Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council: The King’s Blog — An Introduction to Blogging and WordPress

March 7th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

The most fascinating and satisfying journey that we take with learners is the one that starts with our course: Introduction to Blogging.

Learners sign up for many reasons: curiosity, personal growth or for their small business ventures. They leave with an understanding of the gift that the Internet has given us all: the gift of a voice.

So, what is a blog?

WordPress – more than a blogging tool

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.

SMART Boards – interactive teaching and learning whiteboards

January 11th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

A SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard connected to a computer that allows users to deliver dynamic and interactive lessons, navigate the internet, write notes in digital ink, and save work – all with the simple touch of a finger.

Introduced by a Canadian organization called SMART Technologies in 1991, over 1.8 million SMART Boards are now used worldwide in education, business, government and military settings.

Adult Learning Centres GBG enhance visual learning through free and/or inexpensive online image tools

December 1st, 2010 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

The many different and complex ways that people learn is fascinating. Our goal at Adult Learning Centres Grey-Bruce-Georgian (GBG) is to support our students in their learning journeys. We develop new educational tools (and modify existing ones) to meet the needs of our diverse learner population.

Jing and SnagIt – quick and easy ways to take screenshots and screencasts!

by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Do you use the Print Scrn button to take your screen captures? Located above the Insert and Delete buttons on your keyboard, for years this button allowed us to literally print or capture what we saw on the screen. However, if we wanted to capture a specific part of the screen or capture a full website page which needed scrolling, things got more complicated and we had to use specialized programs. It was also pretty complicated to create a short narrated video of what we were doing on the screen!

But not anymore!

Twitter – Tweet in 140 characters or less

October 4th, 2010 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Twitter is a quick and easy way to share and discover what is happening right now. It is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters that are displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers.

HOW TO: Use Google Calendar and add AlphaPlus Events Calendar to your account

July 29th, 2010 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

To share information about events we plan to organize, attend or hear about from the field, we have set up AlphaPlus Events Calendar, using the Google Calendar application. Google Calendar application is free and very easy to use. Within one Google Calendar account, you can: Create multiple calendars – you can set up calendars for […]

Transliteracy Conference materials on YouTube …

by Maria Moriarty

I just got this message from our friend and colleague Tim Nicholls Harrison – our host at the awesome Transliteracy Conference back in June… go to YouTube to check out some the materials we worked with at the conference… Thank you for the kind words! The conference was truly amazing. It was wonderful to see […]

Connecting with Twitter

July 16th, 2010 by Maria Moriarty

Way back in September 2009 I posted a link to a fantastic post by Jane Hart on Fifty Twitter Tutorials for Teachers – I must confess that even though I spent some time working on some of the tutorials I haven’t exactly made much use of Twitter !!! In fact I wondered if and how […]

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