Water Docs @ School Action Projects Program
Brought to you by Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) and Ecologos, Water Docs @ School (WD@S) is a free, curriculum-connected community action program that actively engages Ontario grade 7-8 students in addressing water issues through authentic inquiry, project-based learning, and video production. This program builds students’ understanding of water and instills in them a commitment to water stewardship.
The program is designed for grade 8 classes to tie into the Ontario grade 8 water curriculum. However, both 7/8 split classes and grade 7 classes have successfully participated in the past!
Program FAQ 2020/2021
Is the program still happening this year?
- Short answer: yes!
- Longer answer: we know this will be a challenging year in many ways, but we are still here to support any classes looking to participate in WD@S. We can provide the lesson plans and support your water Action Projects with EcoLeague Funding. We can judge the films and host a virtual recognition day. And we may even have some other virtual events in the works! For anyone who is interested in taking on water issues in their community and engaging in the filmmaking process and can do both safely, we are here for you!
What are we committing to?
- Completing the WD@S lesson plans, which introduce water issues and focus on your local watershed & the great lakes
- Planning & executing an Action Project (or multiple Projects) to tackle a water issue in your community
- Filming your process
- Producing a 4-minute film (or multiple films) about your learning, your action, and your impacts
- Submitting your film(s) for judging
What do we get?
- Free lesson plans & supporting resources
- An invitation to the WD@S Virtual Youth Forum (Nov 18-Dec 17)
- A class webinar with TVO's The Water Brothers (Nov 25)
- Monthly virtual check-ins
- Recognition certificates
- A virtual recognition day celebrating all participants and showcasing the top films
- Submitted films are eligible for awards for Best Project and Best Film! Winning films receive a class prize and their films
What is the timeline?
- Nov 2020 - program registration deadline
- Winter 2020 - Virtual Youth Forum
- Early Spring 2021 - film submissions due
- Late Spring 2021 - virtual recognition day and award presentations
What is the Virtual Youth Forum?
A FREE interactive virtual event series (Nov 18-Jan 2021) designed to ENGAGE students inlocal water issues, EQUIP them with the skills needed to make change and EMPOWER them to take action!
The Forum includes:
- 3hrs of virtual professional development
- 1hr virtual kickoff event (featuring TVO's The Water Brothers!)
- 3 x 1hr virtual student workshops on water issues
- 1hr virtual Action Project planning session
- 1hr virtual Filmmaking How-To session
- $200 Action Project grant per participating school
The Youth Forum is NOT a mandatory part of the WD@S program (but it is highly recommended)! Register now!
Why should we sign up?
WD@S is connected to Ontario curriculum for grades 7 & 8. It will help you engage your students in project-based and inquiry learning, connect them with their local community, foster water stewardship and global citizenship, develop 21st century competencies, and gain skills in technology, creativity, leadership, and more!
Any other questions? Email Sam at samantha@LSF-LST.ca.
Announcing the 2019/2020 Winners!
After an extremely challenging year, we were thrilled to receive WD@S submissions from some exceptionally committed schools across the province. Congratulations to all who participated in the program this year.
Our winners are as follows. Click the links to view their films!
BEST PROJECT RUNNER UP 1 - WATER WATCHERS ( Fern Ave PS - Nicole Kertesz)
BEST PROJECT RUNNER UP 2 - VIRTUAL WATER SQUAD (Charles Gordon PS - Lindsay Butson)
BEST PROJECT RUNNER UP 3 - HOW GARBAGE AFFECTS AQUATIC LIFE (Edgewater Park PS - Cindy Visser)
BEST FILM - FLUSHABLE WIPES (Parkview PS - Maggie Birtch)
BEST FILM RUNNER UP 1 - GO REUSABLE (Parkview PS - Maggie Birtch)
BEST FILM RUNNER UP 2 - MICRO MURDERERS (Fern Ave PS - Nicole Kertesz)
Congratulations to all 2019/2020 participants!
To hear from a pair of teachers about their own exciting experiences with the program, you can see that conversation on our Youtube page or below:
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