Join.me – free and easy-to-use screen sharing tool

September 28th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Join.me is a very simple and easy-to-use screen sharing tool that can be used for technical support, to review documents and designs, to train staff and students, or to demonstrate products and services.

Although there are many other screen sharing tools that perform more functions, such as Mikogo or Team Viewer, join.me is a good option if you want something quick, easy and simple. You don’t even need to register!

Glogster – poster yourself

August 31st, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Glogster is both an online tool and a community that allows users to create free, interactive posters called glogs. Very popular in the educational field where teachers and students use glogs as instructional aids, Glogster allows users to share and organize information and ideas using text, images, pictures, videos, audio files and other special effects. It has over one million users.

Doodle – helps schedule group meetings

July 29th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Doodle, an online service that enables users to coordinate times and to schedule meetings, is gaining popularity and currently has over 8 million users per month.

It is a free Web-based service (a premium version is also available) and requires no registration and no software installation. It can be particularly useful to users who want to arrange a conference call, plan a family reunion, or to plan a group appointment.

Rory McGreal discusses cloud computing and why is it important for adult literacy

June 21st, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Rory McGreal, Associate Vice President of Research at Athabasca University and UNESCO/COL Chairholder in Open Educational Resources, discusses the report What is cloud computing and why is it important for Adult Literacy. Rory co-authored this recent AlphaPlus publication with Griff Richards, Associate Professor of Distance Education and Director of the Technology Enhanced Learning Research Institute […]

Research report on cloud computing is now available on our website

June 9th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

As we enter the “smart” age, smartphones are becoming ubiquitous and free Internet is becoming available in many public places. This new landscape paves the way for the power of Cloud Computing and its potential impact on Adult Literacy. Cloud Computing and a number of other opportunities are discussed in AlphaPlus’ recently published report, Cloud Computing: What is Cloud Computing and Why is it Important for Adult literacy? 

HootSuite: A great tool to quickly update and manage your social media tools

May 9th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

HootSuite logoHootSuite is a social media dashboard that helps you to consolidate, update and track what’s going on in your social network circle – all from one single location.

Many literacy practitioners and organizations have set up accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, StumbleUpon and other sites to stay in touch, share information and connect with others. But managing those sites isn’t easy and can get very time consuming.

WordPress – more than a blogging tool

March 7th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

WordPress is an open source publishing application mostly recognized as a blogging platform. What many don’t realize is that it is a full content management system that allows users to create various sections and pages,making it a great tool for setting up websites.

A blog (also known as a “web log”) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual (or a group of administrators) with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order and allow readers to post comments.

Heidi Silver- Pacuilla discusses Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills required for independent online learning

September 21st, 2010 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Heidi Silver- Pacuilla from the American Institutes of Research discusses her research report titled Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills required for independent online learning. The report examines the “threshold” levels of literacy and language proficiency needed to use the internet for independent learning. The study drew data from three sources, large scale surveys, a literature review, […]

Wikis at Literacy Link South Central (LLSC)

July 15th, 2010 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

In 2008, we realized that our service area was so vast that we needed a more practical, economical way to keep in touch and share resources with programs on an everyday basis. We learned that sending large documents through email can be time-consuming, and is sometimes not possible. We decided that an interactive online communications forum would be the best way to share documents, news, best practices, and resources. Our needs were met with a wiki – a free, secure, online environment that allows LLSC to distribute information to programs quickly and easily.

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