In November of 2001, the grade two and three students of Miss Speight's class at Parkdale Elementary embarked on a learning journey all about the people of the North.  Through our journey, the children connected with other students from Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Alaska.  An amazing telecollaborative website was created through these connections.  The students of University Park Elementary inspired us all with their incredible Virtual Alaska Room which features Inuit artifacts at Ladd Elementary in Fairbanks Alaska.

The students spent several months learning about the Pioneers of Alberta. We built a log cabin, a smokehouse, wrote some incredible stories, read Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Inglis Wilder, collected and researched amazing artifacts, and even examined real artifacts brought to us by the Glenbow Museum.  

The virtual tour uses QuickTime Virtual Reality technology and VR Worx software to allow you to move around in the room and pick up and examine artifacts. It's not as good as the real thing, but you can use the Virtual Pioneer Museum to learn more about the Canadian Pioneers and the artifacts that tell so much about them.  The children took all of the photos, and even created most of the "object movies."

You will need QuickTime 3 and the QuickTime Plug In for Netscape installed on your Mac or Windows computer to view the panorama and object movies on these pages. You can get Quicktime 3 and the plug-in, along with directions for installing and using them, by clicking here. It's free for both Mac and Windows.

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Web Author: M. Speight

Last updated April 28, 2003