Win a FREE Video Conference with Royal Botanical Gardens!

This is an incredible opportunity! Win a free video conference with Karin Davidson-Taylor at Royal Botanical Gardens! Send her an email with the promo code shown below and tell her why your class should win! Follow up by tagging her on Twitter @RBGVC


A Sneak Peak at Virtual Field Trips from Royal Botanical Gardens

A Kids’ Guide to Canada is Coming to AMDSB 01/2017

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

Un guide du Canada – par des enfants, pour des enfants


AKGTCanada is a national teacher-led initiative being organized by elementary teachers from across the country, and sponsored by the Canadian Education Association, Esri Canada, the Digital Human Library, ihub Niagara, Orion Network, Contact North, Canadian Geographic Education, ABEL Program at York University, MediaSmarts Canada, and ECOO (the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario)…

Beginning on January 1st, 2017, every elementary student in Canada from JK to Grade 8 is invited to mark the year of Canada’s 150th birthday by helping to write a new chapter in Canada’s story. 

We’re asking students to collaborate and help create the first interactive and multilingual guide to Canada which has been produced by kids and for kids!

img_3090We’re challenging students in every corner of the country 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 communities, the 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.clhp9hhwaaanvib

Peer-to-peer connections, inquiry, and deeper learning are at this project’s heart and soul. In this historic 150th birthday 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 mutual understanding, empathy, and respect.

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Registration for AKGTCanada will open in the late fall all of 2016.

Participation is completely voluntary!

For information and updates, please sign up for the AKGTC Mailing List

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

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

Leigh  Cassell
National Co-ordinator
A Kids’ Guide to Canada – Un Guide du Canada

Watch the World Festival Children’s Theatre in Your Classroom!

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For the first time in North America, 300 children from 6 continents and 22 countries will flood Stratford, Ontario for the 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre (WFCT). The WFCT is one-of-a-kind event that brings the world’s children together to share each other’s stories and culture through theatre. This year’s theme is “My World, Our Planet” and performances will take place from June 5th-14th, 2016.

Ensuring that as many students as possible are a part of this global experience, the Digital Human Library (dHL), the Foundation for Education Perth Huron and the Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) will be live streaming the Festival performances from SCSS daily at 1PM EST beginning Monday! To watch the performances, simply visit the Digital Human Library, the Foundation for Education, or AMDSB website to tune in!WFCT MASTER SCHEDULE FINAL-page-0

“The festival is for children, by children,” says Ron Dodson, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “Its varied performances will give us a window on how children see their world and we know that they will inspire and challenge theatregoers with their fresh and thoughtful perspectives.”


Tweetables (Help spread the word on social media!)

#WFCT takes the stage from June 5-14 in Stratford ON. Performances will be live streamed on weekdays at 1PM EST #CanEdu

On June 5, 226 young theatrical artists take part in the 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre. Watch live: RT!

World Festival Children’s Theatre -by kids for kids- begins June 5th! Watch perfomances live streamed here: #CanEdu

#WFCT showcases the future of theatre w/ performers from 16 countries & five continents. Watch here 05/06/2016: RT

World Festival Children’s Theatre is a 10day festival w/ performances from around the world. Learn more/ watch live: #CanEdu

#WFCT brings the world’s young people together to share each other’s stories & culture through theatre #CanEdu RT!

A BIG thank you goes out to Al Booker (SCSS Teacher), Tyler Tucker (student), and Joshua Phongsavath (student) for helping make this live stream possible!

Leigh Cassell
WFCT Community Education Committee
Founder, Digital Human Library

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