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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
April 8, 2005
 
1.  Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, April 11th.
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2.  End of Year - As we approach the end of our student contact hours year (April 30th), please be sure to keep in mind that you should do as much post testing as possible.  For accountability purposes, we must indicate whether or not a student has achieved a level change during the year.  Thanks.  Barb
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3.  GED Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th at MN West in Granite Falls.  Anyone who has earned his/her GED since May 2004 through April 2005 is eligible to participate.  I will be sending out information to Marshall GED Test Center graduates.  If you have students that have earned their GED at a different test site, and you would like them to receive the information, please let me know their names and addresses.  Barb
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4.  Marshall ABE is replacing the computers in the computer lab.  The old computers are being offered for sale to staff members (first).  The price is $250.  The specifications of these computers is as follows:  Pentium 3 running at 1Ghz, 128 MB Ram, 20 GB hard drives, CD ROM, 3 1/2 floppy drive, and includes 16"CRT monitor, keyboard, and mouse.  If you are interested, please contact Barb.
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5.  Information and registration forms on Spring Regional In-services co-sponsored by the Literacy Training Network and the Minnesota Department of Education is available at the link below.  The date for the Southwest Regional is Saturday, April 16 and it will be held at Jackpot Junction. 
http://ltn.themlc.org/index.asp?SEC={5B2D5268-667E-4198-953C-13BB2FB4ADF0}&Type=B_EV
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6.  A new set of Reading Skills for Today's Adults has been posted on the Reading Skills page.  This includes 10 new stories, and answer key, and a list of stories and levels.  Click on the link below.
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7.  Accountability Update #4 from ABE Minnesota Department of Education is on-line - Click on the link below.
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8.  The new Bremer Update for Non-Profits is posted on the website.  Click on the link below.
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9.  A copy of testimony that our State ABE Directors Association President, Bob Bickerton (MA), is going to make to Congress on April 14 is posted on the website.   He is invited to present to the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for education.  This document clearly outlines the importance of federal funding in adult education and defends our “performance” in light of the Office of Management and Budget hastily and shoddily done evaluation of the national adult education program.  Barry Shaffer
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10.  Question: Does time spent in the classroom affect ESL student performance on reading tests? Do test scores really increase for those students with more instructional hours? What does the research tell us?
Answer: Yes, a consistent positive relationship was found between the size of the average reading scale score gain and the amount of instructional time received — that is, ESL/ESL-Citizenship learners who received more instruction attained greater gains on reading tests than learners receiving less instruction.
Read more - download a two-page brief from the CASAS Web site.
http://www.casas.org/DirctDwnlds.cfm?mfile_id=3692&selected_id=1373&wtarget=body
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11.  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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12.  From the Trivia Department:  Do you like Kaleidoscopes?  Try this one.  Try out the different buttons (options) at the bottom
For a bunch of other fun stuff to do, go to their home page.
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13.  Thought for the week:  We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that what is deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of out trust, sacred to our touch.  Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.  -e.e. cummings
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14.  TECH TIP:  Customize Your Normal.Dot
 

This Tech Tips will show you how to customize your Normal.dot file.  When you open Microsoft Word, you get a blank document (at least, you should!).  You have a pre-set configuration in the blank document that opens.  That is, you have 1.25" left and right margins, you have 1" top and bottom margins, you have Times New Roman font - 12 point.  And you may have other customizations that you have set, like macros and toolbar options. This blank document that opens with these "default settings is called your Normal.dot file.

 

We are going to do 2 very easy customizations that will take you a few seconds to do.  We will change the left and right margins from 1.25" to 1" and we will change the default font from Times New Roman -12 point to Arial -12 point.

 

Open Microsoft Word - you get a blank document.  (If you don't, you need to read this Tech Tip - Fixing Your Normal.Dot).

  1. Click on the Format Menu and select Font.
  2. Choose the Font and Font Size you want to use for all future documents.
  3. Click on Default in the lower-left-hand corner.
  4. You will get a message asking you if you want to change the default font.  (Notice, it says it will affect the Normal template).
  5. Click Yes.

That's it - you just changed the font (and size) of your Normal.dot.

 

Now change the default left and right margin settings from 1.25" to 1"

  1. Click on the File menu and select Page Setup
  2. Change the left and right margins to 1"
  3. Click on Default in the lower left-hand-corner.
  4. You will get a message asking you if you want to change the default settings of the page setup.  (Notice, it says it will affect the Normal template).
  5. Click Yes.

That's it - you just changed the margins of your Normal.dot.

 

Try customizing your Normal.dot to the font and margin settings that you like.  If you don't like the new settings, you can always switch back to your old settings.

 

Future Tech Tips will deal with how to make other templates in Word.


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