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A Guide to Online Resources for Teaching and Learning about WW1 in Canada

A war effort poster: “Salvage! Every Little Helps” / Sia R. Chilvers. Library and Archives Canada, e010696424; Acc. No. 1983-28-190 / CC by 2.0

A war effort poster: “Salvage! Every Little Helps” / Sia R. Chilvers. Library and Archives Canada, e010696424; Acc. No. 1983-28-190 / CC by 2.0

(Newly updated as of February 27, 2017!)

I’m actually rather surprised to find that no one’s really done this before. This collection started out as a Word document that I used for creating classroom activities for my survey classes. The one-page document has now grown to seventeen pages. Before anyone yells at me for leaving things out, I do want to warn you that this is not a comprehensive list.  I have tried to limit this list to resources that are available from verified sources, archives, museums, universities, and historical societies. There are a ton of personal websites by genealogists and military history enthusiasts that are great, but because I can’t verify their sources personally and because this list is aimed mostly at educators, I chose to leave them out.

Each link will be listed by title, then institution. I have included a short description of each link, and which sections will be of particular interest or use to educators.

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Historian’s Toolkit: CBC Digital Archives

So guess who is Active History’s newest contributor? Me! Over the next year, I’ll be writing a few blog posts for Active History about the teaching of Canadian history. My first post went up today, and is my latest Historian’s Toolkit, focusing on the CBC Digital Archives. Here’s a sneak peak:

 


Anyone who has searched the internet for videos to use while teaching Canadian history has run into one big problem: the overwhelming dominance of American media online. Adding “Canadian” or “Canada” to your Google search doesn’t necessarily solve this problem. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t great Canadian videos, soundbites, and films available. You just have to know where to look for them! This post is going to focus on my favourite place for Canadian audio-visual material: the CBC.

 

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Historian’s Toolkit: Flickr Commons

Flickr Commons

In our Historian’s Toolkit series, we look in depth at one online resource that history professors can use to teach Canadian history. You can view other posts in this series by clicking here.

Have you ever wondered where I get the awesome pictures that I use in the Roundups? One of my favourite places is Fickr Commons, so in this edition of the Historian’s Toolkit we will be taking a closer look!

It’s often a challenge for Canadian historians to find good visuals for lectures, blog posts, or publications. One factor is the tremendous prevalence of American images online, which makes searching for purely Canadian content something of a nightmare. The other problem, especially for blog posts or publications, is that of copyright (though lecturers should also be considering this problem!). Many images that are available, either though digitized archival collections or museums, are still under copyright or you need to ask permission to use them.

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Historian’s Toolkit: Transcribe

Transcribe

 

In our Historian’s Toolkit series, we look in depth at one online resource that history professors can use to teach Canadian history. To see others from this series click on the category, “Historian’s Toolkit.”

**Check back on Friday for a special blog post all about Victoria Day!**

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