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 […]

Feedly – an alternative to the now discontinued Google Reader for RSS feeds

July 30th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

feedlyWhen we featured RSS feeds – updates from various websites delivered directly to you a while back, we suggested Google Reader as a tool to help you gather various RSS feeds in one place, to organize them into groups and to allow you to quickly scroll through the updates without having to visit multiple sites.

Unfortunately, Google Reader was discontinued this July and we had to look for alternatives.

In our search we came across feedly, a simple to use tool that lets you to collect feeds from various websites.

You simply add the url, title or #topic you are interested in and feedly starts setting up the feed for you.

HootSuite – managing social media channels from one location

June 26th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

HootsuiteAs the popularity of social media increases, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit HootSuite, a social media dashboard that helps you to consolidate, update and track what’s going on in your social network circle – all from one single location.

Many literacy practitioners and organizations are becoming active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, but managing multiple social media channels can get a bit overwhelming and time consuming.

Understanding Creative Commons – webinar recording and presentation slides

June 5th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

On June 4, 2013, at 3 pm ET, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Understanding Creative Commons webinar to explore and discuss Creative Commons (CC) licenses. During the session we explored various copyright licenses and how you can use them properly in your practice, not only as a teacher, administrator or manager, but also as a content […]

Understanding Creative Commons

May 30th, 2013byMonika 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.

Interactive whiteboards: SMART Boards in action – webinar recording and presentation slides

May 9th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

On May 7, 2013, at 3 pm ET, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Interactive whiteboards: SMART Boards in action webinar to explore interactive whiteboards. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. You can also download the presentation in PDF. During the webinar, we discussed why and how literacy programs use SMART Boards and took […]

Interactive whiteboards – SMART Boards in action

April 30th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

Smart board teacherA SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard connected to a computer that allows users to deliver dynamic and interactive lessons, navigate the internet, write notes in digital ink, and save work – all with the simple touch of a finger.

Introduced by a Canadian organization called SMART Technologies in 1991, SMART Boards are now used worldwide in education, business, government and military settings.

Using Delicious to manage and share your bookmarks – webinar recording and presentation slides

April 4th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

On April 2, 2013, at 3 pm ET, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Using Delicious to manage and share your bookmarks webinar to explore Delicious – a bookmarking tool that allows you to quickly save, organize and share links to your favourite websites and resources. In the webinar recording, Monika explores how Delicious has evolved over […]

Using Delicious to manage and share your bookmarks

March 28th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

deliciousAlthough we have covered Delicious in our Featured Technology section in the past, in the last few years it has undergone so many changes that we thought we should revisit this topic.

As a teacher, Delicious can become an easy way to share resources with colleagues. You can each set up an account and create a network. You can also use Delicious with learners, setting up a classroom account in which students can save their bookmarks while working on a specific project, for example.

E-Learning and the OALCF Goal Paths – webinar recording and presentation slides

March 22nd, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

On March 20, 2013, at 3 pm ET, Maria Moriarty delivered the E-Learning and the OALCF Goal Paths webinar to share what she has been learning about the e-learning requirements and opportunities in each of the Goal Paths.  A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. You can also download the presentation in PDF. […]

Passwords and online security – webinar recording and presentation slides

March 8th, 2013byMonika Jankowska-Pacyna

On March 5, 2013, at 3 pm ET, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna delivered the Passwords and Online Security webinar. During the session, we explored tools and resources designed to help create strong and secure passwords and to help manage the multitude of passwords we rely on and use every day. A recording of the webinar can be […]

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