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Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) case study: Coaching

April 9th, 2021 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

In early 2020, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) was grappling with several digital technology issues. Their website had been corrupted three years earlier and had not been replaced.

YouTube in the classroom

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.

Using blogs to encourage students to write

November 30th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

blogBlogging tools gained popularity a while ago as simple-to-use tools to create websites with news and updates, journal entries or travel logs. Users set up an account, choose a theme and start blogging. They fill out a form to post a new story and with a simple click, the entries appear on the web page displayed in reverse chronological order. The entries are archived and, over time, create a collection of resources visitors can explore and comment on.

Among the most popular blogging platforms are Wordpress, Blogger and Tumblr, and literacy organizations started to embrace these platforms to develop their own websites and to provide platforms for students to tell their stories and share writing online.

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