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.

Dropbox – store and access files and photos from anywhere

May 31st, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Dropbox is a free storage service that lets you save and access all your files, including photos, documents, and videos, in a cloud and access them from all your computers and phones and even from the Dropbox website.

When you visit the Dropbox site, you will be invited to download Dropbox software. It will allow you to install Dropbox on your computer and to create a Dropbox folder that automatically syncs with your online Dropbox account.

Pinterest – a tool to bookmark or “'pin”' your favourite images and videos on virtual boards

February 28th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

pinterestPinterest is the latest social media hype. Described as an online pinboard to organize and share the things you love, Pinterest had almost 12 million unique visitors in January, even with its beta stage and invitation-only registration.

The premise is simple. You sign up for an account using your Facebook or Twitter account, set up various categories to organize the images or videos onto virtual boards, browse through other people’s pinnned content and when you like something you find, you can “repin” it to your board, “like” it or “comment” on it.

Using Google Forms to collect responses

January 30th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Google formsWhen we redeveloped the AlphaPlus website, we organized an online scavenger hunt to challenge our users and to make exploring our new site fun. Using Google Forms, we developed a questionnaire and had it embedded directly into our contest page. It gave our participants a chance to see the questions and immediately type in the answers below.

After all the questions were answered, participants simply clicked “Submit” and their responses were automatically added to a spreadsheet that provided us with a time stamp, their name and all the questions they answered.

Google Forms – an easy way to create online polls, registration forms or quizzes

by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Google Docs, a free, web-based office suite and data storage service offered by Google, includes Google Forms – a tool that allows users to quickly create and administer simple polls, subscriptions, tests or questionnaires.

With 97 themes that can be quickly applied to the form and seven question types to choose from, Google Forms can be a great tool for practitioners to use to give online quizzes, organize contests, manage registrations, or gather feedback. Students can also practice their digital skills by learning how to fill out various forms and by quickly setting up their own polls or questionnaires as part of an assignment or project.

Creating fun and dynamic presentations – it isn't as difficult as you might think

by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

When I was asked to talk about AlphaPlus at one of the literacy conferences, I was worried…

Not only I am a big chicken when it comes to speaking in front of a big audience, but I am also not a big fan of PowerPoint. We have all been to sessions where there is too much text on the slides and the presenter, overwhelmed with all of the content, simply reads from the screen.

Donna M. Chovanec and Amy Meckelborg discuss Social Networking Sites and Adult Literacy Learning: Raising the Issues

December 9th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Donna M. Chovanec Amy Meckelborg Donna M. Chovanec, Associate Professor in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and Amy Meckelborg, Coordinator, EdTech Services Training and Development, speak about their paper, Social Networking Sites and Adult Literacy Learning: Raising the Issues. In this paper, Donna and Amy explore how educators and adult learners might […]

MailChimp – easy email newsletters

October 31st, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

MailChimp is an online tool that makes it easy to design and send visual emails, manage your subscribers and track your campaign’s performance. Did we mention that mail list management, archiving, subscribe options, auto-responding, customized forms and templates, plus many other great features are included in a free account?

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