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1.   Montana Data Quality 2012 Resources


Resources NOW posted! 


·        Click here to access directly MT ABLE Data Quality 2012 Resources.

·        Click here to access directly Computer Literacy Resources.

·        Click here to access directly MT ABLE MABLE Calendar.

·        Click here to access Wiki:  ABLE ESOL Wiki.

·        Click here to access Wiki:  ABLE Toolbox Wiki.

·        Click here to access There Is a Season:  Faces of MT ABLE DQ 2012.


Are there any DQ resources that are missing?  Click here to email MTLINCS.


2.   Montana ABLE Regional Math TATT Trainings


Eastern Regional Math TATT 2012

·       When:          October 18, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

·       Where:         MEA Conference, Castle Rock Middle School, Billings


Click here for more information.  Click here for hotel information.


Western Regional Math TATT 2012

·       When:          November 2, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

·       Where:         Lifelong Learning Center, Missoula


Click here for more information. 


National Information

3.  LINCS Community:  Archives

 Taken from LINCS Community

Needing something from LINCS Archives?

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4.  LINCS Community:  Calendar

 Taken from LINCS Community

Health Literacy

October 1-5, 2012


The Health Literacy Hackathon: New Technologies to Improve Health Literacy (Part 1)

Join part one of the week-long discussion in the Health Literacy and Technology and Learning groups to brainstorm how technology and creative ideas can be used to help facilitate better health literacy. Common challenges presented in the discussions will be used to inform teams of technology developers who will design solutions in a live hackathon event on October 13-14, 2012 hosted by CommunicateHealth:

For more information:

Health Literacy

October 15-19, 2012


The Health Literacy Hackathon: New Technologies to Improve Health Literacy (Part 2)

Join part two of the week-long discussion in the Health Literacy and Technology and Learning groups to participate in a report-out of the live health literacy hackathon event hosted by CommunicateHealth. Special guests Stacy Robison, Xanthi Scrimgeour, Sandy Williams Hilfiker, and the rest of the CommunicateHealth team, will be joining the conversation. 

For more information:



October 4, 2012 (2 – 3 p.m. EST)


TV411: What’s Cooking? Serving up Science and Math for Adult Learners

Alex  Quinn, Noah Goodman, and Lora Myers from the Education Development Center will host a webinar to introduce TV411: What’s Cooking?, a web-based cooking show that embeds basic science and math concepts in nutritious recipes.  The webinar will discuss strategies for integrating this resource into the adult education classroom.

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5.  LINCS Community:  Explore - Learning to Navigate LINCS Community

 Taken from LINCS Professional Development Community

Tapping the Potential of the LINCS Community

A Draft LINCS Community Scavenger Hunt by Jackie Taylor

The purpose of this scavenger hunt is to help you become more familiar with the LINCS Community tools and how you can use them to further your own professional development. Try one of these items below today. Try a new item each day or two going forward.


1.       Go to . Register for an account or log in.

a.       Familiarize yourself with the User Code of Conduct (under the “About” tab, upper right of the page:

b.      If you were subscribed to a LINCS discussion list, then how does the LINCS Community User Code of Conduct differ from the guidelines of the LINCS discussion lists?


2.   Click on “My LINCS” tab near the top right of the page: . This takes you to your account page. Now click on the “Profile” tab under your user name. Create your profile and add a photo or icon.

a.       What are the benefits of creating your own profile?

b.      How can these profile features help you to create or expand your own professional learning network?


3.      Click on the “About” tab:

a.       What general and support information is available?

b.      What tips from the Guidelines for Participation do you find helpful?

c.       Click “How to Use this Site”.  Which questions can be answered here?


4.       Click on the “Groups” tab at the top right: Join one or more groups of interest to you.

a.       How many groups are there?

b.      What’s the difference between “groups” and “micro-groups”?


5.       Click on the name of the group you joined. This takes you to the home page for your group.

a.       Who is the Subject Matter Expert (SME)?

b.      Do you want to get email notifications from this group? Set notification interval to “Immediately”, “Twice Daily Digest”, or “Daily Digest”. Click “Add” to save your settings.

c.       How many group members currently are there?

d.      Click “View all Members.” Try the “List” and “Faces” formats.  Do you see anyone you know or whose work you have followed?

e.      Invite 5 colleagues to join your group who you think have something to say on the topic.


6.       Click the “Discussions” tab of the group you joined. Listed below are links to all discussions-to-date, most recently posted is listed first. This is a useful way to quickly monitor all discussion threads in one group.

a.       Do you see a discussion thread you would like to read or contribute to?

b.      Click on the “Introductions” thread (one of the oldest discussion threads in the group). Post an introduction by clicking on “Comment”.

c.       Is there a topic that you would like to discuss? See if it is already being discussed. If so, read the comments and post your own.


7.       Create your own discussion by clicking on the “Discussions” tab of your group, then click the blue button, “Create a New Discussion”.

a.      What title would you give it?

b.      What are 2-3 key terms you could add as “tags”? [What’s this?]

c.       Write your post in the body of the message. Do you want to add images?

d.      Is your post appropriate for more than one of the groups you joined? Cross-post it by clicking on “Groups” on the left, under “Images”.

e.      Preview your draft post. Look OK?

f.        Post your message by clicking “Save”.

g.       Uh-oh. You see something you want to change. Edit your post.

h.      Share your post via Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter using the icons provided beneath your post.

i.         Bookmark your post.


8.     This is a useful way to monitor all discussions across groups you have joined.  Click on the “My LINCS” tab again ( Then click on “Unread”. This list contains links to posts from your groups that you have not yet read.

a.       Click on the title of an unread post that interests you.

b.      Now click back on “My LINCS” and go back to “Unread” (or just use your browser’s back button).  The post you just read is no longer in the list of unread messages.


9.       Click on the “Events” tab:

a.       Which events address your needs or interests?

b.      What events would you like your group to host in the future? Click “Contact Us” or contact your group’s SME to share suggestions.


6.  Transitions:  Adult College Completion Toolkit

Taken from OVAE Connection


Click here at  to access the Adult College Completion Toolkit.

Education remains the essential currency in a knowledge economy and the means by which we ensure our nation’s prosperity in a highly competitive global arena. Given this reality, our citizenry must dramatically increase overall rates and levels of educational attainment. This includes adult learners who must succeed in postsecondary education in ever greater numbers. Yet, approximately two-thirds of adults age 25 and older do not persist in postsecondary education long enough to earn a credential, and many others do not even enroll. For adults with low literacy and numeracy skills and those learning English as a second language, the transition to and completion of postsecondary education and training can be even more difficult.

The U.S. Department of Education released theAdult College Completion Toolkit,” a collection of resources designed to connect state administrators and local practitioners to the strategies, resources, and technical assistance tools resulting from the Department’s work in the area of adult education. The toolkit focuses on three key areas: access, quality, and completion. Four target student populations include veterans, adult basic education students, incarcerated individuals, and skilled immigrants.



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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101