What is CAMPUS?
Using 3400+ NFB films in the classroom has never been easier, quicker or more efficient! The NFB gives educators access to 600+ films not available for streaming to the general public, in addition to the 2500+ films already available in the NFB.ca screening room. The features are outlined and linked directly on their Education webpage: www.nfb.ca/education. It features an array of exclusive features to help teachers use NFB films in an educational context.
If you’re an Ontario teacher, click HERE to setup your Campus Profile today. Note that it may appear as though your license expires March 31, 2014 but it will automatically be renewed until March 31, 2015. Once you’ve created your profile, just go to www.nfb.ca and sign in at the top right of the screen to get into your account.
For more info, check out our Grand Erie Ed Tech Wiki Page on the NFB and/or check out the NFB Education Blog.
If you teach Civics, History, Politics, Economics, or Law, you’ve got to check out Civic Mirror. Many grade 10 Civics teachers in Grand Erie are already using CM with their students.
Civic Mirror is a simulation-based program that turns classrooms into countries and students into citizens. I’ve seen students in action working on Civic Mirror and the level of engagement is through the roof. Students have families and own properties & businesses. They need to provide food, housing & education for themselves and their families. As a class/country, they need to establish their government, finances, and legal system. All of this leads them to learn about Canadian (or American) systems currently in place and promotes awareness and discussion about how existing systems could be improved.
To learn more about CM, check out the Civic Mirror Site, the Grand Erie Ed Tech Wiki, and/or the video below.
If you’re a high school teacher in Grand Erie and you’re interested in using Civic Mirror with your students, please email me at email@example.com and I’ll help get you set up. The Grand Erie Ed Tech Initiative has already purchased licenses for all Civics teachers. If you teach other courses that you’d like to use CM for, please contact me and we can discuss your options.
Google Earth has a very obvious connection to many Canadian & World Studies courses. If you teach geography or history, Google Earth should be a regular stop for you and your students. Check out this link for several short videos describing some of the more recent additions to FREE access Google Earth provides to learning about our planet. Spoiler alert – maps, terrain, street views, 3D buildings, satellite images, deep space and deep oceans.
History teachers, consider tracking the travels of historical figures. Add image overlays to create “then and now” views of what existed during historical events and what exists now in the same location.