Marshall Adult Education


June 30, 2006




1.  Student Attendance/Intakes/Casas Scores for the month of June should be turned into the office by July 3rd.
2.  PAY ROLL    The next pay period covers June 16 - June 30th.  Time sheets are due on July 3rd, and pay day is July 14th.
3.  Week of July 3-8th - There will be no classes held at the courthouse during this week.  However, the office will remain open.  Classes at other locations within the consortium will be at the instructor's discretion.  Please advise the office of your plans.

4.  There will not be a Consortium Staff Meeting in July.  The next such meeting is tentatively planned for Saturday, September 9th.  Please send any items you would like placed on the agenda.
5.  Later on in the announcements, there is information about the Summer Institute (formerly Summer Intensive Training) that will be held the first week of August.  If you are interested in attending, please let Pat know ASAP. 
6.  Below is the website for the Summer Institute – conference description and registration materials.  MCEA will be handling the registrations.  You may want to hit the PRINT button for the brochure, or turn your head 90 degrees to the right to view.  On a fun note, I hope to host a Mini-Bass Tournament at the conference for an hour on Thursday evening.  I understand that a limited number of canoes (7) are on hand and I will arrange for those to be available.  Fish as an individual or a team of two.  Bass only.  Largest fish wins a trophy.   Instructions about sign-up will be forthcoming.  ~Barry Shaffer


7.  Sally represented SW ABE - Marshall Region at the National Head Start Family Literacy Center Advisory Committee Meeting on Thursday, June 22, in Washin8gton D.C.  The National Head Start Family Literacy Center (NHSFLC) is housed at the California Institute on Human Services at Sonoma State University.  It is funded for five years, October 2005 - September 2010.  The mission of the NHSFLC is to "provide training and technical assistance to all Head Start and Early Head Start programs' staff, families and communities in the 4 areas of family literacy."  Those four components/activities of family literacy are:
    1.  Interactive literacy activities between parents and their children.
    2.  Training for parents regarding how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education          of their children.
    3.  Parent literacy training that leads to economic self-sufficiency.
    4.  An age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences.
The vision of the NHSFLC is "family literacy woven into all systems in Head Start programs and communities in an integrated way."
NHSFLC's Year 2 Curriculum Topics are:  "involving men in family literacy, collaboration with adult education programs in order to more fully support families, helping Head Start staff increase the quality of their verbal interactions with children to more fully support language development, and helping Head Start staff to support families in embracing their role as their child's first teacher."



8.  Here is an interesting article, "A Dream Gone Bad,"  about Hmong poultry farmers.  It appeared in the Tulsa World newspaper.  Click on the link below.
9.  Educators Reference Desk:  This collection contains more than 2000 unique lesson plans which were written and submitted by teachers from all over the United States and the world. These lesson plans are also included in GEM, which links to over 40,000 online education resources
10 From the Trivia Department:   The RefDesk -  This site has hundreds of links and thousands of pages of reference materials.  "Refdesk indexes and reviews quality, credible, and timely reference resources that are free and family-friendly."  An amazing site!
11.  Thought for the week:  Great teachers empathize with students, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.  ~Ann Lieberman.


12.  Tech Tip:   Blocking an Internet Site on Your Computer 

Here’s a Tech Tip that some parent’s might be interested in.  If you have young children, there may be sites that you do not want your child to have access to.  One of these sites you have no doubt heard about –  Well, if you don’t know what myspace is, check out this link:


If you are concerned about this site with youngsters in your house, there are some simple ways to block it on your computer.  Here is one way.


When you type in the domain name,, your computer has to ask your internet service provider (ISP) for the IP address.  An IP address is a series of 4 numbers separated by dots (Example:  Your ISP has a Domain Name Server (DNS) which looks up IP addresses for domain names.  When it gets the IP address for the domain name you typed in the Address Bar, it can contact the site and it will appear on your computer. 


Here’s an example: You type in  Your computer contacts the DNS server at your ISP and they find out that the IP address is  It contacts that site with that IP address and CNN appears on your screen.  Pretty cool!


OK, so what if you could give a false IP address for – or any other website, for that matter..  Then your computer would not be able to connect to the site.  Well, you can.


Well, there is a file on your computer called the “Hosts” file.  It acts just like a DNS server.  When you want to go to a website, you type in the name of the site (the Domain Name) and when you press Enter, your computer looks in the Hosts file first to see if the IP address is there.  Well, of course, it will not be there – unless you have put it there.


Well, you can put it there.  You can open the Hosts file and add any domain names and IP addresses you want.


Here’s how:

  1. First, you need to find a file on your computer called “Hosts.” 
    If you are using Windows XP, it is located in the C Drive, in the Windows folder, in the System 32 folder, in the Drivers folder, and in the etc folder
    (Did you get that?  Here’s exactly what you do:  Double-click on the C Drive, double-click on the Windows Folder, double-click on the System 32 Folder, double-click on the Drivers Folder and double-click on the etc FolderWhew – that’s a lot of double- clicking.)

    If you are using Windows 2000, follow this path:

    If you are using Windows 95, 08, or ME, follow this path:
  2. Did you find the Hosts file?  Now double-click on the Hosts file.  You will get an “Open With” window asking you to “choose the program you want to use to open this file.”  Scroll down to Notepad and double-click on that. 
  3. OK – as you see, the Host file is open.
  4. There is some data in this file already – mostly information stuff.  Read it if you want.  Any line that is preceded with a # symbol is information.  The information here is just telling what the Hosts file is all about and how to use it.
  5. Now we are going to add our own domain names (web sites) to this file – like (that’s a domain name). 
  6. Go to the bottom of the file and on a new line, type the following 2 lines exactly as you see them here (press return after the first line:  <RETURN> <RETURN>
  7. Press CTRL-S to save the file. 

You did it – you added My Space with a phony IP address to the Hosts file.  Now open up Internet Explorer and type in the address bar and press Return.  You will go to a page that says, “This page cannot be displayed.”  Note:  If you use Google, you may get a page created by Google with a link to My Space.  Click on the link – then you will get the “This page cannot be displayed” page.  Google is always so good about wanting to help you out.


So, now you can add any web sites (Domain Names) you want to block to your Hosts file.  Use the same phony IP address, 


One last thing - Parents need to take control of internet usage in the home.  Here are some links with suggestions on how to supervise the use of the internet at home.



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


Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

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