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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.
“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
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .