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Kids' Guide to Canada, A

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Author/Publisher/Website: akgtcanada.com/
Copyright:
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Dec/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 1-7
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Resource Description

This Canadian website acts as a portal to link classrooms in Canada as teachers can connect their classes online to communicate with other classes and teachers across the country. The website’s content is driven by the initiative and creativity of the teachers using the site, as students and teachers can upload information about their own community to the website. Useful as a reference tool for students to investigate and learn about other parts of Canada and can encourage critical thinking skills as students choose appropriate information and photos to upload about their local area. Suitable for grades 1-7. Caution: note the safety concerns regarding proper privacy management.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Moderately
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Comments:
This resource supports the Grade 1 Big Idea: We shape the local environment, and the local environment shapes who we are and how we live. It also supports the Grade 2 Big Idea: Canada is made up of many diverse regions and communities. It can be used with Social Studies processes for any grade as well as the Communication Core Competency. Digital literacy and digital citizenship are also general areas where this resource could be useful in a classroom setting.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Safety:
This resource provides privacy waivers/templates for participation of students. The waivers do not rise to the level required by BC privacy legislation and the requirements and information disclosure also includes a 3rd party, corporate service (ESRI ARC GIS). Teachers should consult with their privacy officer and/or IT department/building admin on best steps to ensure all disclosures of information are managed and proper informed consent is obtained before using this website and its associated corporate tools.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Moderately
Social Considerations Comments:
Please see safety concerns regarding proper privacy management.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource is a good supplement for teachers to further an inquiry project and can be adapted to fit many areas of curriculum with the connection between classes. It is up to the teacher to make these connections, but this is tool is a vehicle to make those connections that teachers otherwise may not have access to.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Moderately
Is the navigation throughout the site intuitive?
Moderately
Are images clear?
Extensively
Is the sound quality clear?
Extensively
Is the interface uncluttered?
Moderately
Descriptors:
User-managed password resets
Accessible for people with disabilities. (Look for personal preferences tools, adjustable font size, volume controls).
Search engine can search the entire site
Displays in mobile devices
Comments:
While the web design is a bit cluttered and dated, the site is still functional. There are no navigation buttons between sections and some broken links were present at the time of review. It did not impact overall goals of the site but did make it harder to navigate.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Moderately
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Moderately
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Extensively
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
The instructional design of this website project is largely driven by the initiative and creativity of the teacher using the site. It can be simply a reference site for students to see what other parts of Canada are like, or teachers are able to delve further into the resource by connecting and communicating with other classes or teachers on the site.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM REFERENCE

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Does the classroom reference use multimedia to support learning?
Moderately
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Extensively
Descriptors:
Primary reference material
Comments:
Most of the above functions are not part of the design.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE VENDOR

Mac Version(s) :
n/a
Win Version(s) :
n/a
Is Active Directory integration available for updating user data?
Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
There is a webinar for teachers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=73&v=Yk9SPXPYWbw

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
Once a class has completed uploading their location on the map, teachers are able to connect using the Digital Human Library. From the website: "The Digital Human Library will provide Canadian teachers with a method of connecting their students with other classes across the country for the purposes of new conversations, deeper learning, and collaborative actions, as well as for the purposes of pursuing their own professional learning." Classes are able to learn about other areas of Canada through a student's perspective and can use critical thinking skills to decide what information and photographs to upload about their local area. Connected classes could use digital tools to Skype.
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