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.

Using Google Forms to collect responses

January 30th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Google formsWhen we redeveloped the AlphaPlus website, we organized an online scavenger hunt to challenge our users and to make exploring our new site fun. Using Google Forms, we developed a questionnaire and had it embedded directly into our contest page. It gave our participants a chance to see the questions and immediately type in the answers below.

After all the questions were answered, participants simply clicked “Submit” and their responses were automatically added to a spreadsheet that provided us with a time stamp, their name and all the questions they answered.

AlphaPlus: The power of sharing — social bookmarking and the AlphaPlus Web Index

April 11th, 2011 by Guylaine Vinet

For the past decade, staff here at AlphaPlus has been developing an online collection of resources – the Web Index. The Index was built by following the trends in adult literacy and responding to the needs expressed by the adult literacy field. It has now become a collection of links to over 1000 web-based resources on all aspects of adult basic education and literacy.

Glossary of Online Jargon

August 24th, 2010 by Administrator

Ever feel overwhelmed or just plain annoyed with all the online jargon ? Wondering what an Avatar is…. just can’t get what all the fuss about Cloud Computing is about…still wrestling with RSS ? Well here’s the answer – A Glossary to DEMYSTIFY the jargon of the online world – in a terrific Edublogger post […]

Cool Tools …

June 17th, 2010 by Administrator

As we know the internet is literally growing every second – I first saw this very neat Social Media Counter at the Transliteracy conference – it’s an astounding visual – watch the internet grow literally before your eyes!! At the conference we also played a lot with Word Clouds – collections of words from documents […]

Google alerts

September 6th, 2007 by Administrator

I like to get new information on some of my favorite subjects. “Adult Literacy” is one of them. I could type the word into the search box of google, but instead I have the information sent to my email box using a google alert. Try it yourself! You can make an alert based on the […]

RSS — Really Simple Syndication

July 11th, 2007 by Administrator

  click on image to see an example of a collection of RSS feeds What is RSS? The RSS acronym for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary is a way to get a list of the latest content from your favourite web sites and blogs. Instead of having to visit these sites and blogs […]

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