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.

RSS feeds – updates from various websites delivered directly to you

March 29th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

RSS feeds, often represented by big orange icons on websites, are convenient, time-saving tools that help deliver content to website users.

What makes them unique is that instead of the user going to different sites, the content is brought to the user.

For example, a teacher interested in new resources or activities who regularly visits multiple websites to check if something new is posted, could instead subscribe to RSS feeds from these sites and automatically receive updates whenever new information is added. These updates would be delivered to the teacher’s feed reader or news aggregator, a tool that organizes and displays summaries from various feeds.

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.

Good Learning Anywhere's Glogging Adventures

August 31st, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

I stumbled onto Glogster while perusing one of my favorite resource websites, Go2Web20. I had casually dabbled in WebQuests and “choose your own adventure” type activities, but I was immediately drawn to the visual and creative nature of Glogster. Glogster is an interactive, media- rich “poster” that invites users to integrate images, video, audio and many Web 2.0 programs that can be found on the Internet. These posters are used worldwide by teachers and students to create personal posters, lesson plans, and professional development glogs for anyone to explore. 

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.

AlphaPlus: The power of sharing — social bookmarking and the AlphaPlus Web Index

April 11th, 2011 by Guylaine Vinet

For the past decade, staff here at AlphaPlus has been developing an online collection of resources – the Web Index. The Index was built by following the trends in adult literacy and responding to the needs expressed by the adult literacy field. It has now become a collection of links to over 1000 web-based resources on all aspects of adult basic education and literacy.

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