Adria Awards

  A few years ago we made a decision to submit one of our best projects into a few award competitions. The project, titled, Saskatchewan Stories, is a resource for Saskatchewan Grade 4 Social Studies that uses stories, archival drawings and photographs, streaming video and a unique Time Machine portal to allow students to visit Saskatchewan from the early 1600s to the present day. Through the stories and maps, they learn about the province's varied cultural heritages, traditions, lifestyles, histories, industries and geography.  

We are pleased and honoured that Saskatchewan Stories was the recipient of the following awards:

May 26, 2003 at the AMTEC 2003 Conference in Montreal, Quebec. We were most honoured by:

  • The AMTEC (Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada) Award of Excellence in the School System-Interactive category; and
  • The CEA (Canadian Education Association) Achievement Award, "In recognition of the production of an outstanding audiovisual program which combines qualities of originality, curriculum relevance, freedom from bias, high artistic and technical standards to effect a positive learning experience."

September 2, 2003: Cool Site of the Day. The Cool Site of the Day has been ongoing, every day, since August 1994.

September 25, 2003: Macromedia Site of the Day. Macromedia, the originators of Flash software, have since been purchased by Adobe. The software continues to be recognized as a leader in the industry.

October 24, 2003: SBC Blue Web'n HOT SITE. Blue Web'n is an online library of outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). The sites in Blue Web'n are chosen by Education Advocates who have advanced degrees in education and/or library science and have numerous years of teaching or library experience.

November 8, 2003: Talking Hands Award. Laudation: "Value is a theme which runs through this presentation and value we have gained to such an extent Saskatchewan Stories has left us a better person upon leaving as a result of our visit. The authors purpose in providing fourth grade students with an exceptional resource for Grade Four Social Studies curriculum was accomplished and should serve as a model for all teachers, of all nations to enlighten children of all ages as to the world around us and gain a greater appreciation for teaching excellence found throughout our fragile mother planet."

January 27, 2004: SXSW Interactive Festival Web Awards Finalist in Education. The SXSW Interactive Awards uncovers the best new digital work, from websites to web applications and beyond, while celebrating those who are building tomorrow's online trends. Founded in 1997, this competition was initially known as the SXSW Web Awards.

April 1, 2004: Horizon Interactive Award Winner, Bronze in Education. The Horizon Interactive Awards is a prestigious international competition recognizing outstanding achievement among interactive media producers. It is a great showcase of interactive media production from a diverse pool of talent across all forms of media.

We recognize the many individuals and organizations who provided their assistance in bringing Saskatchewan Stories to life. They include Elaine Bergh and Jean Duperreault of Saskatchewan Learning and Darlene Speidel of the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. We're also indebted to the Saskatchewan Archives Board and a host of other organizations and individuals who supplied photos and valuable information.

  • Saskatchewan Stories was funded by Saskatchewan Learning and SCN;
  • Team-leader, researcher, storywriter and website author: Joyce Sotski, Adria Interactive Multimedia;
  • Research provided and stories edited by: Bill Armstrong, Armstrong Communications; and
  • Videos researched, written and edited by: Susan Risk, Live Wire Video Productions.
  • French translation provided by, Nicolle Sauvage, Allset Translations, Regina, Saskatchewan;
  • French voice supervising and recording, Dave Lawlor, Regina, Saskatchewan;
  • Additional credits, information and assistance, photographs, artwork and archival video footage provided by numerous persons and organizations as listed on the web site.

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