Our Canadian Military History Websites
The Road to Vimy Ridge vimyridge.valourcanada.ca
This comprehensive website explores Canada’s experience in the Great War with a specific focus on our success at Vimy Ridge in April of 1917. To increase interactivity with the reader, the website includes animated maps, mnemonic tools, short documentary videos, and multiple-choice quizzes, that are situated among rarely seen photographs, labelled diagrams, and interesting cartography. In addition, there are embedded learning tools, such as definitions that ‘pop-up’ when the user’s mouse pointer hovers over challenging terms. Quotations of exceptional people, most of whom are Canadian, are sprinkled throughout to help illustrate the story for the audience and to maintain their attention.
The Road to Vimy site also hosted a scholarship contest in 2016-17 that allowed us to award $500 each to two graduating Ontario high school students. Their winning entries can be viewed on our YouTube page.
The Llandovery Castle: Was Justice Served? llandovery.valourcanada.ca
The Llandovery Castle fully-bilingual website links to one of the Forgotten Fallen highlighted in our documentary: Matron Marjory Margaret Fraser. The site employs a case-study approach to the sinking of His Majesty’s Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle and explores the question of whether the German submarine crew was guilty of any offence. Step-by-step, the user is taken through the story of Canada’s Llandovery Castle and then through court proceedings that followed the sinking. Finally, on the concluding page of the website, the user is asked to vote Yes or No on the question: Was Justice Served? / La Justice a-t-elle été Rendue ?
Housing all of Valour Canada’s videos, our YouTube channel provides us a media platform with which to highlight our documentaries, winning scholarship entries, and moving maps. We are working towards having a downloadable Lesson Plan for all our videos (they will be posted here as well as on YouTube).
We have also noted that animated visuals are more engaging to elementary or secondary students, whether a map or a concept description as shown in the “Battle of Vimy Ridge” or “The Causes of the Great War” respectively and intend to explore this avenue further.
Valour Canada main site valourcanada.ca
The website you are currently browsing is our primary webpage. This is the public face of Valour Canada and provides information about our organization, events, education programs, and documentary videos. Perhaps most importantly, our website has begun to offer an article archive to the interested reader: Canadian Military History Library. Over 200 articles are available to readers of all levels and ages.
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