Remote, beautiful and exceptionally collaborative. The Islesboro team has developed a project that has brought the small island community together, where adults and students are working alongside one another to share Islesboro’s history. From the very beginning of their project, the team invited the entire community to share in brainstorming sessions about which historical topics should be explored and what resources might be available. These sessions were not only helpful to the team, but also served to generate some real interest in the project.
Since those early sessions, students, teachers, and community members have been working to identify and digitize historical materials. And the collaboration continues with each phase of the project! The team leader and a high school student are working collaboratively on the narrative piece. The exhibits involve multiple community members and students – students have researched and digitized materials, community members will be writing the text, and students will be designing the exhibits for display on the community website. This type of collaboration is remarkable and a pleasure to see.