family and community members organized around an inquiry-based, digital-story telling learning experiences.
  3. To provide students with authentic connections which foster a deeper understanding and knowledge of the overall purpose and sacrifices made by the "Greatest Generation", Korean, Vietnam, and other conflicts - their families and their communities during the course of military services.
  4. To digitally preserve the personal stories of the veterans and persons who served and sacrificed  to submit these stories to the U.S. Library of Congress's Veterans  History Project at

 The combination of inquiry and digital storytelling of Illinois WWII era experiences are introducing students and their instructors to new avenues of study. In addition, they are acquiring a personal appreciation for the contributions and dedication of our "Greatest Generation" to the common cause of maintaining democracy and freedom worldwide.