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How to Create a Lesson in the virtualmuseum.ca Teachers' Centre

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Published on Jun 14, 2011

How to create a lesson in the virtualmuseum.ca Teachers' Centre is a video explaining the steps to create a virtual lesson (also known as lesson plan). It shows how to access the Teachers' Centre, how to register, how to find learning resources from museums across Canada in developing a lesson that can be used in the environment of your own virtual classroom of the Teachers' Centre. Visit and discover all the benefits of the Teachers' Centre: http://www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseum...

Descriptive audio available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWiUBP...

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[00:00:09:04]
Preparing a Lesson in the Teachers' Centre

Annick Deblois
Education Specialist
Canadian Heritage

[00:00:13:12]

School is a reflection of the world we live in. Today ours is a social world, a world of cooperation, creativity and knowledge. Our role is to help young people become functional citizens in this information-rich world, guiding them through this labyrinth.

Hello. My name is Annick and in this video course, I will guide you through the steps involved in preparing a lesson here at virtualmuseum.ca Teachers' Centre.

The Teachers' Centre is a portal at virtualmuseum.ca, an initiative of the Canadian Heritage Information Network at the Department of Canadian Heritage. This portal is your source for reliable bilingual Canadian multimedia content from museums across Canada.

Before using the Teachers' Centre and enjoying access to all its applications, you will first need to register.

You can easily find the Teachers' Centre by doing a search using the keywords "virtual museum."

Select "Virtual Museum of Canada" and then click on "Teachers' Centre."

Now click on "Free registration," and follow the instructions. Don't forget to keep a note of your username and password in case you forget them. From now on, you can enter the Virtual Museum site using the "Sign In" button.

The content is presented in collections of learning objects, individual learning objects, and digital assets.

Before creating a lesson, you will need an idea for a theme.

A search using keywords from the index will allow you to check whether there is already content on a given theme.

The site houses extensive resources, but it does have limits. You will find multimedia content on a wide range of subjects, but not on every subject.

Try a sample search using the keyword "ocean", for example.


Once you have a general idea of the lesson you are going to teach, you will be in a better position to develop your lesson plan and decide exactly what you will do in class with your students. This step is crucial, since you do not want to use a new site until you are certain that you understand how to use it and have planned out your lesson in full.

The next step in building your lesson is to bookmark all the resources you plan to use. Note that you can bookmark individual objects within collections of learning objects.

These files will be automatically added to your "My Content" page. Now, you can click on the "My Lessons" tab and create a new lesson.

The first step is to give your lesson a title and formulate learning objectives. But this step shouldn't be difficult because you already have your lesson plan. You will notice that you are required to save frequently, and that you can also preview a lesson.

Now, it is time to add the building blocks of your lesson: either your own text or a previously selected favourite each time.

Click on the "Add My Content" button. You will be taken to a page much like the "My Content" page, where all files you have saved are displayed. Choose a favourite according to your lesson plan order. If, on the other hand, you want to add text with information from an outside source that your students will use to complete an assignment, you can add a text file.

Once you have added all the files you plan to use, you can still modify your lesson using the small arrows on the right side to move blocks around, or by deleting files if necessary.

Finally, you can see the finished product by clicking on the "Lesson Preview." Note that the lesson preview always opens in a new page.

Our lesson is now ready for use in the classroom, in the computer lab or for printing.

One last reminder: technology is sometimes unreliable. Your lesson should always include a "Plan B" in case of technical difficulties.

And why not follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vmc_teachers for other examples or educational comments, or on the Virtual Museum of Canada Teachers' Centre Facebook page?

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