Education for social innovation is about recognizing and acting on the power we have for making a positive difference in the world. By giving students opportunities to experience how positive change happens, and more importantly how they can be both designers and leaders in creating change, we raise students’ awareness through empathy, giving them choice and voice to affect positive change in the world right now.
The Digital Human Library has partnered with individuals and organizations to design social innovation projects to engage you and your students as experiential learners and change-makers! We hope you will join us to explore social justice as a reflective best practice in teaching, supporting the development of 21st century competencies and skills, and teaching students to become leaders in their own learning.
A Kids’ Guide to Canada, by Kids for Kids –
Un guide du Canada – par des enfants, pour des enfants
- JANUARY 1st 2017 – JUNE 30th, 2017.
- Timing and length of participation is up to each teacher/school
- ALL JK-8 TEACHERS and STUDENTS in Canadian and FNMI schools
- Speakers of French, English, and Indigenous languages
- Teachers must provide a verifiable educational email address
- Note: No student accounts or access to students within this project
Part One LEARNING ABOUT CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
- Students investigate Canadian cultures, their own personal identity and value, and communicating with peers of different cultures
Part Two CREATING A KIDS’ GUIDE CONTENT
- Students inquire into the land and people of their school community
- Students create introductions using hand-made or digital tools of their choice, and in a language of their choice
- Teachers post student artifacts on AKGTCanada website (not students)
Part Three CROSS-CANADA CLASS CONNECTIONS
- Teachers use Digital Human Library to find other teachers across Canada
- Teachers connect classes for inter-cultural conversations and deeper learning
- Connections use a variety of methods: phone, snail mail, parcel post, email, radio, audio and video recordings, video conferencing and online collaborations if possible.
- Canadian, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities in every part of Canada
- NO COST to participate
- Leadership provided by elementary classroom teachers in every province and territory across Canada
- Interactive website and tech support provided by Esri Canada
- Teacher registry provided by Digital Human Library
- AKGTCanada website, registration, and organizational support provided by ihub Niagara, District School Board of Niagara, chalk.com
- Technology and networking support provided by ORION Network and Contact North
- Financial accounting provided by Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO)
- Organizational support and sponsorship provided by Canadian Education Association (CEA-ace)
Walk With Us #WalkWithUsProject
Walk With Us (WWU) is a digital storytelling and mapping project based in the city of Timmins in northeastern Ontario. WWU is a pilot project partnered with Digital Human Library, Google Earth Outreach, Canadian Geographic, WalkInto and CreativeXistence 360. We are working together to provide educators and students with a powerful means of producing their own virtual tours, with their own content and curriculum in mind.
Our project involves using free virtual tour building software called WalkInto, 360′ cameras (Ricoh Theta S) and Google Street View as a storytelling platform for youth. Our students will share stories of their upbringing, culture, and traditions, and to discuss the issues that affect them. We hope to increase awareness of some of the challenges Indigenous communities face, and foster hope in the connections we create in order to spread positive messaging and resilience. This project will teach skills that actively prepare learners for the 21st century, one of our board’s improvement planning priorities, including (but not limited to): critical thinking, communicating ideas, understanding media, working with various technologies, and collaborating in teams.
Image Captures: Out in the Field
WWU endeavors to complete 360’ image captures in the Indigenous communities along the James Bay coast / Treaty 9 territory to, quite literally, put the students’ communities on the map. These communities include, but are not limited to: Peawanuck, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, Constance Lake, Moosonee, Moose Factory, and finally Mattagami First Nation, where students have captured their first 360’ images. These images will be the backdrop for their stories – inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and knowledge of these communities by walking with them. The students lead the way. Walk With Us Receives Funding from OTF by Melissa Lavoie