Use Chromium OS Conversion Pilot Project to give your old laptops new life!

November 20th, 2016 by Alan Cherwinski

Chromium OS is the open-source development version of Chrome OS, a Google operating system (OS) that Chromebooks use. An entirely free OS, Chromium converts PC computers and laptops into state-of-the-art CloudReady devices that work much like Chromebooks. That means outdated computer systems can be retooled with Chromium OS, including powerful Google Apps and tools. Accompanied […]

How The Literacy Group built a Chromebook laptop lending library for free

 by Alan Cherwinski

AlphaPlus technology coaches can give your old laptops new life with a Chromebooks makeover (part of the Chromium OS Conversion Pilot Project). Check out our conversation with The Literacy Group’s Program Manager, Chris Prosser, about how the Waterloo-based organization is building a Chromebooks laptop lending library for their clients. Q: Why did you decide to engage […]

Zaption – turn online videos into interactive learning experiences for your students

February 16th, 2016 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Zaption is a web application that allows you to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries, to create interactive learning experiences for students. Zaption helps instructors enhance student’s learning by quickly turning videos into interesting and interactive lessons that engage learners, deepen understanding, and track progress. Here […]

Mozilla Open Badges

 by Administrator

Open Badges, a new online standard launched in March 2013 by Mozilla, is open source, free software, which any organization can use to create, issue and verify digital badges to recognize and verify learning. Many of us are familiar with and likely earned some kind of physical badge in our lifetime. Who can forget all […]

Apps and iPads in the literacy classroom

 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

iPads inspire creativity and hands-on learning among users of all ages. With a simple and intuitive interface, they allow students to engage with digital content, find information in an instant and access resources wherever they go. iPads are fairly new in the adult literacy classroom but their popularity and benefits cannot be ignored. With the […]

Personal Digital Toolbox

June 20th, 2015 by Administrator

Are you looking for a simple and quick way to find online resources for teaching and learning? Look no further – The Personal Digital Toolbox for Busy Educators may be just what you are looking for. Although this LiveBinder was assembled for teachers in Colorado school districts, it is a very full list that links […]

Using Evernote in a multi-level adult literacy class

March 11th, 2015 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Have you ever wondered how you could use Evernote with your learners? Explore the videos below to learn how literacy learners from Dixon Hall LBS program in Toronto feel about using Evernote and how Maxine, the LBS instructor from Dixon Hall, set up and is using Evernote in her multi-level class. Maxine also shared her […]

Using Evernote with low-level adult literacy students – success story webinars

January 15th, 2015 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Join us this March to learn how Maxine, an adult literacy instructor at Dixon Hall in Toronto, is using Evernote to foster independent learning with students. Maxine, who was a reluctant adopter of digital technology in her class, was searching for a way to meet the challenge of working alone with a multi-level group, which […]

Augmented Reality – presentation slides and webinar recording now available

June 26th, 2014 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

On June 24, 2014, at 3 pm, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Augmented Reality webinar to share what Augmented Reality (AR) is and and how it supplements the way we read within, learn about and interact with our real-world environment. During the session, Monika touched on: what Augmented Reality is how it is used the shift […]

E-Learning on the Goal Paths

March 26th, 2014 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Our latest e-bulletin, titled E-Learning on the Goal Paths, is focused on activities that instructors and learners can use to find information about each of the goal paths, and to work on digital skills and building computer self-efficacy. We know, that finding resources from which instructors can build digital learning and practice activities in each […]

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