Use Digital Technology sample tasks are now also available in French

April 26th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

A few weeks ago, our team got together and we mailed hard copies of the Use Digital Technology sample tasks package called Supporting task-based programming related to Using Digital Technology to over 300 Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) service providers across Ontario. This first of two available packages contains sample tasks and learning activities for […]

What does it take to be a digitally-enabled teacher? – webinar recording and presentation slides

February 22nd, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

On February 20, 2013, at 3 pm ET, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the What does it take to be a digitally-enabled teacher? webinar to explore the characteristics, attitudes and skills of tech-savvy teachers and what literacy practitioners and volunteers need to know, have or do to be effective in integrating digital tools and technologies into their […]

New sample tasks for the Use Digital Technology competency now available

December 13th, 2012 by Matthias Sturm

This week we are releasing another package of instructional resources including sample tasks to support practitioners using digital technology in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs within the context of the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF). The second of two packages can be downloaded at http://usedigitaltechnology.alphaplus.ca or under OALCF tab on our website, either in […]

Using blogs to encourage students to write

November 30th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

blogBlogging tools gained popularity a while ago as simple-to-use tools to create websites with news and updates, journal entries or travel logs. Users set up an account, choose a theme and start blogging. They fill out a form to post a new story and with a simple click, the entries appear on the web page displayed in reverse chronological order. The entries are archived and, over time, create a collection of resources visitors can explore and comment on.

Among the most popular blogging platforms are Wordpress, Blogger and Tumblr, and literacy organizations started to embrace these platforms to develop their own websites and to provide platforms for students to tell their stories and share writing online.

Podcast – discussing Incorporating Digital Technologies in ABE with Suzanne Smythe

July 9th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

In our latest podcast, Suzanne Smythe – the author of Incorporating Digital Technologies in Adult Basic Education: Concepts, Practices and Recommendations – talks with Matthias Sturm about the report and the work she has done exploring how digital technology is changing what it means to be literate in today’s world.

Suzanne Smythe speaks about incorporating digital technologies in Adult Basic Education

by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Suzanne Smythe, Lecturer in Literacy and Adult Education at the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, speaks about her report, Incorporating Digital Technologies in Adult Basic Education: Concepts, Practices and Recommendations. Exploring how digital technology is changing what it means to be literate in today’s world, Suzanne looks closely at the impact digital technology […]

Tracey Mollins – Using Voki to enhance online learning for adult literacy students

April 30th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Voki is a free service where you can create talking heads to post on a blog, website or learning platform.

I have been using Voki to help adult literacy learners who are learning at a distance to follow activity instructions. One of the challenges we face when creating online learning opportunities for literacy learners is developing instructions that are short, concise and easy-to-read. Sometimes we make choices about activities based on how complicated the instructions are. I found Voki to be a big help with this. We can expand the range of activities because we can easily create audio supports for learners.

Tim Nicholls Harrison discusses Reconceptualizing Adult Basic Education and the Digital Divide

September 21st, 2010 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Tim Nicholls Harrison, literacy instructor and Manager of the Adult Learning Centres, Grey-Bruce-Georgian in Ontario, discusses Reconceptualizing Adult Basic Education and the Digital Divide developed by Elisabeth Hayes -University of Wisconsin-Madison. Based on the premise that computer-based instruction offers learners engaging, motivating, and effective learning opportunities, and that “digital literacies” play a crucial role for […]

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