Class Activities Posts

Kids Meet Canadian Identities Webcast

This December 6th 2017, we held a Live, Interactive National K-8 Webcast in partnership with A Kids’ Guide to Canada where classrooms across Canada were able to meet students representing four diverse communities in Canada – Vancouver, BC; Gorrie, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Churchill, Manitoba. These four classrooms shared their thoughts on Canadian identity and belonging, reflecting on the Next 150 Discussion question on WorldVuze “How much change do you think is needed for the people in the city, town, or community where you live to feel they belong in Canada?”. 

If you were not able to see this webcast live, you can watch these incredibly insightful presentations with your class anytime in this webcast recording.

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Every student from the classes presenting responded to this question by choosing between three multiple choice options and then providing a written response to share “why”.

A. No change is needed

B. Some change is needed

C. Big change is needed

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First classroom presenters shared how their community responded to this question and then they compared their community to the rest of Canada, using the location filters and pie chart features built into WorldVuze, as you can see below.  

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The results and insights students provided were fascinating!

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The WorldVuze Group at York House School in Vancouver, British Columbia shared how not all regions of Canada have the same perspectives and experiences when it comes to belonging in Canada.

 

 

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The Grade 7/8 class from Howick Central Public School in Gorrie, Ontario shared perspectives around diversity coming from a rural community in Canada.

 

 

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Students from St. Luke School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan shared how mindsets about diversity and belonging can be learned and unlearned, “You can learn to discriminate, so you can learn NOT to discriminate”.

 

Due to technical issues, we were not able to hear from the wonderful Grade 4/5 class from Duke of Marlborough School in Churchill, Manitoba. We welcome you to login to WorldVuze with your class and explore their perspectives and insights about belonging and other topics!

Do you want your class to follow interact with the Canadian Identities activity showcased in the Kids Meet webcast? In this Canadian Identities Activity, which your class can do anytime, your students will be able to add their own perspectives and analyze perspectives on “belonging” first from their community’s perspective, then compare their community to other perspectives across Canada and/or internationally.

Kids Meet Canadian Identities: A Live National K-8 Webcast (Dec 6 @ 12pm ET)

Kids Meet Canadian Identities: A Live National K-8 Webcast (Dec 6 @ 12pm ET)

Come meet students representing provinces across Canada in this Live, Interactive National K-8 Webcast as they share their thoughts on Canadian Identity and belonging, reflecting on the Next 150 Discussions on WorldVuze!

Register your class to watch and actively participate in live audience activities.

This webcast is a partnership between A Kids’ Guide to Canada (AKGTC) and WorldVuze as part of a series of regular AKGTC Kids Meet national webcasts.

Webcast Details

Date & Time: December 6th at 12:00pm EDT

Platform: Google Hangouts on Air – a link will be sent to you once you have registered

Recording: The webcast will be broadcast live, and recorded for future viewing


Add YOUR Voice to the Conversation

During the live webcast, students representing provinces across the country will be sharing their thoughts on what belonging means to young people from their community compared to the rest of Canada. Your class can play an active role by sharing their perspectives on belonging from their own community by answering the following Next 150 discussion question on WorldVuze below, before November 21st.

Canadian Identities Question #4:

“How much change do you think is needed for the people in the city, town, or community where you live to feel they belong in Canada?”

Here’s how your students can find and answer this question, once they’re on WorldVuze:

1. Clicking on the arrow to expand and see all “Next 150 questions”

2. Clicking on the Canadian Identities tab. Students can then click on the image of “Question 4: How much change do you think is needed for the people in the city, town, or community where you live to feel they belong in Canada?”
finding question #4

3. Share their Perspectives and submit their answers! Once your students click on the question, it will take them directly to a pop-up where they can type and share their perspective on that question.


Follow Along with the Canadian Identities Webcast Activity (Optional)

Do you want your class to follow along and interact with the Canadian Identities activity showcased in the Kids Meet webcast? In this Canadian Identities Activity, which your class can do prior to the webcast, your students will add their own perspectives and analyze perspectives on “belonging in Canada” first from their community’s perspective, then compare their community to other perspectives across Canada.

The Critical Thinking Consortium’s Webinar: 5 Powerful Learning Opportunities Using WorldVuze in YOUR Class!

This October, The Critical Thinking Consortium’s (TC2) Dr. Garfield Gini-Newman facilitated a 1-hour interactive webinar “5 Powerful Learning Opportunities using WorldVuze in YOUR class!”, highlighting critical thinking opportunities when using WorldVuze in the K-12 classroom.

You can watch the full webinar recording here:

Webinar Highlights
In this webinar, Professor Gini-Newman explores the following themes:

  • How does technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge intersect?
  • What should be the defining characteristics of the 21st century classroom?
  • When can critical thinking be integrated in the classroom?
  • How can inquiry be used as a stance to support thinking classrooms?
  • What is the difference between student engagement and student empowerment?
  • How can you help your students gauge the quality of information they are receiving?
  • How does the student learning experience change when taught from a “knowledge hierarchy” versus a “knowledge network” stance?
  • How can you and your class identify and create questions that invite critical thinking?

A Peak Inside the Webinar
Professor Gini-Newman offers strategies for fostering thinking classrooms that can be integrated while using WorldVuze with your class. Here’s some strategies you can learn in the webinar:

The Baloney Meter
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Attributes of a Critical Thinking Question

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Wheel of Qualifiers (Turning questions into “critical thinking” questions)
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We want to thank the Critical Thinking Consortium for sharing these powerful strategies with the WorldVuze community and invite educators to share ideas for future webinars by emailing us at info@worldvuze.com.

About The Critical Thinking Consortium
The Critical Thinking Consortium supports many thousands of educators through a range of face-to-face, online and print resources and services developed around a classroom-proven approach to embedding critical thinking. TC2’s aim is to help students learn to think and think to learn.