Children in the Grade three/four class at Banded Peak School were asked to “Explore Bragg Creek”. They produced a pamphlet with original art depicting our community, a map locating 8 features of the community and QR codes (like UPC codes that you scan with your smartphone to link to a web address). Those links connect to a podcast recording of the children talking about those features. The children interviewed people who owned or were expert in their knowledge of the features. As you would expect, their telling of the stories about these important parts of our place have a unique perspective. There is a lot to learn here.
According to Andrew Spelrem, the teacher behind the project, “The idea of the podcast project was for kids to delve into the history of their own community, while at the same time, creating meaningful relationships with community members and experts. Within this project, the kids were able to develop technology skills, interviewing skills, and presentation skills.”
Bragg Creek Community Centre
Bragg Creek Trading Post
Moose Mountain General Store
Bragg Creek Snowbirds Seniors Fellowship
Tsuu T’ina Nation
Elbow River Bridge, Balsam Avenue
Wintergreen Golf & Country Club
Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association – West Bragg Creek Trails
Editor’s Note: I found this pamphlet at Yoga in the Heart. The lady said the students had called to set up an appointment to see if she would distribute their pamphlet. She said they were brilliant and that part of this project was to reach out to the community and learn how to communicate their goals. The children at Banded Peak School do wonderful things in sport, music, culture and society. I thought, maybe I could help them get their message to a wider audience. So I put this page together. The photos and the map are mine, but the students did all the outreach; connecting with owners and experts in the topics they cover. There is much to be learned here and I hope you will visit these places and experience them for yourself. One caveat. Some of the information is open to “interpretation”. For example, the Trading Post traditionally traded with the Stony Nation, not the Tsuu T’ina. But that takes nothing away from this insight into a child’s eye view of our community and the children’s engagement with their community and, I hope, their development, using technology to communicate meaningful messages.