Marshall Adult Education


February 4, 2005
1.  The Marshall ABE Class Schedule for February is posted - click on the link below.
2.  Read the Marshall Independent article "Adult Basic Education changing with the Times" reprinted here.
3.  Bruce Corrie, Professor of Economics, Concordia University, has updated his PowerPoint presentation from the 2004 RCDC Conference.  You may view the new presentation at
Click on his presentation link on the right side.
4.  The deadline for submissions to To Open Your Mind is fast approaching!  Original student writing, poetry, and art work for this years publication must be submitted by February 18, 2005I know our students do a lot of writing - why not send some in!
Go to this link for more information:
5.  The February Bremer Update for Non-Profits, a newsletter of special interest to nonprofit and community organizations is on-line.  The listing of events includes a February 23 introductory session of  "Raising More Money:  Sustainable Funding for Your Mission."  This two-hour session will be held from 10 a.m. - noon at the Willmar Public Library.  This is the same session presented last fall in Marshall and also happening in Montevideo on Feb 2.  The Willmar date gives you another opportunity to take in this presentation if you missed others; or if you participbated in a previous session, and want your staff, board members or volunteers to get information on this system as well.  The session is free, but registration is required as described in the newsletter.  Click on the link below.

6.  MLC is offering a series on online in-service workshops on a variety of Technology in the Classroom topics. Take one or all of these sessions from the comfort of your home or office (you will need a computer with an internet connection)!


You must log into our FirstClass communication system to participate. To receive instructions and a login name you are required to pre-register (at least 3 days in advance) for these workshops to do so contact Jenny Schlukebier or 651 645-2277 x236).


Click on the link below to read about the Worshop sessions

If you want to take part in any of these sessions, let me know and I will help set you up at school or at home.  -Charles

7.  From Gus Avenido, Re: Hmong arrivals:  PRM (Bu. Of Population, Refugees and Migration of Dept. of State) announced that all movements of Hmong refugees from Thailand will be suspended through mid April. I don't have the details yet.


Gus Avenido, Refugee State Coordinator
MN Dept. of Human Services


8.  MN Dept of Ed Grant helps create health literacy materials:   With a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education supervised by the Minnesota Literacy Council, Charles LaRue has created online and hard copy introductions and exercises to teach basic health literacy in English and 3 immigrant languages. Technology which including streaming audio in Arabic, Hmong and Somali make this health information accessible to very low level learners and the additional printed copies and on-line and printed exercises all reinforce the basic survival information being taught.


This project includes a total of 16 multimedia presentations, 8 online quizzes and 24 pdf documents.  There are 4 kinds of multimedia presentations:  (1) Prescription labels, (2) OTC Labels, (3) Special Warning Labels, (4) Side Effects.  Each presentation is available in 4 languages; English, Arabic, Hmong and Somali.


There are 8 online html quizzes which review this information.  There are pdf versions of the four Presentations in the same four languages, and there are 8 pdf versions of the quizzes.


All of this information as well as an answer key are available online at  
9.  Here's a Tutor Tip from Suzanne McCurdy and Rob Podlasek from the MLC.
Check it out - Click on the link below:
10.  The Minnesota Literacy Council's February, 2005 issue of Literacy Landscape Online is posted on the MLC website.  As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions of topics that interest you most.  There are some excellent articles in this issue.  Click below to visit read the newsletter
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.  Here is a photo I took this week in the Marshall ABE computer lab - we have been busy!
13.  From the Trivia Department: 
Missed reading your favorite comic strip - catch up on your reading here:
14.  Thought for the Week: 
Everyone who remembers his own educational experience remembers teachers, not methods and techniques.   Sidney Hook

15. TECH TIP:  Rip your Music CDs


Now you might think Im saying something derogatory about the type music you listen to but Im not!  When I say, Rip your music CDs, I mean take one of your music CDs and copy the tracks (songs) onto your computer hard drive in MP3 format.


OK so what does that mean?  Well, a commercial CD can hold 23 songs which are around 3 minutes each.  Another way to put it is that each minute of music on a CD takes about 10 MB.  So a CD that holds 700 MB (most do) can store 70 minutes of music. 


Are you still with me?


So you can take the tracks on a CD and convert them into a different format MP3.  (Ever heard of MP3?).  MP3s take much less space in fact, 10 times less space.  One minute of MP3 music takes around 1 MB of space.  That means you can fit around 700 minutes of music on one 700 MB CD.  Thats 233 3-minute songs on one CD.  Wow!


So heres the deal, you can take all your favorite CDs and convert your favorites tracks (songs) into MP3 files.  You would then have a whole boatload of MP3s on your computer (which uses relatively little space on your hard drive) to listen to at your hearts content through your Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting speaker system.  (You do have Bose speakers dont you???)


You can also burn a CD with 200+ of your favorite music selections.  Of course, you must have a CD burner AND you must have a CD player that plays MP3 files.  Many little portable CD players play MP3s they cost around 20 bucks.  Many CD boom boxes also play MP3s.  Most DVD players also play MP3s (you can listen to your music through your TV speakers).When you shop for your next CD player, be sure it plays MP3 files.


I did just that.  I burned a CD that has over 200 MP3 songs on it all my favorites!  I categorized them (put them in folders) Classical (59 favorites),  Contemporary Christian (76 favorites), Christmas music (44 favorites mostly Mannheim Steamroller),  Light POP (15 songs),  Country (2 favorites the only 2 I know), and a Miscellaneous Folder that has 20 songs - all on one CD!


OK so how do you do this?  Well, its easier than you think.  There is a program called Audiograbber that rips (copies) the tracks on a CD and converts them to MP3 files.  Its FREE and its easy to use.  Go here to grab this program.


There are many cool features in the program, so be sure to read the Help files (from one who rarely reads Help files).


There are other programs that rip CDs, but none easier that Audiograbber.  You can actually rip CDs with Windows Media Player (version 9 or version 10 version 10 is for XP only).  But they do not convert the tracks in MP3 format - you have to use a special encoder to do that. 


You can also download your favorite songs in MP3 format from many cheap websites (as low as 80 cents a song).  See this tech tip:


For more information about MP3s and other stuff, check out this website:





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January 25, 2005

 Dear Adult Literacy Provider:
The deadline for submissions to To Open Your Mind is fast approaching! Please submit original student writing, poetry, and art work for this years publication by February 18, 2005.  A submission form is attached.

 To Open Your Mind is a collection of writing and art work by learners in adult literacy programs in Minnesota. This publication serves a variety of purposes including:

   ►  recognizing learners for their accomplishments;

   ►  motivating learners to continue to improve their literacy skills and achieve their academic goals;

   ►  providing a teaching resource to volunteers and teachers to use in Adult Basic Education (ABE) instruction; and

   ►  increasing awareness of adult literacy needs in Minnesota.

 We welcome submissions from learners of all levels.

 For last-minute entries please consider submitting via e-mail or fax:

   ●  e-mail entries to ;

   ●  fax entries to 651-645-2272;

   ●  in either case, signed consent forms can be sent by regular mail, but must be received before publication. A consent form is attached to this email.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 651-645-2277 ext. 208 (, or Guy Haglund at ext. 201 (

Thank you for your help in making this years To Open Your Mind a success!


Cathy Grady
Program Director, Minnesota Literacy Council
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