Educational technology

The rural-urban gap in education (2006)

Lessons in Learning - March 1, 2006

The authors note that students in rural Canada are falling being their urban counterparts, both in test scores and in level of education attained. Evidence suggests that school conditions and economic conditions combine to discourage rural students from achieving their educational potential.

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2011-05-27

Free Assistive Technology for People with Learning Disabilities (2009)

This booklet summarizes information presented at a workshop sponsored by the Centre for Literacy of Quebec in 2009.

The authors say that while assistive technology can be expensive, many companies make some of their software available free of charge, though they urge everyone to read user agreements very carefully.

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2011-04-01

Using Technology in the Classroom: A Great Way to Engage and Inspire Learners (2011)

This resource is aimed at educators who may feel intimidated by the use of technology in the classroom and may fear that it will harm traditional literacy and social relations.

The authors explain how technology has given rise to “new literacies” that coexist with traditional ones. They present a list of ideas for using technology in the classroom; offer tips on Internet safety; and provide definitions for terms like wiki and blog.

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2011-02-04

Global Trends in Language Learning in the 21st Century (2010)

The author has analysed recent research in order to identify current and emerging trends in language education and has concluded that the focus on language education in the twenty-first century is no longer on grammar, memorization and learning from rote, but rather using language and cultural knowledge as a means to communicate and connect to others around the globe.

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2011-01-18

State of E-learning in Canada (2009)

The authors of this report say that Canada, because of its strong telecommunications infrastructure and widespread access to the Internet, is well positioned to reap the benefits of e-learning. However, despite this strong foundation, Canada is starting to slip behind several other countries in this sector.

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2010-06-30

Evaluation of a Videoconferencing Pilot Project: Training for Volunteer Literacy Tutors for speakers of English as an Additional Language (EAL) (2010)

An iCCAN Pilot Project in Collaboration with the Rural Routes Initiative - Final Report

This report provides an overview of a literacy tutor-training pilot project delivered via videoconferencing through the iCCAN project, a not-for-profit provincial network of videoconferencing sites. The project was undertaken in association with the Rural Routes Initiative at Alberta’s Norquest College.

In the project, two groups each received two sessions, each two hours in length, of videoconferencing professional development.

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2010-02-26

Reframing Literacy and Training Support in the NWT Using New Technologies - Research report (2009)

Family and community literacy providers in the Northwest Territories face particular challenges when it comes to ongoing training and support, as their geographic isolation makes face-to-face training very costly.

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2009-12-30

Guide to Blended Learning (2004)

This book is a guide to developing and using a blended approach to learning. Blended learning combines the best features of face-to-face sessions with the flexibility of e-learning. This guide demonstrates how learners can blend the best resources, technology, and practices from the e-learning world into their particular settings.

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2008-10-23

Case Studies of Internet Use in Alberta Schools: a Summary Report (1997)

A case study approach was used to collect data on how Alberta schools were currently using the Internet and how teachers were learning to use it, as well as data on the perceptions of educators and parents of its value as an educational tool.

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2004-11-16

Lectra (1999)

This shareware review from CONNECT describes Lectra.

This shareware provides exercises for learners to practise reading skills based on text generated by learners themselves or by instructors.

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2003-12-01

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