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International Women’s Day – March 8th

International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a time to celebrate women’s social, economic and political achievements. It’s also a time to reflect on areas for further action. The theme for this year is Inspiring Change. Here is a sample of books in the library on women making achievements in literacy: Changing paths: a literacy and… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Job Success

New in the library! Job success. Gail Terp, editor. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2013. Written at a 4-6 grade reading level, this resource covers the skills and knowledge needed to help adult learners transition from school to work. Readings and activities cover topics such as workplace policies, conflict resolution, customer service, performance reviews, and… Read more

World Read Aloud Day

Today is World Read Aloud Day. In celebration of this day, here’s a video of author/illustrator Barbara Reid reading her book Perfect Snow. For more videos of authors reading from their books for World Read Aloud Day, visit the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Facebook page.

Tech Tuesday: YouTube

There are a lot of videos on YouTube and some of them, for example the Khan Academy videos, are useful for presentations and lessons. If you’re new to using YouTube, the YouTube Help Center is a good place to start. If you’ve found a number of videos on a topic that you’d like to keep… Read more

Sharing the Journey with Adult Indigenous Learners

Sharing the Journey with Adult Indigenous Learners: a teaching reading strategies guide by Patricia Pryce is a new resource from Bow Valley College. Designed for practitioners working with Aboriginal adult learners, this guide includes a summary of philosophies, principles and teaching/learning strategies that reflect Aboriginal perspectives on teaching and learning. To access this guide, click… Read more

Cell phones in learning

Do you use cell phones as a teaching tool? Read: Cell Phones in the Classrooms? Yes! Susan Gaer. Adult Basic Education & Literacy journal, Fall 2011, v. 5, iss. 3, p 176. In this article, the author describes how she use cell phones and suggests ways to engage students in using cell phones in adult… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Bullying and harassment

Since November 1, 2013, all employers in BC are legally required to take “all reasonable steps” to ensure that their workplace is free from bullying and harassment. The following video from WorkSafeBC outlines what is meant by bullying and harassment: WorkSafeBC has developed an online tool kit to help prevent and address workplace bullying and… Read more

Pink Shirt Day

Today is Pink Shirt Day, a day to wear pink as a symbol of taking a stand against bullying. Here are some online resources for young people on preventing bullying: ERASE bullying – ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect and Safe Education) is a British Columbia strategy addressing bullying and harmful behaviours. Written for youth, parents, and… Read more

Tech Tuesday: iPad pilot project

From April to November 2013, Literacy Victoria ran an iPad pilot project to evaluate tablet computers as effective educational tools for adult literacy learners. Seven learner-tutor pairs incorporated iPads into their sessions and provided feedback. “Tutors and learners who worked continually with the iPads over the project did see progress with literacy skills. Most tutors… Read more

Freedom to Read Week

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week. Starting yesterday and running through March 1st, this week celebrates freedom of expression and intellectual freedom in Canada. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their collections. The poster below shows 30 books that have been challenged. Do you… Read more