The Best of NFB Education 2019
Over the past year NFB Education has had the honour of adding a plethora of films and interactive projects to our CAMPUS collection. With the aim of helping educators in the classroom, we’ve bundled these films and projects with mini lessons, study guides, and blog posts filled with ideas to match your curriculum.
Without further ado, we present to you the Best of NFB Education 2019.
Imagine turning the ocean into your classroom. That’s essentially what Ocean School allows you to do—break through the confines of the classroom to learn about ocean science and its impact on us. Using a variety of engaging, rich media, a team of scientists and educators come together to create a more ocean-literate society.
Two more modules were recently added to the Ocean School platform, allowing learners to explore the North Atlantic, the North Pacific, and the Open Ocean. To celebrate this re-launch, we’re having a contest in which one lucky class will win a day with the Ocean School team, three Oculus Go VR headsets, and a 360-degree camera.
What Is Democracy?
Democracy is a word that’s thrown around a lot and often taken for granted. In this philosophical doc, filmmaker Astra Taylor takes us from ancient Athens to the mounting refugee crisis in the US, all the while examining this core concept and what the word actually means. It presents a fascinating entry point into the debate for learners of all ages.
This interactive project by Katerina Cizek aims to make citizens passionate about Canada’s constitution. Using a combination of YouTubers, scholars, engaging clips and exhaustive research, Supreme Law gives educators and learners a chance to delve into the 1982 repatriation of the Constitution from a variety of perspectives. It serves as an entertaining and rich resource for anyone looking to understand the backstory of this country.
East of the Rockies
This interactive, augmented-reality project tells the story of a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War. Written by acclaimed author Joy Kogawa, the project is an app used in conjunction with a mobile device that allows learners to tap, swipe, zoom, and otherwise interact with individual story elements, bringing the everyday world of the camp to life.
East of the Rockies traces an important chapter in Canada’s history. It’s a rare opportunity to explore this episode of the country’s post-war history through the eyes of someone who has lived the experience.
Because We Are Girls
This feature documentary by Baljit Sangra offers students and educators alike an entry point into a devastating subject: sexual abuse. It tells the story of three sisters from a conservative Indo-Canadian family in BC who were abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood. After two and a half decades, they come forward, both to protect other family members and to set an example for their own daughters. While the film explores the tremendous impact and emotional toll of sexual abuse on a family, it also highlights the joy of these women as they bond with their daughters. At its core, it’s a film based on love that offers insight into women’s strength in the face of trauma.