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Using the Web to Get Stuff Done

Want to teach someone how to: Shop online? Find recipes online? Stream internet video to their TV? GCF Learn Free has free lessons in their Using the Web to Get Stuff Done tutorial that cover these topics and more.  It includes lessons on buying and selling things online, doing online research, online media, and more… Read more

Loose Parts

Loose parts are open-ended play materials that spark imagination and invention. They invite creativity. They support learning. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set… Read more

Five Comma Types

This entertaining animated video makes the point that commas help us understand the meaning of sentences.

A Guidebook for Place-Based Approaches to Literacy and Essential Skills Development

A Guidebook for Place-Based Approaches to Literacy and Essential Skills Development Authors: Maureen Kehler and Leona Gadsby Date: 2016 This guidebook is the result of the Strengthening Rural Canada-Renforcer les communautés rurales du Canada Project. The project was a comprehensive study about the human and social capital of rural, small town and remote communities in… Read more

Strengthening Rural Canada: Why Place Matters in Rural Communities

Strengthening Rural Canada: Why Place Matters in Rural Communities Authors: Leona Gadsby and Ron Samson Date: 2016 This report documents phase two of a research project about developing literacy and essential skills (LES) as part of the solution to supporting growth and sustainability for rural communities. The project takes a place-based approach and engages six… Read more

Strengthening Rural Canada: Fewer and Older: Population and Demographic Challenges Across Canada

Strengthening Rural Canada: Fewer & Older: Population and Demographic Challenges Across Rural Canada: A Pan-Canadian Report Author: Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami on behalf of Essential Skills Ontario, Decoda Literacy Solutions, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, and RESDAC. Date: 2015 Strengthening Rural Canada was a pan-Canadian initiative examining how demographic changes have impacted rural… Read more

Why you should love statistics

How accurate is your intuition? In this engaging TED talk, Alan Smith, a data visualization expert, shows how statistics can give us a reality check. And, he also demonstrates visually interesting ways of working with statistics.

Teaching Digital Problem Solving

Using the PIAAC Framework for Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments to Guide Instruction: An Introduction for Adult Educators is a new resource for adult education and literacy practitioners who are ready to teach digital problem solving. It adds the effective use of technology to instruction about hardware and software. This guide can be used when… Read more

International Day of Families

Today is International Day of Families. The focus this year is on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being. In particular it is a time to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.

Evaluating Children’s Digital Media

There are plenty of criteria for evaluating children’s books, and now there’s a checklist for evaluating digital media for children. The KIDMAP Checklist is designed to help reviewers, educators, librarians, and caregivers find and create digital media that is high quality and relevant to families with a variety of experiences.  The focus is on finding… Read more