A Message for dHL Experts

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead

Welcome and thank you for your interest in joining the Digital Human Library!  One of the greatest ways you will give back to your community is to get involved in education.  Your contributions to this initiative not only bring classrooms and communities together, but have a profound effect on the lives of our students.  For more information about joining the Digital Human Library, please refer to the FAQ’s page, or contact me by email.

Registering as a dHL Expert

dHL Experts connect with students in classrooms in their local regions, provinces/ territories and across Canada to support and further student learning. dHL Experts are people like you—people who want to make a difference for students. Registering for the Digital Human Library involves creating a profile, which includes information like areas of expertise (What are your skills?), programs offered (What could you share?), and method(s) of contact. By registering, you are agreeing to receive and respond to emails from classroom teachers who are interested in connecting with you. It is always up to you to decide if, and when you would like to work with the teachers that contact you. Teachers understand you may not always be available. Learn more about registering as a dHL Expert by visiting our FAQs page.


Tips for dHL Experts

Let the Collaboration Begin

Teachers will search the Digital Human Library for Experts (you!) like they would search for books in a library. Once a teacher has found the right expert (you!), s/he will contact you via email or through your website as indicated in your profile.  Teachers have been asked to include the following information in their introductory emails:

  • name
  • school, grade taught, age and number of students in the class
  • curriculum subject area
  • distance learning topic and learning goals (What they want their students to learn from you)
  • possible formats for the distance learning program (presentation, interview, demonstration, activity, etc)
  • possible dates for the distance learning program

Teachers understand that many dHL Experts are volunteering their time to support them in their classrooms, and they realize that you may not always be available.  Teachers know that it is their responsibility to help prepare you for the distance learning program.  The BIG idea is not only to connect teachers and students with the right experts, but to make these distance learning programs as engaging as possible.  Please refer to the dHL Expert Checklist to help you get started!

Ways to Engage Students

This may be understood, but the more you can engage the students (your audience) the better.  Here are some suggestions you can discuss with the classroom teacher to make your virtual visit as engaging as possible. See Ways to Engage Students.

dHL Expert Introductions

It is the teacher’s responsibility to prepare a brief introduction for you.  Some dHL Experts may prefer to provide teachers with an introduction they have written themselves, but it is not necessary.  Every introduction has three goals: get attention, spark interest, and build anticipation.  It is helpful if you provide some information about yourself and your topic to teachers so you can be properly introduced.  See dHL Expert Introductions for more information.

Guest Speaking Tips for dHL Experts

In this section you will find a few more tips about how to make the most of your dHL distance learning program. dHL Expert Guest Speaking Tips.

dHL Expert Sample Videos

These videos showcase samples of programs being offered by Digital Human Library Experts. If you are an dHL Expert (content provider) and would like to share a video highlighting one of your programs being delivered in schools please contact me.

Download your dHL Expert Badge

Download your dHL Expert Badge and post it on your website or blog! Help spread the word to bring even more connections-based learning opportunities to kids across Canada.


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