View Summer Institute Virtual Poster Sessions

View Summer Institute Virtual Poster Sessions

One of the highlights of this year’s virtual Summer Institute Conference (along with virtual sessions, virtual bingo and virtual yoga) were the virtual poster sessions. This year’s poster sessions are short 3-10 minute videos that highlight a program practice, an instructional how-to, or a tech tip.

During the conference, the videos were viewed over 500 times. Many participants noted that they really enjoyed them as a way to get quick bits of information in a format that allows them to revisit them later. Introverts seemed especially pleased by the new format!

We’ve decided to leave the poster sessions active and make them available to everyone. To view, simply click on the link(s) at the end of each description.

Adult Literacy Hotline
Kelly Rynda, Literacy Minnesota
Learn about the Adult Literacy Hotline, the statewide database of ABE programs. Learn tips for updating your data in SiD so that learners can find and reach your program.

Advancing Adult Education Teacher Expertise
Betsy Parrish, Hamline University
Julia Reimer, Hamline University

In this poster session, we present ABE credentialing requirements in MN as well as characteristics of quality instruction in adult education. We demonstrate how Hamline University’s new ABE Licensure program seeks to address those requirements, providing course work to promote reflective practice, equity in education, and expertise to serve adult learners in all settings. We show how the program is also a pathway to an MA degree.

Alternative Contact Info for Teaching and Tutoring
Danielle Brown, Literacy Minnesota
How to use Google Voice and Whatsapp for Business to create (or help teachers, tutors or volunteers set up) an alternative phone number for working with students.

Bookmark Moving Made Easy
Jason Brazier, Literacy Minnesota
Managing and sharing bookmarks is easy. A few easy keyboard strokes are all you need to take your bookmarks with you and share with others.

Creating Videos Using Screencast-O-Matic
Andrea Echelberger, Literacy Minnesota
Learn how to make short videos using Screencast-O-Matic. This free, simple tool will help you add exciting visuals to your virtual lessons.

Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing
Ellie Purdy, Literacy Minnesota
Journeys, the annual publication of ABE student writing, seeks submissions for the 2021 edition. Learners have the opportunity to become published authors – last year, there were  811 learners representing 49 programs!

Less Eye Strain Using Windows Night Light
Jason Brazier, Literacy Minnesota
Too much screen time causing eye strain? Follow these simple directions to enable Windows Night light which may help prevent eye strain and headaches.

Poverty Reduction and the Open Door Collective
Eric Nesheim, Literacy Minnesota
Theresa Sladek, Literacy Minnesota
Come learn how you can help in the fight for poverty reduction! ABE learners face many barriers that prevent them from achieving educational goals. The Open Door Collective believes that by advocating for policies that reduce poverty, we can have a positive influence on creating a more barrier-free road to education. All are welcome to join and membership is free.

Remote Proctoring of Northstar Assessments
Theresa Sladek, Literacy Minnesota
Are you a Northstar testing site that’s been sidelined by COVID? Are you wondering how you can continue to proctor assessments in the current virtual environment? Join me for an overview of how easy the process is, and continue your important work closing the digital literacy gap.

Three Zoom Features to Enhance Your Lessons
Meghan Boyle, Literacy Minnesota
Congratulations! You’ve got the basics of Zoom down. Now, come see how to use the Annotate, Share iPhone Screen and Remote Control functions in Zoom to enhance your lessons.

Using FlipGrid in the ABE Classroom
Rob Podlasek, Literacy Minnesota
Learn how to use FlipGrid, a free website, to share videos with your students. It is a great way to practice listening and speaking while helping learners practice digital literacy skills. Code for submitting responses:

Using Home Languages in My Classroom
Jitka Sebek, Adult Options in Education
Multilingualism is our educational and economic asset that we, teachers, can nurture and utilize in any class for the benefit of our students and communities.


Originally published 9/14/20

Rob Podlasek, Training Director Literacy Minnesota