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National Information

1.     Pathways Webinar:  Applying Lessons Learned Career Technical Education to Adult Career Pathways

Taken from LINCS Community

The Adult Career Pathways Training and Support Center (ACP-SC) is hosting a free online webcast next week on June 11, 2013 at 8:45 - 9:45 AM CDT. The ACP-SC Webcast Series Presents: Applying Lessons Learned from Career Technical Education to Adult Career Pathways features host Hope Cotner, Vice President, U.S. Projects, Center for Occupational Research and Development, as she leads an esteemed panel including:

·        Albert Palacios, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education;

·        Blake Flanders,  Vice President for Workforce Development,  Kansas Board of Regents; and

·        Brian Durham, Senior Director for Academic Affairs and Career & Technical Education, Illinois Community College Board.

Register for the webcast here:

2.  Standards Webinar

Taken from LINCS Community

Event details


Monday, June 24, 2013 (All day) - Friday, June 28, 2013 (All day)


Webinar and Guest Discussion

Kick Off Summer with a Free Webinar and Guest Discussion on Kentucky’s Standards Resources!

During the week of June 24th, the LINCS Community will host a guest discussion and webinar with Gayle Box and Joyce Bullock of Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE). Kentucky has been at the forefront of standards-based instruction and has recently completed the second year of a three-year professional development (PD) model for standards-based instruction focusing on the KYAE Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

As associates in KYAE’s Strategic Initiatives, Gayle and Joyce, along with KYAE instructors and administrators, will guide members through the PD materials and resources found at and share how these materials can be adapted for use by other states. An introductory webinar on Monday, June 24th (2:00-3:00 PM ET) will be followed by four days of guided discussion in the community. To register for the introductory webinar, use this link:

Please note: you cannot register simply by posting a comment in the community or on this announcement; you must use the above link. Instructions on how to access the webinar will be provided in your registration confirmation email. All attendees must register.

The event will feature the following resources: Kentucky Professional Development Resources; Kentucky Common Core Standards; and Standards-In-Action.

LINCS subject matter expert Meryl Becker-Prezocki will serve as the host of the discussion and present the discussion questions.

Stay tuned for additional details, including a schedule for the week.

3.  Technology:  Using Pinterest

Taken from LINCS Community:  Technology and Learning

I found this short article "Fighting Teacher Isolation with Technology"  from a 4th grade teacher with tips on how to use Twitter, Google Hangouts, Pinterest, and Professional Learning Networks (like LINCS) to fight teacher isolation helpful.  Although she's a 4th grade teacher, I think her ideas are great and applicable for adult ed teachers who often find themselves as the only math teacher in a rural area program or the evening ESL teacher. She shares how teachers are using Pinterest to share classroom ideas much the way they do in the teacher's lounge or when visiting a colleague's classroom (without having to do so!).

Michelle Carson

iPathways Pinterest

Here is the i-Pathways Pinterest site.

4.  Technology:  Using Free Online Instructional Videos with Adult Learners

Taken from LINCS Community:  Technology and Learning (Resources from COABE)

Using Free Online Instructional Videos with Adult Learners

David J. Rosen, Ed.D

Find free, online instructional videos appropriate for adult learners on YouTube. You can find lots of good instructional videos on YouTube, You may have to narrow your search using terms like “essay writing” “adding and subtracting decimals” or “comma faults”.  A few years ago our problem was not being able to find many good videos on YouTube suitable for adult education; now the problem is that there are so many videos that it is hard to sort the wheat from the chaff.  If YouTube is blocked at your program or school, you can still preview the videos at home, and using software such as DVD VideoSoft you can save them to a portable storage device that you connect to a computer lab LAN, or show them in class using a multimedia (LCD) projector.

If you are looking for numeracy and math videos, I have done some of the review work for you. To download a free, 21-page list of adult basic education and adult secondary education numeracy and math video web sites, go to my drop box at:

Preview videos before showing or assigning them to students. If possible, form a team of people who teach the same subject at the same level to review and share videos. This could be teachers at your school or program, a group of teachers from several programs in your area or state, or an online team. You could use free online group software like Wiggio, Yahoo or Google groups, or for real-time video meetings for up to nine people, Google Hangouts, or Skype. Of course, someone needs to take the lead and invite others to join, moderate the meetings, and follow up.

Evaluate Videos using an efficient process. Create a simple, shared video evaluation form that teachers would use, something like this:

·        Would you assign this to your students? If yes, continue. If no, stop.

·        What subject and level?

·        How many minutes long is the video?

·        What's the video’s web address?

·        Is there an accompanying assessment? If so would you assign this, too?

·        Are there accompanying print materials that could be downloaded? If so, would you assign these?

·        Rate the video: E = Excellent, G= Good, O= okay

·        Other comments:

Develop a simple questionnaire or oral group process to get video evaluation comments from learners, questions such as:

·        What did you like about the video?

·        What didn’t you like?

·        Did it help you learn? (yes/no)

·        If so, what was helpful?

·        Other comments:

Students watch the videos in class or outside class. You can show videos in class, but students can also, or instead, watch them on a computer at home, work or a library, or from a smart phone. They could watch them before and/or after class, connected to the classwork, or as a supplement to classroom instruction. The Khan Academy “flipped classroom”, where students watch a demonstration before class, and take a quiz whose results are instantly organized in a class data display for the teacher, enables the teacher to work directly with students who have not passed the quiz, while assigning other videos to students who “got it,” or asking them to be peer mentors to those who didn’t.

Teach your students how to watch online videos. If you assign videos for students to view outside class, on their own in a class, or in a computer lab, be sure that they know how to access the videos, and how to use the video controls:

·        Play

·        Pause

·        Stop

·        Rewind

·        Fast forward

·        Slider to move ahead or back

·        Enlarge the video to fill the screen

·        Turning on closed caption (CC)

Encourage students who don’t understand the content, or can’t do what it is demonstrating after watching once, to rewind and play it again (and again).

Consider using the (often free) assessments or supplementary print materials available for some of the videos. If the video has a quiz, encourage students to take it. For some videos, e.g. Khan Academy, USA Learns, and TV 411 there are quizzes and/or accompanying downloadable print materials. Be sure you know what’s available and show students how they can access the materials.

Watch professional development videos. If you are looking for adult education professional development videos, check the (free) Media Library of Teaching Skills, and also YouTube. For some topics, for example, essay writing, YouTube has lots of videos. You can check out several different approaches, and choose the one that you think is most effective.

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