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Testimonials

Teachers from all over the state are finding The Oklahoman archives to be a valuable tool in the classroom. Here is what teachers are saying about the archives and Devon's generosity... and how they are using the archives in their classrooms. Be sure to submit your ideas and testimonials to BHuntsman@opubco.com.


The students are working on their bios and they’re using the Archives to look up the headlinesfrom the day they were born.

Kelli Packnett, 5th grade, Mark Twain Elementary School, Oklahoma City


When I present online databases, I demonstrate The Daily Oklahoman Archives last. It is the user-friendliest and most interesting for our middle school students whether they are doing historical research, current events, or comparing prices past and present. Thanks to Devon Energy for giving this access to Oklahoma students.

Mary Clem Morris, LMS, Summit Middle School, Edmond, OK

[Editor's Note: In an earlier testimonial, Mary Morris said: "... I first asked the students to define archives. One 6th grade student said, "It's like an attic for information." I loved that! I told them there were two reasons to use the archive site - one for fun and one for academic purposes."]


Susan Powell What a super tool to use in my class! The Archives are key to make math meaningful. Just checking out topics in the headlines leads to graphmaking and onto discussions of statistics. With economics on everyone's minds, comparison shopping for products is easy with "It Just Adds Up" and "Grocery Skills".

With my reading students, we research topics of interest. This year, a statement about the number of televisions in an average home led to my students developing a survey for the entire school. They enjoyed checking out their data with what the Archives reported.

The Archives challenges all ability levels of my students!

Thanks for your interest in our school,

Susan Powell, Cimarron Public School, Lahoma, OK


...the novel Code Talker has been finished for the time being. The archives came in rather handy though when the main character was doing battle in the Pacific, and the kids had no idea what the major battles were and where they were. I contacted our media specialist about anything that we may have on microfiche, and she shared with me about your website. Thus, I got on your archives and pulled up old articles. We (my classes and I) also pulled up the more recent material when the Navajo Code Talkers were finally recognized by our government. Because of the access to the past through your archives of the Daily Oklahoman, I was able to bring the book to life for the kids. The program was actually quite easy to maneuver and extremely beneficial. Thank you so much for giving teachers that access. When I get to do another historical fiction book, I will definitely love to utilize the archives.

Thank you again for providing the archives to the teachers and students.

Alice Hearn, 7th gr. Reading/Writing Workshop, Cheyenne Middle School, Edmond, OK


This is a wonderful resource for students. For example: it it great to read about Thomas Edison. Then you can take your kids to the newspaper from when he died and see how the nation mourned his passing and the different things they did to honor him it. You don't get that in a book.

We are VERY grateful for this resource. When we wanted to get the newspaper accounts of the Babbs Switch story we discovered our local library did not have this access and we had to go to Cameron Universities Library. All that to say, we were thrilled when Devon chose to provide this to educators.

Trey & Becky Smart, Homeschool Parents


We are using the archives to look at history of our school. Mainly about our basketball gym "Boney Matthews Field House" and coaches who have coached there along with some of the people and players who could have played there. Since we just recently concluded our last Highschool basketball game in that gym and are moving into a brand new high school and gym we wanted to gather as much history of the Purcell Basketball program and Purcell Schools as possible.

Paul Wollenberg, Purcell Public Schools


Our juniors and seniors have to write research papers every year. Their teacher requires them to have newspaper sources in addition to magazines, books, etc. Last year the juniors had to write on famous Oklahomans and the archives were helpful to them because many of them chose Oklahomans who were deceased. One student found articles on Bonnie and Clyde, the bank robbers--. This year the seniors are writing on historical events, so they have needed to look in the archives too. One example is Women's roles in World War II. These are just a few examples, but we certainly use this research tool and appreciate you providing it to us.

Pam McCaskey, Librarian, Cimarron Public School, Lahoma, OK


My name is Jackie Wall. I am a 5th grade teacher at Wellston Elementary School. I have used the Oklahoma's Online Archives for our After-School Program and for my classroom.

In my classroom I have my students conduct Grandparent Interviews for Grandparents' Day. This year the students used the Oklahoman Archives to look up the newspaper from the day that their grandparent was born. They looked at headlines, local, sate, and national for that day. They also looked for prices of items such as milk, sugar, flour, eggs, and cars. When they had completed their research they created a poster titled "On the Day You Were Born" to go with their essay and the portraits of their grandparent that were hung in the hall to honor their grandparents. I have also used the Archives just to have students in the after school program look at old papers. We have looked at the Nov. 16, 1907 edition. We have also just browsed some of the other papers looking at articles and events. It is also fun for the students to look at the pictures and see the different styles of clothing and cars. We have really valued and enjoyed our experiences using the Oklahoman Archives.

