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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, Number 2, November/December 2003

Yours for the asking

How blind and visually impaired children learn

Connecting to the World is designed to help healthcare professionals, educational professionals, and rehabilitation workers better understand how children who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf/blind learn most effectively.

The video features early-intervention specialists demonstrating 10 principles for working with children who are blind or visually impaired. The discussion guide helps explore the ideas and methods presented in the video and provides a resource list.

Available for $25 from the CNIB’s National Technical Aids Centre, techaidssales@cnib.ca, or 416-486-2500.

Teacher exchange foundation

International Teacher Exchange–Canadian Education Exchange Foundation, is a registered non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating international and inter-provincial teacher exchanges. Destinations include Wales, Spain, France, Denmark, Germany, Scotland, England, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, United States, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland. Apply now for the 2004–05 school year.

Contact the Canadian Education Exchange Foundation, 705-739-7596, cwilk@ceef.ca, www.ceef.ca.

Global citizenship

In the Essential Guide to Global Citizenship, the Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA) explores global inter-dependence, encouraging students and teachers to engage in the various aspects of global citizenry to become informed and involved global citizens.

An innovative concept, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Autoworkers’ Union (CAW), the Essential Guide to Global Citizenship combines web-based and print curriculum guides—the Global Learner Series, aimed at Grades 10–12. The web site: www.videa.ca, takes you on a journey through some prevailing global issues and case studies.

Road safety program

The Autoplan Broker Road Safety Program has new print announcements in time for the winter-driving months. The images, available free of charge, can be downloaded from www.roadsafety.ca/ via the media resources thumbnail located at the bottom of the web site’s homepage.

Autoplan brokers support road-safety speakers for youth in our secondary schools. Their $2,000 youth scholarships reward 25 youth to attend post-secondary schools. They fund Way to go!, a traffic-reduction program aimed at parents of elementary-school-age children, provide road-safety activity books, and organize bike-safety-skills events for children.

For more information, contact Caroline Young, 604-982-4384, or Jasmine Lucky, 604-687-2824.

Let's go Mozart!

The National Arts Centre is distributing 12,500 copies of its newest teacher resource kit, Let’s Go Mozart! to 12,500 elementary schools across Canada, and another 5,000 in the United States and Mexico in connection with the orchestra’s tour to the United States and Mexico in November 2003.

Let’s Go Mozart! includes a double CD recording of the NAC Orchestra with music of Mozart, a 32-page guide on the life, times, and music of Mozart, interviews with international musicians and living composers, suggested activities for teachers, work sheets for students, and an engaging fictional story about Mozart, written especially for the guide by one of Canada’s best known children’s authors Roch Carrier. If you are an elementary school teacher in Canada, be sure to ask at the office for your school copy; it is also available for download from Artsalive.ca .

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