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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Why Math Instruction Had to Change

 

If you’ve read a newspaper lately, or watched the news, or even had conversations on social media related to snippets of instruction, you’ve no doubt read or heard something about the “new math” and how it is complicated, confusing, and utterly unnecessary. Those comments can often be attributed to the parents of students in K-12 settings; but the changes in math education are affecting all students. At the core of these challenges and concerns are the questions, “Why did instruction have to change? How is this better?” These concerns are often brought up as examples of ‘new math’ instruction is demonstrated, often without context or explanation. 

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Your Library Is An Important Resource

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As adult literacy programs come to the end of their semesters and students prepare for summer breaks, the local library remains a critical resource for continued learning. This summer, explore the benefits of your library and become a lifelong learner.”Libraries build citizens, educate individuals, and foster thoughtful communities. They are essential components of communities.” Often called the “people’s university”, libraries provide information and educational opportunities free for all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
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