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Robo-readers and writing

Robo-readers are computers with programs that scan and evaluate student writing. Their use in assigning grades to student work is controversial – praised by some as individualized and efficient, criticized by others as unable to evaluate truth and creativity. Evidence shows that robo-readers can be effective basic writing tutors, providing non-judgmental feedback on writing drafts… Read more

Measuring health literacy

Can you measure health literacy? There are tests and tools, and here are three of them: The Newest Vital Sign (NVS) Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (TOFHLA) They all vary in what they measure and how long they take to administer. You can find brief… Read more

Bad grammar happens to good people

Any of these mistakes sound familiar? Visit the Decoda Library for resources to improve your grammar.

Investigate! Invent! Innovate!

Investigate! Invent! Innovate! is an integrated math, science and technology program for grades seven and eight students. The goals include fostering innovative thinking and making science learning fun. Students have the opportunity to apply learning in a creative, hands-on and relevant way. First, they identify a problem or opportunity in their daily lives and then… Read more

Literacy is Life

September is Literacy is Life month. Help us celebrate by raising funds and awareness in your community. We have a number of ways you can get involved. See what we have planned.Read more

What are you made of? – youth and trades

Industry Training Authority (ITA) has developed a tool to help youth explore work in the trades. What are you made of? is a website where you can choose up to 10 words that describe you. This produces three suggestions for trades that align with those characteristics. There are other trades to explore, too. For each… Read more

A Dr. Seuss inspired guide to Twitter

A Dr. Seuss-Inspired Guide to Twitter from Hootsuite Don’t forget to follow Decoda on Twitter.

Learning difficulties and instruction

CanLearn Society in Calgary specializes in services for those with learning disabilities and attention issues (AD/HD). They have developed the Take Ten Spotlight Series, a set of five 10 minute videos that model strategies that benefit all students, but are particularly effective as supports for students with learning disabilities. Each video explains a specific learning… Read more

Eton College Vancouver

Eton College strongly believes that no one should be left behind for lack of an opportunity for education. We are committed to a vision of healthy, happy and literate individuals who can contribute to the success of the communities that they live in. We thrive on instilling a passion for lifelong learning and are excited to work closely with… Read more

Family Literacy Tip Sheets

The Centre for Family Literacy in Alberta has produced some new Family Literacy Tip Sheets for parents: Literacy and Language Links Tips for Sharing Books Choosing Quality Children’s Books Books for Infants and Toddlers Books for Preschoolers Wordless Picture Books Books that are Reflective of Other Cultures An ABC for Parents For parents who want… Read more