Jackie Wall, 5th Grade, Wellston Elementary School


Stacy Jackson (Cheyenne enrichment teacher) looks through the Daily Oklahoman archives with 7th grade students David Gateley and Adam Prasuhn for Cheyenne's "Centennial Moments." Students found interesting facts from Oklahoma's history and principal Dr. Debbie Bendick shared them during the school's daily announcements. They searched the archives for news stories and human interest items not generally found in the Oklahoma history books.

Stacy Jackson, Enrichment, Cheyenne Middle School, Edmond


The Oklahoman Archives is a great research tool for our Putnam City North Library users. We have an icon for easy access on all of our teachers' and students' desktops. It is also listed on our library web page as one of our main databases. We teach our students how to use the Oklahoman Archives for current reports, essays, research papers, and personal use. Our thanks go to Devon Energy Corporation for providing this service to our school.

Jo Ann Kopp, NBCT, Library Media Center, Putnam City North High School, Oklahoma City


We loved using the archives on our World War II newspaper project! My Pre-AP sophomores were fascinated with the ads and the editorials from the 1940's. The format of the newspaper has changed somewhat over the years, and being able to see an actual paper made a huge difference in how authentically they could create an era-specific artifact. Thanks for showing us how easy it was to use!

Beta Noel, NBCT, English Department, Putnam City North High School, Oklahoma City


Honestly, the Oklahoman Online Archive was invaluable to my US History students in their research this year. Many of them used it in a variety of ways to find old ads, articles, and editorials to use as primary sources. Most universities have resources like this available to students, however, most high schools can not afford to provide large archives. As a teacher, I appreciated the research opportunity it provided to help students become better prepared for what can be expected of them in history at the university level. We were very fortunate at Putnam City North that Devon Energy was generous enough to provide it for us.

Annia Morris, Social Studies Department, Putnam City North High School, Oklahoma City


I have used it to have the kids read the newspaper from the day and year they were born. This is a reward for hard work in therapy.

Teacher, Mustang Schools


Thank you for this treasure. I'm the librarian at Ardmore High School and I will surely share this with our students and staff. I am amazed!

Sincerely,
Linda Means


We are very excited that Devon Energy has provided us with this wonderful resource. Here at Kingfisher High School we've had several classes access and use the database. The English I class wrote essays on people from Kingfisher County who have had an impact on the county, the state and beyond, and it was used extensively for that project, providing information that students would not have been able to retrieve from any other source. The archives were truly invaluable in that situation. The speech and debate coach has had her students access it for material to use for extemporaneous speeches, and it has been used by students for outside readings for science and social studies. I am certain that as teachers and students use the Daily Oklahoman archives more, that we will find more and more ways to use it in our classrooms.

Kathy Kadavy, Kingfisher High School


Thanks so very much for advising us of the free access to the Oklahoman Archives. I have shared this information with Millwood administrators and media specialists. I am certain many teachers will utilize this tool in their classrooms. Please extend our sincere appreciation to Devon Energy.

Gloria Griffin, Superintendent, Millwood Public Schools


I use lots of areas, but my favorite is following the Iditarod each year and doing activities over that topic.

Jane Easley, Grade 2, Clara Reynolds Elementary, Harrah


Though I teach English, it has come ot my attention how few of my students know their roots. Especially those with American Indian heritage. When we do lessons on folklore or mythology, we often go to the archives and find stories about local Indian tribes and events. Not being from Oklahoma, I have limited knowledge on specific events in history. The archives help me better teach my students and understand the state I am living in.

Kim Barrett, LD English, Guthrie High School, Guthrie


To look up articles that occurred during their birth year.

Cheryl Kerbo, Language Arts, Union 6/7 Grade Center, Union Public Schools, Tulsa


Sometimes when my students and I discuss the history of our state, both the students and I wish for more information over a certain topic. The archives help us go back and see what people in the state thought about the topics we discuss. I personally like to look up sports news from when I was in high school. But as far as school goes, it is a great tool for use in Oklahoma History.

Tim Collins, Oklahoma History, Cement High School


Access came just in time! My little gifted ed class is studying propaganda, so I had each of them use the archives if possible to find a positive example of propaganda that uses humor. They had no problems at all. We then voted on the most effective, and it was unanimous that the best was the commercial where the woman won't 'get off her husband's back' until he agrees to get medical tests. One of the brought up the concern that it was a negative portrayal of women, but after class discussion, decided that it was so exaggerated, another propaganda device, that the negative message (You know, women are nags.) was lost. This quick and fun, for me also, activity led into a discussion of idioms, which of course, we plan to explore next week. Thanks for a tool that our entire school can use! And it's free!

Sally McCurry, Elementary Gifted Ed/Library Media Specialist, Welch Public Schools, Welch


I have used the archives in my classroom numerous times! As a special education teacher it is very important to teach the students life skills, including how to access needed information. We have searched past storms, including hurricanes in the nation and severe tornadoes. We have also used the archives just to teach the students what it is and how to use it to research any needed information! The students really enjoyed this and I plan to continue to use the archives for future assignments!

