July 13th, 2022 by Tracey Mollins
Do you wish that you had time to stop and think? Here are some opportunities about technology and teaching that AlphaPlus is offering this fall.
November 30th, 2020 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson
AlphaPlus recently released a survey report that looked at how people working in Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) system responded to COVID-19 shutdowns in the spring of 2020. Although we weren’t surprised by the main findings, we’re concerned about the inequities in the LBS system. Currently, it’s unable to ensure all learners have the […]
September 8th, 2020 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson
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 […]
September 30th, 2019 by Alan Cherwinski
This document was created by a national network of people, researchers and organizations committed to adult literacy. #literacy4all
September 13th, 2019 by Alan Cherwinski
Statement from a national network of organizations, people and researchers concerned about adult literacy in Canada Choose success – Invest in literacy Our world is transforming rapidly. Trends such as globalization, digitalization and demographic shifts are changing work, communities, the way society functions, and how people interact. In this environment literacy skills matter. Literacy is […]
April 9th, 2018 by Tracey Mollins
Many definitions of blended learning include the concept of Connectivism – the idea that learning happens in networks. Networked learning uses a mix of technologies and interactions to create learning environments where learners are actively involved in the learning process and are encouraged to construct their own understandings and knowledge. Connectivism also means expanding learning […]
July 13th, 2017 by Alan Cherwinski
Google Docs and Sheets Are Tools for Activism and Advocacy Google Docs is more than just a free word processing and sharing tool. It’s a powerful equalizer for advocacy and activism. Yes, you can create, share and edit documents in collaboration with others, but it’s Google Doc’s ability to reach a wide audience instantly that […]
February 16th, 2016 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna
iPads inspire creativity and hands-on learning among users of all ages. With a simple and intuitive interface, they allow students to engage with digital content, find information in an instant and access resources wherever they go. iPads are fairly new in the adult literacy classroom but their popularity and benefits cannot be ignored. With the […]
May 30th, 2013 by Monika 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.
February 28th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna
Using your username and password online provides you with quick access to everything from your email and bank accounts to your favourite social network websites and tools.
Passwords give you a lot of power and control and it’s critical to keep them safe and secure.
Unfortunately, we often find that passwords are the weakest link in the security chain. Keeping track of many passwords can be difficult and overwhelming, and accounts are often compromised when passwords are weak, reused across websites, or when they are shared with someone untrustworthy.
December 31st, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna
YouTube is more than just a collection of cute cat or music video sites. Over the years, it has evolved into a collection of resources that can provide a variety of educational resources for the literacy classroom. With a little bit of exploration, you will find videos that provide real-life examples and context for what you are trying to teach and, yes, sometimes a funny video that you could discuss to take a quick break from the regular, potentially daunting lessons you might need to cover.