NEWS & UPDATES - GENEALOGY IN THE CLASSROOM (GIC)
GENEALOGY IN THE CLASSROOM – IN THE NEWS AGAIN
We continue to find Genealogy in the Classroom (GIC) being discussed and promoted by genealogy societies and other organizes both in Canada and the United States. It’s very gratifying to see that our program is reaching such a broad audience. Some of the latest sighting are:
- GIC is now a featured link on the home page of Family History Club.com
- GIC has been announced on genealogy websites including Family Tree Quest; CanGenealogy, family tree forum; rootschat forum on Cyndi’s List; perzuit.com; anglo-celtic connections blogspot; keoughcorner blogpspot
- GIC has been announced on other non-genealogy websites including Examiner.com; HipHop News; cln.org, video and comment.com
- An article about GIC was published in the Island Parent magazine, November 2011
- GIC was announced in a newsletter from the St Louis County Library and a newsletter from the National Archives chapter in Indiana
We are very thankful to these and other organizations that have helped to announce or promote Genealogy in the Classroom.
Please continue to help us spread the word about our Genealogy in the Classroom resource website. While your at it, why not try out some of the genealogy activities, and let us know what you think.
NEW FEATURE - GENEALOGY IN THE CLASSROOM VIDEO TUTORIAL
We've just added a new on-line video to give teachers and others an introduction on how Genealogy in the Classroom program works. A link to this video is located at the upper right hand corner of the GIC home page. You can also find this video in the list of video resources available in the Computer Lab. Additionally, we have posted this video on YouTube (this links directly to our Genealogy in the Classroom video); or you can visit the YouTube.com site and search for "Genealogy in the Classroom". Any way you access this video will provide a guided tour of our Genealogy in the Classroom website.
GENEALOGY IN THE CLASSROOM - IN THE NEWS
We are very thankful that several genealogy societies and services have published great stories about this Genealogy in the Classroom website and its programs. These publications include:
- NGS Magazine (Jan-Mar 2012 edition) published by the National Genealogical Society in the United States.
- Genealogy Gems by Lisa Louise Cooke on www.genealogygems.tv - podcast #123
- The Nova Scotia Genealogist (Fall 2011 edition) - Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia
- The British Columbia Genealogist (Fall 2011 edition) published by the BC Genealogical Society
- Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Bulletin (Sept 2011 edition) published by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
Our thanks to these organizations for spreading the word about Genealogy in the Classroom. If you’ve seen Genealogy in the Classroom mentioned in other places, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEBSITE LAUNCH ANNOUNCED on DICK EASTMAN's BLOG
The launch of this Genealogy in the Classroom website was announced in the popular Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and Blog on October 2, 2011. View the posted article directly, or visit Dick Eastman on Genealogy home page and enter the phrase “Genealogy in the Classroom” in the search box for archived articles. Thanks Dick!
We certainly appreciate when others post our Genealogy in the Classroom link - http://www.victoriags.org/school/index.php - to their genealogy, educational or youth related websites. Forwarding our link to friends and teachers will also help to ensure that teachers and families learn about this new resource.
NEW FEATURE - GET YOUR FAMILY INVOLVED IN FAMILY HISTORY
We've now added the following link to our GIC Library page:
20 Proven Ways to Get Your Family Involved in Family History - An information-packed 2-page article courtesy of onegreatfamily.com.
NEW FEATURE - GENEALOGY IN THE CLASSROOM INTRODUCTORY FLYER
We've just added a new Flyers and Posters section to our Supplies page, and included a link to an Introduction to Genealogy In The Classroom PDF document. This 2-page flyer outlines the many features and resources found in this Genealogy In the Classroom resource site.
NEW YOUTH ACTIVITY BOOK NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE!
The Victoria Genealogical Society has published a new genealogy book for youth, which will make a great gift this Christmas and any time of the year. Who’s in your family tree? A step-by-step guide for the detective in your family was written by our very own Merv Scott and is now available for sale at the Victoria Genealogical Society Resource Centre, 947 Alston Street, Victoria.
The book leads the reader through an introduction of genealogy with activities like filling in a family tree chart, interviewing their family, finding the origin of their surname on the internet, and more. The book also offers a write in (or email in) Youth Family History Research Challenge, where those entries selected will be published in our Victoria Genealogical Society Journal. The book comes with a 3 generation family tree chart and includes a 4 generation youth ancestor chart insert allowing the reader to take on the more challenging chart if they wish.
Support the Victoria Genealogical Society. The price is only $5.00 CAD (Canadian dollars). Taxes included. Postage and handling extra.
Visit our publications page for more information, a view of some sample pages in the book, and directions on how to order the book.
Family history societies and youth organizations take note! Your non-profit organization may be authorized to re-sell this book as part of your own fund raising campaign. Email email@example.com to request this authorization or for more information on our fund raising offer and volume discounts for bulk orders.
NEW FEATURE - GENEALOGY FOR KIDS LINK
The following link has now been added to our Computer Lab page. This video has some wonderful genealogy activity ideas for children:
Getting Kids Involved in Genealogy - a YouTube video courtesy of Elyse Doerflinger.
GENEALOGY IN THE CLASSROOM IS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE!
|L-R: Merv Scott, Margaret Kirkpatrick,
Claudia Boorman, Christina Thomas,
Over the past year, a small team of dedicated volunteers from the Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS) has been working hard to develop a fun and engaging way of introducing genealogy research tools and techniques to school-aged students. Their solution was Genealogy in the Classroom, a web-based resource for students and teachers, which is now available on-line from the VGS home page at www.victoriags.org. Click on the Genealogy in the Classroom button in the "Quick Links" menu on the left side of the page to visit our VGS school house, where you can then enter the school room of your choice.
Click on the Classroom for student activities or go to Teacher’s Corner for Teacher Guides and links to some teaching resources developed by others. All the printable charts and forms used in our activities can be found in the Supplies room. The other rooms in the VGS schoolhouse are also designed to introduce genealogy research tools and techniques to students. Click on the Family History Club and you will find a long list of fun activities and projects. Visit the Library and read some articles about genealogy research, or go to the Computer Lab where you can watch videos about genealogy. If it’s just games you want, then you should check out the Playground. There’s more, so look around our school house and remember to have fun with genealogy.
“Our team of volunteers has done an incredible job developing
the Classroom” said Melanie Arscott, President of the Victoria Genealogical
Society. “Our congratulations and thanks goes out to team members Margaret
Kirkpatrick, Christina Thomas, Maureen Helmerson, Claudia Boorman (web
developer) and Merv Scott (Project Director).”
For more information about Genealogy in the Classroom contact Merv at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VGS SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT LAUNCHED
In November 2010, the Executive Committee endorsed a project to design a genealogy / family history program for school aged children. The volunteers recruited to the program’s Design Committee were: Christina Thomas; Lori Prophet; Margaret Kirkpatrick; Merv Scott; Penny Holt and Rosemary Smith.
The committee completed their research and brainstorming and tabled a full and comprehensive report to the VGS Executive in December 2010. The Executive Committee accepted the Report and its Recommendations and endorsed the second phase of the School Project which includes 3 primary projects:
- Develop a web based resource for teachers, parents and students
- Develop a hard copy Youth Activity Book
- Develop a Youth Summer Program to be delivered at the Resource Centre
Volunteers working on these 3 projects include Claudia Boorman, Maureen Helmersen, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Lori Prophet, Christina Thomas and Merv Scott.