NEWS AND AWARDS
NEWS: DOI2T at KIHS in Fort Severn
Our DOI2T program has just begun its official partnership with the Keewaytinook Internet High School. This October our DOI2T staff spent a week in Fort Severn First Nation on the Hudson Bay coast. We brought all of the DOI2T tech and spend several days training the on-site KiHS teachers on how to play, troubleshoot, and teach with the technologies. Next up, we visit Webequie and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Covid-restrictions pending).
AWARD: DOI2T Receives $20,000 Tweed Collective Grant
Our DOI2T program was just awarded $20,000 from the wonderful team at the Tweed Collective! Specifically, this funding is to be used to offer our DOI2T programming to four First Nations north of us. This means the ability for us to permanently leave all of our DOI2T tech in the community, and for us to provide multiple weeks of hands-on training to the practitioners and learners who want it. We're very excited! Unfortunately, this project cannot begin until after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, so we will update with more info when the proper time arrives.
UPDATE: DOI2T Teams Up with IFNA and the Glia Project During COVID-19
Like most education locations, our Sioux Lookout Learning Centre is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But DOI2T has transitioned into a helping role. We've been contacted by doctors from around Ontario, as well as by IFNA and the Glia Project, and asked to help make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the northern First Nations who are yet to receive any. So that's exactly what we're doing. Using PETG material and our 3D printers, we are printing a special face shield designed by the Glia Project. We hope to produce over 500 units. For more photos and updates on the progress of this collaboration, visit our Facebook Page.
UPDATE: 2019 DOI2T Numbers
The first full year of our DOI2T program was a very big year. With the majority of our efforts centred around Sioux Lookout (but still many events held throughout the province), here's how the numbers break down:
240 people (non-registered learners) attended DOI2T sessions.
135 of these people returned for additional sessions.
26 of these people registered with our LBS program.
Our already-registered learners attended 106 sessions.
And we are already off and rolling with our 2020 programming. Excited to see this year's growth!
NEWS: DOI2T Partners with AlphaPlus
We are excited to announce that our DOI2T program will be partnering with AlphaPlus for a trial collaboration over the next three months. AlphaPlus will be assisting us to increase our support of the other DOI2T-partnered LBS sites around Ontario and helping these LBS sites to advance their ability to utilize the DOI2T-specific digital technology in there learner programming. It looks to be a thrilling opportunity for all! Look out for more updates as this projects proceeds.
ARTICLE: Discover Online Integrated Information Technology: A Program by Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council
"The Discover Online Integrated Information Technology (DOI2T) program is a solution by Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council created to meet the growing need for exciting and quick digital literacy learning opportunities for adults. DOI2T practitioners apply creativity-based digital technologies to teach learners everyday life skills as well as the practical skills needed for contemporary jobs..."
Guylaine Vinet writes about the DOI2T program in the lastest newsletter from AlphaPlus. Click here to read the full article.
INTERVIEW: Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council’s digital literacy program continues to turn heads
"The Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council (SHLC) has been offering a digital literacy program, Discover Online Integrated Information Technology Program (DOI2T), since the summer of 2018.
The SLHC shared the program has been continually growing since.
'We started it here in Sioux Lookout out of ...'" Read more on The Sioux Lookout Bulletin website.
AWARD: Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council receives Honourable Mention for Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award
Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council and Evan J recently received the honourable mention award for the prestigious Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award on August 26, 2019 for our Discover Online Integrated Information Technology (DOI2T) program.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver won the overall award over the other honourable mention award winners: Community Living Toronto, Literal Change, and Momentum Community Economic Development Organization.
“This year’s LIA winners have yet again impressed us with not only their innovative and creative programming, but also with the demonstrated impact they’ve had in their communities,” said Mack Rogers, Executive Director of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “We are extremely grateful to Canada Life for their continued support of this award which is helping to build capacity in the literacy and learning community.”
Since its inception in 2012, 40 LIAs have been awarded to literacy organizations across the country (8 top awards and 32 honourable mention awards), representing $320,000 in funding for the field.
“We’d like to congratulate this year’s deserving winners. At Canada Life, we support educational initiatives that focus on adult literacy and recognize the need for programs that provide adult learners with the essential skills they need to succeed in life,” said Debbie Down, Director, Community Relations at Canada Life. “That is why we’re proud to support ABC Life Literacy Canada and the Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. Working together with community organizations, we make a positive impact that helps improve the well-being of all Canadians.”