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Learn together! Join AlphaPlus eNet

September 23rd, 2021 by Tracey Mollins

How can adult literacy instructors preserve the best elements from last year’s pivot to online teaching? The answer may lie in AlphaPlus’s Educator Network (eNet) . “Right now, blended learning is top of mind because the pandemic forced many literacy educators to try new approaches and technologies,” says Guylaine Vinet from AlphaPlus. Educators who worked […]

Apps and iPads in the literacy classroom

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 […]

Understanding Creative Commons

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.

Passwords and online security

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.

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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