Fast Facts

Fast Facts

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  • Officially opened on JANUARY 1, 2017 
  • Timing and length of participation is up to each teacher/school



  • ALL  JK-8 TEACHERS and STUDENTS in Canadian and FNMI schools
  • Speakers of French, English, and Indigenous languages
  • Teachers must provide a verifiable educational email address
  • Note: No student accounts or access to students within this project




  • A brief 5 Step “Getting Started” video will get classes on the map
  • A wealth of information, instructional videos, and resources for teachers are provided on the Kids’ Guide website
  • Student activities and resources on 3 themes are provided:
      • 1 Digital citizenship and safety
      • 2 Cross-Cultural Communications
      • 3 #KidsMatter

Part 2     CREATING  A KIDS’ GUIDE  CONTENT   (content is public)

  • Students inquire into the land and people of their community around their home school
  • Students create introductions using hand-made or digital tools of their choice, and in a language of their choice
  • Teachers post student artifacts on AKGTCanada website (not students)

Part 3   CROSS-CANADA CLASS CONNECTIONS  (take place in private)

  • Teachers use the Digital Human Library to find AKGTC teachers and classes from across Canada
  • Teachers connect classes for inter-cultural conversations and deeper learning
  • Connections use a variety of methods: phone, snail mail, parcel post, email, radio, audio and video recordings, video conferencing
      • and online collaborations if possible.

Part 4   SPECIAL ACTIVITIES                               

  • All activities are completely voluntary
  • Activities include

Mystery Class Challenges

Student Photo, Audio, and Video Challenges

Live Student “KidsMeet” webcasts

Class Collaboration activities

Twitter Chats

Presentations and special webinars



  • Every community in Canada



*** Participation is completely FREE ***

  •  Leadership provided by elementary classroom teachers in every province and territory across Canada
  •  Interactive map provided by Esri Canada
  •  Teacher registry provided by Digital Human Library
  •  Organizational support and sponsorship provided by the Canadian Education Association (CEA-ace), now the EdCan Network
  •  AKGTCanada website, registration, and organizational support provided by District School Board of Niagara, ihub Niagara,, BonZa Global Inc. and D Wizardry.
  •  * Financial accounting provided by the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO)
  •  Student safety and digital citizenship support provided by Media Smarts
  •  Project development and promotions provided by Canadian Geographic Education
  •  Free teacher resources and student activities provided by Angela Maiers and Choose2Matter
  •  Technology and networking support provided by ORION Network, Contact North, Field Trip Zoom, and ReadSpeaker.