‘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 […]

How to turn off YouTube’s autoplay feature

November 18th, 2019 by Guylaine Vinet

YouTube’s autoplay function can pull users down the internet rabbit hole for hours on end. But a constant stream of autoplay videos can cost users more than a few hours of lost time. As we watch videos, YouTube’s algorithms work to generate video recommendations, and autoplay plays those recommendations in a steady stream. Recommended videos […]

Create a Google Hangout link using Google Calendar

May 16th, 2017 by Alan Cherwinski

Two-minute video lesson: Create an all-access Google Hangout link using Google Calendar Did you know Google Calendar can generate Google Hangout meeting access links automatically? Many people struggle with accessing the video calls. Complicated instructions, links and set-up times can delay calls and sap collaborative energy. In this two-minute Screencast video, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna, AlphaPlus Technology Coach […]

What We Learned From You!

July 24th, 2016 by Alan Cherwinski

Our technology consultants are available on the phone, via chat, or email. But we love getting out in the community to learn more about the organizations we serve. Site visits and in-house training workshops are where we learn about your clever technology solutions and time saving hacks in action. Check out this terrific tip we […]

Google URL shortener

May 13th, 2015 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

URL_shortenerGoogle URL shortener is a quick and simple to use tool that lets you shorten, share and track how many times someone clicked on your shortened URLs in real time. It is useful when you are sharing website links with learners or trying to promote a website and the link is simply too long.

Turn Off the Lights browser extension

January 13th, 2015 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Turn Off the Lights is a free and simple to use browser extension that lets you dim everything on your screen except the video player you are watching. It helps to minimize distractions and bring your videos into focus. It can be a great tool for anyone, but especially for literacy students who might be distracted by all the additional text and images surrounding the video.

Google Chrome – presentation slides and webinar recording now available

November 20th, 2014 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

On November 18, 2014, at 3 pm, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Google Chrome – a web browser with apps and extensions webinar. Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers used worldwide, recognized for being secure, fast, simple and stable. Chrome allows users to synchronize their bookmarks, history, and settings across all devices. […]

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.

Passwords and online security

February 28th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Using your username and password online provides you with quick access to everything from your email and bank accounts to your favourite social network websites and tools.

Passwords give you a lot of power and control and it’s critical to keep them safe and secure.

Unfortunately, we often find that passwords are the weakest link in the security chain. Keeping track of many passwords can be difficult and overwhelming, and accounts are often compromised when passwords are weak, reused across websites, or when they are shared with someone untrustworthy.

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