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Vimy 100: Brightspark visits the Canadian War Museum

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Apr 10, 2017 1:52:09 PM

April 9, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a defining moment in Canadian history. Recently Brightspark had the opportunity to speak with Sandra O'Quinn, a Learning Specialist at the Canadian War Museum. In this video, Sandra outlines the new exhibitions at the War Museum that are designed to commemorate Vimy Ridge and its legacy. This also includes a new student program intended to give students a first-person view of different World War I characters.

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6 Holiday Traditions Celebrated Throughout the Year

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Dec 19, 2016 2:38:41 PM

December is that special time of year when “the holidays” are underway. For many, that means Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations, but what about other cultures and traditions? Have you ever wondered why Diwali is celebrated? What’s the significance of the Chinese New Year? Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan? Fret no more -  we’ve compiled this list of cultural celebrations that occur throughout the year that you can share with your students for a quick lesson in cultural traditions. So enjoy our holiday gift to you: this curated collection of videos that will teach your students about the wonderful holidays that exist year round.

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Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day Resources for the Classroom

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Nov 9, 2016 3:38:14 PM

Remembrance Day is an important day in the classroom, with plenty of historical and social topics to explore. Given that we are blessed to live in a country that is fairly removed from war, it is also a time to illustrate what war is like for your students – a time to learn about soldiers, their battles, and the freedoms that they fought to secure for all Canadians.

In honour of this special day, we've compiled some things you might like to share in your classroom. These can be incorporated into many Remembrance Day lesson plans, and include an animated interactive game that covers a day in the life of a WW1 soldier; the story behind the poppy,  In Flanders Fields, and even a deeper look into the life of the soldier who wrote it.


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Halloween Inspired Videos for the Classroom, Guaranteed to Frighten! 👻

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Oct 27, 2016 3:17:17 PM

Halloween is one of the most memorable days of the year... for any kid or adult. It’s a day characterized by tricks, treats, and scares. It's also the opportunity to get creative and become someone or something else; a day to fill up on candies and run amok as a ghoul, goblin or whatever else suits your fancy.

It can also be a time to learn something new, which is why we've compiled a cool video list of our favourite Halloween tales. Explore the creepy origins of Halloween, the sad tale of the Salem witch trials, or the radio drama that caused a mass panic (we promise it won’t cause a panic in your classroom!!)


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3 Reasons to Take Your Students to Iceland

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Sep 14, 2016 4:35:14 PM

Situated in the North Atlantic between Europe and North America lies a vast land of seemingly remote terrain just waiting to be explored. A landscape full of volcanos, geysers, waterfalls and fascinating medieval history. That land is Iceland, commonly referred to as the 'Land of Fire & Ice'. With milder than expected winters due to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulfstream and barely any darkness from sunset to sunrise in the summer it's an immense terrain full of wonder and the ideal destination to ignite your student’s passion for travel!

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Topics: student travel, student tour, iceland, international travel

Thank You Miss Murley For The Best Week Of My Life!

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Aug 30, 2016 4:29:24 PM
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Topics: student travel, Ottawa, Ottawa Trip, student tour, class trip, Grad Trip

Top 5 Reasons to Book Your Student Tour Early

Posted by Jaclyn Wilson on Aug 30, 2016 10:14:33 AM


There’s something special about the start of the school year. The students are buzzing with tales of the summer, catching up with old friends and forging new friendships. Everyone is ready to tackle a new school year.  Chances are booking your school trip is not top of mind. That’s ok, we’ve got you covered!

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Topics: student travel, student tour, book early

Inside the Museums: Highlights for Students

Posted by Carole Carley on Jun 15, 2015 10:52:33 AM

I often find myself wondering if our student groups like museums. I think back to when I was a teenager, and I remember the thought of spending time at any museum seemed very unappealing. The idea of wandering aimlessly from weird-looking art to even weirder fossils, world war exhibits or even a display featuring aircraft propellers, would have appeared to be no fun at all. Now I as an adult, I definitely have a different perspective. I have learned museums visits don’t have to be boring; in fact, I found many museums cater to students with excellent guided tours, workshops and special exhibits.

If your school is heading out on an excursion this month, I hope a museum or two is on your itinerary. Exploring the many special interest exhibits and permanent collections available in these museums will definitely enhance your group’s visit.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at these TOP 4 OTTAWA MUSEUMS, which were outlined by our students groups as “enjoyed most” over the past year.

Canadian War Museum 

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Spring Packing List

Posted by Ramon on Jun 8, 2015 9:56:16 AM

Student travel season has arrived and tours are in full swing! If your student or child is preparing to travel and unsure of what to bring for their class trip, then worry no more; we've got you covered with our spring packing list!

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Topics: Brightspark, student travel, spring travel, packing

Times Square Neighbourhood

Posted by Keegan O'Connor on May 25, 2015 10:31:00 AM

The Big Apple is known for its grid-like streets, towering skyscrapers, the hustle and bustle of pedestrians, the endless sea of yellow cabs, and both great shopping and great food! From dumplings in Chinatown to handcrafted jewellery in Greenwich, there is something for everyone. What makes this city great is its unique and diverse neighbourhoods. Similar to Toronto, NYC is a collection of small cultural centres that together make the whole of the city. Over the next few weeks we’ll look at some of these neighbourhoods to find those hidden gems and popular attractions

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Topics: student travel, New York City