Why join Ancestry Project?
Education program prepared specifically for teachers and educators
Free access to lesson materials for Canada 150 (Canada’s anniversary 1867-2017)
Useful addition to any curriculum dealing with Canadian history and culture
Learn how to engage students with digital storytelling and media production
2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and the launch of Ancestry Project
Explore ancestry, history, Canadian culture and digital media. All are welcome – educators, teachers and youth workers may register for free materials.
Program streams: Grades 7-12, and Adult ESL.
Free program: Sample student worksheets, instructor guide, email newsletter with tips and lesson ideas
Paid upgrades: Access all student worksheets, advanced instructor guide, presentations, and online video training for digital media
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Ever since SARS I have felt reluctant to shake hands and touch objects like subway handrails. Now that we are deep into the first round of the pandemic it’s worth asking questions about how we will interact in the future. Is the handshake doomed? Will people drop the custom and replace it with namaste or bowing?
Teachers are tired and stressed. Traditionally, they have had worries about job security. safety at schools, whether they will be paid for prep work and extracurricular activities and a host of other aspects in their routines. But now, in the age of pandemic, the worry turns to tech and issues of time. How does this software work? How will it help me? How will I find the time to learn how to use it?
How Can You Choose Between Online Meeting and Video Conference Software? (Zoom vs Skype vs Meet vs Teams) In the age of COVID-19 there’s a new interest in online meeting tools. Whether it’s a kindergarten or university class, chat between friends or business meetings,...
Above: Michaëlle Jean and Donovan Bailey, tow of the immigrants featured in Mike's Famous Caribbean Canadians unit. February is Black History Month Black History Month is an important education opportunity that comes every February. What does Black History...
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Ancestry Project podcast. The first episode is "New Year's Resolutions" and features student and teacher PDF and audio streams and downloads (free MP3 download for registered users). The episode discusses an article by...
Introduction This post was inspired by the process of creating the combined Ancestry Project document, "Famous Canadians: John McCrae / Poetry Study: In Flanders Fields and Other Poems by John McCrae” Access the document by registering and downloading the full John...
"To escape Auschwitz, she left her father to die. Decades later she got a message from him" This incredibly moving documentary is by Matan Rochlitz, a filmmaker and a musician based in Rome, Italy. The subject, Kara, is the 92-year-old neighbour of his family in Tel...
The Edutopia article "The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory," by Judy Willis, offers some insights into the value of storytelling in classroom instruction. Willis is an author, neurologist and educator, who has presented on video games and education at TedX. Her...
Reading and Listening Resources: Preview Available Now There may be no finer Canadian to profile for the "Famous Canadians" units than John McCrae, the soldier poet who penned the infamous "In Flanders Fields," a poem of international renown. McCrae died at a rather...
I just discovered yet another amazing resource, "Canada: Profiles in Culture." This one comes courtesy of the NY Times. Whether or not you're a teacher, if you are looking for readings on interesting Canadians you should check this publication out. The Times has...