• Curio.ca gets a full upgrade — Check out our new features!

    We are very excited to let you know about the brand new version of Curio.ca! Our full site revamp includes a comprehensive suite of upgrades, thanks to feedback we've received from our many Curio.ca subscribers. We listened and now you can benefit from the results of our teamwork!

    Please take a moment to check out these new features:

    Responsive user interface 
    The Curio.ca reboot means the site will be equally at home on your computer, mobile phone or tablet.

    Latest Additions & Simplified Categories 
    We've made it easier to find new content with our Latest Additions category that appears at the top of the Categories menu. We've also recast our top-level category navigation to simplify your browsing.

    Curriculum CorrelationsExpanded Curriculum Correlations 
    Looking for programs that fit a particular course? Look no further. Our new Resources section helps you find titles suitable for specific courses in provincial K-12 curricula from coast-to-coast.

    New Guides section
    Our new Resources section does double duty! It also provides you with an easy way to find all the teacher resource guides we offer (more then 900!)

    Advanced Search 
    Our basic keyword search pulls data from fields like program title, series name and description. And now our new Advanced Search allows you to refine your search based on production year, language, age group, file type or captioning availability.

    Improved Playlists function 
    Your ability to create Playlists just got better! If you haven't taken advantage of this feature yet, start curating your own custom collections of Curio.ca audio and video now.

    Reporting & StatsRobust Reporting & Stats 
    Our state-of-the-art Reporting module puts a robust data analysis tool at your fingertips. It offers real-time reporting on the most important performance indicators: page views, user visits, most requested content, most active IP addresses and more. And the Reporting dashboard can be customized!

    Account Management 
    For teachers, the new account section allows you to easily change your age group restrictions and subscribe to our mailing list. For group administrators, this section now boasts more complete group management capabilities: age group restrictions, proxy settings, a list of current members and new metadata tools allowing you to generate MARC records on your own criteria.

    This is a huge release, and our team has run it through a battery of tests. But if you spot a bug, we'd be happy to help as quickly as we can. Send your feedback to our technical team using our support request form:

    We hope this re-launch makes a difference in your classrooms!

    The Curio.ca Team

  • The Great Human Odyssey – Coming Soon to Curio.ca!

    Take a journey around the world and back in time with anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson, and discover the miracle of our species.

    The three-part documentary series and interactive web documentary The Great Human Odyssey – coming soon to Curio.ca with a teacher resource guide – explores the unlikely survival and the miraculous emergence of Homo sapiens as the world’s only global species.

    PLUS: Join filmmaker/anthropologist Niobe Thompson @cbcdocs live on Twitter tonight, Thursday, February 12 at 8PM ET. Tag: #humanodyssey

    Ancient climate research has revealed that we evolved during the most volatile era since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Just like the many other kinds of human who once shared our world, we should have died away. Instead, our species survived to populate every corner of the planet, against all the odds.

    Over 18 months of filming, Niobe followed in the footsteps of our ancestors across locations on five continents, working with 22 Canadian, American and South African cinematographers, including aerials, underwater, and ultra-slow motion specialists. Equipped with the next generation of ultraHD 4K cameras, film crews worked in some of the most hostile environments on Earth, including Arctic Siberia, remote South Pacific islands, tropical rainforests and African deserts.

    After watching the series, immerse yourself in a virtual reality experiment, walking in the shoes of Kalahari Bushmen, Chukchi reindeer herders or Badjao free-divers, through the interactive web documentary. A parallel crew of cinematographers and web developers worked alongside the film crew on location to animate these fascinating cultures through POV video interactions.

    Be sure to visit The Great Human Odyssey site – packed with interviews, mini-documentaries, image galleries and text information to give audiences a rich and visually exciting tour of the science and filmmaking techniques behind The Great Human Odyssey.

  • Curio programming earns positive marks in ERAC reviews

    The Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC), a cooperative member based organization that work in partnership with its members, BC public school districts and independent schools to support quality education for public and independent K-12 students in British Columbia, recently reviewed a number of Curio.ca programs.

