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Make Better Slides

Do you use slides in your work?  What makes some slides so much better than others? Good design helps content be more effective. The following articles offer tips to make your slide shows better: 6 dos and don’ts for next-level slides, from a slide expert Let’s Make Better Slideshows Top Ten Slide Tips If you… Read more

The Knowledge Gap

Recently released, The Knowledge Gap:The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System – and How to Fix It makes the case for the importance of content knowledge for reading comprehension. Here’s an excerpt from this readable book: In another study, researchers read preschoolers from mixed socio-economic backgrounds a book about birds, a subject they had… Read more

New in the Decoda Library! October 2019

The Decoda Literacy Library continuously adds titles to the collection. Here’s a sample of the newest additions: There’s a list of all the newly added titles. The Decoda Library is open to all adults in BC. We will mail the loans to you for free. Register to borrow. To request any of the new titles,… Read more

Protect Yourself Online

It’s Week 3 of Cyber security Awareness Month, and this week’s theme is How to protect yourself online. Here are five simple but effective actions that you can take: More tips can be found in: Top 8 Things You Shouldn’t give Social Media Using Public Computers

Think Like a Coder

TED-Ed has launched a 10 part series, Think Like a Coder.  Solve a series of programming puzzles to help Ethic and Hedge, her robot companion, save the world. Here’s the first challenge, The Prison Break, and its accompanying lesson.

How to spot a misleading graph

We tend to trust graphs because they’re based on facts. But graphs can be manipulated in ways that distort the information. Learning to evaluate graphs is a media literacy skill. There’s a TED Ed lesson to accompany this video.

ABC Health Matters

October is Health Literacy Month! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health literacy as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.” It includes knowing how to describe symptoms, where to find help for health issues,… Read more

How Cyber Threats Affect You

It’s week two of Cyber Security Awareness Month and the theme is How Cyber Threats Affect You. In a digital world, many of us have had experience with cyber threats. Do any of these sound familiar? Learn more in these BC infosheets: Social Engineering Infosheet Fraud Identity Theft Infosheet Internet of Things Thought Paper Not… Read more

Break the Fake

Today is the start of Media Literacy Week. From October 7th to 11th, Canadians are invited to Break the Fake by stopping the spread of false information. MediaSmarts has brought back the house hippos for this campaign. How can you figure out what’s real and what’s fake? You can also get individual videos for each… Read more