David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on Linkedin.com and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.
The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:
- Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
- Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
- Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
- DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
- DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
- Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)
The following educational resources will help students and teachers learn more about history.
History Resources to Add
- Korean War from Veterans Affairs Canada
- The Samuel de Champlain Portal, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec, and
- The John A. Macdonald Portal, dedicated to studying the life and career of Canada's first Prime Minister.
- Early Canadiana Online is a digital library providing access to 2,838,778 pages of Canada's printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century.
ECO is produced by Canadiana.org, a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.
- Time Travel Photography
- Amazing BC Archives Time Machine
Amazing site with everything you could want to know about the history of British Columbia, Canada. Includes 11 different educational galleries and thousands of images. http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/exhibits/timemach/
- Alberta: How the West was Young
Explore Alberta's early history and learn about archaeology, First Nations, the fur trade, and more. http://www.abheritage.ca/alberta/
Celebrates the history of the Underground Railroad and early African-American settlement in Canada. http://www.ciaccess.com/~jdnewby/museum.htm
- Canada History
Includes a timeline of the country's history along with documents, an art gallery, and much more. http://www.canadahistory.com/
- CanadaInfo: A Tribute to Canada
Features tons of information about Canadian government, history, facts, people, geography, provinces, symbols, and more. http://www.craigmarlatt.com/canada/
- Canadian Battlefields Foundation
Learn about this foundation that promotes public awareness of Canada's history and role in WWII. http://www.canadianbattleofnormandyfoundation.ca/
- Canadian Museum of Flight
See the Museum's collection of restored aircraft, learn about aviation history, visit the aviation art gallery, or get general information about this museum located in British Columbia. http://www.canadianflight.org
- Canadian West
Check out this exhibit of the period when the population of western Canada exploded from less than a hundred thousand to over three million. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/05/0529/052901_e.html o Colony of Avalon
Take a virtual tour down a 17th century street and check out the remains of everyday life in one of the earliest European colonies in North America. Find out how you can visit, discover artifacts, and read a history of the site. http://www.heritage.nf.ca/avalon/default.html o Expo 67: Man and His World
Go behind the scenes of the Universal Exposition of 1967 in Montreal, Canada. Learn about Expo 67¿s history, its activities, special guests, and more. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/05/0533/053302_e.html o Fort Henry
Check out this museum and historic site in Kingston, Ontario. Learn about 19th century military life, take a virtual tour of the fort, and find information on how you can visit. http://www.forthenry.com/home.htm o Glenbow
Cool history museum with photos, artwork, and crafts. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. http://www.glenbow.org/ o GORP - Voyageurs National Park
Read about this park that consists of more than 30 lakes. Learn about the French-Canadian voyageurs, the park's natural wonders, and its current activities. http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_national_park/mn/... o Great Depression
Grade 11 student project outlining and describing the desperate decade of the 1930s in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/canadianhistor... o How Canadians Govern Themselves
Explores Canada's parliamentary system. Includes useful information on Canada's Constitution, the judicial system, and provincial and municipal powers http://canada.gc.ca/howgoc/glance_e.html o MZTV Museum of Television
Visit this Toronto museum online to learn about the history of television and check out some funky TV sets. Also in French. http://www.mztv.com/ o Ontario's Underground Railroad
Read the story of this secret network working to send slaves to Canada and their freedom. Go on a virtual tour of sites in Ontario that aided the Underground Railroad. http://www.africanhertour.org/ o Origins of Canada's Geographical Names
Great resource for information on the naming of Canada's provinces and territories, cities, parks, explorers, and more. http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/education/index_e.php o Our Future Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project
Get lots of information on Alberta's past by reading through old newspapers and tons of stories on local history. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/ o Pioneer Life in Upper Canada
Learn about life during Ontario's early days with this site made for grade school children. http://www.pioneerlife.ca/ o Preserving My Heritage
Provides useful advice about preserving heirlooms and other artifacts. Also discusses careers in conservation and ongoing projects at the Canada Conservation Institute. In English and French. http://www.preservation.gc.ca/ o Saskatchewan Stories
Read stories about the first peoples, the fur trade, early settlers, growth and change, and life today in Saskatchewan. http://www.saskstories.ca/ o Townships Heritage
Take a look at this comprehensive site that features articles on the heritage, history, and museums of the eastern townships of Quebec, Canada. Also in French. http://www.townshipsheritage.com o Virtual Gramophone, The / Le Gramophone virtuel
Learn about Canada's historic recordings and even listen to some Real Audio clips. Includes bios of some of the artists, in English and French. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/gramophone/