Virtual classrooms

Our Virtual Classrooms give students the opportunity to engage in live online discussions with influential public figures and to connect with peers and educators across the country. Offering much more than a traditional learning experience, these unique 30-to-45-minute events provide a forum for a variety of viewpoints on the critical issues of the day.

Pre-selected NFB Education resources serve to spark the online discussion between participants, who only require Internet access and a webcam to join in.

We offer Virtual Classrooms for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary grade levels.

Past events

  • The Faith Project Virtual Classroom

    • Youth exploring faith and spirituality in contemporary Canada
    • Canada is a place where myriad religious identities co-exist, and some people turn to spiritual practices such as prayer, chanting and smudging to help them face the challenges of daily life. The NFB and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation are offering The Faith Project Virtual Classroom to create dialogue among students and an expert panel. This cross-country webcast will be a forum for lively conversation on tolerance and faith at the heart of Canadian society.

      This Virtual Classroom will last for 45 minutes.


  • Capitalism vs. the Climate: A Virtual Lecture with Naomi Klein

    • Is global warming a crisis or the best chance we’ll ever get to change the world?
    • The NFB and the Humber College Office of Sustainability present a Virtual Lecture by Canadian thought leader Naomi Klein. In a FREE 60-minute presentation entitled “Capitalism vs. the Climate,” Klein challenges us to seize the existential crisis created by climate change and transform our failed system. In this lecture based on her recent book and documentary, This Changes Everything, Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth. It’s her most provocative talk yet and an unmissable opportunity to learn directly from a Canadian icon. The NFB’s extensive collection of films on the environment offers students diverse perspectives on the debate around climate change, so that they can weigh in during the Virtual Lecture via social media. It’s an urgent conversation.

  • Concussions in Youth Sports Virtual Classroom: Featuring Hayley Wickenheiser and Scott Russell

    • Kids and concussion: the hard-hitting truth
    • The NFB, in partnership with Ryerson University, presents a Virtual Classroom about sports, concussions and the pressure to play through head injuries even though mental health issues typically ensue. Mental slowing, depression, substance abuse, mood disorders… they can all show up later, causing devastating long-term effects. When coaches, medics and fans all support the culture of powering through, it’s high school athletes who are losing out—sometimes for life. We take a look at the consequences of concussions, particularly on mental health, and question the pressure to keep playing no matter what the cost.

  • FREE: Chris Hadfield 2016 Virtual Classroom

    • Free when you use the promo code: Space School
    • This FREE Virtual Classroom event featuring Chris Hadfield marks the launch of Space School, a brand-new NFB Education resource developed in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency. Recommended for ages 10 and up, Space School offers 56 short films and 11 infographics created specifically for the classroom, and is supported by lesson plans for learning outcomes in topics such as health, science, geology, English, French, and leadership.

      A Virtual Classroom with the famous singing and tweeting astronaut is the perfect intro to Space School. Don’t miss Chris Hadfield talking about his exciting experiences as the first Canadian in command of the International Space Station. He’ll share the story of his amazing journey in a wide-ranging discussion covering the fascinating relationship between geology and space exploration and the surprising impacts of space travel on physical and mental fitness.

      This Virtual Classroom will last for 30 minutes.

      Register now for free with the promo code: Space School ($50 value).


  • Remembrance Day 2015 Free Virtual Event

    • 100 years of “In Flanders Fields” – a special reading, lest we forget
    • Free when you use the promo code: REMEMBER

      The National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, OHASSTA, and the Royal Canadian Legion present a recitation of John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” to mark the 100-year anniversary of this iconic war poem. One of Canada’s leading film, television and stage actors, R.H. Thomson, will read the poem and moderate the event. Afterwards there will be a lively panel discussion, based on your questions, featuring R.H. Thomson, WWI historian Melanie Morin-Pelletier and Master Corporal Martin Rouleau, Medical Technician. To wrap up, the winners of the 2015 Royal Canadian Legion youth poetry and essay contests will read from their work. This landmark event will underpin the importance of remembrance and explore the relevance of McCrae’s poem in our times. The virtual classroom will last for 30 minutes. Register now for free with the promo code: REMEMBER ($50 value).

  • Alanis Obomsawin Virtual Classroom

    • Re-defining Our Destiny
    • The NFB and its community partner, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, present a virtual classroom with acclaimed documentary filmmaker and social activist Alanis Obomsawin (keynote speaker) and community activists Gabrielle Fayant and Brock Lewis. Moderated by CBC journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice, the live-streamed discussion from the OCDSB’s Aboriginal Learning Center will focus on the topic of social justice in Indigenous communities and the positive shifts brought about by Indigenous youth.

  • Black History Month 2015 Virtual Classroom

    • The Power of Mentoring, Diversity and Dreaming Big
    • This Virtual Classroom discussion on excelling in your dream career and igniting the next generation’s spark featured highly accomplished mentors from Canada’s Black community: Rosey Edeh, three-time Olympian and TV anchor; Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education; Layth Gafoor, sports and entertainment lawyer and Dr. Teela Johnson, resident in family medicine. Dr. George Elliott Clarke, poet, playwright, professor and Officer of the Order of Canada moderated this Virtual Classroom, which took place on February 19, 2015. The event included a special performance by Thompson Egbo-Egbo, jazz pianist; Shawn Byfield, renowned choreographer and dancer; and Sean Mauricette, a.k.a. Subliminal, beatboxer.

  • Gender Matters: A Virtual Discussion on Violence against Women

    • Inspire others, lead change!
    • As part of the Young Women’s National Leadership Summit, the YWCA and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are inviting participants aged 17+ from across North America to take part in a conversation with three outstanding role models and leaders in the fight for women’s rights. Focussing on the subject of gender-based violence, the panellists will discuss the issues that women face today, and how we can work together to create a fairer and safer society for all.

  • Our Food Systems—Are You Hungry for Change?

    • Is it time to fix our food systems?
    • The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) and Humber College invite Canadian students to get together—virtually—and talk about the impact that modern food systems might be having on our health, land and food security. Join us for a panel discussion streaming live from Humber College—from coast to coast to coast.

      Environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki will be joined by J.B. MacKinnon, Utcha Sawyers, and Tanya Davis, whose compelling poem appears in the NFB film Island Green, a look at conventional and organic farming on Prince Edward Island.

      Co-hosted by the NFB, DSF and Humber College, this 90 minutes special event is geared towards high school seniors, student groups and college and university classes. David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour is crossing the country to engage this generation at a grassroots level and bring about local and national change.

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day Virtual Classroom

    • Learn innovative approaches to teaching about the Holocaust.
    • This professional development event offered 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. It was designed for professional development of teachers of Grades 9-12 or CEGEP-level courses. The virtual classroom was hosted by the National Film Board of Canada in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.


  • David Suzuki and Adam van Koeverden in your classroom

    • Speak up for your right to a healthy environment!
    • The National Film Board of Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation offered students the chance to engage in a real time conversation with Dr. David Suzuki and Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden. Students were able to pick their brains to learn more about one of our country’s greatest environmental issues: water conservation.

  • We Were Children Virtual Classroom

    • A Journey to Reconciliation: Understanding Canada’s Residential School System
    • This special professional development event was hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada and the Legacy of Hope Foundation. It provided educators with a valuable opportunity to examine and reflect upon the impact and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System. During 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 focused 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.

  • Chris Hadfield Virtual Classroom

    • Blast your class into space!
    • The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) offered students the chance to join Commander Hadfield in an exciting and illuminating live conversation. Hadfield spoke to students about his journey to becoming an astronaut, his experiences aboard the ISS, and he answered many mind-boggling outer-space questions!