technology

Digital Learning Day

Today is Digital Learning Day! Celebrated since 2012, this day was developed to share innovative practices around using technology in the classroom. For stories of impact, visit Success Stories Across the U.S. Here’s a recent one.

Family Creative Learning

Family Creative Learning is a workshop series that engages children and their parents to learn together, using creative technologies. The workshops are designed to build on families’ relationships and cultural backgrounds and to strengthen their social support and skill around computing. Family Creative Learning from Creative Communities Group on Vimeo. Children and their parents engage… Read more

Exploring STEM through Play

Looking for STEM activities for young children? There’s help available in the Decoda Library. Here’s a sample of what you can borrow: To borrow these titles or get more suggestions (there’s lots more available!), email library@decoda.ca. This library service is available to all adults in BC.

Technology Safety and Privacy Toolkit

This week is Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in BC. Technology can be used to keep women and children safe and misused to commit crimes of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, impersonation and harassment. The BC Society of Transition Houses has recently released A Guide for Canadian Women Experiencing Technology-facilitated Violence: Strategies for Enhancing… Read more

STEAM Fun

During Spring Break, there might be time to have fun with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activity or two. Here are six places to browse for some ideas: 37 Classic Science Experiments for Kids from Red Tricycle Elementary Activities from Tinkerlab Hour of Code Activities learnXdesign Online Science Resources from Science World… Read more

Building Consentful Tech

Your digital body is composed of the personal data, digital identity and online interactions. Do you know how that information is being used? Have you agreed to those uses? Can you remove your data? Consentful technologies are applications and spaces in which consent underlies all aspects, from the way they are developed, to how data… Read more

Children and Technology

What is the impact of technology on children? The two part blog series from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, What Does the Research Say About Tech and Kids’ Learning? Part 1 and Part 2, covers many of the issues and current understandings surrounding children’s use of technology, the positive and the negative. Research into how… Read more

Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader is a free tool from Microsoft that can help improve readability of text.  Designed to improve accessibility for student with dyslexia and dysgraphia in classrooms, it can also support anyone who would benefit from hearing text, having parts of speech highlighted,  and/or changing font or size of text. Below is a brief introduction… Read more

Rewordify

Rewordify is free online software that simplifies difficult English text by rephrasing it to improve comprehension. It provides definitions and has an audio component to promote better vocabulary. And, it does all of this quickly. For teachers, there is a feature to create learning activities. Here’s what Richard Byrne from Free Technology for Teachers has… Read more