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Portfolio: Reading your teacher's comments about your work

Your online work is stored in your portfolio, where you will see a list of the activities you have completed. From this page, you can access past units or activities; you can see your work and your teacher's responses. This page also displays the date that you saved a particular activity to your portfolio - and the date that your teacher reviewed your work.

To read your teacher's comments from your Home Space, click on the Portfolio button. A summary of all the work you have saved will be listed in your portfolio. A gold star next to an activity means your teacher has reviewed that work. To read the teacher's comments and also the answers you wrote, click on the activity under the Title.

If the teacher has marked your assignment as Attempted, read the comments and do any additional work that is suggested. If your teacher has marked your entry as Completed, no more work is needed. If you want to review the actual activity to see what was asked and what you wrote, click on the activity title.

To make changes to your work, highlight the part of the text you want to change and type your new answer over it, or delete it and write your new answer.

If your teacher had commented on this lesson before and you want to review the comments, click on the History button. Any comments about the Practice Tests and quiz results will be sent to you through the message center. If you have questions about what the teacher has written, use the message center or write a note inside the Activity.

How to get started with LiteracyLink's Online Lessons

To use both Workplace Essential Skills and GED Connection online learning activities, you must register to have a Home Space at the LiteracyLink website. This personalized Home Space is where all the lessons and Practice Tests are stored.

At your Home Space you will find a feature called My Portfolio. All of the work you do on the Workplace Essential Skills and GED Connection activities will be stored in your portfolio.

Also at your Home Space, you can write in a private journal and use a dictionary and a thesaurus. If your local adult education program has purchased an Online Management System license from KET, you may be able to select a teacher who will respond to your online work.

Students: How to register for a Home Space

Click on the Begin button.

Read under all the links on How to Use this Site and How to Use the Workplace Essential Skills and GED Connection Online activities. Go to the Registration and Log In button. Click on the Register Page link. Click on Begin Follow the prompts to fill in the Registration Form. Please be sure to indicate that you are NOT a teacher.

You will be asked to choose a password. You will need to use this password to return to your Home Space to work more on Workplace Essential Skills and GED Connections. Be sure to write down your username and password exactly the way you typed them (this includes capital letters and dashes) since they must be typed exactly the same way each time you log in. Click on the Submit button when you are done.

Teachers: How to create your Home Space

To create a Home Space do this (only once):

From the LiteracyLink Home Page. go to Begin, click on the Registration and Login button. Fill in the registration form. All items marked with a red star must be filled in. Choose a password that you will easily remember. Be sure to write down your username and password exactly the way you typed them (this includes capital letters and dashes). Your user name and password must be typed exactly the same way each time you use them.

Be sure to indicate "I am a teacher"; otherwise you will be registered as a student. Click on the Submit button when you are done.

How to access your Home Space after registering

Once you have created your Home Space, you never have to use the Register button again. Any time you wish to go to your Home Space, use your username and password to Log In from the LiteracyLink Home page.

Create a virtual classroom

To create a Virtual Classroom, your agency must first have purchased an Online Management System license from KET and submitted the program names to appear at the website. Call KET at 1-800-354-9067 to find out if your agency has purchased a license and who the contact person is for the license.

To allow your learners to choose you as a virtual teacher, your name needs to be listed at the website under your agency or program name. You will get the code you need to create your online virtual classroom from your program administrator. To have your name appear under your agency's name follow these directions:

  • At your Home Space, use the Teacher Profile button. Click Choose Your Program and select your own state. Click on Submit. Find your program name and click on the "Choose" dot for your program. This links you to the agency name that your teacher name will be listed under. Finish filling out the teacher profile, then click on the Submit button.
  • Click on the little house icon in the top right of your screen to go back to your Home Space. In your Home Space, click on the Activate My Virtual Classroom button. Type in your program's license code (if your program has an Online Management System license, you can get this code from your program administrator). Once you have entered the license code, your program will be listed under your state and agency's name. Now your students can find you at LiteracyLink's website anytime you choose to OPEN your classroom.

