Use Digital Technology Sample Tasks and Activities

December 6th, 2016 by Alan Cherwinski

Instructional Resources

Use Digital Technology Sample Tasks and Activities

The tasks in the instructional resources on this page are intended to be sample tasks to support using digital technology in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs within the context of the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF). These resources are not intended to be exhaustive, rather they aim to provide tasks developed for LBS practitioners to use and adapt, expand, or build on. They also aim to offer varied approaches to designing learning materials in relation to the Use Digital Technology Competency (D) in the OALCF.

In the development of the sample tasks, five principles were at the forefront:

  • All learners regardless of their reading, writing, and technology skill levels should have access to learning opportunities using digital technology.
  • Digital technology should be a means to an end. Appropriate choices which digital technology to use or to use one at all need to be made within a blended learning environment.
  • Digital technology tasks should draw from reading content that all learners can work with, if possible, to assure that learners can share learning experiences even if they are involved in tasks requiring various levels of digital technology skills.
  • Digital technology tasks may build on each other and become progressively harder or can be used independently of each other. If applicable, ideas about how a Use Digital Technology Competency level can be increased/decreased within the same task are added value.
  • Cross-references to other OALCF Competencies are included when possible to create opportunities for technology integration across programs and the development of integrated tasks.

The sample tasks, available in two instructional resource packages, are grouped into themes:

Package 1 (available for download below)

  • Work Using Digital Technology
  • Manage Money Using Digital Technology

The sample learning activities in this package are available in Word format.

Click here to watch a webinar recording introducing the resources from Package 1.

Package 2 (available for download below)

  • Manage Health Using Digital Technology
  • Manage Learning Using Digital Technology
  • Share and Collaborate Using Digital Technologies

These instructional resources were developed in collaboration with Anne-Marie Kaskens and Tracey Mollins. Instructors and learners at The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region reviewed many of the tasks and provided valuable feedback.

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Use Digital Technology Package 1 (all sections) 3.03 MB 6797 downloads

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Use Digital Technology Package 1 Part 2 (Work) 1.53 MB 4188 downloads

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Use Digital Technology Package 1 Part 3 (Managing Money) 1.38 MB 4703 downloads

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Use Digital Technology Package 1 Part 4 (Sample Resources) 530 KB 4976 downloads

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Use Digital Technology Package 1 Sample Activities 1.6 MB 3969 downloads

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Use Digital Technology Package 2 Part 1 (Introduction) 902.54 KB 21 downloads

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