From Notepads to iPads: Using Emerging Technologies for Student Success – Participating in CESBA’s Fall 2013 conference

November 7th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Registration is now open for CESBA’s Fall 2013 Conference – From Notepads to iPads: Using Emerging Technologies for Student Success. Scheduled for December 4 to 6, 2013, at Courtyard Toronto Downtown, this event will feature the latest technologies and techniques that can be used to improve learner success, as well as provide updates and insights […]

Google Hangouts – chats, video meetings and event broadcasts across multiple devices

October 30th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Google+ Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google. It allows Google users to exchange messages and pictures, video conference, share screens, and even broadcast the meetings live via YouTube.

With all these features, Google Hangouts can be a great tool for literacy programs and for introducing the Use Digital Technology competency. It can be used for texting/messaging, photo and video sharing and group projects – even for live meetings and training sessions when face-to-face meetings are not possible.

Dropbox webinar – presentation slides and video recording now available

October 24th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

On Oct 22, 2013, at 3 pm, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Storing files in the cloud – Dropbox webinar to explore how the Dropbox website and software can be used to manage and share files. During the session we looked at: Who is using Dropbox? What is Dropbox? How does it work? Pricing Why Dropbox? […]

Dropbox – storing, sharing and accessing files from anywhere

September 27th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

DropboxDropbox 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 – 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.

Remind101 – send text messages and emails to your students directly from your computer

August 29th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

remind101Texting is a quick way to communicate with your students and now you can use tools like Remind101 to send text or email messages to your class or student groups even if you don’t have a cell phone!

Remind101 is a service that provides a safe way for teachers to text message or email students. Using Remind101, teachers can engage their students more effectively without needing to know their students’ phone numbers and without having to give their own phone numbers out.

Feedly – an alternative to the now discontinued Google Reader for RSS feeds

July 30th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

feedlyWhen we featured RSS feeds – updates from various websites delivered directly to you a while back, we suggested Google Reader as a tool to help you gather various RSS feeds in one place, to organize them into groups and to allow you to quickly scroll through the updates without having to visit multiple sites.

Unfortunately, Google Reader was discontinued this July and we had to look for alternatives.

In our search we came across feedly, a simple to use tool that lets you to collect feeds from various websites.

You simply add the url, title or #topic you are interested in and feedly starts setting up the feed for you.

Understanding Creative Commons – webinar recording and presentation slides

June 5th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

On June 4, 2013, at 3 pm ET, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Understanding Creative Commons webinar to explore and discuss Creative Commons (CC) licenses. During the session we explored various copyright licenses and how you can use them properly in your practice, not only as a teacher, administrator or manager, but also as a content […]

Understanding Creative Commons

May 30th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

How often do you find yourself wondering whether the image you found online and are about to use on your website, document or class activity is free to use or is covered by some kind of copyright?

You should always assume that an image found online is copyrighted and should always look for information on when and how you can use it – that’s when knowing about and understanding Creative Commons licensing can be useful.

Using Delicious to manage and share your bookmarks

March 28th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

deliciousAlthough we have covered Delicious in our Featured Technology section in the past, in the last few years it has undergone so many changes that we thought we should revisit this topic.

As a teacher, Delicious can become an easy way to share resources with colleagues. You can each set up an account and create a network. You can also use Delicious with learners, setting up a classroom account in which students can save their bookmarks while working on a specific project, for example.

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