Kelly Smith, Special Education, Talihina Elementary School, Talihina


We have been researching prices from ads and comparing them to today's ads. The students get a real sight of how prices have gone up.

Tamara Kuriger, Special Education, Capitol Hill High School, Oklahoma City


The way I have used archives in the classroom is probably different from mother teachers. I've used clippings under the microscope to show students that when the letter 'e' is placed on the stage of the microscope right-side up, when they look the eyepiece, they will see the 'e' upside down and backwards. I've used the newspaper to show that one can change the shape of objects and demonstrate the conservation of mass, theory of momentum, and Newton's Three Laws of Motion. I've used torn pieces of the paper with water and starch in a blender to help my students make recycled paper. Yes, we have searched the archives to find new forms of technology and articles about new discoveries and inventions in the field of science, but it is the hands-on stuff from which my kids learn their best. Of course, if searching and tearing up pieces of paper get them to 'accidentally' read, then that is just an added bonus.

Wilma Johnson, General Science/Physical Science, Moore West Junior High School, Moore


I use articles about events that occur to pull extra information and bring it to life as it relates to the topics that we cover.

Mary Ann Bell, 8th Grade Science, Millwood PK-8, Oklahoma City


Oklahoma and National History - To read about events in history. To read about events the day they were born - high interest reading. Geography - To locate and study various towns or places of interest in Oklahoma.

Linda Murphy, Special Education, Avant Public Schools, Avant


After a couple of years of deliberation, I bit the bullet and decided to create this unit: To Scrape the Sky.

Each student would select a skyscrape to research built before 1940 and still standing today in downtown OKC. The unit would include history, city planning, city fathers, sociology, economy, structural engineering, digital photography, language arts, graphic arts, and etiquette. We began the day after Thanksgiving Break 2005. We struggled with the resources in our school library which led to each student obtaining aa metropolitan library card. We were able to use their website for some related research. We even visited the Ron Norick Downtown Metropolitan Libary, where Larry Johnson helped the students access old documents.

Knowing that the students HAD to access The Oklahoma Archives for various support, considerations were made to find the finances to do this. The very next morning in the newspaper was an advertisement -- written just for my class! FREE archives online -- How could this be???!!! You can be sure I wasted no time in tracking down the codes I needed to get my students online. By 1:30 that very afternoon, the students were exploring the site and searching the archives for information about their buildings. Thanks to this site, the students found information about why the building was built, who the architects were, what materials were used, how much the materials cost, who won the building race between the Ramsey Tower and the First National Bank, why certain materials and styles were innovative.

The highlight of this unit was sitting down and interviewing, knowledgeably, the building property/general managers. We toured each building and could see how much of the original integrity is left (including the indoor fire escape slide of the Ramsey Tower). We studied construction safety through newspaper articles and photos. In The Colcord, the students donner hard hats (since it is being renovated) and were taken into the basement to see the original 1910 boiler heater system for the building. They saw old photos in the archives, so they could understand the original intent of the Montgomery and the new intent with apartments to bring life to downtown.

Thanks to the archive, I was able to extend the unit to everyday life through the advertisements. Students gathered food prices, apartment rent, and garment prices which they converted from old dollars to 2005 dollars using online resources. An easy lesson on inflation and the economy.

And yes, even etiquette was taught! Students learned how to write letters of introduction, thank you notes, and intriguing interview questions. We spent time learning skills like self-introduction, shaking hands and saying thank you. They designed and printed their own business cards, stationery, and thank you note cards. Each student kept a research folder and a journal. Eahc took numerous digital photos, learned cropping skills, and printing.

For the final project, each student created a display board to share at a school board meeting. The students rotated out of my class at the end of the second quarter in mid-January. They did not have time to complete their projects. Amazingly, they VOLUNTARILY asked and worked on them one or two days a week after school for about four weeks until they finished the project. Their enthusiasm, dedication, enjoyment, and zeal exceeded my wildest dreams. Each has a new appreciation and pride of downtown -- especially in 'their' building. Needless to say, they all earned A's, and I will repeat this unit someday! Thank you for creating an opportunity for an ordinary unit to become EXTRAORDINARY!!

Marjorie Iven, Gifted Integration, Western Oaks Middle School, Putnam City Public Schools, Bethany


I have just found out about this site and I am looking forward towards using it in all subject areas.

Roger Eads, Special Education, Noble High School, Noble


I actually teach grades 9-12 special education. I used the new papers to get the students interested in reading for research. I do a unit on getting jobs and living independently, so we use the ads, and I also let them read an article and write about it in their own words to practice writing. They would rather read the newspaper than just about anything. It is very helpful. Thanks.

Vicki McClain, Special Education, Crooked Oak High School, Oklahoma City


I've used this program to teach social studies, history and consumer science.

Sheri Wright, Special Education, Ada High School, Ada


Research technology-related questions and find recent stories about computer developments. Special interest stories related to viruses and hacking.

Jim Vanderford, Computer Hardware, Cordell Public Schools, Cordell

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