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Workplace Wednesday: Essential Skills for the Knowledge Economy

Here’s a video clip that was shown at the LEGO Foundation IDEA conference earlier this month. It highlights the importance of the essential skills of thinking, working with others, and communication in the knowledge economy. Education Documentary Clip from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

Tech Tuesday: Impact of technology on reading

Digital text is becoming more popular. It’s still early days to know all the benefits and drawbacks of reading digital material. But, the conversation is interesting. Here are a few of the more recent ideas: The reading brain in the digital age: the science of paper versus screens (2013) – This article from Scientific American… Read more

Safety and Health at Work

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s theme is Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has produced a report reviewing the current situation regarding the use of chemicals and their impact in workplaces and the environment, including various national, regional, and… Read more

7 Things to Remember about Classroom Feedback

Feedback, both giving and receiving, is an important part of learning. Earlier this month, Edudemic shared ASCD’s 7 Things to Remember About Classroom Feedback: 1. Feedback is not advice, praise or evaluation. Feedback is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal. 2. If students know the classroom is a… Read more

Five Numbers to Remember about Early Childhood Development

Here are five numbers to remember about early childhood development from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University: Click here to discover what these numbers mean.

Preparing for the GED Test

New in the library! Writing for the GED Test is a new, 3 volume series covering the language and writing skills needed to develop constructed responses for the new GED test. Book 1 assesses students’ command of Standard English conventions, covers sentence skills such as fragments and run-ons, builds skills in pronoun usage, verb tenses… Read more

Canada Book Day

Today is Canada Book Day, a day to promote books and reading. Celebrate by reading a book, and encouraging someone to learn to read. For those new to helping adults learn to read, these books offer a very good introduction to teaching reading: Teaching beginning readers. Pat Campbell. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2010. This… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Math meets fashion

Math@Work is a web series from Scholastic that explores how math is used in different careers. The first set of videos, hosted by Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, looks at how math is used in the fashion industry and how math skills are important for designers. Here’s the introductory video: To see all the episodes, click… Read more

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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