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What is a webExperience?

An engaging new approach to professional development. Live and interactive online sessions designed and delivered by teachers for teachers – offering fun and innovative ideas and activities to support your curriculum delivery.

Open to all Kindergarten to Grade 12 Catholic teachers, WebExperience offers bite-sized professional development accessible from anywhere you are (with an internet connection).

All previously recorded WebExperiences can be found in the Members' Center of the website, and you will need your username and password to login!

Available WebExperiences

Democracy & Elections Series

Critical thinking, collaboration, and communication are at the heart of Elections Canada’s curriculum-linked activities for intermediate and secondary students. In this WebExperience series, teachers will be introduced to one-hour, three-part lessons that foster student voice, and engage students in Canadian democracy.

Rachel Collishaw, Senior Education Specialist, Elections Canada, will take you on a tour of the resources available to teachers while sharing tips for engaging all learners, through an inquiry based approach. These bite-sized webinars are a quick and easy way to boost your confidence in facilitating your students’ learning about Canadian elections and democracy.

Elections Canada’s resources are available to order or download free from electionsanddemocracy.ca in English, French, and language-learner versions.

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Available WebExperiences

Democracy & Elections
Geography of Elections
DATE TIME AUDIENCE PRESENTER
April 16, 2020 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Grades 7 - 12 Civics
Geography and Politics
Rachel Collishaw,
Senior Education Specialist
Elections Canada

What is my federal electoral community? How does it compare to others? These are the inquiry questions that students explore in this active and map-rich activity. Students practice map literacy by examining wall maps of Canada’s electoral districts, and understanding their own electoral community. Then, using fact sheets from their own and other ridings, students work together to identify patterns and trends in electoral districts across Canada. In this webinar, participants will learn how and why student fact sheets for every federal electoral district, were developed. The session will share tips on keeping students engaged in rich data analysis and collaborative learning. This lesson supports curriculum expectations in Civics, Geography and Politics.

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Civic Action: Then and Now
DATE TIME AUDIENCE PRESENTER
April 21, 2020 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Grades 7 - 12
History
Civics
Politics
Law
First Nations, Métis and Inuit studies
Equity studies
French Immersion and FSL
Rachel Collishaw,
Senior Education Specialist
Elections Canada

How can you take action to make a difference? Students will explore this inquiry question using hands-on case study cards and rich pedagogy that will help them connect civic actions in the past to their own concerns in the present. In this webinar, teachers will learn how to use bite-sized inquiry to help students see how civic action results in change. Whether teaching about women’s voting rights or Indigenous peoples’ constitutional rights, this session will help support content expectations directly. This webinar will support curriculum expectations in History, Civics, Politics, Law, First Nations, Métis and Inuit studies, Equity studies, French Immersion and FSL.

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Does Voting Matter?
DATE TIME AUDIENCE PRESENTER
April 30, 2020 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Grades 7 - 12 Civics
Politics
English, ESL
French Immersion and FSL
Rachel Collishaw,
Senior Education Specialist
Elections Canada

Does Voting Matter? is the inquiry question that students explore in this active lesson that makes space for students to have real conversations as future voters. Students read the silly speeches of imaginary candidates from the Wizard Party or Dinosaur Party, and then participate in a series of voting simulations that show the effects of voter turnout. This lesson is suitable across various grade levels and is especially beneficial for language learners since they can practice many aspects of oral language expression, including persuasion, vocabulary and even humour. This webinar, will explore tips for making the experience both fun and meaningful for your students. This activity supports curriculum expectations in Civics, Politics, English, ESL, French Immersion and FSL.

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Elections by the Numbers
DATE TIME AUDIENCE PRESENTER
May 5, 2020 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Grades 7 - 12
Intermediate Math
Data Management
Geography
Civics
Politics
English Language Arts
Media Studies.
Rachel Collishaw,
Senior Education Specialist
Elections Canada

How does youth voting compare to that of other age groups? With this simple inquiry question, students are launched into an activity where they work together to represent data trends about voter turnout by age group. This webinar will explain the lesson, share examples of student work and discuss tips to engage and sustain learning through inquiry. Whether you teach grade 7 Math, grade 9 Geography, grade 10 English or grade 12 Data Management, this flexible lesson will support learning goals across the curriculum.

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Digital Skills for Democracy
DATE TIME AUDIENCE PRESENTER
May 12, 2020 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Grades 7 - 12
English Language Arts and Media Studies
French Immersion and FSL
Civics
Politics
World Issues
Rachel Collishaw
Senior Education Specialist
Elections Canada

How can we find out if information about elections or political issues is something we can trust? That inquiry question will engage students in a hands-on activity that develops their online skills through an entirely offline activity. Through case studies that depict misinformation and disinformation, students learn five digital strategies that can help them verify sources and understand which sources they can trust on electoral and political issues. This webinar will explain how to develop students’ metacognition, collaboration and critical thinking skills. This lesson supports curriculum expectations in English Language Arts and Media Studies, French Immersion and FSL, Politics, World Issues and more!

