What is Digital Human Library (dHL)?
Digital Human Library (dHL) is Canada’s premier digital experiential learning library. We are a not-for-profit educational organization connecting Canadian teachers and students with hundreds of industry leaders, experts, and organizations from around the world for learning. dHL Experts offer interactive curriculum-based programs, mentorships, career talks, Q&As, and virtual tours/ VR using multi-media, video conferencing and live streaming technologies. Choose from 3 experiential learning catalogues, and/ or get involved in one of our social innovation projects!
Video Conferencing Catalogue
Why should I register as a dHL Expert?
One of the greatest ways you will give back to the school community is to get involved in education. Your contributions to this resource not only bring communities around the world together, but have a profound effect on the lives of our students. By agreeing to be a dHL Expert, you are making a commitment to help educate our children, and strengthen the relationships between our communities and schools.
Who are dHL Experts?
dHL Experts are registered content providers who offer educational content and programs to K-12 students in their classrooms using video conferencing technology. dHL Experts are dynamic, engaging, and professional, with comprehensive knowledge and skill sets in their field of work/ area of specialization based on years of experience and/or research. Experts lead with empathy and interact with students in ways that are professional and personable, positive, inclusive, and equitable. With a focus on empowering students as leaders in their own learning, experts create opportunities for students to ask questions, share ideas, make connections, collaborate, solve problems, think critically, create and learn.
Note: In specific fields of work, the definition of expert is well established by consensus and therefore it is not always necessary for dHL Experts to have academic qualifications.
How much does it cost to be listed as a dHL Expert in the Video Conferencing Catalogue?
It’s free to list as an Expert with Digital Human Library provided you are willing to offer a minimum of one free program per school year.
What are my responsibilities as a dHL Expert?
dHL Experts connect with students in classrooms locally, provincially, and/or across Canada to support and further student learning. Registering for Digital Human Library involves creating a profile which includes information like your areas of expertise, program information, web links, and method(s) of contact. By registering, you are agreeing to receive and respond to requests from classroom teachers who are interested in connecting their students with you. It is always up to you to decide if, and when you would like to work with teachers who contact you. Teachers understand you may not always be available.
What information is provided to me when I’m contacted by a classroom teacher?
Teachers who contact you will provide you with all of the information you need, including the curriculum (subject area content), grade level, learning goals, learning needs, and any other relevant information to ensure the video conference is a success. It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to help you prepare for the video conference. The classroom teacher will work with you to decide on the format for the video conference, whether it’s an interview, demonstration, presentation, lesson, Q&A, as well as how to make the video conference as interactive and engaging as possible. Since you are the Expert, you will decide how much preparation is required for the video conference.
How much time am I committing to the dHL if I agree to register as an Expert?
The amount of time you commit to the dHL is entirely up to you. You decide how many sessions you are willing to offer each year. You can update your profile anytime to reflect your current offerings.
What technology do I need?
All you need is a computer with internet access, speakers, and a webcam with a microphone. Since most computers are equipped with a webcam, microphone, and speakers, you probably already have everything you need!
The video conferencing platform you use for your video conference depends on your preferred way to connect (Zoom, Skype, Google+ Hangouts, …). If you don’t have a preferred way to connect, there are several free options. We also recommend asking the teacher you are working with if s/he prefers a specific platform.
How do I know if my occupation and/or expertise would be of interest to teachers and students?
“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” ~Bill Nye
EveryONE has something valuable to offer. With such a broad range of topics explored in grades K-12 across the curriculum, teachers and students will find connections between your occupation and area(s) of expertise, and the inquiry happening in the classroom.
How do I develop an educational program for students?
Collaborating with the teacher is the best place to start. Teachers are full of creative ideas. Ask lots of questions and plan together. Remember, you are have the expertise and the teacher knows how to engage the students. Together you will design a program that meets the needs of all learners. If you find you need additional support, please contact us!
How do I modify my existing educational programs so they can be delivered using video conferencing technology? Will my program still be engaging?
In most cases the content in your program can be delivered in an engaging way just as it would if you were presenting in person. Consider how much time you spend talking, showing multi-media, allowing for questions and answering questions when you present. You can still lead activities, read books, show pictures, artifacts, play videos, music, conduct an experiment… The only difference is, you aren’t standing directly in front of your audience. They won’t be able to touch or handle the artifacts for example, but your audience can see those artifacts up close – sometimes in greater detail than can be seen by the naked eye! And when you plan with the classroom teacher, maybe you plan for the students to have the same artifacts you’re using during your program. Students start off engaged because they get to see you on the BIG screen. Involve them in your session like you would in person, and you will have a captivated audience.
If you have any questions, please contact us!
I have registered as a dHL Expert, but I can’t view other Expert profiles. Why?
In order to protect the privacy of our Experts, the only users that have access to complete dHL Expert profiles are registered teachers and librarians.
Live Streaming Catalogue
What is Live Learning Canada (LLC)?
Digital Human Library is pleased to announce that we are one of the founding partners* of Live Learning Canada (LLC). LLC has been designed to deliver hundreds of interactive curriculum-based live streamed educational programs to support experiential learning in K-12 classrooms across Canada. Live Learning Canada is a subscription-based calendar and requires a separate account typically purchased by your school board/ district.
*Live Learning Canada Strategic Partners: Streamable Learning, Digital Human Library, Edwin (Nelson Canada), AVRover, SETDA, Safari Montage
How do I offer a live streaming program through Live Learning Canada?
If you are an Expert (Content Partner) interested in offering one or more live streaming programs please contact us! We are always looking for new engaging content.
How much does it cost to offer a live streaming educational program?
Live Learning Canada pays our Experts for each live streaming program they offer. Please contact us to learn more!
I want to learn more about live streaming, what should I do?
Please contact us to discuss the opportunities available through Live Learning Canada. We are happy to set up a time to discuss any questions you may have.
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