Is Earning a High School Equivelancy Certificate Your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s that time of year. Time to start acting on our New Year’s Resolution. These resolutions often include major life changes. The most popular resolutions include the following:

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  • getting organized
  • spending less, saving mor
  • enjoying life to the fullest
  • staying fit and healthy
  • learning something exciting
  • quiting smoking
  • helping others reach their dreams
  • falling in love, and
  • spending more time with family.

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La comprensión de las opciones de equivalencia de escuela secundaria

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En la actualidad, existen tres opciones de evaluación principales para individuales que deseen obtener su certificado de equivalencia de escuela, comúnmente conocida como la HSE. Las pruebas van desde el GED(r) , HiSETTM, y el TASC TestTM. Cada estado determina qué evaluación se utiliza, con muchos estados que ofrecen múltiples opciones.

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Así que, como estudiante, ¿por dónde empezar la preparación para su HSE? Como instructor de intentar cumplir con los estándares de CCR, incluir enseñanza de oficios, y preparar a los estudiantes para la vida más allá de la HSE, ¿por dónde empezar?

Aunque cada evaluación difieren ligeramente entre sí, todos ellos están conectados a tierra en los estándares de preparación universitaria y su carrera. i-Pathways es un programa de estudios aprobado para el GED(r) y HiSETTM. Vamos a explorar los puntos comunes en cada área de evaluación.

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Introducing APOYO i-Pathways: A fundraiser for Spanish Translation

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The Illinois Community College Board and the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at Western Illinois University partnered to plan, developed and deployed i-Pathways in 2000. Since its inception, this critical partnership has expanded the online test preparation internationally.

i-Pathways online curriculum provides students the opportunity to set an individual study schedule and prepare for all portions of the High School Equivalency exam. Each content area includes multiple lessons, activities, and learning checks to assess your skills. Math starts with understanding place value and goes all the way to quadratic equations. Writing starts with understanding sentences and guides you to successfully writing essays. Then the Science and Social Studies covers all the content needed for portions of the exam. All of these curriculum can be accessed through any device that has internet such as desktops, cell phones, or tablets.    

Currently, all of the high school equivalency tests are offered in both English and Spanish formats, but funding restrictions limit i-Pathways to English. This places a burden on those who only speak, or feel more comfortable speaking Spanish, and provides an unnecessary bump in their journey to success. Our goal is to translate a copy of all i-Pathways lesson materials into Spanish. This includes every subjects worksheets, lessons, stories; everything.

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DOOM AND GLOOM!!!

You may feel all is lost when you turn on the nightly news. Shootings, race relations, terror attacks, climate change, and mud-slinging in politics are typically what you see within the first 5 minutes of turning on the television or reading feeds in your social media accounts. How can you tie these current event issues to the content covered in the High School Equivelancy exams? After all, the first question a student may ask is, “Do I really need to know this for the test?”   Well, I’m glad you asked that question, my friend. Let’s just take a look at the items I mentioned above and get ready for News Engagement Day on October 4th and discuss why the news matters when preparing students for their future.

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Pokémon GO as GED(r) Prep?

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By Guest Blogger: Brandon John

If you haven’t heard yet, you probably will very soon about a game called Pokémon Go. Maybe Pokémon is familiar to you from the animated series that started in the 1990’s. Maybe because you watched it yourself, or had to endure it with your children. Well, it has made a comeback in the form of an augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices. Although you may not have realized it you have probably seen people playing this game. It usually takes the form of someone walking along with their face planted in their smart phone – (I know you are thinking this is nothing new) but the smart phone app was just released in the U.S. on Thursday July 7, 2016 and has more users than Snap Chat, Tinder, and Instagram. Viral videos can be a positive force in connecting real world issues in the classrom, and now this game is a viral powerhouse. So how can GED students benefit from playing Pokémon Go?

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