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Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day! This year’s theme is “Together for a better internet”, with a focus on working together to create a better internet for everyone, especially young users. In Canada, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is highlighting Zoe & Molly Online, an interactive website designed for eight to ten year olds to… Read more

Math and Indigenous Basket Weaving

Students and alumni from Simon Fraser University’s mathematics department have created a new app that can teach math using basket weaving patterns of the Tla’amin Nation residing on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. Designed for students from grades 5-12, it has the two fold purpose of increasing awareness of traditional Coast Salish basket weaving practices… Read more

The Enchanted Hour

Just in time for World Read Aloud Day, the Decoda Library has added a copy of The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction to its collection. It’s an in-depth, readable exploration of the power of reading aloud – for all ages. For some hints about the book’s contents,… Read more

Reading Aloud

Today is the 10th anniversary of World Read Aloud Day! It’s a time to celebrate and advocate for literacy by reading aloud. This video from the Vancouver Public Library summarizes for parents the why and how of reading together. For more tips to boost your read aloud experience, read: Making the Most of Reading Aloud:… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – February 2019

The February edition of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It has articles about the Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, how to fold a paper heart, the last Indigenous family in Yuquot, and more… You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to… Read more

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day! It’s part of a campaign that promotes mental health awareness, acceptance and action. Did you know that one in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some time in their life? Stigma is still a large hurdle for anyone suffering from mental illness. It can prevent them from… Read more

List of Useful Apps

Are you looking for an app to support adult literacy and numeracy learning? The List of Useful Apps from AlphaPlus can help. This tool has comprehensive reviews of apps, including descriptions, the subject or topic covered, and how the app could be used to support adult learning. The list is being continuously developed and you… Read more

Data Privacy Day

Today is Data Privacy Day! It’s a day that highlights the impact of technology on privacy rights and emphasizes the need to protect personal information. This year, the Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada has designed a poster with tips on what you can do to understand your privacy rights. You can download your… Read more

Let’s Make It! with our Hands

This year’s Family Literacy Week theme is Let’s Make It!, emphasizing the power of learning by doing. Many types of making involve using your hands. For young children, there are milestones in the development of fine motor control and what they can do with their hands depends on their stage of development. Here is a… Read more

International Day of Education

Today is the UN’s first International Day of Education. It’s a time to celebrate the role of education in peace and development. This day is the occasion to reaffirm fundamental principles. Firstly, education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility. Secondly, education is the most powerful force in our hands to… Read more