Ottawa teacher Sylvia Smith was honoured with a Governor General's Award Monday for creating a teaching tool now used across the country.

Smith, who teaches at Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternative School, developed an interactive way to tell the story of Canada's history with residential schools.

Her program is called Project of Heart. It uses multimedia presentations about native traditions in Canada and wooden tiles to honour the memories of children who died in a residential school.

Smith was one of six teachers who received the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in teaching at Rideau Hall Monday.