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: WebEx System 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.


Upcoming events

  • Chris Hadfield 2016 Virtual Classroom

    • Feb. 5, 2016, 11:45 AM (EST)
    • Meet the biggest star in Outer Space
    • The NFB presents Chris Hadfield, talking about his exciting experiences as the first Canadian in command of the International Space Station. The famous singing and tweeting astronaut will discuss the fascinating relationship between geology and space exploration. He’ll reveal the surprising impacts of space travel on physical and mental fitness. And he’ll share the story of his amazing journey, from a farm boy with a dream in Southern Ontario—inspired by the Apollo missions—to the leader of an international crew in a microgravity laboratory orbiting the Earth. The virtual classroom will last for 30 minutes.


    • Register now

Past events

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Grade 9+ students can submit advance questions for panellists to stimulate debate. Sign up for this virtual event and get interactive!

  • 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).


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