Virtual classrooms

An innovative online program, our Virtual Classrooms engage students in live web discussions featuring influential public figures. The Chris Hadfield Virtual Classroom is one of several such events that has reached thousands of Canadian students.

Pre-selected NFB films and interactive projects serve to prompt discussion on current affairs and critical issues. Students have the opportunity to connect with influential public figures and each other, from coast to coast, providing a unique and engaging experience that transcends traditional textbook learning.

Technical requirements
Prior to your participation in Virtual Classrooms, we recommend that you do the following:

  1. Contact your network administrator to make sure the computer that will be used during the Virtual Classroom meets the minimum technical requirements:
  2. Consult our FAQ section for more information on how educational webinars work.
  3. Register online! That way, all the information will be sent to you by e-mail.


Past events

  • Chris Hadfield Virtual Classroom

    • Blast your class into space!
    • Get front-row seats to Chris Hadfield’s historic mission as the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and his subsequent return to Earth! The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) are offering students the chance to join Commander Hadfield in an exciting and illuminating live conversation this fall. Hadfield will blast into your classroom in real time to talk with your students about his journey to becoming an astronaut, his experiences aboard the ISS, and to answer any mind-boggling outer-space questions!

  • We Were Children Virtual Classroom

    • A Journey to Reconciliation: Understanding Canada‚Äôs Residential School System
    • This special professional development event hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board  in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada and the Legacy of Hope Foundation gives educators a valuable opportunity to examine and reflect upon the impact and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System. In this dark chapter of Canadian history, thousands of Aboriginal children were torn from their families and communities in order to be educated and assimilated into mainstream Canadian culture. Designed for teachers of Grades 9–12 and college- or CEGEP-level courses, this NFB Virtual Classroom focuses not only on the school system and its impact across generations but also on the importance of resilience, and how we can participate in the reconciliation process.

  • David Suzuki and Adam van Koeverden in your classroom

    • Speak up for your right to a healthy environment!
    • Would your students like to pick the brains of Dr. David Suzuki and Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden? Now is their chance! Classrooms across Canada will connect virtually with these two Canadian heroes and engage in a real-time conversation about one of our country's greatest environmental issues: water conservation. Presented by the National Film Board of Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, the event will take place right in your classroom.

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day Virtual Classroom

    • Learn innovative approaches to teaching about the Holocaust.
    • This special professional-development event offers educators a valuable opportunity to discover new approaches to teaching about the Holocaust and the many lessons it offers on human rights, racism, democratic values, citizenship and genocide. Designed for professional development of teachers of Grades 9–12 and college- or CEGEP-level courses, this Virtual Classroom hosted by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), will enable educators to interact with Holocaust education experts, view NFB films and access innovative learning resources.

      Teachers who register for this virtual classroom will receive a free resource package from The Azrieli Foundation's Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program in English or French. This includes: five Holocaust survivor memoirs, a DVD and thematic lesson questions.


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