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FNMI (First Nations Metis Inuit) education in the Classroom

First Nations Metis Inuit has been incorporated into in my classroom. I just think it’s really hard to understand Canada without first understanding the people who were here before Europeans arrived. At times, their history has been ignored and even forgotten. It is such an important element to this nation that it just can’t be swept underneath the mat.

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History at times is not all roses and rainbows, students should be aware of that. There are many harsh truths about things that occurred in our past.  As learners we should think critically about our nation . By studying FNMI, we get an opportunity to reflect on our past and hopefully learn and develop a better future for Canada.

Learning about First Nations Metis Inuit can be incorporated all across the curriculum. In addition to learning about in-depth in Social Studies, History and Geography, I have included it in Language. Students have HaidaArtread books by FNMI authors or read about FNMI themes. We also studied Haidi art in Art class. Not only did the students have to create their own art but they researched about its origins as well.

Technology can facilitate this learning through researching up-to-date websites about FNMI. Teachers could provide links to informative websites. Videos about FNMI could also be incorporated into the lesson. If students cannot meet an actual member of the FNMI community in person, a teacher could see if they could schedule a Q&A via Skype with an important FNMI member, educator or leader.

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Internet and Web 2.0

The Internet has completely changed education forever. Students and teachers have more access to information than ever before. That means students can learn about current news taking place in real time; or they could also go back and learn about history by accessing a textbook online.

But the use of technology to access the Internet can be an ongoing issue. School boards, schools and teachers can sometimes be apprehensive about how much should be incorporated into today’s classroom. The hesitation could stem from a variety reasons.

Google-classSome challenges include availability, appropriateness, trust, and security. Furthermore, many schools have limited resources; school administrators have also blocked certain sites because of questionable content; the ease of cutting and pasting makes it easier to plagiarise.

However, in today’s classroom, it’s important for the students’ to engage in meaningful discussions, and to have opportunities to work collaboratively with one another. If used correctly, the Internet and Web 2.0 technologies (i.e. Google Docs) can enhance the learning the experience. Overall, the benefits of using internet and technology in the classroom outweigh any of its negative aspects.