This project stream explored innovative and respectful strategies for including Aboriginal teachings and content into student learning. Technology in the stream encouraged students’ artistic expression, original music composition and digital storytelling through apps such as Explain Everything, iMovie, Photoshop Mix and Sketchbook. Project teams regularly participated in a provincially-facilitated online community of practice to share their learning and grow together in their inquiry.
JV Humphries Elementary (SD 8)
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Stories From Here
Through this project, the JV Humphries Team hopes to learn stories from local Aboriginal Storytellers about the land in which the school district resides. They also want to use technology to connect with storytellers who are not able to come to our school.
They hope their students will learn the elements of traditional storytelling and learn about the traditional uses of the area and resources. Then students will create their own stories about the land, with the support of a local writer.
Finally, the youth will tell their stories, in conjunction with the Aboriginal storytellers, to other students in the school and district. Students will use technology to record and present their stories, and make them accessible on the district website.
Sooke Elementary (SD 62)
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Creating Connections to Land & Community
Through this project, the Sooke Elementary team hopes to collect data and information from land-based learning experiences (plant studies, local animal life cycles and habitats, sustainable practices, Aboriginal perspectives, etc.)
And interview members of the T’Sou-ke Nation to learn about current economic, cultural and sustainable practices.
The team hopes to use the information collected to create art, music or stories that incorporate student learning around the T’Sou-ke people, sustainability, the local environment and their responsibilities as members of the community. The team plans to weave the First Peoples Principles of Learning throughout project learning experiences and into the final student projects.
New Hazelton Elementary (SD82)
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Aboriginal Dramatic VideoStorytelling
The power of story is an important element in First Nations cultures. The oral tradition taught history and values, and explained the world to the young and old. Through this project, the New Hazelton Elementary team will guide students to explore First Nations stories, study the story elements, then create their own stories and use dramatic techniques to retell it. With the use of iPads and video recording technology and editing, students will record the dramatic retelling and share it with their classmates and other classes. The students will upload their videos and share them with their parents in Freshgrade.
Signal Hill Elementary (SD 48)
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An Intergenerational Approach to Local Aboriginal Culture
Through this project, the Signal Hill Team hopes to complete mini “documentaries” through the eyes of the students that tell the stories of the local culture. They hope to use storytelling apps to create stories that honour the First Nations tradition of oral history and storytelling. As well, they hope the technology will provide the ability to make videos of the stories accessible to all through oral, visual and textual forms of media. Some examples of apps that might include Book Creator, Explain Everything and iMovie.
One of the most exciting aspects of this project is that the specific topics explored will vary according to student interest and the knowledge, history and interests of the elders and knowledge keepers they choose to connect with in the local community. This will allow students to have voice and choice and add diversity in the stories they tell.
Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary & Gidgalang Kuuyas Naay Secondary (SD 50)
Interconnecting Learners of All Ages Together Through Story
For this project, the main goal is to connect learners of varying ages from grade one to grade nine and Haida Elders. The team hopes to document student learning of seasonal and cultural activities as well as the Haida language in order to create digital stories that can be shared with students, parents, and community members. As well, the team hopes to support teachers through the project in gaining confidence and comfort in using the technological tools in their classrooms.
Cowichan Secondary (SD 79)
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Learning Through our Elders is a School District 60 Board approved course offering students 4 credits to count towards their graduation. The program allows students to gain traditional knowledge in a focus of their choice. Students work one on one with an elder with experience in their topic of interest learning the skill as well as its cultural significance. In addition to contributing to graduation, this course provides an opportunity for students to build a relationship with elders and role models. The project team recognizes the value and significance of learning beyond the classroom and this project allows students to receive recognition for that learning while empowering them to be knowledge keepers.
Spencer Middle School
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Using Multimodal Approaches to Explore Identity, History, Experience and Worldview
It is the goal of this project to have students engage in digitally constructing and representing their understanding of their own story and worldview through the lens of local Aboriginal events (both current and historical), relationships, and perspectives in multimedia presentations/performances that will be shared with community members, elders, and school district personnel at an engaging community event.
Students will explore their worldview through mind mapping, write memoirs and explore photography, create original Coast Salish inspired art, drum with elders and pull it all together in writing and creating a video for an original Slam Poem inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to action.
North Peace Secondary (SD 60)
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Learning Through Our Elders
The Learning Through our Elders program allows students to gain traditional knowledge in a focus of their choice by working one-on-one with an experienced eldere in their topic of interest, learning the skill as well as its cultural significance. The North Peace Secondary team recognizes the value and significance of the learning beyond the classroom and this program allows students to receive recognition for that learning while empowering them to be knowledge keepers. Students are eligible for the Learning Through our Elders Program in Grade 10, 11, & 12.
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Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Digital Storytelling is a fundamental skill, just like Math and Reading, but few children have the opportunity to learn it. Through this project, the Lynnmour Elementary team hopes to develop students’ story writing skills through having them learn to tell stories verbally and digitally. They will be given the opportunity to create their own Aboriginal legends and will film these stories using puppets, drawings, and their own voice.
Anahim Lake, Dog Creek, Alexis Creek, Likely (SD 27)
What if your language of origin disappeared? Would it matter? Why? How do we go about preserving languages? If you could only choose one word or phrase to represent yourself and your community, what would it be? What is the direct translation of your word or phrase? How can you creatively represent that word or phrase through art, music or storytelling?
“LANGUAGE IS A LIFEBLOOD OF A PEOPLE, CARRYING THE SPIRIT OF THE PAST TO THE CHILDREN OF THE PRESENT.”
Desert Sands & Cache Creek Elementary
Aboriginal Storytelling Through Digital Media:
The project vision of the team is to create multimedia, digital artifacts based on Indigenous community members sharing their knowledge and history of the local land with students through oral language. The project will span across two schools in the communities of Ashcroft and Cache Creek, BC and encompass multi-grade involvement through the Fine Arts program.
Students will be exploring how places shape their identities.The team plans to have local Indigenous community members come into the classroom to share their knowledge and stories about a local land site. The students will then visit the site, take photos and in time create digital artifacts to share these stories with the school and communities.
Charles Dickens Elementary
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Documenting our Local Ecology
The focus of this project will be to investigate the local ecology. The project team hopes to do this by continuing to develop outdoor learning spaces, including a rooftop garden, deep bed garden, and create an indigenous food and medicinal garden to enhance aboriginal learning.