When the Digital Divides us: International Literacy Day is a time for Action

September 8th, 2020 by Administrator

Literacy has never been just about reading and writing, it’s also about access to information, civic participation, and opportunities. Digital access has become intertwined with literacy, especially during this public health crisis when so many of our activities and services have moved to online-only points of access. The ongoing crisis has laid bare the digital […]

Results from our remote delivery survey now available

October 7th, 2020 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

During the spring of 2020, all educational sectors, including Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), made the shift to remote learning. The LBS shift was managed primarily at a local level. Comprehensive training, widely accessible instructional design expertise, tech support and additional funding to purchase data and computers for learners was not available. Each program made […]

Initial Survey Results: COVID-19 Response Survey

September 8th, 2020 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

This spring, our sector made a sudden shift to communicating, working and teaching online. As LBS programs made the transition to remote delivery, we realized this was an opportunity to learn more about how our sector was working and adapting to this unprecedented and unplanned change. What were their new priorities and how were those […]

Our Annual Fall Technology Coaching Intake Is Underway!

 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Since March of this year, LBS programs around the province have been innovating and reorganizing their program technology and tools as the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed. Many LBS programs continue to reflect on the changes the pandemic will place on how they do their work in the future. Our technology coaching services are here, as […]

Featured Tech – 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 […]

AlphaPlus survey on ONTARIO LBS remote learning

June 12th, 2020 by Alan Cherwinski

Attention: LBS Colleagues, AlphaPlus is conducting a short survey to learn more about the transition from predominantly in-person delivery to some form of remote delivery, including communication, instruction and new initiatives. Whether you are a program coordinator, instructor, practitioner or volunteer your input would be appreciated. To thank you for your participation you can enter […]

Useful apps for remote learning offline

May 20th, 2020 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 […]

JOIN OUR TEAM – AlphaPlus job opportunity

May 15th, 2020 by Alan Cherwinski

Job Summary

To be successful in this role, you will be required to work individually or within a team to provide direct support and a range of resources to external adult education organizations funded under the Ontario Literacy and Basic Skills Program specifically focused on the

integration of digital technology solutions, and
implementation of blended learning approaches. 

‘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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