Why aren’t the student interviewers ever “on camera”?
That’s a very important question. Because History Heard is a student-produced, web-based library of videos, we’re concerned about “online safety.” Sadly, in today's world, we thought it best to limit on-camera appearances to the individuals being interviewed. Similarly, we ask that student interviewers use only their first names (if necessary at all) during the interview and refrain from any other references that could be used to identify the student.
If my teacher doesn’t want to participate, can I just do a History Heard video on my own?
At History Heard, we really do think that the supervision and help from a teacher or other adult advisor is an important part of the process. Perhaps another teacher at your school would be willing to supervise your project. If not, try asking someone on the staff at a nearby museum or the local historical society. If you carefully explain your interview idea and show them the History Heard web site, we’d be surprised if someone at your school wouldn’t offer to act as an advisor.