This interactive workshop consists of a short presentation on the origins, history and rationale for BC Tomorrow. The presentation also includes student reflections and observations from BC Tomorrow pilot projects, and ways to access lesson templates and video tutorials so teachers can successfully implement the learning tools to meet the learning outcomes in their own classes. Finally, workshop attendees will be guided through the login process, so they have time to practice with lesson templates or design other ways to incorporate BC Tomorrow’s learning tools into their own schools and classrooms.
BC Tomorrow’s learning program aligns well with this-years “Sharing Lands and Reconciling Narratives” conference theme. BC Tomorrow employs cutting-edge map-based GIS technology, incorporates traditional classroom-based Social Studies teaching practices, and aligns well with Indigenous perspectives. It’s a free, online, innovative educational project leveraging technology and collaboration giving students and teachers at multiple grade levels an ability to explore the interconnection between environment, economy and society as it relates to land-use sustainability with their own communities and watersheds. Users of BC Tomorrow are able to SEE the impacts of human land-use and then APPY their own understandings for how they think the future should look.
The holistic, multi-disciplinary, interactive nature of BC Tomorrow’s learning tools provide students a chance to practice the competencies while examining landscape changes – changes that may occur during their lifetimes. Using real data to examine real changes, users develop an understanding of system dynamics and cumulative effects employing a three-part learning approach: 1) Instructional videos provide background on human land use, 2) Landscape Simulator and its interactive map-based application provides an ability to observe historic land use changes and future land use trends. Users measure and evaluate real changes on the landscape against a set of socio-economic and environmental indicators. They then set goals, develop, and share their own future land use scenarios, and 3) Field Studies provide an ability to collect and share land use observations in support of learning. The simulator gives students a chance to address issues on the landscape and think critically about the issue and work creatively to address trends or issues they feel are important based on their values. Students can also work collaboratively to solve problems and share solutions. Results can be shared with their peers, their families, or the community at large.
Watersheds are dynamic landscapes; their functions can be positively and negatively impacted by land-use. Population growth, increased resource demands, and climate change have increased societies awareness and need for sustainable land stewardship. BC Tomorrow’s learning tools provide a mechanism for youth to actively engage in long-term sustainability of their communities and watersheds.
For some results of our work during pilot projects please see:
1) Pilot #3 “Students teaching Students” at www.bctomorrow.ca
2) “BC Tomorrow Mini-pilot #2 Fall 2017” at www.bctomorrow.ca/blog
3) “The Spring 2017 Mini Pilot Experience” at www.bctomorrow.ca/blog
Upper Elementary, Middle, Junior and Senior High Teachers
Dave Ramsay has been a Junior and Senior High School science educator in BC for over 27 years. While completing his master’s, he examined how to incorporate sustainability into his classroom in a meaningful way by developing Watershed focused curriculum. Since then, Dave has been collaborating with educators, industry, and business, to develop BC Tomorrow. Based on Alberta Tomorrow’s successful template, BC Tomorrow learning tools incorporates multiple curricular and core competencies while also giving users the opportunity to interactively investigate sustainability issues in their communities and watersheds.