2020 in Review: Top 10 Items We Covered in Coaching

February 8th, 2021 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

2020 has been like no other for our coaching team! It has been busy, hectic —and yes — sometimes overwhelming. Many programs reached out to our team to ask for ideas, support and training in the unexpected and fast shift to working from home and delivering their services remotely. It was also extremely rewarding to see these programs try new things, build up their confidence and then take off with so many great ideas.

Featured Tech – Microsoft Teams: Business vs. Education

September 8th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Are you interested in using Microsoft Teams? Will you be using the Education edition available to schools and colleges or the Business edition? Which one is right for you, and what’s the difference, anyway? The Education edition is tailor-made for education settings and includes Classes and Class Teams as well as an additional notebook and […]

How technology coaching client The Literacy Group created a learner portal using Google Sites

May 20th, 2020 by Kate Palbom

In this client coaching story, we’re talking with Lisa McArthur, program manager of The Literacy Group (TLG) of Waterloo Region, about how they used Google Sites to create an online resource for learners and linked it to their website’s home page. Learn about how the portal is helping learners continue to work remotely and keeping […]

Short-term IT coaching: Adapting rapidly with technology

 by Kate Palbom

Over the past few weeks, many LBS programs have reached out to AlphaPlus for support regarding how best to work from home and how to reach and connect with learners from a distance. Many are also reflecting on the inevitable changes the pandemic will place on how they do their work in the future. Our […]

Useful apps for remote learning offline

 by Kate Palbom

To help learners and programs transition to an online-only delivery model, we reviewed our Useful Apps list to find ones that could be used offline on both Android and iOS. Learners can download and use these apps on their smartphones without using up large amounts of their data.  Literacy and basic skills apps to use […]

‘Zoom-in’ webinars

April 9th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

In April, we organized one-hour zoom sessions to explore, compare and get tips on various tools you might be using, or considering using, to connect with your colleagues and learners while maintaining physical distancing. The topics, presentation slides and video recordings are included below : Video meetingsWednesday, April 15, 2020, 2 pm to 3 pmA […]

Nouveau site web ABF et COVID-19

March 18th, 2020 by Guylaine Vinet

Afin de naviguer les défis que présentent le COVID-19, nous avons créé, avec les sites Google, la ressource AFB et COVID-19. Nous espérons y partager de l’information et des ressources qui permettront à la communauté AFB de créer des liens et apprendre à mesure que nous traversons ce paysage inconnu. Cette ressource inclut: Des communiqués […]

New LBS and COVID-19 website

March 17th, 2020 by Alan Cherwinski

To help us all navigate the challenges of COVID-19, we have started LBS and COVID-19 a Google Site where we hope to share information and resources that will help the LBS community connect and learn together as we navigate this unfamiliar landscape. The website includes: General announcements and updates from the government and LBS programs […]

Tech teaching tip: Two ways to use mobile phone photos in the classroom

February 27th, 2020 by Administrator

Smartphones are everywhere. Restaurants, office, conferences and meeting rooms. So why do some try so hard to keep them out of the classroom? Rather than resist the smartphone phenomenon, try using activities that incorporate mobile phones and devices to create great learning experiences. And what better way to start that than by using photos to […]

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