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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
December 
1, 2006

 

These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you do not receive them or cannot open the links, go to the website and read the announcements on-line.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm

 

MARSHALL

 

1.  Office Notes -

  • 12-25 to 29 - 2006:  Christmas Break - No Classes - The office will be closed only on the 25th. 
  • 1-1-2007 - New Year's Day - The office will be closed & no classes.  ALL Classes will resume on January 2nd; If you are planning to be on vacation, you will need to find a sub for your class.

2.  November Attendance, Intakes and CASAS are due to Barb by December 4th (Earlier would be appreciated.)

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3.  Effective January 1, 2007, there will be a change in the fees associated with GED testing administered by the Marshall GED Test Center.  Fees will be as follows:

  • Total fee for testing all 5 subtests is $ 90.00

  • Agency payment is $ 90.00

  • Student payment is $ 70.00 with MN GED paying $ 20.00

  • Retests are $ 15.00

  • Partial tests are $ 15.00 per subtest for transfer students

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4.  The December Marshall ABE Class Schedule has been posted.  Check it out here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/marshall.htm


MARSHALL CONSORTIUM
 

5  The minutes from the November 14 Consortium Meeting are on-line.  Read them here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/11-14-06_consortium_mtg_minutes.htm

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6CASAS - Be sure to be testing -- check the report that shows hours since last assessment.  This should give you some idea of who needs to be tested

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SOUTHWEST ABE
7.  The latest issue of NetNews on Testing Accommodations for GED, CASAS, and TABE is on-line. The information was reviewed by Jim Colwell and Todd Wagner for accuracy and relevancy in regards to large-scale testing in Minnesota Adult Basic Education (sent to us by Marn Frank, LDA of Minnesota).  If you cannot open the pdf, please email Marn Frank at mf@ldaminnesota.org for a Word text file.
You can read it here.
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8.  From Jenny Schlukebier, Technology Services Manager, Minnesota Literacy Council
Dear Minnesota ABE Educators,
     We need your help to better understand educator use of educational technology as well as feedback from students about their access to and desire to learn through educational technology. We will use the information we gather to develop appropriate professional development efforts in the areas of educational technology.
     We are asking you and your students to complete a short survey (either online or on paper).  Surveys take less than 5 minutes to complete online and can be easily accessed through this website www.themlc.org/edtechsurvey.  Initial participants in this survey report that it is a great classroom exercise with your students!
     Surveys can also be distributed in print form to teachers or presented to students in the classroom and then faxed or mailed to us at the Minnesota Literacy Council (see contact info below). Forms can be printed out from the above website or we can mail you printed forms with return envelopes upon request.
     Once you have taken the survey, you can view survey results online. This can help you in determining how you’d like to integrate educational technology into your ABE curriculum and how to develop additional teacher training for your programs.
     Thank you for contributing to the development of curriculum and training for ABE programs in Minnesota.

NOTE:  Please help by completing this survery.  The MLC does an incredible job supporting ABE teachers and students with educational technology.  They will certainly appreciate your feedback.  CC
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9.  From Barry Shaffer:

Dear Discussion Group Participants:
     Please hold the date of Friday, January 19th for our American Indian ABE Discussion Group meeting. The meeting will be in St. Cloud – probably at the Holiday Inn on Division St., but we haven't confirmed that yet.  When we do I will send a notice with directions.
     The meeting will begin at 10:00 am and end by 3:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided as well as mileage costs connected to the meeting. 

     As an fyi, I have 26 individuals on my discussion list – an excellent representation from those ABE consortia that serve American Indian ABE students.
     If you know now that you won't be able to attend, please let me know – so, regrets only.  Otherwise I will include you in the meal count.

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10.  Be sure you check out the research briefs sent to us from Bella Hanson.  We receive a new one each week.  This week it is on One Classroom, Two Languages:  Adult Bilingual Curriculum
 
GENERAL

11.  Here is information from Nan Madden, Minnesota Budget Project Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on the Minnesota Budget Project.  A workshop in Marshall is scheduled on Wednesday, December 6, 2006

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/mn_budget_project.htm

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12.  From Shirley Anderson-Porisch:  Here's the statewide information on the To Your Benefit Workshops.  You may register through www.extension.umn.edu. 
TO YOUR BENEFIT: Tax Credit Training for Direct Service Staff Working with Low-Income Clients
     * Training is targeted to service providers working with low-income clients. Learn about low-income tax credits, free tax preparation and tax education resources. 3 CEU's available.
     * 4 FREE trainings will be offered during January in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro. A FREE statewide videoconference training will be offered on January 17, 2006. Dates and locations listed below.
     * Sponsored by Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Extension Service, Children's Defense Fund Minnesota, Department of Human Services - Office of Economic, Minnesota Community Action Partnership & Accountability Minnesota
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13. Here are details on a Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) workshop coming to our area on Wednesday, December 6.  "Follow the Federal Dollars - A guided tour through the Federal budget process" will take place at Bremer Bank, Marshall, lower level ;  12:30 - 3:30 p.m.  The workshop will be led by Steve Francisco, Federal Policy Director for the Minnesota Budget Project of MCN. 

