EWMMS Recognizes Black History Month

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The library at Edmund W. Miles was transformed into an interactive museum in February to honor Black History Month.

From Selma and the civil rights movement to Jackie Robinson and Lena Horne, students created broad displays that illustrated key moments in African-American History and its contribution to American history at large. During the final week of February, students in all grades visited the library museum during scheduled class time to view the displays and interact with other elements of the showcase.

For example, after the students toured the various stations, they were asked to contribute to a paper Twitter and Instagram “feed,” where they’d share what they learned about black history throughout the month.

The interactive museum also featured brief video documentaries created by ESL and social studies students that highlighted a prominent black figure in history. The videos were viewable through Aurasma, a software application similar to a QR code. To upload the video, the students held a tablet over the image of the prominent figure, and the video would begin playing.

Edmund W. Miles Middle School librarian Lynn Cesiro curated the museum displays and led each class through its assigned tasks.