    Here’s a sample of the reviews:

    Canada Debates Same-Sex Marriages is a well-balanced, historical overview of gay rights in Canada, with a focus on same-sex marriage. The film is a good introduction and/or summary of gay rights in Canada…”

    Desire Denied, a 2014 podcast of the CBC program Ideas, powerfully uses the medium of radio to illustrate the fate of LGBTQ people from around the world.”

    “[Pride and Prejudice: Cultural Barriers to Coming Out] provides young people with an opportunity to hear people their own age discuss LGBTQ issues related to coming out and being accepted by family.”

    Les gais sortent de l'ombre est une bande audio-visuelle qui donne un bon aperçu historique de la progression des droits des gais et lesbiennes dans un Québec traditionnel à la fin des années soixante.”

    To view or listen to the ERAC-reviewed shows on Curio, click on the above titles!

  • Marking the École Polytechnique massacre, 25 years on

    On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into Montreal's École Polytechnique and shot 14 young women to death. The massacre shocked the world. Questions about Lépine and his motives were difficult to answer. In this 1999 profile of Marc Lépine, The Fifth Estate traces his upbringing and other factors that shaped his distorted world in an effort to provide some explanation for his heinous crime. Legacy of Pain also looks at the aftermath from a number of perspectives, starting with the families of the murdered women.

    View Legacy of Pain here.

    From The Fifth Estate website:

    It was December 6, 1989 - the last day of classes before midterm exams at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. Around 4 p.m., a man entered a classroom with an assault rifle.

    “He ordered the men - the students and the professors - to go on the right side of the class, and the girls on the left side,” said Adrien Cernea, one of the teachers in class at the time.

    Fourteen women were shot dead in all. The gunman, Marc Lepine, then took his own life.

    In 1999 the fifth estate conducted an investigation into Lepine’s life, and just what it was that led him to pick up a gun and attack complete strangers. But the gunman’s plans extended beyond women he had never met. Lepine also left behind a list of other women he’d planned to kill - many of them well-known in Quebec.

    Francine Pelletier, host of the CBC’s fifth estate, was on that list.

    Pelletier delves into Lepine’s past, speaking with his aunt, friends and roommates, and discovers factors that may have led him to act as he did. Pelletier also sits down with relatives of Lepine's victims.

    (. . .)

  • How to use video EFFECTIVELY in the classroom

    Students today are always “plugged-in” to television and media, which is why when teachers use technology in the classroom it piques student interest. Using a video is a simple way to integrate technology into the classroom. Utilizing video in the classroom does not mean you are putting your classroom on auto-pilot. Some teachers shy away from using video because they do not know how to incorporate it effectively into a lesson, or fear they will not choose a video applicable enough to their topic. But you can overcome these fears by discovering how to prepare and implement productive lessons using video.

  • PINEL wins award for Excellence in Mental Health Journalism at CMA’s 2014 Media Awards for Health Reporting

    Watch it here.

    On September 30, 2014, director Hélène Magny was awarded the Canadian Medical Association’s Excellence in Mental Health Journalism award for her film Pinel at the 2014 Media Awards for Health Reporting, Canada’s premier health journalism awards. The CMA Media Awards honour outstanding Canadian journalism that enhances understanding of health, the health care system and the role of health professionals. Independent panels of individuals with backgrounds in journalism, medicine and health care evaluated the entries, selecting winners in 10 categories from over 100 submissions.

    Previously awarded a Media Excellence Award from the Association of Quebec Psychiatrists (AMPQ) in June 2014, Pinel tells the story of three men afflicted with mental illness who committed a violent crime. Hospitalized at Montreal’s Philippe Pinel Institute, a maximum-security institution specializing in the treatment of violent behavior linked to mental illness, the three mental patients struggle to overcome their illness and regain their freedom and place in society. A long and painful journey that was followed for over a year by filmmakers Hélène Magny and Pierre Mignault, who had exclusive and unprecedented access to the institution.





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