Marshall Adult Education


April 28, 2006


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. Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, May 1st.


2. Wish Lists -- In reviewing the budget, we find that we are able to buy a limited amount of instructional materials for next year.  If there is anything you need, please ask Barb for a Wish List Form.  You will be asked to describe how the materials will help/benefit your class and consortium.  The wish lists will need to be returned by May 1st.

3.  Summer Plans - As we begin to plan ABE programming for the summer, we will need to take into consideration each instructor's Summer Plans.  Please let Barb or Pat know your plans for June/July/August in regards to whether or not you will be offering class and/or taking time off for vacation etc.  This should be to the office by May 1st.  Thanks.
4.  WELCOME to Micah Luke as our newest staff member.  Micah has been hired to work on the video streaming projects we hope to begin producing soon.  Micah is a student at SMSU and has his own production business.  You will be hearing more about this in the near future.  If you want to contact Micah for any reason, his email address is
5.  April Student Attendance/Intakes/CASAS scores are due to the office by May 1st.  It is important that I receive the April data ASAP due to the fact that all reports have to be compiled.  CASAS testing for Level Changes - Be sure that you are testing students for Level Changes prior to the end of this programming year which is April 30th.  You should have received a list of your active students so you can determine who has or has not made a level change.  A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN TURNING IN THIS INFORMATION THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.  WE HAVE SEEN A BIG JUMP IN OUR LEVEL CHANGE PERCENTAGE.  AT THE END OF JANUARY WE WERE AT 19.9%; AT THE END OF TODAY WE ARE AT 36.4%.  THIS IS ALL DUE TO THE HARD WORK YOU PUT IN WITH YOUR STUDENTS.  THANK YOU!
6.  CASAS testing for Level Changes - Be sure that you are testing students for Level Changes prior to the end of this programming year which is April 30th.  You should have received a list of your active students so you can determine who has or has not made a level change.

7.  Some of you may remember the research on the Reading Skills for Today's Adults conducted by Celeste Mazur and presented at the May/June Consortium Meeting last year.  That research has now been posted on the ABE website.   Click on the link below and scroll down to Research and click on the Reading Fluency link.
8.  This is a reminder that the ESL 2006 Workshop is May 18 & 19.  For those who have not registered, there is still some vacancy.  For those who will be needing overnight accommodations May 17 & 18, at the Downtown Minneapolis Residence Inn, the deadline for special rate has been extended to Friday, April 28.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Cherie Eichinger,
9.  Boggles World is a website for ESL worksheets and lesson plans.  There's crosswords, word searches, flash cards, phonics, funny song lyrics, and tons more.  Check it out here:
10.  Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota is pleased to announce upcoming ADHD workshops and support groups for spring and summer 2006.  These workshops and support groups are designed to help parents of children with ADHD, teens and adults with ADHD, spouses and partners, family and friends, and professionals working with people with ADHD.  Please open the PDF attachment for the ADHD Support Services flyer to view all our upcoming programs.
11.  The Minnesota Department of Education invites you to attend the 2006 ESL, Bilingual, and Migrant Education Conference on May 4-5 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.  The conference offers opportunities to learn with and from English language teaching professionals and community members who work with English language Learners in pre-kindergarten through adult programs.
Online registration is March 1 - April 21. Additional information about the conference is available at
12.  The GED Graduation date has been set for May 23 at 7:30 PM.  The graduation ceremony is at MN West campus in Granite Falls.  Check out this page as details become available.

13.  SUZLON ROTOR CORPORATION (SRC)  is now accepting applications for our operations in Pipestone, Minnesota.  A representative from Suzlon will be at the Marshall WFC from noon to 3:00 on Monday, May 1 to interview interested applicants.  Please have applicants contact the WFC to schedule an interview time.  Suzlon will conduct interviews every 15 minutes.  You can read more information about these positions here.
14.  Storycloth Open House is May 3rd at SMSU.  Read about this interesting event here:
15.  The new Financial Empowerment web site is on line.  It has resources for consumers, links for agencies, curriculum resources, and contact information.  You can access the web site from the Marshall ABE home page or use the link below.  Check it out.
16.  2006 Technology in Adult Literacy Conference:  The Minnesota Literacy Council and the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning invite you to attend the 2006 all day conference on technology use in the field of Adult Basic Education on June 23 at the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning in St. Paul.  This is an opportunity for ABE program managers, teachers and volunteer tutors to learn from other educators how Literacy and ESL programs are effectively using educational technology. You can read more and register on-line using the link below.

