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Grammar Snacks

The British Council’s Learn English Teens website has a section that offers Grammar Snacks, grammar practice in ‘snack-size bites’. For each lesson (snack), there is a video showing the grammar being used in conversation, an explanation, and interactive exercises.

Workplace Wednesday: Retail sector case study

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. The following video showcases a workplace literacy and numeracy program in the retail sector in New Zealand. The impacts and benefits of the program are briefly described in this video.

Tech Tuesday: Computers helping people with learning disabilities

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. This video shows some of the ways computer-based tools and other technology-related products can assist people with learning disabilities.

Sir Ken Robinson – How to Find Your Element

RSA Shorts are short videos that present a “snapshot” of a big idea. Combining audio and animation, these videos are intended as a jolt of ‘mental espresso’ to inform and inspire. Here’s a recently published RSA Short by Sir Ken Robinson on How to find your element. He makes the case for developing education, organizations,… Read more

Investing in Early Childhood Education

Last year, Craig Alexander and Dina Ignjatovic of the TD Bank issued a special report – Early Childhood Education has Widespread and Long Lasting Benefits. It is a literature review of the benefits and costs of high quality early childhood programs. “Not only do high-quality early childhood education programs benefit children, they also have positive… Read more

Write Forward

Write Forward is a writing assessment project being conducted by Bow Valley College. It will result in a tool that is a series of easy-to-use, informal assessments to help adult learners improve their writing skills. The project’s website contains information on writing and writing assessment. Recent postings include “Authorcentric” tools for writing, holistic writing assessment,… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Pitch Perfect

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Pitch Perfect: Engaging employers in the essential skills dialogue is based on a webinar hosted by OLES in February of this year. The webinar includes introductory information on Essential Skills and related labour market challenges and opportunities, by Carla… Read more

Tech Tuesday: ConnectEd Technology ToolKit

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. ConnectEd Technology Toolkit was developed by World Education to help teachers who are new to integrating technology into teaching and learning. The kit contains a multimedia tutorial, tools, project-based activities, training materials, and additional resources. The modules in the tutorial are: 1: Introduction… Read more

Modern Lessons

Modern Lessons offers free online learning of ‘real world’ skills. Their current catalogue specializes in mini-courses for teachers, those new to technology, business owners, and startups. Lessons are combined with official guides from outside sources to create courses. There are classes on technology in the classroom, personal branding, social media, small business tools, software guides,… Read more

Science fun

The summer can be a good time to try a few science experiments. (I remember a rather spectacular homemade volcano that would have been better as an outdoor project!) There are science experiments for children of all ages. And, they don’t require advanced science knowledge or special equipment. Read: Where does my shadow sleep? A… Read more