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North American Occupational Safety and Health Week 2013

This week, May 5th to 11th, is North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH). The goal is to highlight the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. Literacy and essential skills are important factors in workplace safety and health. What you don’t know can hurt you… Read more

Children and nature

Have you heard of Nature Deficit Disorder? Originally coined by Richard Louv in 2005, this term describes how the lack of contact with nature has detrimental consequences for healthy growth and development. To learn more about Nature Deficit Disorder and how to prevent it – Read: Discovering nature with children. Ingrid Chalufour and Karen Worth…. Read more

Twitter for teachers

Have you used Twitter? Do you know how it can be used in education? Here are a few of the resources that can introduce you to Twitter and help you explore how to use it in teaching. Read: Cool tech tools for lower tech teachers: 20 tactics for every classroom. William N. Bender & Laura… Read more

Learning math online

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Workplace Education Manitoba is developing internet-based Learning On Demand tutorials for self-directed learning of essential skills. There’s a section for practitioners and a section for learners. Today’s resource is their first in the series for learners – Numeracy: The… Read more

Tech Tuesday bonus: Privacy Awareness Week

April 28 to May 4, 2013 is Privacy Awareness Week, an initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities. As their infographic says, technology is changing and so are the privacy risks. There’s an interactive, user-friendly online tool to help you determine your risk of identity theft. It’s quick, easy and informative.

20 Essential Technology Terms for Teachers

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. Technology changes quickly and there’s a special vocabulary attached to it. Ever wonder what some of the terms mean? Ever get stuck explaining some of those terms to others? Today’s resource is 20 Essential Technology Terms for Teachers. This concise online glossary covers… Read more

Outdoor play

As the weather warms up (we’ve had the official first day of Spring), we can look forward to spending more time outdoors. Did you know that outdoor play does more than help children be active? It boosts brain development, builds connections with nature, inspires a sense of inquiry, fosters emotional well-being, and strengthens social bonds,… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Everything Present in the Seed

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Today’s new resource (just published) is Everything Present in the Seed: community leadership training . By Lucy Alderson and Kathy Coyne. North Vancouver, BC: Capilano University, Department of Community Development and Outreadh, 2013. Like the name suggests, Everything Present… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Digital Technology ‘How-to’ Sheets

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. Today’s feature is the Digital Technology ‘How-To’ Sheets created by Literacy Link Eastern Ontario. Developed in 2012, this online document looks at digital technology as a skill that extends beyond computers, to include cell phones, digital cameras and automated bank machines. It contains… Read more

National Volunteer Week: April 21 – 27, 2013

This week is National Volunteer Week in Canada. It’s a time to pay tribute to the many volunteers who contribute to their community by donating their time, talent, and passion. Looking for ideas on working with volunteers? Try Working with Volunteers: 25 ideas for good practice. It’s written for literacy organizations and literacy programs, and… Read more