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We Can Do Hard Things! Sharing Resources and Information in the Time of COVID-19

We Can Do Hard Things! Sharing Resources and Information in the Time of COVID-19

While our daily lives seem unrecognizable in recent days, some things are unchanged: adult educators collaborating, serving their students, and taking care of each other.  The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Adult Education Support Network have been hard at work creating a central space for resources and connection on Schoology to help us all move forward as effectively as possible during COVID-19.

Who is the COVID 19 & Distance Education Schoology group for?

  • Everyone in Minnesota Adult Education!

What is the purpose?

  • Centralize resources being shared around COVID-19 and its impact on Minnesota Adult Education programs
  • Facilitate the sharing of questions, resources, and ideas among MN Adult Ed practitioners, Support Network providers, and state staff

What features does it have?

  • Contributions from MDE, ATLAS, Literacy Minnesota, PANDA, and other trusted colleagues!
  • Facilitated communication by users, with options to post links, files, etc.
  • Resources and information organized by content/topic, including:
    • Distance Learning
    • Synchronous Distance Education
    • Instructional Software, Tools, Apps
    • Instructional Resources Related to COVID 19
    • Free Instructional Resources (free during pandemic)
    • ACES/TIF
    • Community Information
    • Mental Health

Excellent! How do I get there?

Easy – sign up on Schoology by following the directions below!

How can I stay up to date with guidance from the MDE Adult Education Office?

Visit mnabe.org to find all the latest communications from the state ABE office:

  • Statement regarding Minnesota Adult Basic Education Services and COVID-19
  • COVID-19 and ABE FAQ document
  • Webinars on COVID-19 and ABE, presented by the MDE ABE team and Literacy Action Network staff

How to Join the Schoology Group

If you already have a Schoology account:

  • Log into your account
  • Click on the “Groups” tab at the top of the page
  • Click “My Groups” on the upper right side
  • Click on “Join Group”
  • Enter the access code 4PQM-9XNK-FRF7X

 If you do not have a Schoology account:

  • Go to https://www.schoology.com/
  • Scroll to SIGN UP at the top right and sign up as an Instructor
  • Once you’ve registered, click on the “Groups” tab
  • Click “My Groups”
  • Click on “Join Group”
  • Enter the access code 4PQM-9XNK-FRF7X

Important Follow-up Below:

Once you have joined

  • Click on Notifications in the upper right corner
  • Set your email notifications by checking the appropriate boxes to make sure you find out when updates to the group are posted and when people comment on your posts
  • Browse the Discussions tab for facilitated discussions, as well as Updates and Resources
  • Post new comments, questions, or information to the above
Patsy Egan, ATLAS Director ATLAS
Astrid Liden, ABE Professional Development Specialist Minnesota Department of Education