Volume #2 Issue #6, JANUARY / FEBRUARY 1999
New Web Sites. Offer Literacy Practitioners Many Resources
John Manely, MP for Ottawa-South and Minister of Industry canada, was
guest of honour at the official launch of a new literacy web site.
OTTAWA-John Manley, MP for Ottawa-South and Minister of Industry Canada, was guest of honour recently at the launch of two Web sites developed by at-risk youth at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). This pilot project, a partnership between the Rideau Street Youth Enterprises, the OCDSB, SchoolNet Digital Collections program and the National Literacy Secretariat is designed to help at-risk youth develop information technology and literacy skills. The youth were hired to develop and digitize material suitable for use by teachers and students in adult literacy and ESL programs.
The Literacy Curriculum and Activities Web Site contains over 200 exercises in Adult Literacy and ESL. It is designed as a resource for teachers to print many of the exercises from the Web and to photocopy them for use in their programs. The site, at http://www.schoolnet.ca/collections/E/index.htm, also contains nearly 75 interactive exercises which students can do online.
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The second site, at http://www.schoolnet.ca/collections/E/index.htm is a searchable, online database of software, Web sites and other materials which was originally designed for use in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINQ programs.
A few years ago RSYE sought and received funding from Digital Collections Industry Canada to develop a Web site for street youth. The students involved in the project were "at-risk youth". (These are young adults aged 16 to 29 years who are not suited for alternate education programs.) The technical aspect of the program attracted many learners and has been used as a "hook" to involve the individuals and help re-integrate them into society. After the first site was launched, RSYE applied for and received funding from the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) for a literacy pilot project: developing technology skills within a literacy classroom framework. The components of the pilot project included Literacy and Basic Skills instruction, technical training and employment readiness. The two web sites launched in February are the result of the work accomplished by youth referred through RSYE.
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