Marshall Adult Education


July 21, 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.  Week of July 31st-August 4th - There will be no classes held within the Marshall Region (all sites) during this week - no exceptions.  However, the office will remain open.  This is the week of the 2006 ABE Summer Institute.  The following individuals will be attending:  Vickie Radloff, Judy Hacker, John Doyle, Sally Belgum-Blad, Paulette Hanson and Pat Thomas.    There is more information on the training later on in the announcements.

2.  PAY ROLL The next pay day is August 1st.  Time sheets covering July 16 - 31st are due in the office by noon on August 2nd.



3.  July Student Data - Intakes/Casas - is due to the office by August 2nd.


4.  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.  The registration deadline is July 24th.  Check the website below for more information.



5.  Here is an invitation for ABE professionals to participate on a committee that will assist the state ABE office to establish a statewide policy addressing ABE student progress.  Click on the link below to read more information.


6.  The Minnesota Literacy Council has posted links to materials and websites that were presented at the 2006 Technology Conference.  The materials, lesson plans, and websites are excellent resources for enhancing your classroom activities.  Check out these resources at the following MLC site:


7.   The Naturalization Ceremony (Swearing in of new citizens) is scheduled to take place in Marshall on Friday, September 29th at 1:30, at the new Marshall High School.  Please put it on your calendars if you are interested in attending.  There will be several of our students sworn in.

8.  FYI - we have posted a complete list of ABE Programs and Program Managers for the State of Minnesota on our website.  Click on the Directory link and scroll to the bottom to locate the directory list.


9.  The July 2006 issue of the Minnesota Literacy Council Literacy
Landscape Online
is available at the MLC website..  As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.  The MLC
To view the July issue, click on


10.  The Importance of Education in Our Prisons:
  Using the website below, you may view a new report by ETS (Educational Testing Service) on the status and importance of providing education to inmates in our nation’s prisons. 
This Policy Information Report describes the rising prison population and its characteristics, examines the status of prison education programs and their impact, and describes programs that try to help ex-prisoners reenter society. While supplies last, print copies can be ordered from the Policy Information Center for $15.00.  There is no charge for downloading or copying this report, only for hard-copies ordered through ETS.

11.  The Minnesota Council for Nonprofits is offering 2 new workshops.  Click on the link below to read about these workshops.


12.  Follow The Dollar - A guided tour through the federal budget process, will be presented on Monday, July 31.  You can read more about this event, as well as other events sponsored by the Minnesota Budget Project and the Minnesota
Council of Nonprofits.  Click on the link below.


13.  Who's linking to us? Here's a couple of sites that link to the Marshall ABE web site:

Scroll down near the bottom of the page look for the link on the right side:


Scroll down about half way to find the link


14.  From the Trivia Department:   Here is a science site - very topic that relates to science that you can imagine.


15.  Thought for the week:  Pace yourself.  You have to stay ahead of the fastest student and remain right alongside the slowest student at the same time.   ~From the book 501 Tips for Teachers by Robert D, Ramsey, Ed.D.


16.  Tech Tip:   Downloading Files from the Internet

Ever go to a webpage and think…I want to capture that picture or text to my hard drive.  Well, here are some tips on how to download various elements from a web page.

Downloading a picture

There are 2 ways to save a picture on a web page to your hard drive.

  • Right-click on the picture and click on Save Picture As.  You will be given the opportunity to select the location where you want to save the picture.
  • Click on the picture and drag it to your desktop.

Copy text from a website

There are 2 ways to transfer text on a web page to a Word document (or some other word processor).

  • Highlight (drag over) the text and then right-click and select CopyOpen up Word (or some other word processor) and paste the text into the page.
  • Highlight (drag over) the text.  Place the cursor anywhere on the highlighted text and drag the cursor to the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen over the Word icon and immediately drag upward into the body of the Word page.  Release the mouse button and the text is placed in the page.


Create a shortcut to a webpage on your Desktop (Copy a link). 

There a 2 ways to get a link on your Desktop as a shortcut.

  • Right-Click on a link and select Save Target As.  Select your Desktop as the location to save the link.
  • Click on a link and drag it to your desktop. 

If you use the first method, you won’t include pictures that are on the website when you open the link.  If you use the second method, you will include pictures (and all other material) that is on the web page when you open it.


If there is a picture on a webpage that you want to download but the picture is also a link, how do you get that picture?  The right-click or the drag and drop methods do not work.  Well, this is a little more specialized.  You actually have to do some kind of screen capture program to “capture” the picture.  You will need a special piece of software used for doing screen captures.  The screen capture program I use is called Grabber2K.  It can capture part of a screen or it can capture the full screen.  Grabber2K is a Freeware program and you can download it here.


Other types of downloads

If there are Word files or Acrobat Reader files (PDF files) that you want to download and save on your hard drive, the key is to right-click on the link and select Save Target.  If you left-click on the link, you will open the file right in your Internet Explorer browser window.  If you right-click, you can elect to save the file.  After you save a file to your Desktop, you are always given the opportunity of opening the file immediately.


Try some of these tips to capture things off a web page.


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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