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Account Management (see My Account)

Add to My Content

The Add to My Content function allows users to return to selected/tagged learning object collections, learning objects and media files by saving the content in their personal account. Simply select content in a learning object collection and click Add to My Content. Students and teachers can include these items in a lesson or a project.

Address Book

The Address Book contains a list of the students enrolled in the teacher's My Classes account. It is automatically generated when a teacher adds new students to their account.


A Blog is a communication tool that allows teachers and students to post instructions, questions, facts or comments and discuss projects. Users can create their own blog(s) or participate in existing blogs.

Teachers: Blogs are not class-specific. Teachers can go to their My Classes account to assign students one or more classes.

Sudents: Blogs authored by students can only be viewed by classmates and teachers.

Canadian Heritage Information Network

The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), a Special Operating Agency within the Department of Canadian Heritage works in collaboration with museums across the country to connect Canadians and worldwide audiences to Canada's heritage. CHIN's mission is to promote the development, presentation and preservation of Canada's digital heritage content for current and future generations.

Class Code

The Class Code is a series of characters defined by the teacher to identify each class. The Class Code can be composed of up to five characters (numbers and/or letters).

Class Message

When a teacher posts a Class Message, it automatically appears in the News box of each student's Studio space.

Classroom Wiki

Originating from the Hawaiian word meaning "fast", wikis allow students and teachers to create and collaborate in real time on classroom projects, or more generally to create a body of knowledge on a specific topic. Wikis are class-specific and can only be created by the teachers.

Collection (See Learning Object Collection)

Comment (from Blog)

A Comment is a response to a blog post that can be posted as part of a class discussion.


The Feedback function allows users to send comments or questions to the VMC Team.

Find Content

Find Content offers a compilation of learning resources created by Canadian heritage institutions. Browse by term, location or grade to find learning objects, collections and lessons.


Flash is an animation format that allows you to quickly download high-quality, animated, interactive content. To view a Flash file, you need to install the Adobe Flash player


Folders can be created to sort and file messages by class, project, author, etc.

Learning Object

A Learning Object is made up of a number of media files, associated text and learning objectives, and can also include a learning assessment component.

Learning Objects can be coupled and decoupled in multiple ways (by educators and learners) to create various learning or research scenarios.

Every Learning Object must have at least one learning objective.

Learning Object Collection

In museum terminology, "collection" can refer to the entire holdings of a particular museum or, it can refer to a specific part of a museum's collection that can highlight some type of similarity between the items in the collection - for example, a common subject, creator or medium. In the VMC Teachers' Centre, a Learning Object Collection is a set of related Learning Objects.

Media File

A Media File can include a text, image, audio, video or a flash file, combined with descriptive information.

Message Centre

The Message Centre is an internal email system for teachers and students.

My Account

My Account is a space where students and teachers can edit their account information and select their areas of interest. In order to use the VMC Teachers' Centre, teachers must create their own account. Student accounts, however, can only be created by teachers.

My Classes - Create/Edit a Class

My Classes allows teachers to create and edit classes, view a list of their classes, or post a Class Message.

Teachers can create and edit student accounts, as well as share blogs and lessons with their classes.

My Content

My Content is the space in The Studio where teachers and students will find links to Learning Objects, Collections, media files and lessons they have chosen to add to their content.

When a teacher makes a lesson accessible to his/her class, it is automatically added to each student's My Content page.

My Lessons - Create/Edit a Lesson

My Lessons allows teachers to create a new lesson, edit an existing lesson and view a list of all lessons created. Teachers can choose to make their lessons private or public. Private lessons are viewable to selected classes only, while public classes are viewable to all VMC Teachers' Centre users. A lesson is a unit of instruction designed by a teacher using a learning object. Learning resources developed by Canadian museums or teachers can either create a lesson or find an existing one on any topic.

My Projects - Create/Edit a Project

My Projects is a space where students can view a list of all projects they have created or create and edit new projects.

Students can choose to make their projects private (not shared with any other users) or shared (viewable for the teacher and classmates).


News is one of the three features on the The Studio page. It allows the VMC Team to post newsworthy items for teachers and is also the place where teachers are able to post important messages to their classes.

Post (from Blog)

Post allows users to add information to a blog/website. Simply click the Post link and add information that you wish to display to others.


Teachers: On the Create/Edit a Lesson page, teachers can designate a lesson as private. This allows the lesson to be kept private but can also be accessed by a class, whenever a teachers decides to make it viewable.

Students: On the Create/Edit a Project page, students can designate a project as private. This allows the project to be kept private and not shared with any other user.


Projects are compilations of museum content and texts created by students. Under My Classes, teachers can view a list of Student Projects for each class, including the date created and the date it has been last modified.


On the Create/Edit a Lesson page, lessons can be defined as public. This allows a lesson to be searched and viewed by other VMC Teachers' Centre users.


QuickTime, developed by Apple Computers, is a technology for creating, storing or playing sound, graphics, and movie files. MOV files can be played with the QuickTime player software, available for Macintosh, Windows and other platforms.


Resources allows teachers, students and parents to find quality educational material online. Links to lesson plans, virtual exhibits and hands-on educational activities are posted on this page.


On the Create/Edit a Project page, student projects can be designated as shared to allow teachers and other classmates to view.


The Studio is a personal space on the VMC Teachers' Centre site for teachers and students. The Studio space includes a News box, featured Learning Objects and Lessons. The News box features newsworthy VMC team posts for teachers and teacher-posted messages for students. The Learning Objects space includes learning objects based on the interests listed by the user. The Lessons area features existing lessons of interest created by other teachers. The sidebar menu allows students and teachers to access their saved content, lessons, projects, classroom wiki, blogs, messages and account information.


A Transcript is a written account of text associated with a multimedia file (audio/video/flash). Each transcript includes a description of the file and is accessible to all VMC Teachers' Centre users.

VMC Teachers' Centre

The VMC Teachers' Centre allows users to tap into virtual collections created by Canadian museum educators. To make learning and teaching exciting and interactive, the Teachers' Centre offers a set of online tools for research, communication, collaboration and project and lesson design.

Virtual Museum of Canada

The VMC is the result of a strong partnership between Canada's vast museum community and the Canadian Heritage Information Network. The VMC harnesses the power of the Internet to bring Canada's rich and diverse heritage into homes, schools and places of work. It celebrates the stories and treasures that have come to define this country over the centuries.

Windows Media Video (WMV)

Windows Media Player (WMP) is a Microsoft application. WMP can play back and manage a range of audio and video file types including Windows Media Video (WMV) and Windows Media Audio (WMA).