Technical Tips

Using Gmail - Lesson Plan (2012)

This is an outline for a three-hour lesson about using Gmail, the free email service provided by Google. The lesson covers creating a Gmail account; sending, receiving, replying to, and forwarding a message; creating a new contact and a contact list; and opening, saving, and sending an attachment.

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2012-12-14

Voices of Dyslexia, Tragedies and Triumphs (N.D.)

In this document, real people explain, in their own words, the barriers and prejudice they have faced because of dyslexia. The people include civil servants, a hairdresser, a scientist, a computer expert, and Canadian Football League Hall of Fame inductee Garney Henley.

The authors have also included advice for parents; tips for teachers; and suggestions for employers on working with someone who has dyslexia.

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2012-11-30

Specific Developmental Dyslexia (1998)

This document provides an introduction to the observable characteristics and neurological aspects of dyslexia. The author has included recommendations on screening for dyslexia; information for parents; suggestions for classroom teachers; and tips for dyslexic adults.

The author has also included a section on increasing awareness of “dyslexic talents” and the role they can play in the new knowledge-based economy.

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2012-11-14

Twitter for Teachers: How to Use Twitter to Grow Personally and Professionally (2012)

This manual accompanies a workshop or online webinar aimed at professional educators who want to learn how to use Twitter for professional development and personal growth. Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that allows users to send and read brief text-based messages.

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2012-10-03

Caring for Your Computer - Workbook (2011)

This workbook has been developed to accompany the lesson plan contained in “Caring for Your Computer,” published by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL).

It includes information on both physically cleaning computer hardware and protecting the computer against viruses and other threats.

The authors have also included a section on basic troubleshooting techniques and a glossary of relevant terms.

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2012-10-01

Caring for Your Computer - Lesson Plan (2011)

This document, revised in 2012, offers the outline for a three-hour lesson on caring for a computer. The learning objectives include keeping a computer physically clean and safe; maintaining the computer system and files; protecting the computer from threats; and using basic troubleshooting techniques.

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2012-09-20

How to Run an Essential Skills Competition: Helpful Tips and Activity Ideas (2012)

This guide explains how to run a competition that tests Essential Skills in a fun way. The information contained in the guide is based on a competition organized by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, in 2011.

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2012-09-14

Making Memory Stick: Memory & Learning with Seniors - Research findings of the Carnegie Learning Centre (2004)

This tip sheet accompanies a video about memory and what helps improve memory, particularly in seniors.

Memory is the ability to store, retain and recall experiences, and it can be short-term or long-term. As well, there are different types of memory. For example, semantic memory deals with non-personal, factual knowledge, while procedural memory retains learned actions like walking, swimming, or riding a bike.

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2012-09-13

Making Memory Stick: Research findings of the Carnegie Learning Centre – Digital story [Video – 9:46] (2011)

This video provides insight into how memory functions and how to improve memory, especially in seniors.

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2012-09-13

Using Facebook - Workbook (2012)

Published by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL), this workbook accompanies a lesson plan of the same name.

The authors begin by outlining the history of the social network Facebook. From there, they go on to discuss how to sign up for Facebook; finding and adding friends; how to share photos; protecting privacy on Facebook; and where to get help on Facebook.

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2012-09-11

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