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Tech Tuesday: Cyber-Seniors

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. Cyber-Seniors is a program that pairs teenage mentors with seniors who want to learn online computer skills. It started as a school community service project and has grown into a program with downloadable handbooks for participants and for teenage mentors as well as… Read more

The benefits of handwriting

With so much of today’s writing produced by typing on a keyboard, is it still important for children to learn to write by hand? Current research shows that handwriting has a place in supporting learning. This infographic is from the National Math + Science Initiative To learn more: Better learning through handwriting – from Science… Read more

Writing and the brain

How does writing affect the brain? Embedded from BestInfographics.co To learn more, click The Brain-based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning – Judy Willis, neurologist and teacher consultant, reviews the benefits of writing, particularly for logical functions. Here’s a sample of library resources to help learners with writing: Celebrating language with adult literacy… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Restaurants for beginners

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. New in the library! We saw this new Donna Bowler resource at the ELSA Net conference and bought a copy for the Decoda Library. Restaurants for Beginners. Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2013. Like other resources from this popular… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Your Financial Toolkit

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. Since this month is Financial Literacy Month, today’s featured resource is an online financial education tool. Your Financial Toolkit is an online course designed to make individuals more informed financial consumers. Developed by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, the Investor Education Fund,… Read more

Financial Literacy Month

November is Financial Literacy Month. Here are a few of our library resources on financial literacy. A Canadian’s Guide to Money-Smart Living Kelley Keehn. Toronto: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2012. Financial expert Kelley Keehn covers the basics of money management such as budgeting, financial conversations, mortgages, debt, and credit scores. She seeks to help… Read more

Financial Literacy Month contest

Are you between the ages of 13 and 19? Have you received (or given) a financial tip that helped you reach a goal? Do you have access to a video camera? If you can answer yes to these questions, you are eligible to enter a video contest to win an iPod Touch, an iPad, or… Read more

Financial Literacy Month

Today is the start of Financial Literacy Month. Just like other kinds of literacy, you can start early. Here’s a book in our library to help parents build financial literacy in their children: A parent’s guide to raising money-smart kids. Robin Taub. Toronto: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2011. Designed to help parents communicate with… Read more

Relationships and learning

The relationship between teachers and students has an impact on the learning that happens. Here are a few resources that talk about it. This TED talk by Rita Pierson on relationships in education talks about teaching school children, but much of what she says applies to any teaching situation. Kate Nonesuch shares her thoughts on… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Elevate Canada

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Essential Skills Ontario has announced a new workforce development demonstration project – Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing. It will test the effectiveness of integrating job-specific skills with literacy and essential skills in the food processing industry…. Read more