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Take a (virtual) trip or go to camp!
Virtual Visits with a Canadian Focus
A great collection of Canadian Virtual Visits, including the Parliament Buildings, The Royal Tyrell Museum, Canadian War Museum, Royal Ontario Museum and even a Prison Tour from Correctional Services. Compiled by St Matthew HS Learning Commons.
Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants
Beaming Science, Exploration, Adventure and Conservation into Classrooms Across North America;
Guest Speakers and Virtual Field Trips with Leading Experts from Around the World;
Using Technology to Broadcast Live into Classrooms from the Most Remote Regions on the Planet
Smthsonian National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours
A selection of virtual tours from The National Museum of Natural History.
Parliament-The Classroom Experience
Bring Parliament to your students, in class or online. The Classroom Experience is an immersive learning program for students in Grades 8 to 12 (Secondary II to CEGEP).
Great Wall of China Virtual Tour
"As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on any trip to China. Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet."
PBS Nova Online: Secrets of Easter Island Virtual
Looks into the mystery of Easter Islands most famous giant stone statues
Son Doong Cave (Vietnam) Virtual Experience
"National Geographic lets you explore the world’s largest cave, located in Vietnam." (Hint: turn your sound on)
Discovering Ancient Egypt
Includes a Hieroglyphic Typewriter! How fun is that?
Take a peak at cities around the world!
Birthplace of Music: A Virtual Field Trip
"Birthplaces of Music: A Virtual Field Trip is a fully interactive, virtual field trip through the world of music history. During this trip, you will visit the birthplaces of four of the most popular genres of music in the world today: classical, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and country. The birthplaces of these great forms of music are Vienna, Austria; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia respectively."
Want to learn more about animals and fish?
Core Concepts Biology This link opens in a new window
For students Gr. 6 +, this database contains interactive activities, timelines, and science experiments in the areas of animal systems, the human body/health & diseases, cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, microbes, plant structures, reproduction, scientist biographies, and planet Earth. Images, maps, video, audio, and teacher lesson plan resources are available.
PowerKnowledge Life Science This link opens in a new window
Everything you need to know about plants, animals, the food chain, the human body. life cycles and more. Includes text-to-speech, videos, interactive games, hands-on science projects and activities, resource lists, lesson plans and more to support budding researchers in the sciences
Curious? Want to learn more? Check out the resources below.
Science in Context This link opens in a new window
For students in Gr. 6+, this database provides articles, images, video, and audio on topics including: biology, chemistry, earth & environmental science, general science, health & medicine, math, engineering, technology, physics and astronomy, as well as scientist biographies. Teacher lesson plans and ON curriculum correlations are also available.
PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science This link opens in a new window
Everything you need to know about earth systems, ecosystems, weather, space and more. Includes articles, videos, text-to-speech, interactive games and activities, resource lists and lesson plans.
PowerKnowledge Physical Science This link opens in a new window
Everything you need to know about atoms & molecules, energy, matter, force and motion, the earth, temperature and more. Includes articles, videos, interactive games & activities, lesson plans and resource lists.
Interested in learning more? Check out the databases below.
Britannica High School Edition This link opens in a new window
Reference articles, journals, magazines, websites, multimedia, and curriculum content for high school students. Includes dictionary, atlas and student workspace.
Gale OneFile: Fine Arts This link opens in a new window
Magazines & journals supporting research in aras such as dance, drama, music, art, history and filmmaking.
Gale OneFile: Pop Culture Studies This link opens in a new window
Pop culture is all around us and influences our lives every day. For any social sciences,
history, art, or liberal arts researcher, the Popular Culture Collection provides useful
information from over two million articles found in over 100 subject-appropriate,
AgScape Virtual Camp
AgScape is pleased to support Ontario parents with the launch of our Virtual Camp Experience. This resource provides parents with regular e-newsletter updates featuring educational materials, videos and games, as well as access to activity schedules offering a structured day of fun and hands-on learning for kids ages 5 - 11 and 12 - 18.
The Virtual Camp Experience includes interactive activities that explore food and farming topics such as Local Food, Technology and Innovation, and Indigenous Agriculture. The daily schedules and associated materials have been designed by Ontario Certified Teachers, are curriculum-linked and connect to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).
