The Place-Based Education Stream is specifically focused around the Learning Commons. This project supports Teacher-Librarians in secondary schools to 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 participate in a provincially-facilitated online community of practice to share their learning and grow together in their inquiry.

SD33 - Chilliwack Outdoor Education Center

Outdoor Education
The Education Centre’s Outdoor Education will be exploring placed-based learning opportunities through designing and building hiking trails within Chilliwack’s Community Forest. Linking with community mentors students will gain a sense of community, foster an appreciation for volunteerism and the environment, while meeting requirements for graduation. Staff and students will blog and vlog their experiences, inspirations and stories.

Chilliwack Outdoor Education Center YouTube Videos:

SD 60 – Upper Halfway School

The Study of Local Botany at Upper Halfway School
The students from Upper Halfway School will be learning about plants local to the area of the school, Upper Halfway Reserve and surrounding farms. The team is excited about the opportunity to participate in place-based learning and share their learning from the project through oral, visual and written formats.

Upper Halfway School Synergy Project Artifact Videos:

The Study of Plants at Upper HalfwayGoPro Video




SD62 – Royal Bay Secondary

Food in Our Backyard

Royal Bay Secondary is a new school, built in the old gravel pit overlooking the Esquimalt Lagoon. The school has over 1200 students from Grades 9-12.

The physical location of Royal Bay makes this project so exciting, as the school is on the traditional territory of the Esquimalt nation, in a booming urban landscape, and on the border of the vast farm lands of Metchosin; the perfect location for looking at food sustainability, local food sources and innovative ways of growing food in urban areas.

Goals: Embrace the journey and the learning by the project team and the students throughout the project.

We are most excited about the “ah-ha moments” along the way!

SD63 – Parkland Secondary

Local Indigenous Map Making

The teachers at Parkland Secondary focused on helping students learn new skills, explore new tools and build a collaborative map of the Saanich Peninsula that highlights and documents geographic features and important W̱SÁNEĆ locations, spaces and localized indigenous knowledge.

The project team will be working with many of Parkland’s Geography classes, First Nation students and community members to help build the project map together over the years ahead. Parkland’s staff and students are excited to make this a ‘living project’.

SD71 – Lake Trail Middle School

Minecrafting Place-Based Education in Science
This Synergy project intends to connect the Grades 6/7 Science & Social curriculums through Place-Based Learning, using SET-BC tech (Go-Pros & laptops) in the community & a collaborative Minecraft world in the classroom. The project’s plan is to design versatile & engaging learning opportunities that encourage our students to better understand ad know their local environment.

Sample 1: GoPro Minecraft VideoSample 2: Historic Airpark Minecraft Screen-Grab Video