Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


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Montana Information

1.    Montana Educational Quality (EQ) Snapshot

Montana Educational Quality Conference

September 11-12, 2013

Red Lion Colonial Hotel

2301 Colonial Drive

Helena, MT 59601

                    National presenters:  

·       HiSET Team – Amy Riker, Jason Carter, Tina Hawkins, & JT Lawrence

·       Technology – Tim Ponder, expert in the field of technology in the adult education classroom (Take a look at a couple of postings below regarding technology integration.)

·       Math – Lynda Ginsberg, adult numeracy expert


·       Corrections

·       Directors’ Meeting

·       ESOL

·       MABLE

·       Math

·       Reading, Science, and Social Studies


2.    College!NOW Survey:  August 6

As a Montana ABLE staff member, you will be receiving an important survey on August 6 that will provide the Office of Public Instruction and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education with information that will help shape state policy and give guidance to support the transition of adult basic education students to postsecondary education and training.


As the College!NOW grant is in the final phase, we value your input in the development of the “Montana ABE Transition Guidelines” to formalize ABE career pathways.


Thank you for your time and expertise.

Margaret Bowles, ABLE State Director


National Information

3.  Career Exploration Websites

Taken from LINCS Community:  Career Pathways

Click here to access free adult education-focused web-based instruction video sites.

Career Pathways Colleagues,

For several years on the LINCS workforce education discussion list predecessor to this CoP I had posted links to free online videos for helping adults learn about specific careers and jobs. Now, in the current issue of the COABE Journal, Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2013, is a Web Scan column I wrote that brings this information up to date with eight career exploration video web sites. The article also includes tips on how to find career videos and tips on using them. The multi-career video web sites listed include:, Vector (Canadian-focused), New Jersey Next Stop...Your Career, Career One Stop Cluster and Career Videos, Career Videos Challenge, YouniversityTVCareer Videos, Careers Out There, and Career Aisle.

David Rosen

4.  Learning with LINCS

Taken from LINCS Community Notice

As part of our ongoing efforts to connect adult education practitioners to free, high-quality professional development opportunities, LINCS has launched the LINCS Learning Portal: The LINCS Learning Portal is a web-based platform that connects adult educators to self-paced online courses from OVAE initiatives, including LINCS, TEAL, and more. As members of the LINCS Community, you all are the first to hear about the Learning Portal! We invite you to register for the portal, sign up for the first course, and spread the word to your colleagues and friends in the field.

The first course developed by LINCS —Engaging Adult Learners in Science— is available now, as well as Learning to Achieve courses. Additional courses in ESL instruction, adult career pathways, science, and other topics will soon follow. You will receive a certificate of completion for each course that you complete.

Science Course Outline

·        Session 1: Understanding the Importance of Scientific Literacy for Adult Learners

o   Science and scientific literacy

o   Relevance of science to adult learners in basic education

·        Session 2: Exploring the Scientific Practices

o   Eight scientific practices

o   Compare and contrast the scientific practices and the scientific method

o   The scientific practices in everyday life

·        Session 3: Observing the Scientific Practices in the Classroom

o   Classroom activities that use the scientific practices

Important note about accounts: The LINCS Community and LINCS Learning Portal currently are two separate systems. This means that you will need to create a new account to join the LINCS Learning Portal. You do not need to pick a new username; as your username for the Learning Portal will be your email address. However, you will need to choose a new 8-character password. The LINCS team is investigating the technical steps it would take to merge these two systems under one account structure (i.e., Single Sign On).

To join the LINCS Learning Portal, follow the following steps:

1. Go to the log in page at:

2. Click the Create User / Sign up button in the Need to register? box. You will need to create a new account (separate from your LINCS Community account).

3. Complete the requested information to create your account. Check the box to accept the terms and conditions; and click Create an Account.

4. An email will be sent to you to confirm your email address. Click the link in your email to verify your email address and complete your account set up.

5. Within that email, click the Continue to LINCS Learning Online link and log in by entering your username (email address) and password.

To enroll in Engaging Adult Learners in Science

1. Click the course title: Engaging Adult Learners in Science in the LINCS Science section.

2. Click Enroll me on the next screen, then on the new screen click Launch to start the course.

We are excited to provide you with this valuable resource and expand it by adding additional courses throughout the coming months! If you have any questions about accessing or using the LINCS Learning Portal, please contact us at:

LINCS Community Team

5.  Technology Discussion:  How Technology Can Transform Adult Education

Taken from LINCS Community:  Notice

·        Online Discussion:  How Technology Can Transform Adult Education

·        Date:  Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 9:00am - Monday, August 19, 2013 - 9:00pm

·        Location:  Online Discussion in the LINCS Community Technology and Learning group

During August 13-19, 2013, the LINCS Community will co-host a guided discussion in the Technology and Learning group to consider how technology can transform adult education and current practice. Adult education and technology experts Art Graesser and David Rosen will discuss the use of education technology in the adult education field to innovate teaching and learning to meet the needs of adult learners.

This timely and significant conversation will serve to provide comment on an upcoming report to be released by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). Later this month, OVAE will release and request public comment on the draft report: Connected Teaching and Personalized Learning: Implications of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) for Adult Education, produced through a contract with the American Institutes for Research.

Stay tuned for the release of the report and more information about this corresponding LINCS Community event. Public comment on the report will be accepted via this LINCS Community conversation, so please encourage your friends and colleagues to join the community in advance of August’s discussion!

6.  Technology:  Integrating Technology into the Classroom Using the SAMR Model

Taken from LINCS Community:  Technology and Learning

Click here  to download the Pedagogy Wheel that incorporates the SAMR Model:  Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.  This wheel has clickable apps and gives you a big picture of how technology can be integrated.

According to Jeff Dunn on, “this new Pedagogy Wheel (which honestly is less about iPads and more about technology integration now) should encourage you to focus on redefining your current standards, the current role tech plays in your classroom, and just about everything else. The new visual wants you to start creating, not just understanding or analyzing.” 

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