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What we know about the brain

Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina. Seattle, Wash.: Pear Press, 2009. This book presents information on what is known about how our brains work in twelve ‘rules’. In addition to the book, there is a website that includes videos (“because vision trumps all other senses”) and interactive tutorials (“repeat to remember”).   Here’s the short… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: LES tools for employment counsellors

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. The SCALES project, conducted by CONNECT Strategic Alliances and funded by HRSDC, has created a tool kit for career practitioners to integrate Literacy and Essential Skills into their practice. The tools are free to download, and include tools to… Read more

Tech Tuesday: What happens online in 60 seconds?

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. Here’s a recent inforgraphic from Qmee that shows what happens online in 60 seconds. Online in 60 Seconds [Infographic] is an infographic that was produced by Qmee

Decoda Library news

After a 3 week holiday, the Decoda library is back in operation. Please email for assistance in finding resources (print, online, audiovisual) and, of course, to borrow resources.

Digital fun for creative kids

Commonsense Media has created Digital fun for creative kids, a guide to kids’ apps, digital games, and websites that help build creativity. The digital tools are organized into the following categories: crating and creating art, storytelling, coding, creating media, and building. Each category has reviewed items organized by age group: 2 – 6, 7 –… Read more

New edition: Planning instruction for adult learners

New in the library! Planning instruction for adult learners. 3rd ed. Patricia Cranton. Toronto: Wall & Emerson, 2012. This book presents a practical procedure for planning instruction for adult learners, including characteristics of adult learners, formulating realistic goals and objectives, sequencing topics, selecting instructional strategies, and selecting instructional materials. Also looks at the challenges of… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Learn the Workplace

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Learn the Workplace: Canadian culture at work is an online resource for helping foreign-trained workers understand the Canadian workplace. Designed by The Centre for Education and Work, it allows immigrant workers to prepare for the unwritten expectations in Canadian… Read more

Tech Tuesday: iPads in the literacy classroom

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. Tablets and apps are popular and user friendly. And, they’re everywhere. They’re used at work, for recreation, and in the classroom. AlphaPlus has developed a resource on the use of iPads and apps in the literacy classroom: Is there an App for that?… Read more

TED Talks Education

Ted Talks Education was a collaboration between TED, PBS, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This one-hour show featured a series of short, high-impact talks on teaching and learning from teachers and education advocates. Aired on May 7, 2013, it is also available online. Here’s a sample from the show. Watch TED Talks Education on… Read more

Outdoor play ideas

Want more ideas for outdoor play? Play Outside has a database of outdoor play ideas collected from around the Internet by Jenny Kable, an early childhood educator and mother in Australia. Each image on the opening page of this website links to a blog post that contains ideas on a theme.