Resources for the Classroom
This section includes resources (lesson plans, curriculum, online activities, readings, videos, podcasts, etc.) to use in class.
This website has free workbooks for helping people learn more about using the Internet and staying safe online. Workbooks with online activities and scenarios are available in PDF form on the following topics:
- Internet matters
- Getting around with Google Maps
- Creating strong passwords
- Staying safe online with secure websites
- Resources for learning from home
ABC Life Literacy Canada. (2021). ABC internet matters. https://abclifeliteracy.ca/all-programs/internet-matters/
Avenue is an IRCC-funded “enhanced learning technology solution” to support PBLA-based settlement language training. It includes a Moodle LMS, an electronic learning portfolio in Moodle, attendance tracking, a single sign-in to both EduLINC and Tutela, and a virtual space to share learning objects and curriculum aligned to the CLB.
This links to a free course that introduces distance learning. There are 10 units, each of which includes 5 sessions, one of which is focused on digital literacy. The digital literacy sessions include a series of short videos with transcripts and practice activities.
BBC. (n.d.). Go the distance. LearningEnglish. https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/gothedistance
This links to a printable document from the Canadian Bankers Association designed to help individuals recognize and protect themselves from common scams, including email fraud, phishing, phone scams, and SIM swapping scams.
Canadian Bankers Association. (2021). Cyber security toolkit. https://cba.ca/cyber-security-toolkit
This link includes downloadable quick reference guides for Google Classroom, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, Word, PowerPoint, Zoom, and much more.
Custom Guide. (2020). Quick reference guides. https://www.customguide.com/quick-reference
This video walks learners through how to use ChatGPT to support language learning. The teacher speaks quite slowly and instructions are very clear and accessible for second language learners.
EngVid (2023). How to use ChatGPT to learn a language. https://www.engvid.com/how-to-use-chatgpt-to-learn-a-language/
The link takes you to a very broad range of tutorials related to the following:
- Office and Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PPT, and much more)
- Email (email basics, Gmail)
- Internet (Chrome, Firefox, Internet tips, searches, Etsy, Dropbox, and more)
- Computers (basics, mouse tutorial, typing tutorial, and more)
- Online safety
- and much more.
For a full listing of their topics, see this link: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/topics/
GCF Global (2020). Technology. https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/subjects/tech/
The link contains a curriculum designed to teach learners digital skills. It also has teachers' notes and classroom activities, which are valuable resources for both teachers and learners. Each resource is arranged by unit and is downloadable.
Lehane, S. (2016, January 28). Computer skills curriculum for adult learners. OER Commons Educational Resource. https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/11481-computer-skills-curriculum-for-adult-learners/1/view
This website includes worksheets and online exercises for ESL. Items are organized according to theme and grammar topics. Teachers can combine worksheets into “interactive workbooks”; they can also create their own interactive worksheets by uploading Word/PDF documents, drawing boxes, and entering right answers. Students can send their answers to their teacher, and/or teachers can register students and check their progress. Some of these worksheets include an embed code.
Liveworksheets. (n.d.). English as a second language (ESL) worksheets and online exercises. https://www.liveworksheets.com/worksheets/en/English_as_a_Second_Language_(ESL)
This online course helps learners develop the competence and knowledge to access online courses as well as to use technology effectively and critically. It includes learning activities, videos, and quizzes related to the following topics: Digital citizenship, Netiquette, Digital rights and responsibilities, Digital privacy and security, Time management, Online learning strategies, Digital collaboration and communication, Using online information, and Digital fluency. The online course can be accessed from this website. SCORM files can also be downloaded and embedded into your online course.
NorQuest College. (2021). Digital literacy. https://www.norquest.ca/resources-services/resources/educational-resources-for-educators/digital-literacy.aspx
This is a 3-module course designed to help newcomers to Canada manage digital disinformation and online scams and threats. The materials are designed for CLB 4+ learners. The instructor manual includes sample PBLA tasks to use in LINC classes as well as sample language extension activities. Learners can access the course through the link above, or SCORM packages can be downloaded and uploaded into an LMS such as Moodle.
NorQuest College (2021). Websafe. https://www.norquest.ca/research-innovation/research/research-projects-at-norquest/websafe.aspx
The website includes three videos related to online learning:
- How to Communicate Online
- Online Classroom Etiquette
- Tips for Being a Successful Online Student
NorQuest College Library. (2021). Online learning and digital literacy. https://libguides.norquest.ca/onlinelearning
This includes videos, useful resources, vocabulary, and a knowledge check quiz on how to identify and avoid common scams and frauds.
Settlement Calgary.com. (2020). How to identify and avoid scams and fraud [Video]. https://settlementcalgary.com/how-to/watch-how-to-videos/how-to-identify-and-avoid-fraud-and-scam/
The website includes classroom resources for teaching digital literacy and teaching online. You will need to sign into Tutela.
- For H5P activities that you can upload into your LMS, go to the Collection tab, and select H5P Resources for Blended and Online Learning.
- For SCORM activities that you can upload into your course, go to the Resources tab and select SCORM Resources.
- For Digital Literacy instruction, go to the Collection tab, and select Digital Literacy Tools.
Tutela. (2021). https://tutela.ca/PublicHomePage