Marshall Adult Education


July 7, 2006


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.  PAY ROLL The next time sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, July 17th.  This will cover the pay period of July 1-15th.  Pay date for this time period will be August 1st.

2.  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.  If you are interested in attending, please let Pat or Barb know by July 12th.  Registrations will be sent in by the end of next week.  To date, we have the following attending:  Vickie Radloff, Judy Hacker, John Doyle, Sally Belgum-Blad, Pat Thomas.  If your name should be on this list let Barb know.  There is more information on the training later on in the announcements.

3.  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


4.  Here is a Self Study Guide by Jessica. G. Jones and Heather Cox.  The material in this guide, Technical Instructions for Downloading and Burning Audio Files was presented at the MLC Technology Conference last month. (Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the PDF File link.)
5.  This link at KARE11 has an article titled "State targets non-English speakers for bird flu readiness."  Check it out here:
6.  The ABE-to-College Transition Project just launched a new website called College for Adults.  The site guides adults through the whole college process – applying to school, taking college placements tests, setting career and educational goals, picking majors, etc.  It is an excellent resource for individual students as well as adult secondary classroom activities.


7.  Sally represented SW ABE - Marshall Region at the National Head Start Family Literacy Center Advisory Committee Meeting on Thursday, June 22, in Washington 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.  From Barry Shaffer - Congratulations to Burnsville Adult Basic Education for its Workforce Education award!  Read about the award here:
9.  From Lois Schmidt - Those interested in attending a luncheon sponsored by the Southwest Initiative Foundation as part of the Minnesota Meeting series are encouraged to make plans to attend now.  The meeting is on July 27 at SMSU in Marshall.  Space is limited.  A live satellite video conference to link with attendees and keynote speaker Dr. Michael Trujillo gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center is part of the event. Dr. Trujillo is former director of Inidan Health Service and former assistant U.S. Surgeon General.  Click on the link for more details. (This is and Acrobat Reader File - .pdf)
10.  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.
11.  Here's a website to be aware of, to bookmark, and to check out from time to time - Pioneering a Healthier Marshall.  You can also get there through the Marshall Area YMCA web site.   Both links are below.
12.  MPR is looking for feedback on the immigrant experience.  Click on the link below to learn how you can participate.
13.  The latest issue of Workforce Wisdom (June 2006) is on-line.  Click on the link below.
14.  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.
15.  From the Trivia Department:  
16.  Thought for the week:  We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.  ~B. F. Skinner

17.  Tech Tip:   Sending Photos as Attachments

A while ago, I received a message from my ISP (Internet Service Provider) which said my mailbox had reached its limits.  It was full.  I could receive no more emails until I deleted some of my emails from my Inbox. 


How could that happen?  My ISP provides me with 52 megabytes of space to store my emails.  How could it be filled up?


The average text only email without any attachments takes about 3 to 10 KBHTML emails (which contain graphics) could reach 50 KB.  To put it in perspective, my Inbox holds 52,000 KB (that’s 52MB).  So, what’s going on? 


First of all, you need to know that for POP3 accounts provided through your ISP - most of us have POP3 accounts (see this Tech Tip for more on different types of email accounts – Email Accounts), the emails we receive are stored on the Mail Server at our ISP.  Of course, they are also stored on our computer - until we delete them.   


OK, the first thing I had to do is try to figure out what emails I received that are filling up my Inbox.  Outlook Express and many other email programs allow you to show a column in your inbox that shows the size of each email.


Here’s how to show that column in Outlook Express.  Click on the View menu.  Now click on Columns.  You will see a list of all the columns that you can select to show in your Inbox.  Click on the box next to Size.  (There are other columns that you may want to add).


AHA!  When I look in my Inbox, there is now a column for Size.  I looked at the size of the different emails…and there it is – or should I say, there they are!  A dear friend of mine sent me several emails with an attachment of a photo in each one.  The photos, unfortunately, were very hi-res photos.  That means the size of each photo was huge – about 15 megabyte for each one.  By the time I received the 4th email, my inbox was full.  And so that prompted that message from my ISP saying my Inbox was full – I had to delete some emails


OK – so I saved the 3 huge photos to my desktop that I just received and then quickly deleted the 3 emails and emptied the Deleted Items Folder.  I was now able to receive my emails once again.


How can you make a large photo smaller in size?

If you have photos to attach to an email, be sure they are not huge in size.  If they are, reduce the size of the photo.  A simple way to reduce the size of a photo is to use a freeware program call PixResizer.   You can download it here for free.


With this program, you can also do batch resizing.  That means you can reduce an entire folder of photos all at the same time. 


Another thing this program does is you can convert photos from one format to another format.  For example, you can convert a bitmap to a JPEG – or vice versa.  Or you can convert a TIFF to a JPEG.  Keep in mind that you always want to send JPEG images.  They are most common and easiest to open.


What’s a good size to send?

It takes about 3 minutes to download 1 megabyte with a 56K modem.  (A lot of people use dialup these days).  Do the math – that’s 90 seconds to download 500 KB.  Or 45 seconds to download 250 KB.  22 seconds to download 125 KB.  Or 45 minutes to download 15 MB.  Get the picture?  With this in mind, you should try to keep your attachments under 100 KB


If you are sending attachments to your high speed (broadband) friends who have cable modems, you don’t have to worry so much about the size of your attachments.  Here is a website that shows the download speeds of various types of connections.


One last thing – Here’s a website that you can test the speed of your internet connection.  There are actually 2 tests on this webpage. One downloads a small 30 KB graphic and one downloads a large 470 KB graphic.  At the end of the large graphic test, you will see how fast you do the download compared with different connection speeds.  Give it a try.




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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