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Mapping Electoral Districts
DATE TIME AUDIENCE PRESENTER
May 26, 2020 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Grades 7 - 12
Geography
Civics
World Issues
Civics or Politics
Rachel Collishaw
Senior Education Specialist
Elections Canada

What makes an electoral district fair? is the inquiry question that students explore as they try to draw fair electoral boundaries for an imaginary country. As part of this activity, students will consider the geographic factors, both human and physical that guide the real process of federal electoral redistribution. In this webinar, teachers will explore concepts of fairness and equity and discover how challenging redistribution can be through the experience of an Elections Canada geographer who explains her role in the real process. Best practices in inquiry learning that aim to keep students engaged, thinking, and exploring their own place in elections and democracy will be shared. This resource is perfect for engaging students in Geography, Civics, World Issues, Civics or Politics classrooms, and can really support the development of geographic and political thinking.

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Voting Rights Through Time
DATE TIME AUDIENCE PRESENTER
June 2, 2020 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Grades 7 - 12 English Language Arts and Media
History
Geography
Civics
Politics
Law
Social Sciences
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies
Rachel Collishaw
Senior Education Specialist
Elections Canada

How inclusive is our democracy? This inquiry question engages students in a hands-on activity that emphasizes student voice and choice. Students work together to create a “Timeline with Attitude” that helps them to think about inclusion in electoral history since 1867. In this webinar, teacher will explore how historical thinking will come to life through structured student-centered discussions. Best practices that keep students engaged, thinking, and exploring their own place in our elections and democracy will be shared. This activity supports curriculum expectations in History, Civics, Politics, Law or Equity Studies classrooms, as well as French Immersion and FSL.

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Communicating with Parents
DATE TIME PRESENTER
March 25, 2020 1:30p.m. - 3:00p.m. Brenda Golden

We communicate with parents for a variety of reasons, ranging from reporting incidents to reporting on progress to voicing concerns, and many more.  In these conversations, we want always to be professional and succinct. If difficult discussions arise, we need to readily and confidently implement communication strategies that help us find common ground so that we can continue to develop healthy learning environments for students and strengthen school-home partnerships. In this session, we will reflect on our communication skills, explore communication techniques, and look very closely at how to navigate when communication becomes difficult. Teachers will leave feeling confident and prepared to talk to parents so that we can continue to support students in our

Session Full - This session has been recorded and will be made available in the WebExperience Archive soon.

Outdoor Learning K-2
DATE TIME PRESENTER
March 26, 2020 10:00a.m. - 11:30a.m. Ashley Fung Fook

This session will explore outdoor learning in the Early Years. A mandatory part of the kindergarten program, outdoor learning has many benefits beyond the classroom. This session will provide activity ideas, suggested resources and indoor connections.

Session Full - This session has been recorded and will be made available in the WebExperience Archive soon.

Gwaayaksichikweyan - Making Things Right
DATE TIME PRESENTER
March 30, 2020 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Jodie Williams & Tesa Fiddler

Gwaayaksichikweyan roughly translates into “making things right” or “doing things in a good way.”  This presentation will showcase new comprehensive resources designed to support teachers with the implementation of Indigenous peoples’ histories, perspectives and contributions within the Ontario curriculum. This presentation will share strategies and guidelines that were developed in consultation with a provincial Elders Advisory Council on how to approach Indigenous knowledge and embed Indigenous perspectives in a respectful and meaningful way. We will showcase successful classroom practices that have empowered Indigenous students and inspired non-Indigenous students to become agents for change, moving forward. 

Session Full - This session has been recorded and will be made available in the WebExperience Archive soon.

Working from the inside out; A Well-being Workshop for Teachers
DATE TIME PRESENTER
April 1, 2020 10:00a.m. - 11:30a.m. Karl Fernandes

Teachers are relied upon to guide their students through changing times and complex social and emotional issues. This emotional labour we are called to do can impact our sense of well-being. Learning to prioritize well-being and building healthful habits into one's day can be beneficial both inside and outside of one's teaching practice. In this session, participants will be guided in developing a helpful conceptual framework, a "toolkit" of practical tips and resources and a pathway towards personal well-being.

Session Full - This session has been recorded and will be made available in the WebExperience Archive soon.

Technology 101 – Digital Tools
DATE TIME PRESENTER
April 2, 2020 1:30p.m. - 3:00p.m. Jeff Cummings

Are you interested in learning how to integrate Digital tools in your class? Do you want to get started using GSuite, Office365 or Desire2Learn? Interested in learning about using digital tools safely and effectively to increase engagement and student productivity? This workshop is for educators who want to learn the basics on how to use these digital tools to communicate, collaborate and stimulate student creativity in innovative ways by enabling them to use technology in productive ways. Educators will learn how to link technology with effective pedagogical principles in order to change instruction to align with 21st Century fluencies in the classroom. Educators will have the opportunity to try a variety of engaging tools with the goal of finding a few to integrate in their class immediately. Other tools focussed on include Microsoft Teams, OneNote, and Flipgrid.

Session Full - This session has been recorded and will be made available in the WebExperience Archive soon.

Building Personal Resiliency
DATE TIME PRESENTER
April 3, 2020 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Diane Mullane

Teaching is a stressful job and stress, over a long period of time, can impact the health and well-being of educators and can ultimately lead to burnout. The focus of this workshop is on prevention, and what educators can do to look after their own emotional well-being and build personal resiliency. This presentation will address topics such as: why self-care is important, pathways to resilience, happiness, and self-compassion, through a Positive Psychology lens.

Session Full - This session has been recorded and will be made available in the WebExperience Archive soon.

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