Prairie Journey 2000 project

By David Livingstone School
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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 to Winnipeg.

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 classroom.

Money for the trip has been raised by the schools creating Internet projects through Industry and Technology's Schoolnet Grassroots Projects. Several businesses have provided gifts in kind and sponsorship.