A Kids’ Guide to Canada – By Kids, For Kids

WELCOME  to 

A KIDS’ GUIDE TO CANADA – BY KIDS, FOR KIDS

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Click the map to go to the actual Kids’ Guide

The FIRST GUIDE to CANADA written BY KIDS and FOR KIDS!

The Kids’ Guide to Canada (click to view) contains introductions to the land and people of local neighbourhood communities, created by Grade K-8 students, and posted to an interactive map of Canada by their classroom teacher.

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ONLINE and INTERACTIVE

Just click on one of the coloured buttons to learn about communities from local students from coast to coast to coast!  Click on the links for photos, videos, and content posted on class websites and blogs.

Use the SEARCH tool to find content from a specific location on the map, or use the FILTER tool to filter the artifacts on the map by a specific topic or by English, French, or Indigenous languages.

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Student content in French, English, and Indigenous Languages wherever possible.

 

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PRIVATE CLASS CONNECTIONS

Once community introductions are posted, K-8 teachers can use their free account in the Digital Human Library to find and connect with classes of interest to their students. Once connected the 2 classes can meet and learn together in the privacy of their respective classrooms using whatever forms of communication available to them.

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SPECIAL WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

Every week, special activities are offered on a voluntary participation basis to help students meet and get to know their peers from sea to sea – from Photo Challenges and Class Activities, to Twitter Chats and Mystery Class Challenges, from Special Presentations to Live Student Webcasts taking place across the country.

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A WEALTH of TEACHER RESOURCES    

A private area on the Kids’ Guide website provides a wide range of teacher resources and student activities in both official languages and in a choice of text, video, photo and audio formats.

Student activities are organized around 3 different themes:  1. Digital Safety and Citizenship   2. #KidsMatter and  3. Cross-Cultural Communications

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ALL COMPLETELY FREE!

This project is a teacher-led initiative, organized by elementary classroom teachers from across the country, with the support of a  host of educational organizations and small business, and is funded in part by the Canadian Ministry of Heritage.

 

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If you are a Canadian Elementary School teacher,

register here

to have your K-8 students LEARN, CONNECT, and SHARE

with other classes from coast to coast to coast. 

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For French, see: Enseignants – Faits Rapides

 

 

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RegistrationFeb26.png Registered participants as of February 28th, 2017.   Click HERE to see the current Kids’ Guide map.

WELCOME to THIS EXCITING PROJECT!

AKGTCanada is a national teacher-led initiative organized by elementary teacher volunteers from across the country, and made possible through the help of Esri Canada, the Digital Human Library, District School Board of Niagara, the Canadian Education Association, the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, the Canadian Government, and a host of other educational organizations and small businesses.

From January 1st 2017 until June 3oth 2018, every elementary student in Canada from JK to Grade 8 is invited to mark Canada’s 150+ by helping to write a brand new chapter in Canada’s story. 

Elementary students from every corner of the country are being challenged to collaborate together, and help create the first interactive and multilingual guide to Canada produced by kids and for kids

Students in every corner of the country are asked to investigate, honour, and introduce the land and people of their local home community to their 5 million peers who live across Canada’s vast physical and multicultural landscape – and to do so in their own native language wherever possible!

With a special focus on connecting students in marginalized, remote, minority language, and Indigenous communitiesthe project provides students with an exciting opportunity to use their choice of tools, old and new, to meet and start to truly get to know their multi-cultured peers, from sea to shining sea to shining sea.

Peer-to-peer connections, inquiry, and deeper learning are at this project’s heart and soul. In this historic 150th collaboration, the youngest members of our Canadian, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities have a very real opportunity to contribute to a new culture of understanding, empathy, respect, and hope  – where all children can grow up and celebrate being equally “Strong, Proud, and Free”.

What will the Kids’ Guide to Canada teach YOU in 2017?

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Click here to register: Teacher Registration

For a summary of the project, please see FAST FACTS. 

And for a more detailed understanding of the project, please see DETAILS.

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VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED!

If you would like to help to organize and create the project, from taking on a single tiny job behind the scenes, to offering suggestion and advice, to becoming an integral partner in creating this project, please contact the organizers at akgtcanada@gmail.com

It takes many different voices to raise a project like this.

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