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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
January 14, 2004
Hello Everyone,
 
It was -17 when I woke up this morning - we've warmed up to -1 now.  We're having a heat wave! 
 
On with the announcements.
 
1.  Time Sheets - Are due in the office by noon on Monday, February 17th.  Since this is a holiday and the office will be closed, time sheets should be turned in by noon on Tuesday, February 18th.  Saturday's hours may be claimed on this time sheet.
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2.  Family Literacy has posted some neat pictures of their activities in December - check them out here - Click on the December 2004 Photo Pages.  
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/familyliteracy.htm
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3.  Beginning Wednesday, January 12th, we will discontinue ESL classes in Tracy and begin them in Walnut Grove.   The location will be either at the Hmong center or History Room at the school building.   Classes will run Monday - Friday   8:30am to 11:30am.  Class hours may be expanded if this class is well attended.  You can check out the Tracy and Walnut Grove web pages for more details on their programs.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/tracy.htm
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/walnutgrove.htm
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4.  New Reading Skills stories have been posted on the Reading Skills page.  Also, a new informational page has been posted showing the steps used the Reading Skills program. 
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5.  The Student Lessons created with the MLC mini-grant have been completed.  These are 40 interactive lessons for ESL students to practice a variety of skills based on CASAS and Scope and Sequence.  Check them out with your students.  A CD of all the lessons is available if you do not have internet access.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/student_lessons1.htm
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6.  ABE/ESL professionals:

There are two opportunities to take part in an MLC On-line training session.  You can read about the opportunities at the link below.  If anyone is interested in doing either of these, I would be happy to help set you up a computer in the lab (or your own home computer).  These are unique opportunities to learn and share with fellow ABE/ESL professionals.  I have done several of these, including the 8 week on-line session - they are great - fun and informative.  Let me know if you are interested.  Charles

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/mlc_training.htm
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7.  Give a Kid a Smile Day is an opportunity for children to go to the Dentist free.  Give a Kid a Smile Day is Feb. 4 in Marshall.  Dr. Randy Johnson has all his appointment slots filled.  Dr. Paul Johnson (532-3104) and Dr. Mike Thomas (532-3353) have openings left.  Dr. Paul and  Dr. Mike are requesting the patient be a resident of Lyon  County.
I do not know of any other requirements. 
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8.  Minnesota's population continues to become more diverse - read the press release from the State Demographic Center
http://www.state.mn.us/cgi-bin/portal/mn/jsp/content.do?contentid=536905518&contenttype=EDITORIAL&agency=Administration
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9.  Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language Learners is designed to give support to adult education and family literacy instructors who are now serving adult English language learners and their families.  Check it out here.  You can download the entire Toolkit or just portions that you select.  (Also, Barb has a copy of it in the office).
http://www.cal.org/caela/elltoolkit/
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10.  An interesting article by a Somali called The Refugee Experience and Their Coping Strategies was posted on the RCDC listserve.  You can read the article here.
http://www.hiiraan.org/2005/jan/op/Deeq_Yusuf.htm
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11.  An Evening with Mpho Tutu, Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, appearing at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center in Mankato on January 27th.  Read about this event here.
http://www.midwestwirelessciviccenter.com/calendar/evdetails.php3?id=148
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12.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/job_listings.htm
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13.  Yahoo has full coverage of the tsunami disaster.  This site has comprehensive coverage - check it out here:
http://news.yahoo.com/asiadisaster
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14.  In the Trivia Department:  Today, January 14 is Dress Up Your Pet Day.  See this article.
http://www.jsonline.com/enter/gen/jan05/291758.asp
Why not send a pet lover a "Dress Up Your Pet Day' greeting card (it's free).
http://www.123greetings.com/events/dress_up_your_pet_day/
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15.  Want to keep track of the weather this winter on your computer.  Get Weather Watcher.  It resides in the startup portion of your Task Bar and gives you up-to-the-minute weather by just placing the cursor over icon.  It's free - no ad-ware or spy-ware.  It's simple and quick.  I use it!  Go here to check it out.  http://www.singerscreations.com/
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Thought for the Week:  When teachers find out what other teachers are doing, that's truly exciting.  We can learn from each other.   Margaret Holtschlag, Michigan Teacher of the Year, from the book, Teacher of the Year: More Than 400 Quotes of Insight, Inspiration, and Motivation from American's Greatest Teachers by Frank Sennett
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16.  TECH TIP – Selecting Text

 

The most common way to select text is to simply click and hold the left mouse button down and drag over the text.  Of course, you know that you must select text before you can format it – like make it bold, underline, change the font and size, etc.

 

There are many other ways to select text besides dragging over it.  Here are some cool ways to select text.  How many of these methods do you know?

 

Key Board Selecting

  • SHIFT- Arrow keys:  Hold down the SHIFT key and press the left, right, up, or down arrow keys.
  • SHIFT-Home:  This selects all text to the beginning of the line.
  • SHIFT-End:  This selects all text to the end of the line.
  • CTRL-A:  Selects an entire document.

 

Mouse Selecting

  • Double-click on a word selects that word
  • Triple click anywhere in a paragraph to select an entire paragraph
  • Move the pointer to the left of the text (the left margin) and when the cursor turns into a right pointing arrow, click once to select a line or click and drag down to select a number of lines.

Combination mouse click with key press

  • SHIFT-Click:  Click anywhere in a document where you want the selection to start – Hold down the Shift key – click anywhere else in the document to select that entire section.
  • CTRL-Click in the middle of a sentence to select the entire sentence.
  • Hold down the ALT key and drag the mouse to select an area   

 

All these methods work in Microsoft Word.  They may work in other word processors and some work in Internet Explorer.  Try them out – they’ll make your computing easier.

 

That's it for this week - stay warm!

 


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