All elements of this project will be provided in both English and French, with support for teachers and students provided by English, French, and FNMI educators from within these respective communities.
* Please Note: teachers must register for the project using their official school email address. Registrations will be screened; personal addresses will not be accepted.
* The Digital Human Library provides Canadian teachers with a way to search and find other Canadian teachers for professional or class collaborations, and experts in a wide variety of fields who will connect and speak with their classes.
* Project registration will also provide teachers with an opportunity to obtain a free teacher account in ArcGIS through the generosity of Esri Canada, Canada’s largest mapping company. Esri Canada provides free online accounts and mapping software to every K-12 student and teacher in Canada.
* No prior mapping knowledge or technology skills are required!
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PART ONE: PREPARATION ACTIVITIES
Before beginning the project or accessing the Kids’ Guide to Canada project, all teachers and students are asked to explore
- Kids Matter! Student voice and student genius activities
- Cultural Communication: Skills involved in communicating and relating to children of different cultural backgrounds
- Digital Citizenship: Skills required for learning and sharing in an online learning environment.
Suggested activities will be provided for each age level: these are completely voluntary and suggestions only. Teachers need to choose activities based on their local curriculum expectations and their student needs.
1. KIDS MATTER!
We at AKGTCanada believe our children need to learn at a young age that their lives have value, that they can use their voice to achieve amazing things, and that our world truly needs their contributions.
To this end, the first group of optional activities offer some very powerful learning for our students. These resources are being donated to all participants by Angela Maiers, passionate founder and author of the @Choose2Matter movement and Liberating Genius in the Classroom.
Free resources will include such “YouMatter” activities as
- What is my Genius?
- Proud to be Me
- My Passion, My Heart: Heart Mapping
- The World Needs Your Contribution – NOW
- What Matters to the People Around Me
- Many Kinds of Courage
Links will be provided to other free resources as well, including activities for a Kids’ Guide to Canada #FNMIKidsMatter campaign.
2. INTER-CULTURAL CONNECTION & COMMUNICATION
A second set of activities will focus on helping students to develop their awareness and understanding of cultural similarities and differences across Canada, effective ways to communicate and make friends with children of different cultures, and things they need to consider in order to build new connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.
As an example, very young students will focus on the people of their own neighbourhoods, exploring the theme of how people can appear or even act differently, but still share the same common human needs. They’ll explore what makes a community, and identify the people and places in their community that are important to them in their daily lives.
Grade 7 and 8 students will be asked to answer and record their answers to 3 basic questions:
- What do they know about how kids their age live in different parts of Canada? (i.e. in the Maritimes, the Arctic, the Prairies, in Quebec, in Ontario?)
- What do they think those kids think about them?
- What do they wish kids across Canada knew about them?
These activities are intended to help students identify what is important to them in their community, how they can introduce that to the children of Canada through this project, and what they need to learn in order to go out to successfully meet and get to know children of other cultures.
At the end of the project, students will be asked to revisit and reflect on what they thought at the beginning of the project, what they think they have learned as a result of participating in this project, and what they would like to do now to extend their learning.
3. DIGITAL SAFETY and CITIZENSHIP
A third set of activities will provide resources and activities to help students develop awareness and skills in using the online world for learning safely and ethically.
A major component of will be videos and information on how Copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Dealing laws affect students creating and posting content on the internet. In this project, ATTRIBUTION is required for any non-original content used by students which is not their own original works. Sample attributions will be provided.
Sample format: Main street by JJ Woods, Rosemont School, CC: BY-NC-SA 4.0 (International)
Attribution can also be given for content students or teachers posting their own works under a Creative Commons license.
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PART TWO: COMMUNITY INTRODUCTIONS
* Beginning in January 2017, every JK-Gr class in every school setting and every Canadian and First Nation, Métis, and Inuit community will be invited to introduce the land and people of their immediate area to other children across the country.
* Each participating school will be asked to take responsibility for introducing the land and people within their general school catchment areas. This is to avoid 10,000 introductions to Vieux Québec, the Calgary Stampede, and the CN Tower, and to challenge students to conduct in-depth inquiries into their own local neighbourhoods, and to share the people and places which are meaningful to them within their own daily lives.
* Participating classes will be asked to conduct inquiries on topics that are appropriate to the age group and local curriculum connections.
* Classes will be asked to create a general focus or topic for their community introduction, rather than every class trying to “do it all”. share from their own perspective
* Classes within the same school may want to co-ordinate their efforts by introducing different aspects of the community, or introducing the same topic but choosing to do it with different tools or formats (see below). Someone in the school such as a library teacher may want to take on a co-ordinating role.
* Please keep in mind that in many places there will be 2 or even 3 schools introducing the same general area. Overlap and duplication is welcome, and is not a problem!
* While curriculum expectations will suggest some obvious connections, we encourage teachers to use an inquiry approach and student interests so that students can identify an engaging topic to investigate and contribute to this children’s guide to Canada.
* All content must be created BY students and FOR students. This is a children’s guide, and while spelling and grammar are important for content to be properly understood, all student artifacts should reflect the age and skills of their creators.
* Community introductions can be created in any format that teachers and students choose, using both hand-made and digital formats:
photographs stories artwork cartoons handicrafts
interviews songs poetry plays
walking tours videos webcasts podcasts etc.
* Hand-written and hand-crafted items are encouraged! These will need to be photographed in order to be posted and showcased online.
* Classes without local internet service will be able to access a variety of special services we are putting in place to ensure that all students can contribute community introductions to this project.
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DIGITAL SAFETY and SECURITY
* Only qualified teachers employed by a recognized Canadian elementary school may participate in this project. School email addresses are required, and registrations will be screened before approval is given.
