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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

Family literacy and health

The Centre for Family Literacy in Alberta has developed a booklet of activities to help young children (and parents!) prepare for visits to the doctor, dentist, health care centre, hospital and eye doctor. Family Literacy and Health! contains activities to do and books to read to help get ready for each of those situations, and… Read more

Clear language and health literacy

We all need information to make decisions about our health. But, a lot of health information isn’t easy to understand. Plain language and clear design make health information more accessible. The Plainer Language series on mental health from Here to Help is a good example. These booklets are written in plain, clear language to help… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Safety and young workers

Every day in BC an average of 28 workers under the age of 25 are hurt at work. Each week 41 young workers sustain serious, life-altering injuries. (WorkSafeBC). WorkSafeBC has a variety of online resources for young workers, employers, unions, educators, parents and youth community groups in their Safety at Work Centre. This is a… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Media and health

Technology has led to some remarkable discoveries and advances in health care. On the flip side, it also can influence your health decisions in a negative way. Take a Closer Look: Media and Health is a video from Healthy Families BC that helps teens examine how media can influence their health decisions. To paraphrase the… Read more