Registration can be made directly to MCN - $35 members/ $50 nonmembers, and includes lunch.  Click on the link below to download more information.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/follow_the_dollars.htm

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14  The Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series to be offered in two southwest and west central Minnesota locations in 2007.  The training dates for the Willmar series are Thursday, January 25, Thursday, February 22, and Thursday March, 22.  The training dates for the Worthington series are Wednesday, January 17, Wednesday, February 21, and Wednesday, March  21.  Read more about it here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/volunteer_training_series.htm 

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15.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm
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16.  Find a link that doesn't work?  Let me know!  I'll fix it right away!  ~CC

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17.  From the Trivia Department:   Need ideas for your Christmas shopping?  FreshTrend is a shopping blog looking everywhere that we can for unique gift ideas and cool stuff for you and your friends.  
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18.  Thought for the week:  Think for yourself and let others have the  privelege of doing so too.  ~Voltaire
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19.  This week's Tech Tip is straight ahead.  So how do I get my ideas for Tech Tips?  Most of them come from questions people ask me (like this week on Word Templates).  If you have a technology question - let me know - it will probably become a Tech Tip.

 

20.  Tech Tip:  Create a Document Template in Microsoft Word

 

Document Templates in Microsoft Word are a special type of Word document.  Document templates are useful when you want to set up a document which contains information that you want to appear each time you open the document. 

 

The most obvious example of this would be a letterhead.  You can create a letterhead and then save the letterhead as a template.  To use the template with the letterhead information on it, you simply click on the File menu and then click on New.  In Word 2003, a pane appears on the right side.  In the Template section, you click on the link that says “On my computer…” and you will see templates that were created most likely not by you (unless you knew about this Tech Tip and created some templates on your own.

 

The Microsoft Word gurus have created a lot of templates already for you.  When you go to the templates “On my computer…” you will see the template categories…General, Legal Pleadings, Letters and Faxes, Mail Merge, Memos, Other Documents, Publications and Reports.  Now if you don’t see a template you are looking for, you can find more templates by clicking on the “Templates on Office Online” link.

 

OK – so the object of this Tech Tip is how to create a template of your own. It’s really quite easy – just follow these steps

  1. First, create the Word file like a letterhead, that you want to save as a template.  Be sure it is exactly the way you want it to appear each time you open it. 
  2. When you are ready to save it, click on the File Menu and click on Save As
  3. At the bottom of the Save As window, you will see Save as type.
  4. Click on the down arrow in that Save as type box and then click on Document Template (*.dot)
  5. Click on Save

That’s it.  You just created a Word document and saved it as a template.  This template is saved in a special folder called Templates.  This folder is hidden deep within your Documents and Settings folder

 

You should close the template file you just created and then you can open it again by clicking on File -> New-> templatesOn my computer…”

 

When you open the template, it opens as an untitled Word document (a .doc file).  This is a regular Word file.  With this Word document, you can never erase or delete anything in your original template you created. 

 

Don’t quit reading yet!  If you decide that you want to change something in your template, you can make the changes and save it again as another template.  But – beware – you must give it a new name.  You can’t overwrite the original template.  I usually just add the number 2 (or 3 or 4.....etc) after the original name.  After you save it with a new name, you can delete the original template doing the Save As command again and selecting the Document Template (*.dot) in the Save as type box and then right-clicking on the one you want to delete and selecting Delete. (Did you get all that?)

 

OK – try your hand at creating some templates

 

Want to learn more about templates?  Here’s a couple good sites to learn from.

 

http://addbalance.com/usersguide/templates.htm

 

http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Customization/CreateATemplatePart1.htm

 

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Marshall ABE Links

 

 

Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.

http://southwestabe.org/

 

Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational
http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe

 

Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips.htm

 

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly 

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

 

Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm



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Marshall ABE Links

Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.

http://southwestabe.org/

 

Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational
http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe

 

Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips.htm

 

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly 

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

 

Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm

 

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