How the Literacy Uplift project is bringing the classroom to learners with a new app

January 20th, 2017 by Alan Cherwinski

Literacy Nipissing participates in the Literacy Uplift project to develop an app for adult learners. We spoke with Vandra McQuarrie, Executive Director at Literacy Nipissing, about her organization’s role in developing the app and testing it with adult learners.

Dragon Dictation App – Voice to text application for tablets and smartphones

November 27th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

dragon dictationDragon Dictation App is a free speech-recognition application that allows users to dictate text, emails, tweets, or stories and convert them to text that they can edit and share.

Powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® which allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages, Dragon Dictation can be up to five times faster than typing on a keyboard. The best part is that the written text can be shared via email or copied and pasted to other Apps such as Page or Google Drive.

Fantastic for students who are reluctant writers, need to practice their spelling or have learning needs, this App is becoming very popular in literacy classrooms that use tablets and smartphones.

Pocket – tools for note taking and archiving

June 29th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Pocket (formerly Read it Later) is a simple tool that lets you save video, images, text and other content all in one place to read later.Whether you are browsing the Internet or using apps like Twitter, with one click you can save the content to review at a later time.

Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device – phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while
waiting in line, sitting on the couch or during commutes or travel – even offline.

The motivation of Francophone adults to use assistive technologies for workplace learning

May 15th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

The most recent report, published by AlphaPlus in French, discusses the use of assistive technologies in the workplace and offers an approach to address the needs of francophone adult learners. More specifically, this report on assistive technologies and learner motivation is designed to help improve the instructional design of assistive technologies in order to prepare […]

Voki – create speaking avatars to communicate and interact with your students

April 30th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Voki is a quick and fun way to create a talking digital representation of a person, often referred to as a speaking avatar, to enhance online content.

Combined with audio or even video, these speaking characters can add a more ’human’ or interactive element to the online classroom, website or blog. For example, practitioners can use a voki avatar to introduce a course or a topic or to read out specific instructions, and students can use voki to enhance their assignments and activities.

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