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Tech Tuesday: Math online

Online math videos, lessons and exercises can supplement in person teaching. Here are some sites for basic math tutorials and exercises: GCF Learn Free: Math – Using images and interactives, and designed like a math workbook, these lessons have practice embedded in them. Khan Academy: Math – Hundreds of instructional math videos including basic arithmetic…. Read more

Teaching math basics

Are you new to teaching math to adults? Here’s a good starting place: Changing the way we teach math: a manual for teaching basic math to adults. Kate Nonesuch. Duncan, BC: Malaspina University College, 2006. Also available online en.copian.ca/library/learning/mathman/mathman.pdf This manual sets out some best practices from the literature of teaching math to adults, then… Read more

Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery

Mathematics, Magic and Mystery is the theme for this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month. Every day this month a new topic is introduced with a short video where you can see a mysterious or magical effect. This is followed by activities that explain the underlying mathematics. Here’s a sample from April 4th: And, here’s the secret… Read more

Nursery Rhymes

Rhymers will be readers: it’s that simple. Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight. ~ Mem Fox, Reading Magic, p. 89 How do nursery rhymes help children… Read more

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The NWT Literacy Council has created three resources for using poetry with adult learners – Poetry for Northern Learners. Each unit contains four lessons each centred on one poem. These resources were developed to give instructors suggestions for ways to bridge learners’ worlds with the world or poetry and to… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: National Volunteer Week

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week this week! The Decoda staff team would like to thank the many volunteers who contribute to improving literacy in British Columbia. Because of you, peoples’ lives are changed. Many, many hours are volunteered to advance literacy for individuals and for communities. Tutoring learners, participating in non-profit boards, meeting in task… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Mobile and Social Fundraising

New in the library! Mobile for good: a how-to fundraising guide for nonprofits. Heather Mansfield. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. This book outlines the process and best practices for creating and maintaining a mobile and social fundraising strategy. It includes specific advice for best practice in using Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram… Read more

Diabetes Essential Skills Kit

Literacy is an important factor in being able to manage personal health. Created by Project Read, the Diabetes Essential Skills Kit (DESK) is designed to help health practitioners and literacy practitioners work together with patients and learners to develop skills to help them manage pre-diabetes and diabetes. The kit consists of two online resources: Diabetes… Read more

IPALS – Adult Learning in Family Literacy

While many adult learners return to learning because they want a job or a better job, there are also many who are motivated to learn new skills to benefit their children. And, family literacy programs are one way that parents can build the skills they need to support their child’s development. A good example is… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Embedding Literacy & Essential Skills

The Embedding Literacy & Essential Skills in the Workplace project investigated strategies for developing sustainable practical workplace literacy initiatives embedded into work environments. The goal of this BC project was to make literacy and essential skills a part of the workplace, not a separate training session or one-time event. At the heart of this idea… Read more