Passwords and online security

February 28th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Using your username and password online provides you with quick access to everything from your email and bank accounts to your favourite social network websites and tools.

Passwords give you a lot of power and control and it’s critical to keep them safe and secure.

Unfortunately, we often find that passwords are the weakest link in the security chain. Keeping track of many passwords can be difficult and overwhelming, and accounts are often compromised when passwords are weak, reused across websites, or when they are shared with someone untrustworthy.

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.

Applications Google – webinar recording

November 15th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Our November 13, 2012, Tech Tuesdays webinar focused on Google Apps and was delivered by Guylaine Vinet in French. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. Over the past few years, we have been delivering our webinars in English and Google Apps was a topic discussed last October in Google Apps revisited face-to-face […]

Google Apps – a wide selection of web applications to choose from

October 31st, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Google Applications, or Google Apps, is a family of free online tools provided by Google.

It is a continuously growing group of Web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, and includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google +, Google Groups, Google Sites and more.

Many of these applications are available for free to anyone with a personal Gmail account and can be a great help to literacy students developing their Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) competencies.

The benefits of utilizing wikis in the classroom – webinar recording

October 5th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

On October 2, 2012, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered The benefits of utilizing wikis in the classroom webinar to discuss what wikis are, how they work, and how they can be used by practitioners to share content for and with students. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. The webinar also focused on the role […]

Using Adobe Connect to participate in and organize online meetings

August 30th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Adobe Connect is user-friendly web conferencing software for meetings, online learning and webinars. With its simple to use interface, video capability and mobile readiness, it is becoming a popular tool for organizing meetings and webinars online.

At AlphaPlus, we started using of Adobe Connect after one of our colleagues attended an online webinar and came back excited to tell us how much she enjoyed the webinar interface.

Google Calendar – organize your life

July 30th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

google calendarGoogle Calendar lets you organize your schedule online. One of many applications available through a Gmai account – such as Documents, Sites, Maps, Images, and many more – it lets you keep track of your own events and share your calendars with others. 

With its simple-to-use interface, it is also a great tool to help literacy students manage their time, plan meetings and get organized.

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 […]

Monika Jankowska-Pacyna – Putting things aside but remembering where they are…

June 29th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

I started using Pocket when it was still known as ‘Read it later.’ As the name implied, it allowed me to save content and explore it at a time more convenient for me. It quickly became one of my favourite tools that I referred to on a regular basis. 

Since I manage AlphaPlus’ website and social media tools, I come across interesting news, updates, links, announcements, documents, videos and other content on a daily basis. With other projects, meetings and assignments, I often don’t have time to read and explore this wealth of information on the spot and that’s when Pocket becomes handy.

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