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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
June 6, 2006

  

MARSHALL ABE

 

1. The next Time Sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, June 12th.

AGAIN, A REMINDER THAT  BEGINNING JULY 1ST, PAY DATES WILL BE THE 1ST AND 15TH OF EACH MONTH.  I HOPE TO SEND OUT THE SCHEDULE FOR PAY DATES AND DEADLINES FOR TIMESHEETS SOME TIME THIS WEEK

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MARSHALL CONSORTIUM

 
2.  PRIORITY!  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 the office know by June 15th.
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3.  PRIORITY!  If you have not responded to the following, please do so --
We are looking at having a Consortium Staff meeting sometime during the week of July 16th.  BUT, we need your help in determining what would be included on the agenda.  Please let us know (1)  if we should have a meeting (2) what we should include on the agenda (3) and the best day during that week to hold the meeting.  Thanks for your input.
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SOUTHWEST ABE

 

4.  Bella Hanson has submitted a new set of 11 research briefs all relating to ESL.  Download these new briefs at this link as well as all the former research briefs.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/research_briefs.htm

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5.  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

http://www.literacyminnesota.org/Summer_Institute.html

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GENERAL

6.  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.
http://www.themlc.org/techconference
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7.  From the Trivia Department:   We previously refered to Evite.com to send out free invitiations to your party.  Here's another neat site more for business meetings.  Send out announcements and to meetings from this site.  The announcements are sent to email addresses you put in by email.  When they receive the email, recipients can respond to the invitation by clicking on the link in the email. 
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8.  NEW on the website:  Missed a Trivia Site from the Trivia Department - or can't remember the address?  You can now see all the Trivia Sites on the web site at:
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9.  Thought for the week:  Inspiration comes of working every day  ~Charles Baudelaire

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10.  Tech Tip:   Update Your Operating System

Microsoft offers free updates on their Operating Systems (OS.) There are several options to choose from to get those updates.  Before we get into those options, here’s a few statistics on OS market share taken from the http://marketshare.hitslink.com/

  • 81.93% of computers use Windows XP
  • 7.78% use Windows 2000
  • 3.15% use Windows 98
  • 1.37% use Windows ME

 

Automatic updates are now available only for Windows XP and Windows 2000.  If you have earlier versions of Windows, it may be time to upgrade to a newer OS. 

 

You can choose to activate the Windows Update feature to scan and download updates automatically.  Or you may choose to disable automatic updating and visit the Windows Update page on your own to scan for updates.

 

If you tend to not remember to check for updates and you have a fast internet connection, it may be best for you to activate Automatic Updates.  If you have dial-up or you would prefer to not have your work interrupted, you may want to disable Automatic Updates.  It is not really a bother to have your computer check for Automatic Updates automatically and will not slow you down in the least.  But you do get pop-up reminders when updates are available for downloading or installing.

 

OK – so now that you know the options, here is how you enable or disable Automatic Updates. 

There are a couple of ways to get to the Automatic Updates window

  • Click on Start, then click on Control Panels, then click on Automatic Updates
  • OR, Click on Start, then click on Control Panels, then click on System, then click on the Automatic Updates tab
  • OR, right-click on My Computer on the desktop, then click on Properties, then click on the Automatic Updates tab.

 You will see four options for checking for “important updates.” 

  1. You can automatically download and install them – and you can choose a time for your computer to do this.
  2. You can download updates and then you choose when to install them.  You will get pop-reminders telling you there are updates waiting to be installed.
  3. You can be notified when  updates are available for download and installing
  4. You can turn off Automatic Updates.  If you use this options, you should visit the Windows Update web site regularly to check for updates.  You do this opening Internet Explorer and click on the Tools menu and then clicking on Windows Update.

 It should be noted that even if you have Automatic Updates enabled, Windows XP will only install critical updates.  You should still visit the Windows Update occasionally to see what other updates are available.

 

If you had Automatic Updates enabled on your XP Operating System computer, you would have downloaded the April Updates and installed the Active X update.  (See last weeks Tech Tip),   And then you would have needed to download and install the Active X fix available from Microsoft.  Sometimes I wonder what Microsoft was thinking…..   OK – enough complaining!

 

One last thing – which isn’t really related to Automatic Updates.  If you are thinking of buying a new computer, you may want to wait until January when Microsoft is scheduled to release its new operating system called Windows Vista.  Or at least wait until next week when we take up that topic.

 

Meanwhile, Happy Updating!

 

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Marshall ABE Links

 

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

http://southwestabe.org/

 

Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational
http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe

 

Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips.htm

 

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly 

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm

 

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

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm


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