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Tech Tuesday: Digital Spring Cleaning

Do you have digital clutter? You’re not alone. Last week, AlphaPlus posted a reminder that it’s a good time to do some digital spring cleaning. Activities can include: Examining the programs on your computer: updating the ones you use, deleting the ones you don’t use Sorting files on your computer’s hard drive Cleaning up email… Read more

Coming to a library near you?

The Chicago Public Library has something new to borrow – robots. Donated to the library by Google Chicago, Finch Robots are designed to teach the basics of computer coding. They can be coded to move, make noises, light up and even draw. Library borrowers can hook the robots up to their home computer or laptop… Read more

Children, Teens and Reading – a new report

Earlier this month, Common Sense Media released Children, Teens, and Reading, a research review on reading rates and reading achievement of children and teens in the United States. Using data from national surveys and databases on children’s reading habits and reading scores, it looks at trends over time and differences between demographic groups. It includes… Read more

Project Based Learning

This video was commissioned by the Buck Institute for Education. The essential elements of Project Based Learning can be found on their website. To learn more about project based learning and 21st century skills, email library@decoda.ca.

Workplace Wednesday: Make Math Work

Why is math needed for entry level jobs? To help answer this question, Ningwakwe Learning Press has published ten booklets with an accompanying teacher’s guide. Make Math Work: preparing Indigenous students for apprenticeship and employment, by Robert Animikii Horton and Miranda Miller, is a new series exploring math that is needed at work. Each booklet… Read more

Tech Tuesday: The New Smoke Signals

New from Ningwakwe Learning Press! The new smoke signals: communicating in a digital world. Rachel Mishenene. Southampton, Ont.: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2014. The Internet and social media are a significant part of the day-to-day lives of many First Nation, Inuit and Métis people. This book is designed to help increase understanding of social media and… Read more

Read to Me! – Reading E-Tips

Read to Me!, a hospital-based program that promotes early experiences with books and reading for babies in Nova Scotia, has created a series of free tip sheets for reading with babies in the first year. They are designed to be introduced every three months, and the suggestions and book recommendations are customized to the baby’s… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Workplace Literacy Guide

Would your literacy organization like to help employers prepare their employees to be more effective at work? Are you interested in starting workplace literacy programs in local businesses? The newly published Workplace Literacy Guide, developed by ProLiteracy with funding from Pitney Bowes, is a resource to help organizations explore the practices and procedures for setting… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Words2Learn Mobile Learning Project

Managed and led by World Education, the Words2Learn Mobile Learning Project studied the use of a mobile app to accelerate the learning of academic and health career related vocabulary for adults preparing to enter postsecondary training. It used a flipped classroom approach, where students learned content through the app outside of class time, and class… Read more

Books about animals

Do you have a learner who would be interested in reading about animals? The library has 3 new titles from the American Museum of Natural History that contain high quality colour photos and interesting, readable text. Designed for beginning readers, you might want to borrow: Strangest animals. Thea Feldman. New York: Sterling Children’s Books, 2013…. Read more