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Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day, a day to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people around the world. This year’s theme is “Play your part for a better internet”. To learn more about online safety for children and youth, visit The Door that’s not… Read more

Reading Aloud

We know that reading aloud to children from an early age is a good way to develop the foundation for reading skills. But, how do children feel about being read to at home? The latest edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report found that a large majority of American children enjoyed being read aloud… Read more

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Twitter

Following Dan’s Twitter webinar earlier this week, here’s some Twitter trivia – Learn more about Twitter in the second part of the Twitter webinar, next Tuesday. Click here to register. Just for teachers, here’s an alphabet of tips. Click the image to be taken to the full list.

Learner’s Licence Prep Kit

Are you helping someone get ready to take the driving licence test? You might want to try the Learner’s Licence Prep Kit. The kit contains 95 flash cards with questions on key topics for the BC driver’s licence test on one side and the answer on the opposite. To borrow a copy, email library@decoda.ca. And,… Read more

Cleaning your digital footprint

If you go online, you leave a digital footprint. Here are some tips from the Family Online Safety Institute for cleaning that footprint.

Language Learning for Health

If you are an ESL/LINC instructor and would like to include health topics in your teaching, Language Learning for Health is a series of resources, developed by Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa-Carleton School Board, which you can use. The most recent additions in this series focus on physical activity, dental health, and mental health…. Read more

FLIT – Families Learning and Interacting Together

As Family Literacy Week is coming to a close, here’s something new from the Centre for Family Literacy with more ideas for playing and learning together. Flit is an iOS app that helps families promote a healthy environment that fosters literacy by providing activities and tips for encouraging literacy in their children. Parents will find… Read more

Introduction to Love 2 Learn

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016: 12:00pm-1:00pm In this one-hour webinar, join literacy outreach coordinator and Love 2 Learn creator Joan Exley as she gives you a “sneak peek” of  Love 2 Learn, which includes a look at the program manual, song and rhyme sheets, “Ideas 2 Go,” and more. Love 2 Learn, which was recently featured… Read more

Data Privacy Day

How do you protect the privacy of your data? What are you doing to protect your privacy? 10 Tips for Protecting Personal Information  contains timely reminders from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Also newly published is a tool to help families develop house rules for online privacy. Click here for Do-it-yourself House… Read more

Family Literacy Videos

Adult literacy learners who are parents are both teachers and learners. The Toronto Public Library created a series of family literacy videos for parents who are working on their reading and writing skills, with tips on fun activities that will lay the foundation for reading for their children. Here’s the introductory video: Click here for… Read more