The 21st annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. This is an opportunity to guide your students in discovering a number of websites, collect and report data, explore their surrounds and contribute to the greater community. The official website is gbbc.birdcount.org. The site has a great toolkit to get you started with educational and promotional resources.
Throughout the years, Microsoft has made a number of "not so helpful" changes to their operating systems , adding Snipping Tool is not one of those changes. Those familar with Jing or Snagit will recognize Snipping Tool as a very easy to use desktop clipping tool. One of the primary differences is that Snipping Tool is already built into your Windows 7 and Window10 system. If you have not used it before, access it by clicking on your Start Button and start typing in Snipping Tool.
While much of the countrys' politcal news has concerned Senate races and tax bills, the FCC will soon vote on changes that could greatly affect everyones' access to the internet . One of many organizations working to make sure the internet is a open system is the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. While I always recommend investigating issues from both sides I do think their website is a great resource for digital literacy resources.
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."