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DISTANCE LEARNING at Glenbow Museum

Distance learning propels museum education into the future, helping create twenty-first century learners. The Cenovus Distance Learning Studio links students who can’t visit the museum in person with experts and artifacts here at Glenbow Museum. Distance learning extends our reach beyond the walls of the museum and enhances educational experiences for many more students and teachers. We thank Cenovus Energy for helping us provide this important educational opportunity.

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Glenbow Museum is proud to offer 3V videoconferencing for our distance learning programs. Using our unique collection of images, art and artifacts, these educational programs offer students a dynamic way to learn about the history and cultures of Canada.

How to Book Please call or email Glenbow Museum’s Distance Learning Coordinator at 403.268.4181 or email distancelearning@glenbow.org Please have the following information ready at the time of the booking. • Title of program • Preferred date(s) and time(s) • Grade, number of students and any special requests • Name and address of school • Teacher’s name as well as contact email and phone number • Credit card number and expiry date – the credit card will be charged the applicable program fees on the day of the program

Please set up a time with the Coordinator to test the connection, both sight and sound, before your program, preferably within the same week the program takes place. On the day of the program you must call in 15 minutes prior to your program’s start time to make sure that everything is working before the students arrive. Our IP address is 216.13.200.162

What are the technical requirements? Distance Learning programs require: • a large screen • broadband internet access • video conferencing equipment

How long is a Distance Learning program? All programs are 45 minutes in length.

When can I book a program? Programs can be scheduled Monday – Friday from 8:00am–3:00pm MT, year round. How much do Glenbow Museum’s Distance Learning programs cost? Program fees are $135.

How many students can participate in a Distance Learning program? Please keep the maximum number of students to 30.


“Distance learning is opening doors our kids never knew existed. Your presentation really does bring it all alive.”

Connect your classroom to a world of art and culture

This page from top, counterclockwise: Tony Scherman, Jocasta, 2005, Collection of Glenbow Museum; James Westergard, Piltdown Man, 2006, Collection of Glenbow Museum,; Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Ursa Above the Earth, 1987, Collection of Glenbow Museum First panel from left to right: Michael N. Yahgulanaas, Coppers from the Hood-“Stolen but Recovered,” 2007, Collection of Glenbow Museum; Douglas Coupland, Green Soldier No. 1, 2001, Collection of Glenbow Museum; Pouches (detail), Na Dene, no date, Collection of Glenbow Museum

art oF canada’s indigenous peoples RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 2 AND UP

let’s trade! eXploring western canada’s Fur trade RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 4 AND UP

new! telling stories tHrougH portraiture RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 5–12

Curriculum Links: Art, Social Studies

Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Aboriginal Studies, History

Curriculum Links: Art

Is art something that hangs on a wall, or does it encompass a bigger role in our society? The Indigenous People of Canada are known for the beautiful and vibrant designs created to decorate all sorts of objects. With beautiful artifacts from the traditional lives of the Inuit, the Cree and the Blackfoot, learn how art was not distinct in its own right, but in fact was incorporated into everyday objects to show a connection to their world and all of the beings within it. indigenous peoples oF canada: meet tHe BlackFoot RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 4 AND UP Curriculum Links: Cultural Studies, Social Studies

Oki! We call ourselves Nitsitapii, although we are known as the Blackfoot-speaking people. We invite you to experience our rich traditions and view the world from a different perspective. Understand our relationship with the land and hear stories that teach our children how to co-exist with the world around them. Come celebrate the Blackfoot way of life with us.

What is trade? Why do people trade? Join us as we look critically at the fur trade’s role in shaping Canadian identity. Learn the history of the fur trade, hear the stories of those involved, investigate the objects traded and discuss the impact on the lives of the traders, both First Nations and European. printmaking tHen and now RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 4–12

If a portrait could speak, what conversation would we have? How does the artist choose the subject? Portraits have many purposes from idealizing the subject, showing power, documenting an important event, to expressing feeling and emotion. A portrait is meant to evoke a conversation with the viewer because art tells stories. Students will explore many portraits from the Glenbow’s collection to gain an appreciation of the many different ways you can interact with art.

Curriculum Links: Art

Printmaking has been used over the centuries as a form of communication and a serious art medium. Why do artists use printmaking today? How is the printmaking medium still used as a form of communication about society today? This program works with museum curators, educators and artists to critically look at contemporary printmaking artists and their poignant, but often humorous messages about our world.

new! Her-story – amaZing canadian women RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 5–12 Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Art

It has been said that behind every successful man is a woman. The stories of the Plains First Nations women, female settlers of the postconfederation years along with women’s roles during wartime and in government are integral to our identity as Canadians. Learn about the women in Western Canada who risked their lives, stood their ground and made great change.

new! goVernment and leadersHip oF tHe plains First nations Available for booking in January 2012 RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 5–12

new! gloBaliZation and tHe Fur trade Available for booking in November 2011 RECOMMENDED GRADES 6–11

Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Art

Curriculum Links: Social Studies

Let’s take a look at where leadership in Canada began. The Plains First Nations people believed that within the community, all people had a voice. Consensus, democracy and voting were all used by the First Peoples. Using Glenbow Museum’s unique collection, learn about the beginning of democracy and government within Canada.

The fur trade is a huge part of our Canadian identity, but what was the global impact? How did the fur trade change the land, the culture and the quality of life for the First Nations people and the Europeans? Join our educators in a frank discussion, using artifacts and images from our collection, about the global consequences of the Western fur trade.

new! tHe Franklin eXpedition: tHe First arctic eXplorers Available for booking in February 2012 RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 5–12

collecting tHe collection: wHat does tHe Future Hold? RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 6–12

Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Art

Have you ever wondered where the Glenbow Museum got all of its treasures? Hear stories of the adventurers who travelled from shore to shore to shore of our great country, carefully preserving our heritage. Students will take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the incredible and often strange artifacts from within the Glenbow collection and think about what cultural goods we should collect for the future.

On May 19, 1845, 129 men and officers aboard the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus, under the command of Sir John Franklin, set sail to explore the Northwest Passage. After 18 months at sea, the men astonishingly disappeared. During the years from 1848-1854, numerous expeditions set out to rescue the courageous men. Using objects from an expedition to find Franklin, hear stories of the harsh and unforgiving climate that ultimately led to the demise of these Arctic explorers.

Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Art

tHe letter Zed: canadian nationalism and identity RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 9–11 Curriculum Links: Social Studies, Art

Let’s delve into the issues surrounding Canadian identity! Who are we and where did we come from? What past events have shaped who we are as Canadians? The Letter Zed uses symbols, objects and art to focus on the roots of Canadian identity. Educators will engage students with the unique opportunity to interact with the photographs, artifacts, and art from within the Glenbow collection and from around Canada.

All programs are 45 minutes long. Program fees are $135.


Distance Learning at Glenbow Museum