Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

The true story about a wonderful project

Posted on: April 23, 2010

Amazing. I  have just viewed the Draft of the National Educational Technology Plan.   A project I coordinated in 1995 is cited on page 30. A group of teachers and I worked with a history professor and the County Historical Society to create the content about demographic groups in Winona, Minnesota.   A local web site developer created the web site.   We still receive feedback and inquiries from people living far beyond Winona.

Contrary to the sidebar on page 30 of the National Educational Technology plan, students were not  involved in the project.  An exception was ESL teacher who inolved Hmong students and their families to prepare the content about the Hmong culture   Students did not develop the web site or a searchable database; there is no ongoing student involvement.

As noted in the sidebar, we did leverage simple technology and the project continues to be used as a resource.

But, it was a wonderful project!  We all learned so much about our community and technology.  It was “real” staff development.  The project is at the top of my list of “best practices” and making effective use of primary sources. It’s an example of creating community awareness and pride through the study of local history. It’s an honor to be cited in the National Plan.

To see the “real thing” and read about the real story about Winona’s Cultural History project go to:


To see the overstated, but complimentary description you can read the draft on page 30  of the National Educational Technology Plan.


More information about this  rewarding and educational collaborative project is available on my web site:

Winona Middle School and Winona County Historical Society Local History Project. (Minn. Media)


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