April 13, 2020
My Learning at Home, developed by Manitoba Education, is a collection of supplemental online resources to help and encourage families whose children are now learning at home during the COVID-19 suspension of in-school classes.
The My Learning at Home web portal is designed to assist families in supporting the work of teachers as they continue to educate students. It is available in English and French for K-12, and will grow over time as more resources are developed for kindergarten through Grade 12. In addition, supporting materials for adult learners and for early childhood years will be updated regularly.
Making the announcement on April 9, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen stated that this learning portal "is a tool to supplement learning, but not to replace the impressive, quality work that teachers are continuing to do remotely for students across the province during this public health emergency.” Goertzen also encouraged parents, caregivers and students to remain curious and to continue seeking out learning resources.
The My Learning at Home portal can be found at: https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/mylearning/index.html
On April 11, Manitoba's Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox announced that, during this time, students and parents are encouraged to 'E-xplore' Manitoba's museums and the Winnipeg Art Gallery through online tours. The following are some some museums and art galleries that are creating online tours so that Manitobans can continue to safely enjoy some popular educational destinations.
The Association of Manitoba Museums’ 150 for 150 Exhibit is an online display of 150 artifacts that help tell Manitoba’s stories as part of Canada and before. You can find pictures of artifacts and then students can ask each other to guess what it is, where it came from, how it was used, etc. The exhibit, which coincides with the 150th anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province this year, can be viewed at http://www.museumsmanitoba.com/150/
The Manitoba Museum recently launched ManitobaMuseum@Home, with online experiences at https://manitobamuseum.ca/main/visit/manitobamuseumhome/.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has launched WAG@Home, which shares art-related content that people can admire from afar, such as My Daily Art, a new series that will share an artwork from the WAG collection every day at https://wag.ca/art/stories/category/waghome. The WAG website, www.wag.ca, also contains Do-It-Yourself videos, hands-on activities and learning opportunities for children and adults.
The Manitoba Agricultural Museum helps immerse visitors in rural Manitoba’s past, providing context to the present and future of agriculture. The Austin-based museum has an online artifact collection at http://mbagmuseum.ca/collections-exhibits/artifacts-display-filtering.
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada offers 360-degree cockpit tours that allow the visitor to ‘sit’ in the cockpit or cargo hold of many of the museum's aircraft from the comfort of home at: http://royalaviationmuseum.com/virtualcockpits/mobile/index.html
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has created a new guided virtual tour, and made a number of children’s activities and other content available at ‘Explore the Museum from Home’ at https://humanrights.ca/visit/explore-the-museum-from-home along with another new feature called ‘Share Your Story’ at https://humanrights.ca/stories/share-your-story#/.