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Tech Tuesday: Everyday Life

One section of the GCF Learn Free website contains interactive lessons from the Everyday Life Project . These lessons provide opportunities to experience using skills in real-life situations without real-world consequences. Designed for adult learners, there are lessons for getting around town, food and cooking, health and safety, money, and work skills. These lessons can… Read more

Earth Day 2014

Today is Earth Day, and this year’s theme is ‘Make it count for Earth Day’, daily activities that support the environment. The focus is on four action items: Eat, Grow, Transform, Share. This time of year many people are turning their minds to planning gardens and growing plants outdoors. The NWT Literacy Council recently described… Read more

Early math

Math is everywhere and development of math concepts starts early. To learn more about supporting math skills development in children – Read: Family math fun! Kate Nonesuch. Duncan, BC: Vancouver Island University, 2008. Also available online at This is a manual of family numeracy activities. Spirit, heart, body and mind are all connected in… Read more

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 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