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Why book a virtual workshop led by the Archives of Ontario?

Using primary sources, students engage in critical thinking and explore personal meaning-making through archives.

Integrating archival collections into your classroom is a proven method to develop students’ primary source literacy, visual and information literacy, and critical thinking skills.

Our educational team, archivists, and technicians carefully incorporate materials from our archival, library, and art collections to offer a valuable virtual learning experience for your class.

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Materials featured in our workshops have strong connections to Ontario’s Social Studies, History and Geography, and Canadian and World Studies curricula—but educators teaching any subject, from the humanities to the sciences, are welcome and encouraged to book a session!

All workshops are free, run by experienced educators, and connect directly to the Ontario curriculum. Learn how to book a session below.


Available Workshops


Introducing archives!

Session length: 30-40 minutes
Grade level: Junior (3-6)


Summary: This virtual workshop is designed as an introduction to archives and the role they play in shaping how we understand the past, geared towards young learners. 

In this session, students will: 

  • Learn about the roles played by archives, and explore the Archives of Ontario
  • Discuss how they remember, keep, represent, and store things from the past at home and in their communities
  • Practice gathering and interpreting information from primary sources
  • Practice making inferences, and developing questions as we examine material from the archival, art, and library collections

Learn how to book a session below.

Note: this session can be customized to connect directly to a specific topic or unit; please ask about tailoring your session when emailing reference@ontario.ca

Learning with archives: historical perspectives


Session length: 45-60 minutes
Grade level: Intermediate (7-8)


Summary: This virtual session builds on students’ understanding of primary sources, using archival materials to support their analysis of different perspectives and layered experiences from the past.

In this session, students will:

  • learn about the role played by archives as a research tool, both online and in-person
  • analyze primary sources from the archival, art, and/or library collections
  • practice formulating questions about archival materials
  • practice gathering and organizing information and evidence from primary sources
  • take a virtual tour of the Archives of Ontario (optional)

Learn how to book a session below.

Note: this session can be customized to connect directly to a specific topic or unit; please ask about tailoring your session when emailing reference@ontario.ca

Researching with archives: access and evaluation


Session length: 60 minutes
Grade level: Secondary (9-12)


Summary: Whether for a school assignment or community project, information from the past can add depth to students' work—but where do they find it, and how will they assess their sources? This virtual session seeks to connect students’ understanding of primary sources with their own digital literacy and the basics of archival research.

In this session, students will:

  • learn about using archives as a research tool, both online and in-person
  • analyze primary sources from the archival, art, and/or library collections
  • practice strategies for evaluating online sources
  • discover some of the many career options available in archives 
  • take a virtual tour of the Archives of Ontario (optional)

Learn how to book a session below.

Note: this session can be customized to connect directly to a specific topic or unit; please ask about tailoring your session when emailing reference@ontario.ca

Are you teaching at the post-secondary level?


Cost


  • All our educational programming is offered free of charge!

How to Book


  • To book a virtual program for your students, please email reference@ontario.ca.

    Please note: your workshop is not finalized until you have received a written booking confirming from our education team.

Please Note


  • In order to offer an optimal workshop experience for all participants, we ask for a maximum of 30 students.

  • Reservations must be made at least 1 week (7 days) before your preferred date and is subject to availability.

  • If for any reason you are unable to attend your session, please inform Archives staff as soon as possible. 

  • Virtual sessions can be offered wherever your class meets; our educators will join your group on whatever platform you already use. If necessary, the Archives of Ontario can set up a virtual session using Microsoft Teams.

  • For general questions relating to classes and teaching, please email us at reference@ontario.ca.