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Thursday, 27 September 2012

AMDSB Presentation

Earlier this week I presented the dHL to the AMDSB and it was a huge success.  Since releasing the dHL to all AMDSB elementary and secondary staff, I've had about 20 teachers register, and I hope in the coming months to see 20 more.  When I was asked which member of the dHL I thought would be most popular my response was The Memory Project Speakers' Bureau.  The Speakers' Bureau connects veterans and serving soldiers with students online and in classroom across the country.  With Remembrance Day only a month away, teachers will be starting to discuss why we remember.  I hope they consider connecting with a veteran or serving soldier this year.
There have been some new developments this week too, which I am really excited about, and the AMDSB got to hear them first!  I contacted the Canadian Museums Association, who represents nearly 2000 members, and the CMA has agreed to promote the dHL to all of their members.  The support of the CMA will help me gain more dHL membership from museums all across Canada.
This week I also had the pleasure of speaking with Leanne Clare from the David Suzuki Foundation.  We discussed the possibility of members from the David Suzuki Foundation joining the Digital Human Library to support teachers using The Nature Challenge Teacher's Guide, Curriculum Resource for Grades 4-7, available on the David Suzuki website.

What's next?  You'll just have to wait and read!

Leigh Cassell
Elementary Teacher, AMDSB
Founder of the Digital Human Library

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Another Fantastic Week for the dHL!

That pretty much sums it up.  It has been a fantastic week.  The Biosphere, Sheffield Museum, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and Science North are the newest members to join the dHL.  Please visit the dHL website and browse the incredible variety of programs offered by these unique organizations. Be sure to book early! Some organizations can only offer a limited number of free sessions per year.

What can you look forward to in the upcoming weeks?  
I will be chatting with the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, the Royal Tyrrell Museum, and the David Suzuki Foundation to hopefully provide even more programming opportunities for you and your students! 

Leigh Cassell
Elementary Teacher, AMDSB
Founder of the Digital Human Library

Saturday, 1 September 2012

What's New?!

I've been busy!

Here's the scoop on who, and what's new with the dHL.

Most recently the Art Gallery of Ontario agreed to join the dHL offering an incredible range of art programs, tours, and art history lessons for students of all ages.  Check the dHL website for the AGO's fall program schedule coming soon!

In August I discussed membership with the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Zoo, and Granby Zoo (offering programs in French and English).  These organizations are currently working on their new fall educational programs as well, and they will be available to teachers and students in the next month or so.

The Digital Human Library has also had several new community members register including an optometrist, chef,  graphic designer, and children's author to name a few.  Please visit and register today to view the full library of members available to teachers this fall!

So what's next?  Well, in addition to meeting new community members daily whom I hope to inspire to join the dHL, I have also been working with Parks Canada  My goal is to secure membership from a representative at each National Park and Historic Site in Canada!  Imagine the possibilities . . .

Stay tuned!

Leigh Cassell
Elementary Teacher, AMDSB
Founder of the Digital Human Library