Tech teaching tip: Two ways to use mobile phone photos in the classroom

February 27th, 2020 by Administrator

Smartphones are everywhere. Restaurants, office, conferences and meeting rooms. So why do some try so hard to keep them out of the classroom? Rather than resist the smartphone phenomenon, try using activities that incorporate mobile phones and devices to create great learning experiences. And what better way to start that than by using photos to […]

How to turn off YouTube’s autoplay feature

November 18th, 2019 by Guylaine Vinet

YouTube’s autoplay function can pull users down the internet rabbit hole for hours on end. But a constant stream of autoplay videos can cost users more than a few hours of lost time. As we watch videos, YouTube’s algorithms work to generate video recommendations, and autoplay plays those recommendations in a steady stream. Recommended videos […]

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App Store Tips

February 26th, 2019 by Administrator

Today, there are 2 million applications available in the App Store. That can make it tough to find the right one for your literacy program, especially if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. That’s why we’re giving you tips, hints, and tricks for finding apps from scratch.

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Create quizzes and surveys for your learners using Google Forms

July 13th, 2017 by Administrator

Did you know you can easily create quizzes and surveys for your learners using Google Forms? Our technology consultant Maria Moriarty created this three-minute video tutorial to show you how to: Access Google Forms. Create a quiz. Create mandatory and optional questions. Review and test a quiz. Share the quiz with students and view responses. […]

Create a Google Hangout link using Google Calendar

May 16th, 2017 by Alan Cherwinski

Two-minute video lesson: Create an all-access Google Hangout link using Google Calendar Did you know Google Calendar can generate Google Hangout meeting access links automatically? Many people struggle with accessing the video calls. Complicated instructions, links and set-up times can delay calls and sap collaborative energy. In this two-minute Screencast video, Monika Jankowska-Pacyna, AlphaPlus Technology Coach […]

Google URL shortener

May 13th, 2015 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

URL_shortenerGoogle URL shortener is a quick and simple to use tool that lets you shorten, share and track how many times someone clicked on your shortened URLs in real time. It is useful when you are sharing website links with learners or trying to promote a website and the link is simply too long.

Turn Off the Lights browser extension

January 13th, 2015 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Turn Off the Lights is a free and simple to use browser extension that lets you dim everything on your screen except the video player you are watching. It helps to minimize distractions and bring your videos into focus. It can be a great tool for anyone, but especially for literacy students who might be distracted by all the additional text and images surrounding the video.

Canva – an online tool to create simple designs and posters

August 6th, 2014 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Canva is an online tool with various layouts and templates to create simple designs and posters. It can be used by administrators to help market their programs and services. Educators can use it to create interesting handouts or to enhance their presentations or blog posts. Students who are just learning to use technology might find […]


April 29th, 2014 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

one_driveOriginally known as SkyDrive, and similar in functionality to Dropbox or Google Drive, OneDrive allows users to store content, such as files, pictures and documents, in the cloud.

But what makes it more interesting and worth exploring, especially for new technology users, is the free web version of OneDrive that allows you to view, edit, share and embed Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents directly within one account, without having to purchase the desktop software – a great feature for those who might not want to or might not be able to purchase the full version of the program.

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