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.

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

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.

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

January 30th, 2012 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.

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!

CLO's Guide to Effective Technologies for Providing Online Staff Development and Training

by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Community Literacy of Ontario just published a Guide to Effective Technologies for Providing Online Staff Development and Training, a must read research report for literacy practitioners, volunteers and administrators.

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