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Glacier retreat in Alaska, mining in Alberta, deforestation in Bolivia and urban growth in China. Pause the timeline at different points throughout the video to engage students in critical thinking and inquiry around the cause and effect of these geographical chang- es over time. You can also search any place in the world through the search box to see this same timelapse.


The Virtual Museum of Canada virtualmuseum.ca/home/


The Virtual Museum of Canada is the larg- est digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations. There are many different digi- tal collections curated through this site and some exploration is required to find the re- sources most valuable to your programming. Some highlights include the Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park, British Columbia or the Potlatch Gallery at U’mista Cultural Centre; and Canadian Hall: Traditional Stories and Creation Stories.


also gives an informative overview of the history of Black people in Chatham and their contribution and participation in Southwestern Ontario.


Canadian Wildlife Federation: Cross Canada Field Trip


cwf-fcf.org/en/explore/reconnecting- canadians/weekly-wild-update. html


Each week throughout the summer of 2020, the Canadian Wildlife Federation posted a new destination in Canada and asked view- ers to explore the map of the area, learn about the wildlife and culture, and keep a travel journal. Stops along the way include the Bay of Fundy, Sachs Harbour in the Northwest Territories and Jasper, Alberta.


Create Your Own


Chatham-Kent Black Historical Soci- ety and Black Mecca Museum ckbhs.org/ (website) you- tube.com/watch?v=- lwBFVjMcKM&feature=youtu.be (virtual tour)


The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Soci- ety is dedicated to the discovery, research and preservation of Chatham-Kent’s Black history. As part of the Ontario Heritage Trust, Doors Open Ontario 2020 virtual journey, the museum filmed a virtual tour. This tour not only highlights some of the artifacts and exhibits at the museum, it


Now that you and your students have had the chance to explore several places across Canada, around the world, and even in space, why not use these sites as inspiration to create your own Virtual Field Trip? What locations across Canada or moments in Ca- nadian history need a virtual tour? What voices are missing? What makes an effective virtual tour? How might students share their learning with a global community? Giving students the opportunity to create their own virtual tours can be an excellent way to move them beyond being consumers of informa- tion into critical thinkers, creators and cura- tors of their own learning. Not to mention it could be fun too! n


Julie Millan and Leah Kearney are members of the ETFO executive staff.


“GIVING STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE THEIR OWN VIRTUAL TOURS CAN BE AN EXCELLENT WAY TO MOVE THEM BEYOND BEING CONSUMERS OF INFORMATION INTO CRITICAL THINKERS, CREATORS AND CURATORS OF THEIR OWN LEARNING.”


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