Montana LINCS Update
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Technology Checklist: Please complete prior to the conference!
Are you ready for EQ 2013? The event is just around the corner. To help you be prepared, Tim Ponder, our technology presenter, has provided a Technology Checklist of items you need to have checked or downloaded prior to EQ 2013. This way you will be able to be actively engaged during the presentation, not trying to make sure your technology is working.
Montana 2013 Educational Quality Conference
September 11-12, 2013
Red Lion Colonial Hotel
2301 Colonial Drive
General EQ Information
Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/13-14/EQagenda2013.pdf for a printable draft of the agenda with location of presentations!
· The Governor is opening our conference! Governor Bullock will deliver the opening address. Please plan on being registered and seated by 7:45 on September 11th. We do not want to keep Governor Bullock waiting.
· Superintendent Denise Juneau and Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education John Cech are providing keynote addresses.
· The HiSET Advantage team is presenting the most current information about HiSET and also hosting a social hour. All of your HiSET questions will be answered in both formal and informal settings.
· National trainers will provide cutting edge strategies for math and technology integration.
· The new Montana College and Career Standards for reading and math will be unveiled by the state Standards-in-Action team. Our standards are now aligned to the new U.S. Department adult education standards.
· Breakouts will be available for data entry staff, ESOL teachers, all content teachers, teachers in correctional settings, and directors.
· Bring a laptop, tablet, or iPad and find a partner for the technology presentation.
· Confirm that your device will be operable prior to attending the conference. A list of specs and sites will be posted soon.
· Reading, language, science, and social studies teachers, bring a favorite reading resource or sample.
All participants will leave the conference with new information and strategies that can be used in the office or classroom or in counseling students the next day.
· Math - More work with Lynda Ginsberg!
· English/language arts - October MEA Adult Education Strand featuring Susan Pimentel.
· Technology - Asynchronous online work to assist participants in moving from the broad overview presented at the conference to specific technology needs at each program.
Have you received the recent communication from HiSET? If not, click here to register for updates.
Here are some important items to note:
Comprehensive in Scope
Candidates will be tested in five core areas:
· Language Arts–Reading
· Language Arts–Writing
· Social Studies
Test content will be aligned with current practice in all states, and test takers can use existing prep courses and materials to prepare for the HiSET exam. Candidates will be given scores in all core areas, as well as a total score.
November 1, 2013
· Online HiSET store opens for ordering materials
· Test-taker registration opens
January 2, 2014
· HiSET testing begins
Rochelle Kenyon, the SME for LINCS Disablities in Adult Education, shared the following research snippet. For more information, click here: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/08/30/Autism-may-be-linked-to-antibodies-in-mothers-blood/UPI-72961377840846/#ixzz2dZ8Xoxpl
The OER STEM project, funded by OVAE, is offering a professional development opportunity to adult educators who teach math and science to basic or below postsecondary adult learners. Selected teachers will participate in a 6-month User Group beginning in October 2013 and ending in March 2014. User Group members will participate in a series of webinars, identify and use math or science-specific open educational resources (OERs), evaluate a minimum of four OERs, and share those high-quality OERs, evaluations and feedback through two online portals (LINCS and OER Commons).
Learn more about this opportunity at: http://lincs.ed.gov/programs-files/oer/usergroup.pdf and then complete the application. The deadline for submitting applications is September 13, 2013.
Following are quotes from several of the current user group members, whose participation began in March and will end this month:
• … this project has really opened up an exciting door to instructional resources. My classroom…is a more fresh and relevant place to learn with these new OER gems!
• It was a great experience; especially because I could use [OERs] with a class I teach where we do not have much access to technology. Using my laptop and cell phone as a hot spot with a projector, students were able to view the videos and explore the interactive activities.
• I have to admit that I was very skeptical about taking on this project because of my computer skills, but once I learned what to do I really enjoyed searching for OERs. I had no idea that so much information was available to enhance my lessons ... This forced me to search and locate a wealth of information which is so beneficial to my students and [me].
• I have truly enjoyed this project. It has helped me, my program, and our students!
If you would like more information about participation in this professional development opportunity, please contact us at OERSTEM@air.org.
Click here https://community.lincs.ed.gov/node/81/content/discussions to read the technology discussion.
And yet another snippet!
We're not talking about just a few discreet skills for a test or a job or success in college courses. We're cultivating better partners in the educational process, empowering their self-directed learning, supporting their independent exploration, and hopefully/eventually facilitating their self-sufficiency. Not to mention that improving retention and expanding the reach of adult education programs are important programmatic by-products.
Although the learners' outcomes are great long and short-term goals, making technology fluency part of every learner's agenda strengthens learners’ ability to carry their own weight as they cross the finish line, whatever it may be. And, of course, the end is just the beginning of their lifelong learning.
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