Welcome to year 21 of The Teacher List! So, a friend of mine and University of Alberta PhD Candidate, Crystal Fraser, co-wrote this list last year. The ideas are manageable things a person can do to reflect on and participate in reconciliation efforts. http://activehistory.ca/2017/08/150-acts-of-reconciliation-for-the-last-150-days-of-canadas-150/
Crystal and her advisor, Sara Komarnisky, went on to write an article about using the list as a pedagogical tool. I thought it’s a good first-post for this year. I hope your start-up is going well!
The URL: http://activehistory.ca/2018/09/reconciliation-in-the-classroom-the-150-acts-as-a-pedagogical-tool/
Here in Canada, we are working on reconciliation efforts with our First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. It’s not an easy conversation yet everyone is doing what they can to understand and move forward. One major vein of the conversation revolves around residential schools and their effects on multiple generations of people. There is a deep history of residential schools in our country and their demise is much more recent than one might think. When I first heard that the last residential schools closed in 1996, I was surprised. That’s six full years after I started my teaching career. Here’s a CBC interactive map that will help you locate the closest school to where you grew up.
The URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/beyond-94-residential-school-map/
Welcome back for another year of TheTeacherList.ca — the 18th year, that is! Let’s start off with this suggestion from List Member, Joan McNeil, who told me about WunderMap. She thought the site is pretty cool with the layers that you can select to overlay data to your map. You can access weather information, webcams and more. There’s a Trip Calculator that has some possibilities too.
The URL: http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Time to come up for some air! It’s been a while since I last posted, so let’s start with one that my brother, Brian, sent me last week. This interactive, created by Áero Legends, is a panoramic photograph of an RAF Spitfire cockpit. Hovering a mouse over the different elements will offer information and Brian points out that there are bonus points if you can figure out how to turn it on.
The URL: https://www.haraldjoergens.com/panoramas/spitfire-td314/files/
With the 70 year anniversary tomorrow for the D-Day Invasion, I remembered this interactive that gives students a visual and audio journey through the event. Students are directed to click and drag around while hot-spots appear to provide video re-enactments and interviews with survivors.
The URL: http://www.stormingjuno.com/#/intro
I heard from Lara Lavelle a couple of weeks ago. She’s the Interpretive Planning Assistant for the project, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum in Ottawa. She had information on an exciting new project that teaches students about the Cold War Era. Lara goes on to say, “We are excited to announce the recent completion of My Project
Berlin, which makes original, curriculum-relevant lesson plans and projects available online and free of charge to teachers across the country.” The projects will provide teachers with the option to have their students’ work featured in an upcoming exhibit at the museum, and connect with other classes from across the country via Twitter and other online media.
The URL: http://diefenbunker.ca/my-project-berlin/