Tech+Literacy

A blog for adult literacy practitioners using technology to enhance, deliver, and support instruction.

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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."

The semi-finalists include:

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TO:  All Managers, Coordinators and Lead Teachers

 

Please mark your calendars for our FY18 Web Chat with MNABE webinars!   

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 1:00-2:30

Registration: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/8365382814457229826

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:00-2:30

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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.

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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.

Free Online PD Courses from IDEAL Consortium 

By Jen Vanek, Director

 

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

Facebook Live for Nonprofits

The Minnesota Humanities Center is excited to offer resources that have been developed and created in partnership with community organizations from across the state. These resources have been carefully curated to help educators increase classroom engagement through the amplification of Absent Narratives. The Absent Narratives Resource Collection is a free, searchable database of over 1,000 resources, including ready-to-use videos, teacher guides, and readings.

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On February 21st, 2017, the Minnesota Literacy Council went live for the first time. Facebook Live, that is.

As part of a new initiative to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs), the Minnesota Literacy Council is looking for ABE or ESL teachers to try out free teaching materials or lesson plans in their classrooms, evaluate them, and share their evaluation with other teachers online.

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