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Real Estate Foundation of BC and BC Tomorrow Partner Conversation

partners Jul 17, 2019
 

BC Tomorrow would like to publicly thank the Real Estate Foundation for supporting this project that we've been working on for a while. It's the Real Estate Foundation that's been a catalyst to us getting the BC Tomorrow learning tool into the students' hands.

"We feel really privileged to be part of such a potentially influential tool that could really impact education in our schools in a really meaningful and engaging way. It's very well-matched "

"It's highly engaging and very interactive." 

"I think your interest in incorporating indigenous knowledge into the tool and lesson plans is a really positive step towards important shifts in traditional  indigenous led initiatives. "

Exploring those opportunities to share and grow old together or not just educating we're actually empowering students in connecting different organization so that they see a pathway.

When you create a pathway watch the students go ! It's really exciting...

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BC Tomorrow Simulator First Pilot Test Drive

student news updates Jul 17, 2019
 
It's arrived! Students test BC Tomorrow's simulator for the first time!!!
"It's open me up to so many great opportunities."
 
 We’re still a ways away from general classroom use. We did manage to capture responses from students and teachers and we managed to capture video!!
 
Picture this! Exam week, and my classroom fills up with students excited to test our brand new tool - I captured first moments with the BC Tomorrow Simulator all on an iphone. 
 
We even had a visit from a former student who you might recall from Mini Pilot #2  
 
How did using the simulator shape her post secondary decisions? 
Find out that and more in this video.
 
What we know for sure :
 
"They ( the students) want to know about the environment. They want to help to change the environment. They want to make it better."
 
"We're able to look at what we do now and see how that's going to affect things 60 years 60 years down the...
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Students Teaching Students Pilot #3

student news Jul 09, 2019
 
Students teaching Students: A powerful learning model.  If someone wants to test their understanding of a concept, issue, … teach others. 
 
It's kind of a reciprocal relationship - the older's share and the young ones eagerly engage and inspire the older’s to share more. As a result of the older teaching the younger teaching model, the younger people take their learning back with them. It's like the starting blocks for the young people have been moved forward in their learning and understanding.
 
Knowledge and insights are shared and the whole system benefits as knowledge is pushed upwards and people are challenged to engage at a deeper level. At the top, the level of understanding moves higher and higher and in this way societies understanding of complex natural systems deepens. 
 
With a unique learning tool such as BC Tomorrow’s land-use simulator, older and younger students are engaging in landscapes they both could inherit when...
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Human Settlement

 

Human settlement is a land use resulting from people coming together to live in or inhabit an area. Indigenous communities have inhabited the area we know today as British Columbia for more than 10 000 years.

Hundreds of Indigenous communities thrived throughout BC with their own language, culture, and traditions. Permanent Indigenous settlements are commonly dated back to about 5,000 years ago.

 

In the 1700’s, First Nations societies made contact with Spanish and British explorers.

The explorers began to set up forts for trading fur and other goods in places like Fort St. James, Fort Kamloops, and Fort Victoria.

Rapid growth of human settlement occurred during the two gold rushes of the mid-1800s as thousands of prospectors, merchants, and pioneers arrived from around the world. Towns and agricultural settlements grew along the Fraser River.

In some communities, after local resources were depleted, everyone left, leaving behind what we know today as Ghost...

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BC Tomorrow Mini Pilot #2 Fall 2017

student news updates Jan 16, 2018
 

In this 11 minute video we share some summary points from the  students and teachers involved in the BC Tomorrow Fall 2017 mini -pilot. (Mini Pilot #2)

First you will hear from the students.

They share their excitement and discoveries.

What did they learn about big picture thinking?

How can this style of learning be applied to "real life" scenerios?

BC Simulation model is currently under construction. What does that mean for BC Tomorrow students. 

Listen in on how some of the teachers are bringing it all together by using the BC Tomorrow  simulator to enhance greater application of learning in a variety of skills and subjects for the students.

This is one video you won't want to miss.

 

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Happy New Year 2018 from BC Tomorrow | Exciting News!

updates Jan 04, 2018

Happy New Year from BC Tomorrow! 

