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The McCord Museum's Web Initiatives win Museums-Schools Partnership Award

Montreal, Thursday, April 29, 2004 — Keys to History and ClioClic, two dynamic, Web-based learning resources spearheaded by the McCord Museum, have garnered top praise and earned the McCord the first-ever Museums-Schools Partnership Award. Co-sponsored by the Canadian College of Teachers and the Canadian Museum of Nature, the award was presented on April 29, 2004, at the annual meeting of the Canadian Museums Association. “This project stood out for the many partners involved and the potential for students to use museum collections for their own uses,” commented Mary Ellen Herbert, award coordinator. The presentation of this award coincides with the McCord's recent expansion of Keys to History and ClioClic, in which 32,000 images, 18 thematic tours and several observation games were added.

Keys to History (www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/keys) gives students and teachers access to digitized documents and artifacts related to major events in Canadian history, such as the Rebellions of 1837-38 and Confederation, as well as themes in everyday life, such as technology, healthcare and leisure. ClioClic (www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/clioclic) is a teaching tool that uses on-line museum resources for project-based learning. Teachers and students from schools in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick participated in pilot projects to evaluate and assess the information on ClioClic, which features over 90,000 images that complement curriculum-based history activities. 

The winning projects were developed by the McCord Museum in partnership with the New Brunswick Museum, the Musée acadien of the l'Université de Moncton, Polyvalente C. Armand-Racicot (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec), John McCrae Secondary School (Ottawa), and three schools from districts 1 and 11 under the supervision of the New Brunswick Department of Education. “We're delighted to be recognized by the museum and teaching community for this innovative project,” says Dr. Victoria Dickenson, Executive Director of the McCord Museum. “It's an effective way of using our collections to bring history alive for students, through stories related to real artifacts.” The McCord Museum's Web site is popular with students, researchers and the general public, and receives an average of 45,000 visits a month.

Keys to History — New Timeline, New Tours, New Images!
The McCord Museum made significant additions to Keys to History during the month of April 2004. The project's timeline was expanded to include 20th-century events, such as the conscription crisis of 1917, the Great Depression and the construction of Vancouver's Lion's Gate Bridge. Over 32,000 images were added to the database, as well as 18 new Web-tours and several observation and memory games.

The McCord completed this second phase of the Keys to History project with the help of several public and private partners, including the New Brunswick Museum, the Centre d'études acadiennes of the Université de Moncton, the Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, the Guelph Civic Museum and McGill University, as well as teachers' organizations and school boards throughout Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and British Columbia. Keys to History was made possible through a generous grant from Heritage Canada, and further aided by in-kind support from Sygraf Inc. and Sono Design.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Program (CCOP).

ClioClic developed out of a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and was lead by the McCord Museum in partnership with McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval.

Source and information:

Nike Langevin
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