Marshall Adult Education


December 29, 2006


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  (Oprah Winfrey)

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.




1.  Office Notes

  • 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.
  • 1-15-2007 - Martin Luther King Day - The courthouse will be closed, so there will be no classes at the Courthouse site.  The office will be open.  Other sites may have classes at their discretion.  Please advise the office on your holding class on this day.

2.  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



3.  Time Sheets - The time sheets for December 16th - 31st,are due January 2nd.  Remember, time sheets may also be emailed or faxed.


4.  December Attendance/Intakes/CASAS - are due to Barb by January 2nd. 


5.  Here is an article on services and opportunities available through the SW ABE Adult Basic Education.  This article appeared in the Tracy Headlight Herald.

6.  Consider sharing your expertise and resources with fellow colleagues from around the state at the annual English as a Second Language, Bilingual, and Migrant Education Conference on May 3-4, 2007, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Submit a presentation proposal by January 26 at: 
For additional information, contact:  Leigh Schleicher, Minnesota Department of Education. ELL Education Specialist, phone 651-582-8326  fax 651-582-8727, web:


7.  Barry Shaffer has sent us information Verizon Literacy Foundation website.  There are some very neat resources at this website.  Check out Barry's suggestions and read what is available at the website here.
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  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 youd 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:  This survey is still available online.  This survey is available for students or staff.  To date, 3 educators from Marshall that have taken the survey and 6 students from Marshall have taken the survey.  How do I know that?  You can also see which ABEs are participating in the survey and read the results of the surveys - the student survey and the educator survey - they are very interesting.  This would be a great project for your students to complete.  And a great way for educators to give some input into technology.  And it is an anonymous survey.  Go for it!  CC

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.



10.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:

11.  From the Trivia Department:   Ever wonder about Google?  Here are the Top 10 Google Myths.  

12.  Thought for the week:  People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.  ~Author Unknown



13.  Tech Tip:  The Year in Review

Its the end of the year and its time for the annual I cant live without it awards.  This Tech Tip features my top ten list of Tech Tips that I cannot live without.  If I was stranded on an island with just my laptop, these are things I would want to have on my computer plus a long extension cord, because my battery would run out in 4 hours! 


The Links Bar

This is my all time favorite.  It is built into Internet Explorer.  Take the time to learn how to set up the Links Bar and begin to use it it is the best thing about using Explorer.


Freeware Software

I reviewed some FREE software packages.  These are great and indispensable.  These will simplify the way you do a lot of things on the computer.

  • PixResizer
  • Winkey
  • Primo PDF
  • Grabber 2K
  • Just a Calendar


USB Memory Sticks

Im always carrying my 2 USB memory sticks.  Its the only way these days to carry around your files music, photos, and important files you cant live without.  (What?  You said you're still using floppy disks?  Kmart has a 512MB and a 1GB USB memory stick on sale right now for 10 bucks and 19 bucks respectively).


Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts

Learn even a few of these shortcuts.  Computing becomes fun and much more effortless - unless youre a mouse junkie and cant live without it!


Send HTML email with Publisher 2003

Spice up your emails send them in HTML format using Microsoft Publisher.  That means you can send out attractive newsletters with graphics and special layouts.  You can use Publisher 2000 or 2002 for HTML email, but Publisher 2003 has a bunch of really cool templates already laid out really cool stuff!



This is a website that makes surfing the internet fun and safe.  It is relatively new but has grown a lot in the last few months.  Be sure to add the StumbleUpon toolbar to your Internet Explorer.


A Backup Strategy

This is a great way to insure that you will never lose any information when you crash or get a virus that knocks out your computer.  It costs a few bucks to set up (you need to buy an external hard drive and a software program), but it will pay for itself the first time you have to restore your computer after a catastrophic crash.


Drag and Drop Tips

Learn the basics of dragging and dropping and dragging and dropping between applications.  You may never search for a file or attachment again.  Why should you when you can drag it where you want it?


The Google Toolbar

This is a great add-on to Internet Explorer.  Its the only one I recommend.  It has great features and is fully customizable.  Get it now!


Google Earth

Uh Oh I didnt write a Tech Tip on this one, but it is one of my favorite software packages that I use whenever I have a couple of hours to kill.  But do go out to the Google Earth website and download and install this software.  Its fun and educational (you will learn a lot of geography).


Well, there they are my I cant live without them Tech Tips.  There are other great Tech Tips, but if I had to choose just 10 these would be them.  Check these and other Tech Tips out at:



That's it for this year!  Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


Marshall ABE Links


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


Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational


Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.


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


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





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