The Learning Toolkit (known affectionately as the LTK) currently consists of two comprehensive and well-developed evidenced-based tools: ABRACADABRA and ePEARL, along with a third tool in development called ISIS-21. The LTK is designed to support the development of literacy, inquiry and other cross-curricular competencies within an environment that encourages self-regulated learning, an essential strategy for effective, lifelong learning. All three tools provide just-in-time multimedia and scaffolded feedback to support student learning and teacher professional development.
The LTK is available without charge.
Electronic Portfolio Encouraging Active Reflective Learning (ePEARL):
A bilingual, process and presentation e-portfolio tool designed for use in K-12 classrooms. This multimedia container supports the process of literacy development (and other content areas) by encouraging goal setting, reflection, conferencing, and continuous improvement. For further information visit our ePEARL website
A Balanced Reading Approach for Canadians Designed to Achieve Best Results for All (ABRACADABRA): A highly interactive, flexible, and powerful web-based tool designed for use in early elementary classrooms across Canada. Taking a balanced reading approach, ABRA aids beginning readers by offering a variety of resources such as professional development training for teachers, literacy activities, digital stories, assessment capabilities, and a communication tool. Currently ABRA contains 32 alphabetic, fluency, comprehension and writing activities linked to 17 interactive stories and stories written by schoolchildren. For more information visit our ABRA website http://grover.concordia.ca/abracadabra/.
Inquiry Strategies for the Information Society in the Twenty-First Century (ISIS-21):A web-based environment designed to introduce late elementary/early secondary students (and their teachers) to the fundamental components of information literacy by guiding students through the inquiry process. Topics covered within the Planning, Searching and Using Information modules include, the articulation of a big question and corresponding sub-questions, the selection of appropriate retrieval tool(s), introduction to search strategies for web retrieval tools, the evaluation of the quality of the information found using criteria, and note taking on the relevant sources to be used. The development of additional sub-skills such as critical thinking and self regulated learning have also been addressed through a link to ePEARL. For more information visit our ISIS-21 website http://grover.concordia.ca/isis/.
Developed in PhP, the LTK uses a MySQL database and is installed on a school board/division/district's server. It is available at no charge to the educational community. For further information on the LTK, please contact Anne Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit each tool's website and click on Contact Us.
Our Learning Toolkit Institutes
Learning Toolkit Institute - October 21st and 22nd in British Columbia.
Training the Trainers kicks off this fall in Vancouver, BC! With overwhelming support from key provincial players in literacy and e-learning education, and the generous funding obtained from the Max Bell Foundation, this institute will take place at the Vancouver School Board.
The Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) is inviting English Language Arts, eLearning/ICT and Special Education consultants, as well as lead teachers to attend this two-day 2010 Learning Toolkit Institute. This training session will focus on two evidence-based tools within the Toolkit: ABRACADABRA: An Early Literacy Resource and ePEARL, an electronic portfolio. Participants will become certified Learning Toolkit trainers.
Click on the links below for your invitation and enrolment form. Submit your enrolment form soon, space is limited!
We look forward to seeing you there!
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Learning Toolkit Newsletter provides the latest news on the LTK research and development project and is distributed to our partners.
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Winter, 2010 issue: To read this issue please click here.
Fall-Winter, 2008-2009 issue: To read this issue please click here.
Summer 2008: To read this first issue please click here
Abrami, P.C., Savage, R.S., Deleveaux, G., Wade, A., Meyer, E. & Lebel, C. (2010). The Learning Toolkit: The Design, development, testing and dissemination of evidence-based educational software (pp.168-187). In, P. Zemliansky & D.M. Wilcox (Eds.). Design and implementation of educational games: Theoretical and practical perspectives. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-781-7.ch012
Abrami, P.C., Wade, A.C., Savage, R.S., Deleveaux, G.& Meyer, E. (2009 May). The Learning toolkit (LTK): Evidence-based educational software. Presented at the Canadian Association of Educational Psycholoy (CAEP) conference during the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Conference, Ottawa, ON
Abrami, P. C., Savage, R. S., Wade, A., & Hipps, G. (2006). Using technology to assist children learning to read and write. In T. Willoughby & E. Wood (Eds.), Children's Learning in a Digital World. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
See also our list of papers and publications under Resources on the ePEARL, ABRACADABRA and ISIS-21 sites.