How to open and close your classroom to learners

The Activate button in your Home Space enables you to open and close your classroom to a new learner's view at will. At this point, you will be asked to choose whether to immediately open your classroom or to keep it closed to enrollment until a later date. In order for your learners to be able to choose you as their teacher, you must have your classroom open for enrollment. Click Activate to open. Click on the Update button.

If you wish to keep your classroom closed to enrollment, you can open it later, using the Activate My Virtual Classroom icon at your Home Space. You can close the classroom at any time and still serve the learners you have already accepted. Click on the little house graphic again to be returned to your Home Space.

How to Accept and Reject Learners

When a learner has asked to join your virtual classroom, you will receive notification of that request in your LiteracyLink mail box. Click on the mail box to find the mail. You can accept the learner while reading the notification message. A learner will not appear on your virtual class roster unless you accept them. If you do not want for a learner on your class roster, do not accept them. Instruct them to choose another teacher.

Online Activities

Workplace Essential Skills

Workplace Essential Skills has four subject areas. Click on a subject (e.g., Reading at Work), then click on a unit (e.g. Unit 18: Following Directions).

In both the Video Activity and the Internet Activity sections, you will find a subsection called "Activity," where you will type comments or answers in a text box. After you finish typing, click on the button below the text box to save your work in your portfolio.

Pre-GED Connection

Pre-GED Connection has five subject areas, just like the GED exam. Click on a subject (e.g., Math), and you'll go to a page with a list of topics.

Each topic has a sentence with a link to a website outside LiteracyLink, where you can learn more about the subject and get practice learning online. The sites weren't chosen just because they're informative - they're interesting, too!

GED Connection

GED Connection is covers the same five subjects as the GED exam. Click on a subject (e.g., Reading). Each subject has Learning Modules, Test Taking Tips, Internet Activities and two Practice Tests. You may want to start by taking a practice test to see how strong your skills are.

Both the Learning Modules and the Internet Activities sections have "Activity" subsections where you will type comments or answers in a text box. The Internet Activities section contains links to external websites where you'll go for more information. You can copy text from the website you visit and paste the text into your text boxes. Be sure to click the Save button below each text box to save your work in your portfolio.

GED Connection - Internet Activity

FOR STUDENTS

Online modules
Each Online Learning Module is an in-depth, interactive lesson designed to provide practice and develop GED test-taking skills. Each module has several units, and each unit contains a set of activities. The modules may take a week or more to complete. You can work on the lessons anytime, at any place convenient for you that has Internet access. You'll answer GED-type questions related to test subject areas, and log on to websites to find and apply information needed to complete GED Connection exercises.

As you type your answers and save them, you are gaining writing practice and building a "portfolio" of work online. You can add to your answers, revise and change them, or redo the lessons if you wish. Your portfolio work will strengthen your skills and help prepare you for the essay portion of the GED.

Internet activities
GED Connection activities are divided into five parts - About, Key Ideas, Activity, Quiz, and Follow Up. You can see which part you are in by looking at the buttons directly beneath the activity's title. The dark (or depressed) button indicates your place in the activity.

The "Key Ideas" section contains a list of definitions or ideas to consider. Notice the list of underlined terms (or hyperlinks) towards the top of the page. These words link to different places on the same page; these words are called anchors, and they will help you navigate.

The "Activity" section is always divided into tasks. You will also find two text boxes. In order to complete the activity, you must enter information into these boxes.

Read the text on the page. When you are ready to enter information into a text box, position your cursor inside the box, click and begin typing. Be sure to click on the "Save to Portfolio" button when you have finished each entry. If you do not hit this button after you complete the entries, your work will not be saved.

When you are ready to move on, click on the "Follow Up" button at the top of the page.

The "Follow Up" section presents additional questions or ideas on topics covered in the Internet activity. In this section, you are asked to complete exercises that reinforce important points in the activity.

Read the instructions presented on the page. You may be asked to reflect on or add to your portfolio entries (completed in the "Activity" step). If this is the case, you can click on the "Activity" button to return to the previous step. If you would like to add more text to your original entry, simply click in the second text box and begin typing. Be sure to save your work by clicking on the "Save to Portfolio" button.

When you are finished with your "Follow Up" assignment, you can click on the "Return to Unit's Main Page" button at the bottom of the page.