* Each participating teacher is responsible for ensuring that their project account remains private and secure at all times.
Please note: As a class-to-class project, the Kids’ Guide to Canada project is not collecting any student data or information, and therefore provides NO mechanism for individual student contact.
Teachers are required to follow all protocols and requirements established by local school administrations before posting any student images or content online.
* Teachers will be required to indicate that they have met their local requirements before student content will be accepted.
* Participating classroom teachers are asked to send a letter to parents or guardians explaining their child’s participation in the Kids’ Guide to Canada project. A sample parent letter will be provided.
* Individual students and their work must NOT be introduced or identified by individual name. Ownership of content can be identified by student initials, class numbers, student aliases, etc.
Example: MainStreet by S.Greenwood, Rosemont School, CC: BY-NC 4.0
* All student content will be protected under a Creative Commons 4.0 BY-NC license. This license ensures all students’ ownership rights to their online work, and it acknowledges the specific restrictions under which their work can be shared by others online. For information on this new form of online licensing, please see Creative Commons Licenses.
POSTING CONTENT to the project website
Note 1: Text and video instructions for all components of this project will be provided, with additional assistance available upon request.
Note 2: Teachers who are unable to post student content to the internet may take advantage of special arrangements which will be available to them. More info tba.
* Teachers will be able to upload all of their students’ content from a single class computer.
* Teachers can post all of their student content to a site of their choice and then provide a link to it:
……a school website
…. a class blog
….. a class wiki, etc.
….. OR –
Students can attach all of their artifacts on a class map tour or story map which they can create in a free ArcGIS account on the project website itself, and the teacher can post this instead. Instructions will be provided.
* VIDEOS need to be uploaded to any free online video hosting service – YouTube, Vimeo, etc., and the linked provided. Instructions will be provided.
* Teachers will receive a link and password to an ARTIFACT ENTRY FORM when their registration for the project has been approved.
* On the artifact entry form, teachers will provide basic information about their location and the content they wish to post to the Kids’ Guide to Canada.
* On the form, teachers will provide
- basic information – such as province, grade level, instructional language, languages of content, topics of content, and content formats
- links to student content – such as Kindergarten drawings of special people in the community on a school website, a Grade 4 photographic slideshow of historic buildings on a class blog, or an audio recording of Spoken Word Poems about life in their community on a Grade 7/8 map tour.
- a photograph (optional)
* Once a teacher completes the project entry form, the system will automatically create a “pin” for their class on the interactive map.
* This pin and related class content will be screened for foul language and inappropriate images etc. before it will appear online. The timeline for a class pin to become visible to the public will depend on the number of pins created each day.
* When the public clicks on a class pin, a pop-up will open showing the basic information and links to the class content.
* All Kids’ Guide to Canada content will be searchable by location, grade level, language of content, and topic — or any combination thereof. Once different criteria are selected, the interactive map will refresh itself to show the results of your search.
* CLASS CONTENT can be added or changed from Jan. 1st – June 30th, 2017 by editing the artifact entry form.
* In June 2017, a culminating video will be created to share the extraordinary work we expect JK-Gr 8 students to contribute to the world’s first interactive Kids’ Guide to Canada, and to a new culture of mutual intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect.
IMPORTANT! December 31, 2017 is the deadline for all changes and additions.
* December 2017: A Kids’ Guide to Canada Video will be published and presented to Canadian officials in Ottawa to mark Canada’s 150th Birthday.
* The Kids’ Guide to Canada and the project video will remain online for at least 5 years for the children of Canada and around the world to learn about the land and people of Canada from our children’s point of view.
Teachers and classes can choose to stop here, or continue to participate in Part Three of this project.
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PART THREE: CROSS-CANADA CLASS CONNECTIONS
* The opportunity for individual classes to connect and pursue deeper conversations and collaborative learning activities is an integral part of this project. However, while resources and suggested activities will be provided, the organization and implementation of these will be the responsibility of the individual classroom teacher.
* Teachers will use the Digital Human Library (dHL) to search and locate other teachers across Canada who would like to connect their classes for learning purposes. This Teacher Registry is located on a secure Canadian server to ensure teacher safety and security.
* Some teachers may not wish their students to participate in class connections for a number of reasons, and many remote and northern communities may face too many technical challenges to do so. Only the names of teachers who have indicated they are interested in connecting their classes will appear when a search is made.
* As for all online education activities, teachers must ensure all online activities planned meet all policy / requirements of their local school administrations.
* Classes connecting will engage in a wide variety of national conversations, learning activities, and collaborative projects of their own local choice and design.
* Connections will take place using both digital or analog tools depending on the resources available to each class:
- collaborative email projects
- snail mail mailings
- parcel posts
- conference phone calls
- Q107 radio broadcasts
- video exchanges
- video conferencing
- and the like…
We have absolute faith in the passion and creativity of Canadian teachers and kids!
* Where possible, special webcasts will be broadcast by students from remote locations to help ensure that all students have at least one opportunity to meet students from each major cultural and geographic area of Canada.
* From time to time, classes will be invited to participate in a variety of special activities and events organized voluntarily by different classes of students: ie “One a Week”, a Canadian Trivia Challenge, Twitter Chats, Name that Place Quiz, Mystery Class Challenges, Cross-Canada Student Polls, etc.
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* The Canadian Teacher Registry will continue to be available indefinitely on the Digital Human Library website to help connect Canadian teachers and their students.
* The Kids’ Guide to Canada and the project video will remain online permanently for the children of Canada and around the world to learn about the land and people of Canada from our children’s point of view.
* New national, Provincial/Territorial, and local activities continue – TBA !
Teachers and students are encouraged to continue to
and actively CONTRIBUTE
their exciting accomplishments to Canada in the years to come.