McCormick County Recognized for being a WorkReady Community!
Congratulations to McCormick County for being recognized Wednesday, March 5, 2014, as the second ACT Certified WorkReady Community in South Carolina. Pictured is McCormick County Adult Education Director with Governor Nikki Haley.
GED® Day is Here!
It's the new year and time for making resolutions. Have you made any of these resolutions? If you want to work these resolutions into your teaching life - check out some of the links!
- I resolve to have my students practice keyboarding, typing and mousing skills as much as possible- Check out these practice sites
- I resolve to integrate technology into as many lessons as I can. There are tons of resources for doing this, but if you REALLY want to get good, try this free, self-paced online course packed with great ideas - click here to sign up to get started with an account in the LINCS Learning Portal.
OR mark your calendar for July 20-24 for the instructor-led graduate course at the College of Charleston, "Integrating Technology in the Adult Education Classroom"
- I resolve not to panic because I don't have all the resoures I need yet! Check out this correlation using previous print materials aligned to new GED skills. Also check out these resources from publishers using both new and older print material.
- I resolve to incorporate interdisciplinary lessons in my class, so that students will have opportunity to practice writing, calculating and making connections in all subject areas. Although these are written at a 6-8 grade level, there is a wealth of attention-grabbing subjects and pre-written lessons across disciplines, that could be the jumping off point for rich class discussion and writing practice. Click here for a list of the topics. Click here for the link to the lesson plans.
- I resolve to learn as much as I can about the new testing process. What experiences will students have when they sign up to test? Or take a practice test? Create your own account on the www.ged.com website and check out the resources. Students will take the GED Ready® practice tests here - prescriptive plans based on the results will show on this site. You'll want to check these out for recommended materials.
Science Ideas Needed
Your help is needed!
Deadline extended- February 15!
We want to compile a packet of easy-to-do "hands-on" science activities for GED science teachers in South Carolina. Our goal is 50 science activities that don't require expensive equipment, but would help teachers integrate the GED 2014 content areas of Life Science, Physical Science and Earth and Space Science, with special emphasis on including activities that incorporate the TI-30xs calculator and/or writing.
Life Science Topics:
- Human Body and Health
- Relationships between life functions and energy intake
- Energy flows in ecologic networks (ecosystems)
- Organization of life
- Molecular basis for heredity
- Conservation, transformation and flow of energy
- Work, motion and forces
- Chemical properties and reactions related to human systems
- Interactions between earth's system and living things
- Earth and its system components
- Structures and organization of the cosmos
For more detailed information about the science practices included, and subtopics under these areas, check out the revised version of the Assessment Guide for Educators - Chapter 2, beginning on page 2.35.
Please submit your activity ideas on this form by February 15, 2014 to Eric Childers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Gaston (email@example.com) or Kathy Woodson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As a thank you, each teacher who submits an activity that can be used in the packet will have his/her choice of a science-related classroom tool!
Technology Skills for Students
Do you know what skills your students will use on the new computer-based GED®? According to the GED® Testing Service, students will need:
- To know how to use a mouse (click, drag and drop, scroll, "hot spot")
- Basic keyboarding skills (typing, cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, insert, enter, spacing, backspacing, highlight)
- To use the built-in tools such as calculator, formula sheet, directional tools, symbol selector, item review, flag for review
For more information check out these resources:
- Keyboarding/Mousing Practice - GED® Testing Service has a great list of keyboarding practice sites - click here for the list. Click here for additional sites recommended by SC Adult Education teachers.
- Creating an Account, Scheduling your test, Registering for the test - YouTube videos students can watch for information on registering, setting up a test date and creating an account online.
- GED® Test on Computer tutorial - "Practice for the Test on Your Own Computer"
Are you looking ahead to 2014?
As we begin to prepare for the new GED in January 2014, you may want to obtain these supplies for your testing lab and for the classroom.
For the testing lab:
For the testing lab:
- White noise machine - consider purchasing an inexpensive white noise machine to cancel out building noises. These can be purchased from suppliers such as Amazon.com (approx. $60)
- Noise cancelling headsets - although there is no sound on the new GED test, some testers will appreciate the ability to block out additional sounds and distractions. These do not need to be plugged in. You'll want some kind of cleaner to keep these clean for multiple users.
- Wipe Off Boards (8.5"x14") and erasable markers- testers use these for working math problems and/or composing their writing assignments. You'll need to purchase these for the test from Pearson Vue, but consider creating your own version by laminating cardstock. The pens are Lumo Color, non-permanent, fine tip markers, also available from Amazon.com. Don't forget the cleaning solution for the wipe off board.
- Vacuum to keep keyboards and computer equipment dust free - more economical and safer than canned air, a vacuum that blows air out will help keep the lab dust free.
- TI30-XS Calculators - These can be purchased from K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Office Max or Walgreens for about $15-18. Schoolmart.com sells a teacher set which includes 10 bright yellow calculators, a caddy and poster for $129.40. (http://www.schoolmart.com/ti30xsmultiview.aspx). You can also purchase an overhead and emulator version (for use with projectors and Smartboards) on this site.
- Calculator Lesson plans and reference material - check out www.atomiclearning.com or Texas Instruments' site for lesson plans using the calculator (http://education.ti.com/en/us/solutions/common-core-state-standards) and tied to the Common Core standards. The GED Testing Service website also has a demo site with tutorials for teachers (http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/ticalc)