The Place-Based Education Stream was specifically focused around the Learning Commons. This project supported Teacher-Librarians in secondary schools explore the use of technology to support place-based learning activities, using available technologies to include students in accessing the curriculum and learning through a variety of multimedia formats. Project teams regularly participated in a provincially-facilitated online community of practice to share their learning and grow together in their inquiry.

Highland Secondary (SD 71)

Comox by the Sea

Comox is situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island with a population of 13,000. This beautiful seaside community is a paradise for nature lovers and recreational enthusiasts, as well as shoppers and foodies.

The aim of this project is for groups of students to create multimedia displays that highlight a specific attraction or activity for both tourists and locals to enjoy. There will be a special emphasis on inviting youth to come out and explore the Valley – “Put your Screens Away and Come Play”. This project serves the local community by showcasing what Comox has to offer and by engaging students in their own backyard.

Riverside Secondary (SD 43)

Supernatural Riverside

In this project, Science students be participating in an environmental assessment of the property at the back of the school. Students will explore field science techniques, and decide what aspect of what they have experienced–salmon habitat, invasive species, water quality, recreational use, First Nations land use, etc. — matters most to them. They will then go on to create a “Supernatural Riverside” Video directed at a specific authentic audience who could help them address their idea or concern. The aim of this inquiry project is to get students outside and Care, Connect & Conserve the Supernatural Riverside environment.

Riverside Secondary Student Reflection 2017-2018

Stelly’s Secondary (SD 63)

Studying the Impact of Development on the Native Flora and Fauna of Central Saanich

The Stelly’s Secondary project team will be using Google Earth and the project technology to work with students to find, classify and document local flora and fauna. Students will use resources in the community, such as local streams, beaches/oceans and provincial parks, as ‘placed-based’ learning environments.

Stelly’s Secondary Tsawout Day Trip

Cowichan Secondary (SD 79)

Somenos Marsh Virtual Trail Tour

Somenos Marsh is one of the Land-Based Learning classrooms of Cowichan Secondary School. The Land-Based learners are stewards of this ecosystem. This project will allow learners to share their understanding of their local environment including the perspective of the local First Nations’ understanding of the Somenos Marsh ecosystem. The learners aim to create a virtual educational tour of the marsh for those who cannot physically experience this ecosystem and to enhance the walking tour for visitors.

Johnston Heights Secondary (SD 36)

Finding Your Place in our Community

Johnston Heights Secondary is a large school of about 1400 students located in Surrey, British Columbia with a diverse student population and community which contributes to the rich learning environment. The school is the largest school with a Middle Years IB Program in the BC. The IB program believes in action and service as integral parts of the program. (IBO, 2017)

This project will enable students to take action by applying their learning in making a positive impact on the lives of people in the Johnston Heights community.

The vision of the project team is for grade 8 students to explore the heritage and history of Johnston Heights Secondary and its community and to understand the area and school as they presently exist in order to find their sense of place in the school and local community. In doing so, the goal is to give students a context in which they will create a vision for their own contributions to the community as they continue on as Johnston Heights students and future citizens of the community. The Human Geography 11 students will serve as mentors to these students and help guide them in their community explorations. The final product will be a video compilation of student learning that will document the history and evolution of Johnston Heights Secondary and its surrounding community.

Revelstoke Secondary (SD 19)

The Histories of Revelstoke

Revelstoke has a diverse and varied history. Its picturesque and resource-rich landscape has attracted people for thousands of years. In collaboration with the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, this project aims to connect Revelstoke Secondary (RSS) students to their history, so they can document, share, and appreciate the history of this land and its people.

Cedar Community Secondary (SD 68)

Nanaimo Geology: A Photographic Journey Through Time and Place

This project takes place in two parts. The first project combines Earth Science and Photography. Students will travel around the community taking photos of significant geological formations. They will then combine the photos with research to create a presentation which will be shared at an event at the school, with elementary school classes to support their learning, and on instagram.

In second semester, students will create a Nanaimo poetry map. Students will travel to a site which has a geo-tagged poem where they will read and respond to the poem. They will compose an image and then write and submit their own poem.

Southern Okanagan Secondary (SD 53)

Our Story: Discovering Our Local History

The Southern Okanagan team aims to produce a documentary around the history of the local culture, region, and the people of the Osoyoos Indian Band through an interdisciplinary program.

Students will explore Indigenous literature, legends
and new media as an integral component of inter-
disciplinary projects, which will combine with ADST Media Art to uncover the history of the local lands and people.