Marshall Adult Education


February 11, 2004
Hello Everyone,
These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you have trouble reading this email or cannot use the links, you may read them on the internet.
Here's the announcements:
1.  Time sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, February 14th.
2.  If you received information on Missing Student Data and Exiting Students, a reminder that this is due in the office by February 22nd.  If you did not receive a packet of information, you do not have anything to return.  Barb
3.  HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!  May this Valentine's Day be filled with love, understanding, and contentment as you journey through life with those you hold dear.   A quote by Darly Henerson

4.  Reminders:  Check out these links if you missed them

MLC Workshop sessions


Health Literacy Activities (this link didn't work last week).

5.  Here is a communication from Barry Shaffer on the President's proposed budget and specifically the cuts in Adult Basic Education.  Click on the link below.
6.  MA state director Bob Bickerton, Chair, National Council of State Directors of Adult Education has written an op-ed piece in direct response to the President’s proposed ABE cuts. This piece has been submitted for publication in the Washington Post and NY Times. 
7.  Information on the Family Literacy Conference is on the website. Click on the link below.
8.  There is new monthly e-newsletter from the Center for Democracy and Citizenship called SNAPSHOTS.  The Center for Democracy and Citizenship is a part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  Read the newsletter here:
9.  Read the latest Update from Representative Marty Seiffert.  Click on the link below
10.  Starting Monday, February 14th, Turkey Valley Farms will be taking applications over at the plant.  So if anyone comes in to apply (starting next week), just send them over there.  The cement work in the front of the building will be done so they can use the front entrance. 
11.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
12.  From the Trivia Department:  I have a new email address - here it is:
This is the world's longest email address.  You can get your own abcde....whatever email address for FREE.  Go here and sign up.
(Don't worry, I'm keeping my old email address!)
13.  Thought for the Week:  Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.  -Franklin E. Roosevelt

14TECH TIP:  Search for Files and Folders

Did you ever save a file on your computer and you can’t seem to find it?  There are powerful ways to search for a file or a folder using the Windows search feature.


First, a bit of advice which you probably already know.  It is a good idea to save all data from all your applications in your “My Documents” folder.  When you need to use the Search feature to search for a data file, you can limit the search to just that folder – you will save tons of time.  It is quite time consuming to search your entire hard drive.


The search window looks differently in Windows XP than in earlier versions of Windows (95, 98, ME, 2000).  But the methods of searching are exactly the same.  (Also, Windows XP has a few more options than previous versions).


So here they are – some great search tips.


To start a search, click on the Start menu and click on Search


Search for all files and folders

  -  XP users need to click on “All Files and Folders.” 

  -  95, 98, ME, 2000 users will see the box under “Search for files or folders named

Type in the name of the file or folder you are looking for – OR type in any word that is in the name. 

     ●   Example:  Type in “lessons” and you will get every file or folder that has the word “lessons” in the name.

NOTE:  Limit your search to your “My Documents” folder by clicking on the down arrow under Look In and selecting My Documents


Click on Search Now and in seconds, you will have every file on your computer that has the word “lessons” in the filename


More Search Options

There is a section called “More Search Options.”  Here, you can search for files by Date (they were created), by Type (what program created it), by Size (you specify the size in KB) or you can specify other Advanced Options (case sensitive, search subfolders, etc.)


Search for files containing certain text.

If you have no idea what the name of the file is, you can search for files by typing in a word or phrase that is contained in the actual document.

     ●   Example:  I typed in Marshall ABE – I got 15 Word documents that contain that text within the document.


Note – these searches take a little longer because they are actually looking in each file for the specified text – it’s slower, but a great way to find that exact file you are looking for.


Using Wild Cards – The Asterisk

A wild card is a special character that takes the place of letters. The * (asterisk) is a wild card that takes the place of any number of letters.

     ●   Example:  You know a file starts with the letter H.  So type H* in the search box.  You will get every file or folder that starts with H.


Search for a particular type of file using a wildcard.

You can use a wild card and an extension to search for a particular type of file – a Word file, for example.

     ●   Example:  Type H*.doc to find every Word document that begins with H

     ●   Example:  Type P*.jpg to find every picture that starts with P (a jpg is a picture file)


Using the ? Wild Card

You can use the question mark (?) as a wild card.  The ? takes the place of one character (letter or number or space bar)

     ●   Example:  Type ???.doc to find all Word files that 3 letters long


One last thing – you can choose to activate Indexing Service.  This feature works in the background indexing (organizing) your files in a way that allows for much faster searching. The problem is that it will slow down you computer.  I suggest you not use it if you have an older (slower) computer, and use it if you have a newer computer (faster processor).


Now you have no excuse when someone says to you, “Do you still have the file I sent you 3 years ago.”  Search for it!

That's it for now - have a great weekend!

Marshall ABE Links


Marshall Adult Education - home page for Marshall ABE


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


Adult Learning Center Student Website - lots of student activities here.


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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