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Heritage Room ignites learning, imagination

When it comes to immersing students in a world of the past, Isaac Brock School has something better than virtual reality: the Isaac Brock Heritage Room.

The classroom, outfitted with furniture, books and other school artifacts from the 1800s, offers students a tactile way to explore history.

Students can handle an old phonograph, typewriter, weaving loom, or can even write with quill-and-ink pens or chalk and slates.

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“We’d like groups to think of this room not only as a museum destination, but as a place for hands-on research and creating things, instead of a passive experience,” said teacher Jonathan Dueck.

Mr. Dueck, who runs educational sessions in the classroom, said the room offers more than just a visual and tactile experience.

“For the older students we can use the room as a jumping off point to think about what education was in the past, what it is like today and how can we imagine something better or different in the future,” he said.

Along with offering valuable insights for history and social studies lessons, Mr. Dueck has used the room to spark students’ creativity for writing, drawing and even acting. One project has had local filmmaker Caelum Vatnsdal working on a student-driven film, taking advantage of the wealth of authentic props.

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The anachronistic room is a favourite destination for many Isaac Brock students.

“You have the modern world, and then this place…it takes you back,” said Grade 8 student Marina Da Silva. “You can’t really find this stuff anywhere else. It’s all vintage.”

Last spring, Isaac Brock invited teachers and staff from Tec Voc High School’s Broadcast Media Arts Program to create a video showcasing all the Heritage Room has to offer.

 

Isaac Brock’s Heritage Room is available for bookings from other schools every Day 4; for more information, contact Mr. Dueck at jdueck@wsd1.org .

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