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IPlainDay 2015 Tweet-Up

October 13th is International Plain Language Day. If you’d like to learn more about using plain language in business communication, you can join a Twitter chat co-hosted Kate Harrison Whiteside and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Toronto Canada Chapter on October 13th from 9 to 10 a.m. in BC. Twitter #talkplain2015. On #IPlainDay… Read more

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th every year to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. This year’s theme is Dignity in Mental Health, with a focus on what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can live with dignity through human rights oriented policy and… Read more

Library Holiday

Due to staff holidays, the Decoda Library will be closed from today until Monday, October 19th. Library users can continue to send in requests, either through the online library catalogue or by email, and the materials will be sent on or after October 19th.

A3 and the Employment Path

Looking for a resource to help learners use online videos or podcasts? A3 and the Employment Path, from Project READ Literacy Network Waterloo-Wellington, is a curriculum designed to teach the skills for extracting information from films, broadcasts and presentations. In 12 field-tested units, it covers more than how to view an online video or listen… Read more

Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Lots of us use public Wi-Fi. This video offers tips for staying safe on public Wi-Fi. Take time this month to review your online safety practices. Do you … Protect your identity Turn on your firewall Use anti-virus software Block spyware attacks Install the latest operating system updates Back… Read more

World Teachers’ Day

Today is World Teachers’ Day! It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals; they are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics.

Libraries Inspire Literacy – an invitation

It’s BC Library Month! This year’s theme is Libraries Inspire. Traditionally, libraries have played a strong role in the literacy of their communities. Decoda Literacy Solutions is celebrating the many ways Libraries Inspire Literacy. All BC literacy practitioners and libraries are invited to contribute to a Facebook photo album showcasing the literacy work happening now… Read more

Lots of Recipes for Fun

Want to stir up some family fun? Fizzy paint? Clean mud? Colour surprise play dough? The NWT Literacy Council has recently published 25 More Recipes for Fun!, a book with tried and true instructions for making play materials at home. There are recipes here to fuel a lot of creative activities. For even more ideas,… Read more

Dyscalculia Resources

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month! Dyscalculia includes a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math. Here’s a TED Talk where Line Rothmann describes how dyscalculia affects her and some of the coping strategies she uses. For a good introduction to dyscalculia, read Dyscalculia: Action Plans for Successful Learning in Mathematics and/or watch Dyscalculia:… Read more

Early Lessons Lead to Lifelong Skills

The following story was first posted on Bosa Property Foundation’s blog. It has been reprinted here with permission. We asked our own David Basche of Bosa Properties about what life was like coming from a new country, and the literacy skills he needed to succeed in his career. David currently works in the acquisitions group… Read more