We at the BC Tomorrow Society are sending a very
sincere THANK YOU to our many sponsors and
supporters.

We couldn’t do this without all of you!! With your help we’ve established a professional and secure online website home with an extensive educational video library, awarded a cash prize for a
new student-designed logo, and successfully completed two mini-pilots in BC classrooms in 2017!

A BIG thank you to Alberta Tomorrow for sharing their simulator with us!! You can see Spring mini-pilot results here !

But wait!! There is more! 2018 is shaping up to be another exciting year for BC Tomorrow!

We’re building our own BC watershed simulator.

Yes, you heard right! Construction of BC Tomorrow’s very own BC focused simulator is underway and will be ready in the Spring of 2018!

Huge Thank You’s to the Real Estate Foundation of BC, ALCES Landscape and Land-use Ltd, and...

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Natural Landscapes

 

BC’s physical and biological landscapes are exceptionally diverse and complex. Physical forces like plate tectonics have combined with climate to create an intricate network of mountains, plateaus, valleys, canyons and floodplains that
support an extremely wide range of ecosystems.

Plate Tectonics

Natural landscapes are shaped in part by the physical elements of the non-living surface of the earth. At a very large scale, massive rigid plates that are constantly on the move cover the earth’s surface. BC is part ofis part of the North American plate, which is interacting with the Juan de Fuca plate, the Explorer, Plate and the Pacific Plates.

 BC’s physical landscape has been, and continues to be shaped by its position on the East side of the Pacific Ocean. Over geologic time, complex plate tectonic processes have moved and “glued on” fragments of the earth’s crust, called Terrane’s, to the West coast of the...

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The Story Behind The BC Tomorrow Logo

student news Sep 15, 2017

Just before the official Spring 2017 Mini Pilot of BC Tomorrow, the Society worked with Salmon Arm Secondary School (SASS) to offer students an exciting opportunity to create the new BC Tomorrow Logo.  BC Tomorrow would host & judge a competition and give the winner $100.

Once there was a group of interested students, we gave the students the guidelines by sharing the vision, and what BC Tomorrow will provide for the future.

From a creative perspective, this was tricky, because our goal was to tap into the young creativity without "leading the witness." 

We shared with them our interim logo, and asked for specific colours , and the vision of BC.

It was a tall order, but there is a lot of young creative talent in our community, so we had full confidence in our students .

Drumroll Please!!!!!

The winner of the contest and our official BC Tomorrow Logo designer is SASS Student Ali Balloun. Great job!!! We are very proud of you , your...

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The Spring 2017 Mini Pilot Experience

student news updates Sep 06, 2017
 

In this 9 minute video we share some summary points from the teachers and students involved in the BC Tomorrow Spring 2017 mini -pilot.

First you will hear from the teachers.

Next you will hear from the students and listen in on part of their roundtable discussion.

What happens when they use the model to simulate full population and maximum resourses?

What did they learn about big picture thinking?

How can this style of learning be applied to "real life" scenerios?

What will be different once the BC Simulation model is made?

Listen in on how some of the teachers are bringing it all together by using the BC Tomorrow  simulator to enhance greater application of learning in a variety of skills and subjects for the students.

This is one video you won't want to miss.

 

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Mammal Habitat

 

British Columbia has the highest mammal diversity n in Canada. 137 native species of mammals live here including 30 in the ocean. 

Threats to land mammals include habitat loss from cities & agriculture, forestry, insects & disease, flooding for hydroelectric dams, and roads.

Threats to marine mammals include collisions with ships, toxic chemicals, sound and light disturbance, entanglement with fishing gear, and declining food availability.

Keystone species have an important role in their ecosystem like the keystone in an arch. 

If a keystone species is not doing well, it’s a sign that other parts of the ecosystem are depleted or not healthy.

Let’s look a little closer at 2 of BC’s Keystone mammal species: grizzly bears and killer whales.

According to the BC Government, there are about 15,000 Grizzly bears in British Columbia3—which is about 25% of all Grizzlies remaining in North America

• Biologists have identified 56 different...

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