17  The Marshall Chamber has a new Legislative Update which is posted on our web site.  Read it here.


18.  A presentation about Hmong Culture, History, and Health Care Beliefs will be presented on June 28th from 1 Pm to 4 PM.  This workshop called Understanding and Working with the Hmong of Southwest Minnesota  is open to teachers, health care workers and social workers.  You can read more and download a registration form here.
19.  From the Trivia Department:  Got a health question?   Here are 2 great health resources on the internet. 

20.  Thought for the week:  Knowledge that is obtained under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind   ~Plato


21.  Tech Tip:  Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are 15 neat ways to do things in Internet Explorer using the keyboard or keyboard and mouse together.  We have listed some of these in the past, but this is a new updated list with several additions. 
  1. Hold down the Control Key while turning the mouse wheel to increase or decrease the size of the text on the webpage (depending which way you turn the mouse wheel).  This little trick also works with Microsoft Word. You won’t notice any change at some websites because this feature is disabled by the website authors.  The smaller the text size, the more of the page you will see.
  2. Hold down the Shift key while turning the mouse wheel slowly to go backward to the previous page or go forward to the next page (depending which way you turn the mouse wheel).  Some websites “trap” you at their site and the only way you can go back is by pressing the little down arrow next to the word Back (in the Standard Buttons toolbar) and selecting a previous page.
  3. Click the mouse wheel once (yes – it does click).  Your cursor turns into an up and down arrow. Now move your mouse toward the top of the screen or toward the bottom of the screen slowly to automatically scroll.  This also works with Microsoft word and many other applications.  (Check out this scroll mouse at this cool site – it costs $199 dollars – has 1,200 individually hand-set Swarovski crystals -
  4. Press F11 – in the top row of F-Keys.  You will get a full screen version of your page.  Press F-11 again to return you normal view.  This is nice if you want to read quickly see more of the webpage without scrolling.
  5. Press F5 to refresh a page.  Your page will be downloaded with the latest information. 
    Shift + F5 to refresh a web page and insures that no content is pulled from the cache.  (Note:  F5 alone refreshes the web page but grabs content from the cache if it available).
    These shortcuts are great if you’re at the weather page and want to get the latest updated information.
  6. Press Alt-Home to go quickly to your home page.  (My home page is since I’m always searching for something).
  7. Open a link in a new window by clicking the RIGHT mouse button and clicking on Open in New Window.  This is neat when you want to keep the current website you are viewing on the screen.
  8. Press Home and End to go to the beginning and end (top and bottom) of a webpage.  Great for long web pages. 
  9. Press Escape to stop loading a page.  (No more looking for that elusive Stop button!)  This also stops music which automatically begins playing when you visit a site (is that ever annoying!).  It doesn’t stop Flash presentations, however.
  10. Press Alt-D to select the text in the Address Bar.  (Now read the next one!)
  11. Type the first part of a web address in the Address Bar – then press Ctrl-Enter.  The www. and .com will automatically be added to the address and you will go there.  Example:  type wcco, then press Ctrl-Enter.  You will go to
    Note – this only works with .com websites.
  12. Alt +Left Arrow:  Go back to last page
    Alt +Right Arrow:  Go Forward to the next page
    Note:  You can also hold down the shift key and turn the mouse wheel up or down to go backward or forward.
  13. Spacebar – scroll down the webpage
    Shift+Spacebar – Scroll up the webpage
  14. Ctrl + D:  Add the site you are at to your favorites
    Shift + Click on the Organize Favorites menu item.  (Note:  first click on the Favorites menu, then hold down the Shift key and click on Organize Favorites).  This will open your favorites in a folder window.  This is great way to work on and organize you favorites
  15. Shift +F10:  Performs a Right-Click

That's it - Have a great week!



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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