The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) is launching Canadian Geographic Education’s #OnlineClassroom, which will offer its free, bilingual learning toolsto all Canadians to support teachers, parents and students isolating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Canadian Geographic Education’s #OnlineClassroom, users can explore a 3D model of Big Lonely Doug, a 1,000-year-old Douglas fir in a clear-cut forest in British Columbia, or to learn about issues such as urbanization in Lagos, Nigeria, or resource extraction in Italy’s marble quarries. Students can also watch 360-degree virtual reality films online or download them to a VR headset.
Can Geo Education, the educational arm of the RCGS, supports a network of more than 23,500 educators in more than 600 elementary and secondary schools across the country, offering Kindergarten to grade 12 curriculum-compliant classroom resources for subjects such as outdoor learning, social sciences, geography, environmental science and more.
The #OnlineClassroom will launch with free access to “The Anthropocene Education program”, which will take students on adventures through augmented and virtual reality. Geared toward grades 4 to 12, this initiative develops student’s understandings of our world’s most pressing environmental challenges, such as plastic waste issues, species extinction and climate change. All these resources, and many more, include lesson plans.
Can Geo Education partnered with The Anthropocene Project , an internationally celebrated Canadian project created by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmakers Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal. Through evocative photography, a documentary, 360-degree cinematography, and captivating augmented-reality installations, this multimedia project explains the emergence of the Anthropocene epoch, distinguished by human-caused changes to our planet.