Students pack laptops, digital cameras, cell phones, palm
pilots for prairie journey.
Thirty grade 5 and 6 students - many of whom live in the inner
city of Winnipeg-- will be heading off to explore the Canadian
Prairies for an action-packed six days. They're bringing the
latest in technology to record their trip and share it with the
world. The tour is scheduled from May 15 to 20, 2000.
A professionally shot and edited video by Manitoba Education
and Training, a CD-ROM and regular postings to the Prairie
Journey 2000 web site will document activities and what students
learn about the geography, agriculture, history, art, social
and culture of the Prairies.
Along the way, the students from David
Livingstone and Frontenac
schools will visit schools in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta,
where they will treat local students to drama performances on
racial harmony, poetry readings, songs and a powwow. Lord
Nelson students will be part of the tour, but only in Manitoba.
The trip starts in Winnipeg and then heads west with overnights
in Neepawa, Regina, Maple Creek, Lundbreck, Banff and then to
Calgary. Students will travel by bus to Calgary and fly back
Meanwhile, students back in Manitoba virtually won't be left
behind as live, online video conferences and chat sessions will
take place to share day-by-day activities.
Websites have also been created by 4 provinces reflecting
what we'll be learning on a trip from
Winnipeg to Banff, Alberta. It's sort of a travelling technology
Money for the trip has been raised by the schools creating
Internet projects through Industry and Technology's Schoolnet
Several businesses have provided gifts in kind and sponsorship.