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10 Handy Tips for Microsoft Word 2016

Do you use Microsoft Word 2016 to create and edit documents? Did you know that you can edit a PDF or dictate to type in Word 2016? Go to Dictate, edit PDFs, track changes – 10 handy tips for Microsoft Word for the other 8 video tips.

Five Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn

Understanding how the brain works can help you create effective learning experiences. For more details about these give facts, read The Science of Learning: 5 Things to Literally Keep in Mind.  

The Roots of Reading Videos

The Vancouver Public Library has created The Roots of Reading, a series of videos for parents and caregivers on early language and literacy development.  There’s an introductory video and then separate videos for talking, singing, playing, reading and writing. In addition, there are videos with songs, rhymes and quick crafts. Visit VPL’s The Roots of… Read more

Wet Book Rescue

Have you ever left a book out in the rain? Dropped a book in a puddle? Found out your book bag wasn’t waterproof? While it’s best to avoid mixing books and liquids, sometimes these things happen. Here’s how to rescue a book that has been water damaged.

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2018 – Nicole Davies

My childhood friend’s birthday is less than a week away. With 30+ years of friendship under our belts there are a lot of memories to choose from – sliding down laundry shoots, out of town volleyball tournaments, broken bones (me), fender benders (her) and so much laughter. We shared a penchant for storytelling and the… Read more

Drive Smart Refresher Test

In response to the record high car crashes in BC, ICBC has launched the online Drive Smart Refresher Test. This test quizzes drivers on different driving situations such as what to do when an ambulance with flashing lights approaches or what to do when a school bus stops with its red lights flashing. One goal… Read more

STEM Learning Environments

During the summer, there is a lot of out-of-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning happening. Yet many people don’t recognize libraries, museums, daycare, summer camps, gardens and homes as STEM learning environments. Crossing the Boundaries: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Bridging STEM Learning Environments makes the case for high quality… Read more

Beyond the 30 Million Word Gap

Have you heard of the 30 million word gap? Research in the 1980s by Hart and Risley found that children living in poverty heard 30 million fewer words by age 3, a difference which would have a lasting impact. This piece of research has been influential, often cited and used to inspire a large number… Read more

15 Science-Backed Memory Tips

Lots to remember? Try one (or more) of these tips. To learn more details, read 15 Science-Backed Memory Tips to Help You Succeed.

Decoda’s Summer Reading 2018 – Jacquie Taylor

The combination of a good book to enjoy along with a lovely outdoor spot to read makes summer reading special for me!  My favourite spot at home is on our shady back deck and this year I have a new hammock to try out at the campsites that we will visit during the summer.  I… Read more