MARDI GRAS PODCAST PROJECT


In October 2008, 8th grade students from T H Harris Middle School began work on a project w with the Mardi Gras Museum at the Presbytere (Louisiana State Museum) in New Orleans, LA. On October 19, 2008 over 70 students along with their teachers, Laura Dauterive, Dorene Lusignan, Todd Zapico, and Ruth Brewington were given a personal tour of the exhibit by the Louisiana State Historian, Dr. Charles Chamberlain. He pointed out ten artifacts, which the students would then create podcasts.












The ten artifacts are:
1. Comus sword from 1868.
2. Mardi Gras Invitation
3. Zulu coconut from 1949/
4. Acadian costume
5. Spy Boy costume
6. Bone Men costume
7. King cake dolls
8. Float
9. King and Queen Jewelry from Rex.
10. Baby Doll Costume


TO LISTEN TO the STUDENTS' FINAL PODCASTS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

HARRIS MIDDLE SCHOOL MARDI GRAS PROJECT



When the students returned from the trip, they began to research their artifact, using books, web sites, and online databases. To keep track of their research, a wiki was created and the students used it post their rough drafts as well as to refer back to the artifacts. Some of the artifacts had little readily available information, so when available a guest speaker was brought in. Bruce"Sunpie"Barnes spoke to the students about The Northside Skull and Bones and Wayne Phillips, costume curator at the Presbytere, answered student questions about particular artifacts. Bruce Denzer, host of Community Gumbo, presented a workshop on creating a podcast to one class. Additional speakers are being sought. A documentary about the entire project is being done by several T H Harris students.

The students have presented their work in progress at The Superintendent's Conference and have "Skyped" with a second grade class planning to visit the Mardi Gras Museum.

Special Thanks to:
Dr. Betsy Almerico, JPPSS Technology Integration Manager
Mr. Bruce Barnes, National Park Ranger and Chief of the Northside Skull and Bones
Dr. Charles Chamberlain, Louisiana State Historian
Mr. Brian Denzer, Community Gumbo
Mr. Paul Perry, Director of Education Louisiana State Museum
Mr. Wayne Phillips, Costume Curator, The Presbytere
Ms. Sarah Rosedahl, CISCO 21s Fellow