Tina Chau

Decoda’s Digital Badges

Today, learning happens in many different environments – formal and informal, online and offline. Every learner has a unique learning path, full of experiences that make them uniquely qualified. But how does one show a clear picture of their skills and experiences and make their abilities stand out from others? The answer is open digital… Read more

Picture Books for Toddlers – Electronic or Print?

New research from Canada examined whether reading a picture book in print or electronic format makes a difference to the language and reading behaviours of parents and toddlers. The results may surprise you. “In this study, we report differences in parent and child behavior and language when reading print versus electronic versions of the same… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading – Gail Hanney

This post was written by a ghostwriter – Gail’s dog, Stanley! In Nabakov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, Ben Blatt takes a statistical approach to analysing great works of literature by looking for common threads. Is Great Gatsby the greatest book ever written because F. Scott Fitzgerald used so few adverbs, a trait found in most classic and bestselling books? It’s a fun… Read more

GCFLearnFree.org – The Now

Do you want to learn more about new technology such as drones, facial recognition, 3D printing and GMO’s? Are you looking for a clear language explanation of fake news, trolling, and clickbait? What are chatbots, crowdfunding, and sponsored content? The Now is a section on the GCFLearnFree.org website with free, self-paced tutorials on all these… Read more

Brain Myths

Are these statements true or false? Some of us are ‘left-brained’ and some are ‘right-brained’. This affects how we learn. Brain development is complete by the time you reach puberty. Learning is due to the addition of new cells to the brain. A common sign of dyslexia is seeing letters backwards. Mental capacity is inherited… Read more

Reading Aloud to Older Kids

Reading aloud to children is an enjoyable activity that tends to decline as children learn to read independently. But, data from earlier this year (reported in the Kids & Family Reading Report Canadian Edition) shows that both older children (ages 6 – 11) and their parents like their read-aloud time. Why read aloud to older… Read more

Help My Kid Learn

Help My Kid Learn is a website where people can see that supporting a child’s literacy and numeracy development is a natural, easy and fun activity that can be integrated into any part of their day. Developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) in Ireland, it presents general information, fun activities and useful tips… Read more

Decoda’s Summer Reading – Aliza Dhungana

“No more classes, No more homework….. It’s summer! Lots of fun, lots of play, and Relax – Relax – Relax. Yay!!” My seven and half year old daughter Aadhya said this when I picked her up on her last day of school. I thought I seriously needed to plan some fun summer reading activities to… Read more

TechBoomers

Looking for help with using Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Netflix and more? TechBoomers is a site with free tutorials on using websites and apps as well as safety and security. The lessons are structured to introduce the basics in an accessible way. There are opportunities for libraries and nonprofits to partner with TechBoomers to use… Read more