Marshall Adult Education


January 19, 2007



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1. SW ABE - Marshall Region Staff Meeting - We would like to plan a meeting for sometime in March.  We would like this to be a Saturday meeting.  Please give us your input as to the best date and any topics you would like on the agenda.  We would like this info by February 1st.  Thanks.
2.  MN House Hearing -  House committee members have asked ABE to provide students to testify as to the difference ABE has made in their lives. (Creating an ability to surmount barriers.)   There would be an interest in both persons going on to higher education and folks who have been able to enter the workforce or get a better job due to their use of ABE services. 
They would really like folks from Greater MN to testify along with metro students.
We are not certain as to the date/time for this hearing, but would like you to think about the prospect of one or more of your students attending.  We will keep you posted on this situation.



3.  Here is some news items from the NIFL (National Institute for Literacy) workforce education listserve


4.  The deadline for entries to this year’s edition of To Open Your Mind is just a month away – February 16!  We received an email with detailed instructions how to submit entires.  Check them out at the link below.


5.  Here is a link to a local news article featuring ESLtransitions. From Bary Shaffer

New Class Helps ESL Students Seeking College


6.  A new research brief frim Bella Hanson has been posted on the website.  This one deals with Supporting Adult English Language Learners’ - Transitions to Postsecondary Education.


7.  The Minnesota Literacy Council is offering Technology Class (FREE) - some are online - check them out here.


8.  Barry Shaffer has sent an update on Professional Development.  Read it here:


9.  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



10.  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!




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


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

13.  From the Trivia Department:   Need some storage place to keep your files where you can get to them from any computer.  Here's a FREE site that allows you upload up to 1 GB's worth of files.  Yup - and it's totally free.  Just open an account and start uploading.
14.  Trivia Fact of the week:  Members of what National Football League were once nominated for a grammy?

The Chicago Bears - Their rap song, "The Super Bowl Shuffle," was nominated for Best Rhythm and Blues Performance by a Duo or Group.  The team went on to win Super Bowl XX in 1986.  (That's my team - Go Bears!)



15.  Tech Tip:  Customize the Start Menu



The Quick Launch Bar is a neat and quick way to start up your favorite applications.  The Quick Launch bar is located just to the right of the Start Menu and it contains “shortcuts” of your favorite applications.  The problem with the Quick Launch bar is that you really can’t have a lot of shortcuts to your favorite applications because it would use up too much space in the Taskbar.  The Taskbar is the entire bar at the bottom of the screen.


Of course, the middle of the Taskbar is the area that places a button for every application that you open.  We call these “Task Bar buttons.”  You want to use the majority of the Task Bar for these “Taskbar Buttons” which shows which applications you have open and are actively using(If you have an application open and are not using it, you should probably close the application).


So this Tech Tip is about how to customize the Start Menu.  You can make shortcuts of your very favorite applications right in the Start Menu.  The left section is the section that contains all your favorite shortcuts.  Well, it probably doesn’t right now, but it will if you read this Tech Tip and do it.


First – the anatomy of the Start Menu.  It is divided into 2 sections – the left section and the right section


The left section is the section that contains all your favorite shortcuts Well, it probably doesn’t right now, but it will if you read this Tech Tip and do it .


The right section contains a lot of stuff – links to My Documents, My Computer, My Network Places, the Control Panel, Printers, Search and the Run menu


We’re not going to worry about the right side of the Start Menu – just the left side – the side that contains shortcuts to your favorite applications.


Right now, the left side contains shortcuts to application you use frequently – maybe – maybe not.    The left side also contains 2 sections.  Look carefully on the left side and you can see a line that separates the upper section from the lower section.  (Remember, we are talking about the left side of the Start menu.


So, as I said before, you can customize the left side of the Start Menu and place shortcuts of your favorite applications.   You can place them their permanentlyNote – if you don’t customize this part of the Start Menu, then Windows will do it for you.  They will add shortcuts that they think are your favorites.  You know – they never get things like this right!!!


OK – so follow these simple steps to customize the Start Menu with just the shortcuts that you want:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu and select Properties (click on it).  The Properties dialog box will appear.
  2. Click on the Customize button.
  3. Click on the down arrow next to “Number of programs on Start Menu” and set it to “0.”
  4. Click on Clear List.  This will clear the old favorite list you have – the one that Windows set up for you with the shortcuts that they think are your favorites.  (They never get things right!).  Remember – we are going to put just your favorite shortcuts in the Start Menu.
  5. Just below the Show on Start menu, deselect the checkbox next to Internet and also the one next to E-mail.  You won’t need these shortcuts in the Start Menu since they are already in your Quick Launch bar.  (Or at least they should be)
  6. Click OK once and then click OK again.
  7. Now click on the Start Menu and click once on the All Programs button.  The complete list of applications will appear. 
  8. Find one of your favorite applications and then click right-click on it.  Click on the Pin to Start Menu command. 
  9. You can “Pin” up to 30 of your favorite shortcuts in your Start Menu.  When you Pin a program, a shortcut is placed in the Start Menu permanently.
  10. Keep adding your favorite shortcuts to the Start Menu – you can add up to 30 shortcuts – WOW!

Once you get your real favorite shortcuts to favorite applications in the Start Menu, you will be able to use the Start menu in a more efficient way.


OK - Start pinning – what are you waiting for


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


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