Virtual Code Club
Real time webinars exploring coding and coding software programs. Note: These sessions are best for kids aged 7 - 12 years old. To keep quality high, we will be limiting each session to 25 users.
CAMP TFO EN FAMILLE
Groupe Média TFO présente Le Camp TFO en Famille, une initiative mise en place pour accompagner les francophones et francophiles partout en Ontario et au Canada durant la période de fermeture des écoles. Avec un programme d’activités d’apprentissage et de contenus ludo-éducatifs certifiés pour leur qualité, les plateformes reconnues de TFO, comme sa chaîne télé, IDELLO.ORG et BOUKILI.CA, vous offre des rendez-vous pratiques et efficaces pour toute la famille.
More online boredom busters!
Open a new window somewhere in the world.
Welcome to Our Virtual Games Room!
Need a little fun and games? We’re so glad you stopped by. Play whatever games you like, then come back soon and see what’s new!
Mensa for Kids
Free, high-quality, educational games for children provided by the Mensa Foundation.
Put on your earphones & grab a book!
Sora (OverDrive) This link opens in a new window
Open a world of reading with the UCDSB collection of eBooks, audiobooks and read alongs from OverDrive. Your virtual book library all in one! Download the Sora app to your phone or device - its easy to read!
Giller Prize Winning Audiobooks
Free audiobooks from Audible. List includes: Alias Grace, Fifteen Dogs, A Fine Balance, Through Black Spruce, Barney's Version and more.
800 Free eBooks for iPad/iPhone & Kindle (OpenCulture
"Collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including works by Asimov, Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Neil Gaiman, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf & James Joyce."
1,000 Free Audio Books (OpenCulture)
"Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you'll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more."
Your greatest stories, all fired up!
Free movies & TV shows from major movie studies (including Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Starz). Registration required.
Ken Burn's in the Classroom (PBS)
Site includes full length videos of major Ken Burns documentaries including: Baseball, Jazz, Country Music, The Gene: An Intimate History. Also includes classroom resources.
Curio.ca - Sharpen Your Mind This link opens in a new window
Educational programming, collections, teacher resources, Ontario curriculum alignment etc. from CBC Learning and Radio-Canada Contenus éducatifs . Includes News in Review. Available in English & French
NFB Educational Playlists This link opens in a new window
NFB educational playlists are selections of films on themes that tie in with Canadian curricula and address the important issues of the day. Many of the playlists are also linked to study guides.
OpenCulture's list of 1,150 free movies online
"Includes classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors. The collection is divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns (many with John Wayne); Martial Arts Movies; Silent Films; Documentaries, and Animation. We also have special collections of Oscar Winning Movies and Films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Charlie Chaplin."
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Series
Latest concert - Harry Styles
Stratford Festival Presents
Full-length recording of Stratford Shakespeare plays, including: The Taming of the Shrew; King Lear; Hamlet; Antony & Cleopatra; King John; The Adventures of Pericles; Macbeth; Love's Labour Lost; Romeo and Juliet; Timon of Athens; Coriolanus; The Tempest
National Theatre at Home
"A new play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. Watch Danny Boyle's monster hit Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein."
The Show Must Go: Andrew Lloyd Weber YouTube Channel
OK, not ALL full length productions of ALW shows, but some (Les Miserables) and excerpts of the most famous songs from shows like: Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat etc. Great for musical theatre lovers!
Calling all computer enthusiasts!
Visit the VLC's Virtual Makerspace page for more free coding software ideas!
Code Club Canada
"The Code Club projects are step-by-step guides for children to follow and create animations, games, websites and much more."
Mouse Org Projects
Open access during school closure: "creative technology projects you can do on your own! Choose one below and follow the steps to design something original and learn some new tech skills."
Internet Arcade (from the Internet Archive)
"The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s,"
The Malware Museum (the Internet Archive)
"The Malware Museum is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety."
Hungry? Recipes from Dairy Goodness to the rescue!
The searchable recipe site of the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Sitting too long? Try yoga!