Learner Information – PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT

May 1st, 2017byAlan Cherwinski

A new fiscal year is underway and we are excited to announce a mini-project: an environmental scan of local data collection systems. As part of our 2017–18 business plan and with funding support from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, AlphaPlus will complete an environmental scan identifying local systems supporting the collection and […]

Evernote – keep anything you can imagine in one place

February 27th, 2014byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

evernoteEvernote is a suite of Apps and products that “make modern life manageable, by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters.” Think of it as a digital file cabinet that stores your notes, links, resources, recipes, and anything else you might want to keep or refer to in the future. It can also be great for daily journals or as a task or project management system, even for writing fiction.

It is accessible from any device – you can access Evernote via a browser or desktop software on your computer or via Apps on your smartphones or tablets. You can even install Evernote Web Clipper to make it easier to “save anything you see online – including text, links and images – into your Evernote account with a single click.”

Math Drills Lite App – Basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

January 31st, 2014byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

math drillsMath Drills Lite App allows a single student to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is a free version of Math Drills, an iPad App available for $1.99 that allows up to 50 students to set up accounts and track their progress.

The App provides a variety of drills to help students learn math skills and includes tips and hints the students can review before providing their answer.

Dragon Dictation App – Voice to text application for tablets and smartphones

November 27th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

dragon dictationDragon Dictation App is a free speech-recognition application that allows users to dictate text, emails, tweets, or stories and convert them to text that they can edit and share.

Powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® which allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages, Dragon Dictation can be up to five times faster than typing on a keyboard. The best part is that the written text can be shared via email or copied and pasted to other Apps such as Page or Google Drive.

Fantastic for students who are reluctant writers, need to practice their spelling or have learning needs, this App is becoming very popular in literacy classrooms that use tablets and smartphones.

Google Hangouts webinar – presentation slides and video recording now available

November 21st, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

On November 19, 2013, at 3 pm, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Organize online meetings and broadcasts – Google Hangouts webinar to share how you can use Google Hangouts with your colleagues and students and how to broadcast your sessions on YouTube via Google Hangouts on Air. During the session we looked at: What is Google […]

Google Hangouts – chats, video meetings and event broadcasts across multiple devices

October 30th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

Google+ Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google. It allows Google users to exchange messages and pictures, video conference, share screens, and even broadcast the meetings live via YouTube.

With all these features, Google Hangouts can be a great tool for literacy programs and for introducing the Use Digital Technology competency. It can be used for texting/messaging, photo and video sharing and group projects – even for live meetings and training sessions when face-to-face meetings are not possible.

Dropbox webinar – presentation slides and video recording now available

October 24th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

On Oct 22, 2013, at 3 pm, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Storing files in the cloud – Dropbox webinar to explore how the Dropbox website and software can be used to manage and share files. During the session we looked at: Who is using Dropbox? What is Dropbox? How does it work? Pricing Why Dropbox? […]

Voices Speak to the Data: Feedback from Participants in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial

October 7th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

In August, AlphaPlus invited adult literacy stakeholders to provide feedback on the experiences literacy educators and learners had with the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) On-line Field Trial to explore the impact of digital technology in online assessment. We summarized the feedback we received in a short report called Voices Speak to […]

Dropbox – storing, sharing and accessing files from anywhere

September 27th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

DropboxDropbox is a free storage service that lets you save and access all your files, including photos, documents, and videos, in a cloud and access them from all your computers and phones – even from the Dropbox website.

When you visit the Dropbox site, you will be invited to download Dropbox software. It will allow you to install Dropbox on your computer and to create a Dropbox folder that automatically syncs with your online Dropbox account.

Remind101 – send text messages and emails to your students directly from your computer

August 29th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

remind101Texting is a quick way to communicate with your students and now you can use tools like Remind101 to send text or email messages to your class or student groups even if you don’t have a cell phone!

Remind101 is a service that provides a safe way for teachers to text message or email students. Using Remind101, teachers can engage their students more effectively without needing to know their students’ phone numbers and without having to give their own phone numbers out.

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