Students create digital story about Platteville

May 11, 2015
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Two students from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s School of Education showcased UW-Platteville and the community in a unique way – they created a digital story.

Lauren Goodale, a senior elementary education major from Urbandale, Iowa, and Erika Friis, senior elementary education major from Rockton, Ill., collaborated to create “The ABCs of Platteville,” an original creation combining PowerPoint, illustrations, text and narration.

Some of the locations and events that were featured – one for each letter of the alphabet – included UW-Platteville’s “M,” the Platteville Municipal Airport, Platteville businesses and organizations, the Rollo Jamison Museum, Dairy Days, the Farmers’ Market, Katie’s Garden, Platteville School District and many more.

Goodale and Friis completed the project for the Oral Language and Emergent Literacy course, taught by Dr. Peggy Marciniec, associate professor in the School of Education at UW-Platteville.

“This project was aligned to the Common Core standards and intended to give students practice with technology tools,” said Marciniec. “All of the students’ projects were good, but Lauren and Erika made a truly wonderful product that showcases both UW-Platteville and the community in such a unique way. I was very proud of them.” 

Common Core State Standards are a set of academic standards in mathematics, English language arts and literacy in all subjects – goals that outline what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.

“It was enjoyable to work on a meaningful and applicable project for education,” said Goodale. “I am excited to share this digital story with my future students.”

“Creating this digital story not only enhanced my ability to teach students through creative expression, but also broadened my knowledge of all the wonderful things Platteville has to offer to its community,” said Friis.

To view “The ABCs of Platteville,” go to

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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