The next day at school, your teacher logs into Ocean School with her National Film Board (NFB) Education account and shares the lesson’s critical challenge:

“How are orcas like humans?” 

On a screen at the front of the class you watch a series of short documentary films. In one of them, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki describes the fascinating cultures and languages of different orca pods. In another, she presents a compelling history of the vital relationship between orcas and the Haida people of the Pacific Northwest. 

You discuss with your classmates and log into the Ocean School Community to look at other students’ responses to today’s critical challenge. You notice that students from British Columbia have posted photos of yesterday’s field trip to Telegraph Cove. You open an Ocean Tracker app to see if the orcas they saw are still in the area.

Your teacher then connects to the NFB’s Ocean School Virtual Classroom site. On the large screen at the front of the room, Sarika is broadcasting live in real time from the Dalhousie Ocean Education and Outreach Centre.