Indigenous Education Pedagogy

Two Great Apps

Nothing is better than getting outside and experiencing nature in person – the connection to the environment can be such an amazing experience even without any true pedagogical purpose. But sometimes it is not possible to get outside, this is where apps can come in. Technology is not fundamentally in opposition to Indigenous practices, but it is important to ensure equitable access to technology, and not use these instead of seeking out knowledge-keepers. They are useful if you have no other options.

Sprig Library (iPad only) – Sprig library is an early reading app that has interactive storybooks in English and several Indigenous languages. The stories are levelled and focus on Indigenous-themed stories and traditions. It was developed in a partnership between Sprig Learning and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. IT also includes audio versions of the stories in multiple languages. I consider this to be the best feature of the app, as it reminisced me of the oral storytelling tradition. Students and children who might otherwise be cut off or separated from their culture can hear traditional stories in their own languages. That to me is magical. 

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – This app was produced by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Metis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and Inspire. This includes both modern and historical maps of Canada, with interactive stories, and information about areas. For example, here are some screenshots from my location. It is a very well laid out, informative and exhaustive resource.

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