Information literacy is the ability to access, evaluate, and communicate information through various forms of media. This is a skill that children can acquire at a very young age. With the transition from books and libraries to Google and Wikipedia, students have a growing need to be able to research information while finding credible resources. This is a great skill to have while doing research projects or to even find information about everyday questions that they may encounter. For younger students, this may be simple skills that include asking valuable questions and giving them the resources to find their answers. For older students, it is important to educate them on searching strategies both online and offline. This way, they are able to find their own information that will benefit them in secondary education as well as their future careers.
Teaching information literacy does not require a month-long research project. You can teach your child these skills in 30 minutes or less by:
Finding a question that interests them.
Locating a credible website, book, or another source.
Read and understand the information that the source has given.
Document the information through writing it down, creating a Word Document, PowerPoint, Prezi, or other documenting program.
Overall, it is very easy to find false information on the internet in today’s technology, so this is a great skill to teach students at a young age in order to gain the ability to find information on a day-to-day basis that is trustworthy and reliable.
You are the major stakeholders in our system and we want to learn about your experiences in both our schools and our Division.
Thoughtexchange is an online learning tool that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in our Division. This exchange enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities to guide us in creating a renewed strategic plan for 2019 and beyond.
You will be invited to anonymously and safely participate in an exchange that flows three steps:
Share – answer open-ended questions about education in our schools
Star – review ideas from others and rate the ideas you like best
Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole
In a couple of weeks, you will receive an email with an invitation to participate. The information will also be posted on school and division websites. The exchange will be open from November 20th – 30th.
Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Phoenix Academy students spent the day at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
A Step Back in Time Walk
Step back in time with one of our interpretive guides on the Path of the People. This walk incorporates the archaeological story of Wanuskewin and will give you a glimpse of what life was like on the prairie long ago.
Tidbits about what the students were introduced to on this wonderful trip.
Wanuskewin: “Gathering Place”
Six thousand years ago, Wanuskewin echoed with the thundering hooves of bison and the voices of Indigenous peoples from across the Northern Plains; the land still echoes with these stories that Wanuskewin is proud to share with the people. The nomadic tribes who roamed the Northern Plains gathered on this site of natural beauty where today visitors can relive the stories of a people who came here to hunt bison, gather food and herbs and escape the winter winds. Walking in their footsteps, you will understand why this site was a place of worship and celebration, of renewal with the natural world and of a deep spirituality.
The story of Wanuskewin is just beginning to be uncovered. Some archaeological dig sites date back thousands of years making them older than the Egyptian pyramids; these sites provide clues to the daily existence of the early peoples. Tipi rings, stones cairns, pottery fragments, plant seeds, projectile points, egg shell fragments and animal bones all give evidence of active thriving societies. While some sites teach us about life thousands of years ago other sites like the ancient Medicine Wheel still remain shrouded in mystery.
Wanuskewin is an archaeological goldmine, rich in sites that tell the story of early life in the Opimihaw Creek Valley, with finds in the area taking us as far back as 6,000 years.
Wanuskewin is Canada’s longest-running archaeological dig. Famed archaeologist Dr. Ernie Walker and his fellow researchers have been unearthing treasures since the 1970s and continue to do so today. In May and June you can find some of Dr. Ernie Walker’s archaeology students from the University of Saskatchewan working at one of the many dig sites at Wanuskewin.
First known human occupation occurs at Wanuskewin
Appearance of bow and arrow and pottery technology signalling dramatic technological changes for area inhabitants
2,000 – 500 BP
Operation of bison jumps and traps at Wanuskewin
Construction of the Medicine Wheel at Wanuskewin
Treaty Six signed signalling the end of occupation at Wanuskewin by Plains First Nations groups
Homesteading begins at Wanuskewin
Saskatoon Archaeological Society recognizes importance of area after visiting Medicine Wheel
Medicine Wheel examined for any astrological alignment
Archaeologist Dr. Ernie Walker and other researchers conduct a detailed archaeological survey, identifying 19 Pre-Contact sites
Province of Saskatchewan designates Wanuskewin a Provincial Heritage Property
Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II visits the park and designates it a National Historic Site on behalf of the Government of Canada
Wanuskewin Heritage Park Interpretive Centre opens
*BP: Before Present
“For thousands of years, this valley was a magnet that pulled people from thousands of miles away to one concentrated area. Today, it’s an unparalleled archaeological resource and we’ve only scratched its surface.”
– Dr. Ernest G. Walker
Archaeologist I Faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan I Original and Founding Board Member of Wanuskewin Heritage Park