Google Hangouts webinar – presentation slides and video recording now available

November 21st, 2013 by Monika 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, 2013 by Monika 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, 2013 by Monika 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, 2013 by Monika 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, 2013 by Monika 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, 2013 by Monika 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.

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

July 30th, 2013 by Monika 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, 2013 by Monika 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, 2013 by Monika 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 […]

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