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Essential Digital Skills

Defining Essential Digital Skills in the Canadian Workplace proposes a digital skills framework for Canadian workers that includes four skills clusters: foundational skills, transversal skills, technical digital skills and digital information processing skills. It recognizes that digital literacy involves both technical and cognitive skills.  This report also examines tools and procedures for assessing digital skills.

Thinkfinity changes

The Thinkfinity Literacy Network has been replaced by two websites – ProLiteracy Education Network (EduNet) and Wonderopolis.  EduNet offers most of the free online courses and resources for students, teachers, and organizations that were on Thinkfinity, except those for children and families.  Wonderopolis, developed by the National Center for Family Literacy, has resources for  families, caregivers,… Read more

What your teacher never told you

What your teacher never told you about managing your money is an informative and fun introductory ecourse on financial literacy.  Using the story of a cartoon couple, it covers practical basics for developing and improving money management skills.  This is from the financial literacy section of the ABC Life Literacy Canada website.

Reading comprehension

Here’s a YouTube video that shows why reading with comprehension needs more than strategies.

Digital Literacy Portal

Here’s something new for practitioners teaching digital literacy and computer skills.  In May 2011, the US government launched .  This website is a portal to resources on digital literacy topics.  Of particular interest are the “Learn the Basics” and “Educator Tools” sections – links to a variety of online tutorials and resources.

Check your digital footprint

What do people see when they Google search your name?  Are you concerned about Web privacy? Edublogger has posted A Complete Guide to web, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus Privacy and Security with  a handy checklist that outlines the process of checking your digital footprint (the record of where you’ve been and what you’ve done on the… Read more

Aboriginal Adult Literacy Assessment Tool

Newly developed by the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literacy Network, the Aboriginal Adult Literacy Assessment Tool is a culturally relevant assessment instrument that assesses workplace literacy skill development.  This website links to the pilot project summary, Saskatchewan results report, and a sample survey.

Social determinants of health

Social Determinants of Health: the Canadian facts looks at the living conditions that contribute to health status.  This report considers fourteen social determinants of health, why they are important, and what is being done in Canada to improve their quality.  Literacy is intertwined with many of those conditions. A New Way to Talk about the Social Determinants of… Read more

Everyday Life Tutorials

Everyday Life tutorials on the GCF LearnFree website are interactive lessons for everyday situations.  I like what the website says – “daily challenges without real world consequences”.  The lessons are practical and include things like using an ATM machine, reading a bus map, shopping from a grocery list, and completing a time sheet.  The lessons… Read more

Comprehension Strategies for Adult Readers

Introducing Comprehension Strategies to Adult Readers is a free online resource for instructors working with adult learners.  It presents strategies for helping learners improve reading comprehension.  The two comprehension strategies covered are coding text and question-answer relationship (QAR).  A four-stage process for teaching the strategies is outlined and helpful video clips illustrating the techniques in action… Read more