Marshall Adult Education


January 12, 2007


Hello Everyone,

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

  • 1-15-2007 - 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.  Time Sheets - The time sheets for January 1st - 15th, are due January 16th. Since January 15th is a holiday, there will be no mail; remember that time sheets may also be



3.  The Minnesota Literacy Council is offering Technology classes (FREE) - some are online.  Check them out here!


4.  Barry Shaffer has sent an Update on Professional Development.  Read it here:


5.  2007 English as a Second Language (ESL), Bilingual, and Migrant Education Conference:  Call for Presentations

Submit a presentation proposal for this year's annual conference May 3-4, 2007 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul Minnesota.  Deadline for proposal submission is January 26, 2007.  For more information or to submit a proposal, go to .  

Astrid Liden
ABE Professional Development Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Education


6.  .  The Volunteer Leadership Training Series will be held in 2 locations:  Worthington and Willmar.  Read more about this training at the link below.  Flyers are available for these sessions at this link.


7.  From Cathy Grady, Adult Program Director, Minnesota Literacy Council.  Please take a moment to answer a few questions about two Minnesota Literacy Council projects: To Open Your Mind, our student writing journal, and our Awards Luncheon, an annual volunteer, student, and community partner recognition event.

 The survey should take no more than five minutes. Please click on the following link to begin:

8.  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:

9.  The MLC survey is still availavle online.  Visit the link below to participate in the survey.  Students are also welcome  take the survey.

From Jenny Schlukebier, Technology Services Manager, Minnesota Literacy Council
Dear Minnesota ABE Educators, 
    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!



10.  You can read the Update from the House by Representative Marty Seifert here:


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

12.  From the Trivia Department:   Here's a site that does basically nothing.  Check it out - let me know if it does anything for you.

13.  Trivia Fact of the week:  How long is the hour hand on London's Big Ben?  How about the minute hand?

The hour hand is 9 feet long.  The minute hand is 14 feet long.  There are four of each, as the clock has four faces.



14.  Tech Tip:    Microsoft Word Mouse Shortcuts


There are many keyboard shortcuts that make your word processing a lot easier.  But there are also many mouse shortcuts that also can make your word processing tasks quick and easy. So for all of you mouse-a-holics, here are some of these nifty ways to use your mouse.  Some of these you may have used before, but many you may never have heard of.  Here are some of my favorite mouse shortcuts.


Selecting text:

  • Double-click on a word to select (highlight) the word.
  • Triple-click on a word to select an entire paragraph.
  • Click once outside the left margin to select a line of text. (Click outside the left margin and drag down to select several lines)
  • Triple-click outside the left margin to select the entire document.
  • Hold down the Control key and click on a word to select an entire sentence.

Opening Dialog Boxes:

  • Double-click on the indent marker to open the Paragraph dialog box.
  • Double-click on the vertical ruler to open the Page Setup dialog box.
  • Double-click on a tab marker in the horizontal ruler to open the Tabs dialog box.
  • Double-click on the table marker in the ruler to open the Tables dialog box.  You can also double-click on the Table Move Handle to do the same thing.  (The Table Move Handle appears in the up on left hand corner of the table when you move the cursor into the table).
  • Double-click on any of the options in the Status Bar located at the very bottom of the screen to open various dialog boxes.  When you place the cursor over an option, you will see a screen tip telling you what it is.  (To show your screen tips, click on the Tools menu and then click on Customize.  Click on the Options tab.  And finally, click on Show ScreenTips on toolbars).

Copying Text

  • First select some text.  Then hold the Control key and drag the selected text.  This will create a copy of the selected text.  This also works with images and objects.

Other Cool Mouse Shortcuts

  • Double-click on the split bar at the top of the horizontal scroll bar to split the window into 2 panes.  Double-click anywhere on the top border of the lower pane to remove the split.  (You can also click and drag these 2 locations to create a split).
  • Double click in a header or footer to edit the header or footer sections.  Double click in the main text area to hide the header/footer sections.  You must be in Print Layout View to use this mouse shortcut.
  • In the Print Layout View, click between the pages to hide or show the white space.  You can also click just below the horizontal scroll bar to do the same thing.
  • Right-click on any toolbar to display the complete toolbar list.
  • Double click anywhere in the document title bar at the very top of the screen to maximize or restore the window.
  • Click on the Table Move Handle to select an entire table.

Here are 2 more Cool Wheel Mouse Tricks.  You must have a mouse with a scroll wheel on it.

Shift & Spin In Internet Explorer you go either back or forward to previously visited websites, depending on which direction you spin. Try this - open up Internet Explorer and click on a few links. Then, hold down your SHIFT key and spin that wheel.

CTRL & Spin In Microsoft Word, Outlook Express (or Outlook), Internet Explorer and some other applications, hold down your Ctrl key and spin the wheel. It makes the text larger or smaller depending on which way you spin.  Some websites lock this feature out so it may not always work in Explorer.

For anyone who wants a different mouse experience, get the Kensington Expert Mouse.  It is a trackball mouse with optical technology.  I have used one for over 15 years on my MAC (called the Kensington Turbo Mouse) and now I use the Expert Mouse on my PC.  It works effortlessly and can be customized to make hundreds of task easier to do.  It is spendy, but definitely worth the price!


Check it out here at Tiger Direct the cheapest place I have found (90 bucks)

Kensington Mouse at Tiger Direct.


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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