A few new online resources you might want to take a closer look at:

American National Biography Online: “…offers portraits of more than 18,700 men & women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped the nation.” That would be the nation just south of us.

Films on Demand: “…Web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime.” Videos on everything from Opera to Ebola.

Mathematics Teaching: “…the journal of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics… Many articles have additional information or associated files.” Yep, it’s all about the math.

Innovative Media for the Classroom and Communities

Use diverse educational tools to enhance learning: Our trusted, high-calibre content includes exciting web-based learning platforms and teaching guides probing topics such as environmental studies, citizen media and Aboriginal culture.

Teaching Guides

A good study guide can bring a film to life within a classroom setting. Guides are available for thousands of NFB productions, helping teachers to choose the right film for their curriculum and get the best out of NFB resources.

Included are detailed curriculum notes and lesson plans, along with hands-on classroom activities and discussion starters.

In addition to our study guides, NFB Education provides short Education Descriptors—brief curriculum notes and grade level suggestions—for more than 2,000 online titles.

Education Playlists

Looking for animated shorts to show in your art class, or films that explore the complex issue of racism? Or are you seeking a good way to mark World Earth Day or another cultural event?

The NFB provides a growing collection of thematic playlists selected by experts to illustrate specific subjects or themes.

Educational Websites

A compelling and well-researched website can be a powerful learning tool, illuminating multiple aspects of an issue and engaging students in exciting creative dialogue.

The NFB has created its own cutting-edge interactive productions and has supported other web-based initiatives. These productions can provide a fresh approach to topics like Canadian history or Aboriginal culture and help clarify complex issues such as international development or environmentalism, or they can introduce kids to film animation in a playful and appealing manner.

~from the National Film Board Website – Education


The Vancouver Sun

BY Katherine Monk, Postmedia News, JANUARY 23, 2012

PARK CITY, Utah — There are many bizarre sights parading before the viewfinder of a Sundance Film Festival visitor, but the indoor tree imported from Banff and the bear cage outside the library are two of the more cryptic signs of unfettered creativity sprawling around Park City.

Part of a National Film Board interactive film project called Bear 71, the cage and the tree are more than publicity props; they’re symbols of a larger work that aims to jolt the viewer into a different state of awareness about the natural environment, and our relationship to it.

“In our modern age, it’s hard to know where the wired world ends and the wild one begins,” says co-creator Leanne Allison, half the filmmaking team behind the Gemini-winning Being Caribou.

“This whole thing started with a huge collection of trail photographs gathered in Banff National Park. These were images that were not framed by people. They were sort of nature uninterrupted.”

Essentially low-resolution stills gathered from motion-activated cameras in the wild, the images showed a variety of animals simply doing what they do, from crows and eagles to foxes and bears.

The bear was the central motivator for Allison, because she and her husband, Karsten Heuer, a park ranger in Banff, had been following her moves for years.

Read more here.

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Once a year, the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program at the University of British Columbia hosts a colloquium with a respected speaker from the creative or scholarly side of children’s literature. Paulette Bourgeois is author of Franklin the Turtle series and other award-winning picturebooks and nonfiction. Franklin is a best-selling picturebook series in Canada and has had huge global success, with articles written about it just recently in the popular press.

The title of her talk is “The Inside Story of Franklin the Turtle: From Book to Brand” – on the subject of marketing and branding of her series as an example of what is happening in today’s children’s literature. It should be fascinating.


Date: Thursday, January 26th 2012



Time: 4:30-5:30 pm


Location: Dodson Room, 3rd floor of the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, UBC


Free; no registration required; refreshments served.


Paulette Bourgeois is one of Canada’s most noted and beloved picture book creators. She is the author of scores of picture books and nonfiction books and the creator of the Franklin the Turtle series, beginning with Franklin in the Dark, illustrated by Brenda Clark. The series is a landmark in Canadian publishing for children. It has sold more than 60 million books in 38 languages. The licensed character of Franklin has his own animated television series, seen in over 15 countries. Paulette Bourgeois will discuss her 25-year experience in the creation of the series, and what it has been like to participate in and watch Franklin transform from book to brand. She will consider her creative involvement and how she positions the series within the context of her career and the Canadian children’s book publishing industry.


Paulette Bourgeois is best-known for creating Franklin the Turtle, the character who appears in picture books illustrated by Brenda Clark. The books have sold more than 60 million copies and have been translated into 38 languages. An animated television series, merchandise, DVDs and full-feature movies are based on the character. She is also the author of award-winning books for children including Oma’s Quilt which was developed as a short film by the National Film Board of Canada, and more than two dozen non-fiction science books. She is a member of the Order of Canada, has received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an award of merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and most recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.



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