Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Meet the Teachers

Each year Canada's National History Society presents the Governor General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Last year we piloted a new program to record interviews with our recipients and share them with a wider audience

The results were positive and this year we have improved the quality significantly. Meeting and sharing ideas seems so key to the online experience and it just shows how easy it has become to share the work of these tremendous teachers.

Rather than reading a bio, we now have the opportunity to step into the classroom and meet the teachers, to see their projects and personalities shine through. There are six video's in total, but I posted Mike Ward's below. Reading about his project of creating a table with a settler community is one thing, but seeing it in action is totally different. Each of the videos brings that life forward.

A special thanks to our videographer Jayson Go for his help with each of the videos.

Also a thank you to Philip Ling, Shephanie Ha, and Geoff Ives, in Ottawa who did a great job on a short timeline helping with the video interview of Jean-Pierre Frigon.


Neil Stephenson said...
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Neil Stephenson said...

Hi Joel - I've been following your blog for awhile. It's great to get ideas from another history teacher who's putting their ideas on-line. If you're interested, please check out some of the history work I'm doing in my classroom. It centered around a year-long, Canadian History project, called the "Cigar Box Project." I think it makes great use of technology, with innovative ways to have students create historical narratives and demonstrate their understanding. We've partnered with a curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and they have asked to link our student's historic "creations" to their online exhibit. We're pretty excited!

Keep it up!