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What Did You Do in the War, Grandma? Website 

What Did You Do in the War, Grandma? Home Page 

STG lead(s): David Reville

STG redesigned the successful website What Did You Do in the War, Grandma? to improve accessibility and to exploit advances in streaming audio technology. We modified the appearance of the site and made some changes to the navigational structure--making it easier to find the various sections of the site, and making individual pages more readable. We revised and expanded the timeline. And we made one of the interviews available in its entirety, using the Real Audio server. This included not only digitizing the original tape, but creating a sequence of pages that situate and support the interview in a regional, national, and international context. These pages are presented as HTML files synchronized with portions of the interview. By creating additional utilities (STG cEvents), we were able to create index pages for the audio interview. This technology was later put to excellent use in the "1968: the Whole World was Watching" project. 

What Did You Do in the War, Grandma? is an oral history of Rhode Island women during World War II. In 1988-1989, students in the honors English program at South Kingstown High School interviewed 36 women who recalled their lives in the years before, during, and after the war. In addition to transcribing the interviews, students researched the period and wrote character sketches of the women they interviewed. 

Principal Investigator(s) or Parent Project Lead(s):
Linda Wood
South Kingstown High School 

Research domains: educational technology 
Type: project 
Components and related resources:
Redesigning What Did You Do in the War, Grandma? 

STG involvement initiated: April 1997   Status:maintenance 
  Funding support: Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities
NetTech (Northeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium 

  Record last modified: 13-Sep-2005 

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