Working and learning together in a digital space

AlphaPlus virtual showcase sessions are coming back!

April 19th, 2022 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Organized via Zoom in May, June, October and November 2022, the sessions will energize and inspire you by showcasing how innovative literacy programs and instructors use digital tools and approaches to connect and work with learners remotely.  Each session will feature guest presenters who will share their approaches, strategies and tips followed by a tech […]

Virtual Showcase – Reflections on shared approaches, strategies and resources… Should we do it again?

November 12th, 2021 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

The summer months are a blur at this point, but the memory of how excited and inspired we were after each of our Virtual Showcase sessions still energizes us and we wonder if we should do it again…   The idea It all started with a Zoom call in 2020. “It would be great if […]

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Exploring the use of HyperDocs in LBS

June 4th, 2021 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

Last spring, did you scramble to figure out ways for learners to access instructional materials from paper files, workbooks, readers and binders? We learned that paper packets were produced for some learners, especially those who didn’t have the right device, enough data and experience to access instructional activities on a computer. We also learned that […]

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Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) case study: Silver Linings Café

May 11th, 2021 by Tracey Mollins

Smoothing the transition to remote learning for literacy instructors When Ontario declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pivot to remote learning happened very quickly for literacy and basic skills (LBS) practitioners. In Toronto and York Region, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) partnered with AlphaPlus to provide these educators with […]

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 […]

Microsoft Teams: Business vs. Education

 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 […]

Watch Us in a Town Hall Session With MPP Jill Andrew

August 12th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

This August, Alan Cherwinski and Christine Pinsent-Johnson represented the AlphaPlus team during an adult literacy roundtable discussion with Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto–St. Paul’s. They were joined by Reb Chevalier of Parkdale Project Read and organizer Phylicia Davis-Wesseling, founder and program manager of the KGO Adult Literacy Program. Together, the group discussed how the COVID-19 […]

Useful apps for remote learning offline

May 20th, 2020 by Administrator

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 […]

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