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Exploring the use of HyperDocs in LBS

June 4th, 2021 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

Last spring, did you scramble to figure out ways for learners to access instructional materials from paper files, workbooks, readers and binders? We learned that paper packets were produced for some learners, especially those who didn’t have the right device, enough data and experience to access instructional activities on a computer. We also learned that […]

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Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) case study: Silver Linings Café

May 11th, 2021 by Tracey Mollins

Smoothing the transition to remote learning for literacy instructors When Ontario declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pivot to remote learning happened very quickly for literacy and basic skills (LBS) practitioners. In Toronto and York Region, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) partnered with AlphaPlus to provide these educators with […]

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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.

Results from our remote delivery survey now available

October 7th, 2020 by Christine Pinsent-Johnson

During the spring of 2020, all educational sectors, including Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), made the shift to remote learning. The LBS shift was managed primarily at a local level. Comprehensive training, widely accessible instructional design expertise, tech support and additional funding to purchase data and computers for learners was not available. Each program made […]

Our Annual Fall Technology Coaching Intake Is Underway!

September 8th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Since March of this year, LBS programs around the province have been innovating and reorganizing their program technology and tools as the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed. Many LBS programs continue to reflect on the changes the pandemic will place on how they do their work in the future. Our technology coaching services are here, as […]

Featured Tech – Microsoft Teams: Business vs. Education

 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Are you interested in using Microsoft Teams? Will you be using the Education edition available to schools and colleges or the Business edition? Which one is right for you, and what’s the difference, anyway? The Education edition is tailor-made for education settings and includes Classes and Class Teams as well as an additional notebook and […]

Initial Survey Results: COVID-19 Response Survey

 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

This spring, our sector made a sudden shift to communicating, working, and teaching online. As LBS programs made the transition to remote delivery, we realized this was an opportunity to learn more about how our sector was working and adapting to this unprecedented and unplanned change. What were their new priorities and how were those […]

Watch Us in a Town Hall Session With MPP Jill Andrew

August 12th, 2020 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

This August, Alan Cherwinski and Christine Pinsent-Johnson represented the AlphaPlus team during an adult literacy roundtable discussion with Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto–St. Paul’s. They were joined by Reb Chevalier of Parkdale Project Read and organizer Phylicia Davis-Wesseling, founder and program manager of the KGO Adult Literacy Program. Together, the group discussed how the COVID-19 […]

AlphaPlus survey on ONTARIO LBS remote learning

June 12th, 2020 by Alan Cherwinski

Attention: LBS Colleagues, AlphaPlus is conducting a short survey to learn more about the transition from predominantly in-person delivery to some form of remote delivery, including communication, instruction and new initiatives. Whether you are a program coordinator, instructor, practitioner or volunteer your input would be appreciated. To thank you for your participation you can enter […]

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