On Tuesday, the state rolled out a statewide program allowing Minnesotans to text 911. While officials still want you to call 911 if possible, texting can be the first option for those deaf or hearing impaired along with those in situations where actually calling may be dangerous.
While the ABE field is just beginning to move with its efforts to use cell phones in the classroom, I feel this is one skill that should be taught regardless if you have a set curriculum for cell phones or not.
December is one of those months that seem to fly by despite our best attempts to get as much as possible done before the end of the year. In an effort , not to make your day more hectic, but to inform you of some great opportunites , here are some great goings-on this month.
If you are planning on attending the ABE Support Services Conference this week and are looking for tech related sessions, fear not, there are three great ones to choose from. Susan Wentenkamp-Brandt will present on Google Forms, Jenny Shlukebier will share tips and tricks for getting your SiD Reports into Excel and GED Testing Services staff will review whats new including GED Live. All these session will take place on Friday December 1st.
If you were unable to attend the amazing Pro Literacy Conference last month there is a good chance you also missed out on meeting a number of semi-finalists for The Adult Literacy X-Prize https://adultliteracy.xprize.org/ . The contest supported by the Barbra Bush Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has a vision " to empower the nearly one in six low-literate adults living in the U.S. with the skills they need to improve their lives and realize their dreams."
I recently attended a Health Literacy Group meeting and discovered a wealth of information I was not previously aware of. One of the best resources I feel our students (and staff) will find useful is the website glossary Just Plain Clear developed by the UnitedHealth Group. 142,540 visits were recorded last year to the Just Plain Clear website and the fact it is done in 3 languages ( English, Spanish, Portuguese) is certainly a bonus.
Founded in 2006, the mission of the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership is to improve the health of all Minnesotans through clear health communication.As part of that mission , the organization has just released a new Health Literacy Toolkit.
Graphing calculators have been a staple of the standardized testing organizations for years with several having approved the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus calculator for use on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT college entrance exams, IB and AP tests. That may change due to developments in app technology. The software company Desmos has developed a free graphic calculator app that can be embedded into online tests freeing students from having to purchase an expensive (around $100 new) device to aid them in their education.
If you missed last month's Nonprofit Communications and Technology Conference have no fear, the session resources and handouts have been posted on their website. While a great number of learning centers out there are K-12 based rather than a nonprofit, there were a large number of topics which can be utilized by anyone in education including:
Computer Network Management for Accidental Techies