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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

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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.

Scrabble tiles spelling the word pause

Purpose:  To practice noticing and using thought groups. Thought groups are when speakers break their sentences into chunks by pausing after phrases or to add emphasis to their speaking. Using thought groups in speech makes it easier for the listener to understand the speaker’s message.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  Copies of a reading text

Procedure:

three words followed by dots representing their stress patterns

Purpose:  Improves pronunciation and provides practice identifying word stress patterns in new vocabulary, and helps learners to focus on the most critical words in a message.

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  Copies of the Word Stress Chart for each learner, reading text

Procedure:

Kristy Nielsen

A great teacher learns from their students. This month’s Literacy Leader, Kristy Nielsen, says she values her students because she is able to learn from them as much as they learn from her. Kristy is an ESL tutor at the Open Door Learning Center in Northeast Minneapolis. She’s been there for over a year and a half. On a typical day, she goes to her class right after work, with a prepared lesson plan, and doesn’t get home until after 9 p.m. She chose to teach beginning level ESL because she loves the liveliness of the large class size.

wooden auction gavel and red sold stamp

Purpose:  To review grammatical structures in a fun and collaborative competition

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  Handouts with 10-15 correct and incorrect sentences (use grammar structures that the class is familiar with to modify for your level of learners), play money

Procedure:

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Activity Name: 

Purpose:  An innovative activity to help learners develop their writing skills and improve their writing focus in 140 characters or less!

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  index cards

Procedure:

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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One of the things I believe hinders educators in feeling confident about teaching computers and technology is the overwhelming feeling that there is just too much to know and we feel the pressure to have the perfect answers for our learners. Thus, in a world of Siri, Cortona and YouTube I still have people come up to me and say ... "This is a dumb question but ..." while I am always happy to answer sometimes pictures are better and I think this time a video is even better. To answer the question, " Where is the cloud?

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