An online Activity and Quiz corresponds to each of the 39 GED Connection lessons and workbook chapters. As you visit activity websites, you'll gain practice reading content and answering the different kinds of questions that will be used on the GED test. The quizzes are scored automatically, and give immediate feedback.

Practice Tests
The LiteracyLink Practice Tests were created from the same pool of questions provided by the GED Testing service for the "Official Practice Test" (OPT).

Half the length of the OPT, they are designed to help you plan how to use the GED Connection learning activities to improve your skills and knowledge for the GED test. The online practice tests are scored automatically and will give you immediate feedback as to what was wrong and why.

Profile

Please fill in your e-mail address (for teachers this step is mandatory), so that we can contact you if necessary. We do not give out or sell e-mail addresses.

We hope you'll also take time to provide some biographical information, which will be helpful for your teacher, if you're a learner, or helpful for your administrator, if you're a teacher. The biographical information you provide may help LiteracyLink receive additional funding. We appreciate your help.

Virtual Classroom: How to request a teacher if you are part of a continuing virtual classroom.

Please note: The instructions below only apply to learner enrolled in a class or program that has a LiteracyLink Online Management System virtual classroom.

LiteracyLink Online is free to students who are working independently, as well as learners who are enrolled in a class. If you are working independently, click the link for a list of volunteer teachers. Choose a teacher whose classroom is open for enrollment, and the teacher will receive a message from you requesting to be added to his/her class. You'll get a message in return, after the teacher has had a chance to log in and consider your request, accepting you or advising you to request a different teacher.

Follow the directions below to choose your own teacher:

From your personal Home Space, click the Teacher icon

Click in the textbox to get a list of states. Scroll through the list and click on your state. Click on the List Programs button. Find your program name and click the "Choose" dot next to your program. Find your teacher's name and click the "Choose" dot . Click Submit. This sends an e-mail request to the teacher. Check the mailbox in your Home Space daily to see if your teacher responds.

If you are accepted into a virtual classroom by that teacher, your portfolio will be open for review and comment.

Virtual Classroom

The Online Management System's Virtual Classroom provides an interface for teachers to track enrollment, respond to student portfolio work via e-messaging, and generate reports of learners' progress and demographics. LiteracyLink offers customized training for virtual classroom instructors using the Online Management System.

For Adult education programs: The fee to use the system is $500 per virtual classroom per year; cost-effective state licenses are available. Contact KET at 800-354-9067, or via e-mail adulted@ket.org to find out more

Virtual Classroom page allows you to see the portfolios of your students.

This page lists all of the students in your Virtual Classroom. To enter your Virtual Classroom, students must choose you as their teacher, and you must approve their request to join your Virtual Classroom. When that happens, they are listed here.

Click a student's name to access his/her portfolio. The date of their last work is shown, along with the date of your most recent feedback. A yellow star indicates that a learner has done more work since your most recent feedback.

How to Open and Close Your Classroom to Learners
The Activate My Virtual Classroom button in your Home Space enables you to open and close your classroom to a new learner's view. You will be asked to choose whether to immediately open your classroom or to keep it closed to enrollment until a later date. In order for your learners to be able to choose you as their teacher, you must have your classroom open for enrollment. Click Activate to open. Click on the Update button.

If you keep your classroom closed, you can open it later using the Activate My Virtual Classroom icon at your Home Space. You can close the classroom at any time and still serve the learners you have already accepted.

Teachers: How to Comment on Your Learners' Online Work
Click the Manage My Virtual Classroom button at your Home Space to see a list of the learners you have accepted into your classroom. When you click on a learner's name, you will be brought to a page that summarizes the learner's saved portfolio work to-date. A star next to a name indicates the learner has entered work, has added to their portfolio, and/or changed an existing entry since you last checked it. Click on the Happy Face icon to see the learners' profile.

To view a learner's portfolio entry, click on that student's name. Then click on the starred Area for WES activities, and under Title for GED Tests, modules and activities. You will see the questions that were to be answered in the activity, read the learner's response, and find a text box to enter your comments. You will also see boxes where you can mark the assignment as Attempted (more work is needed) or Completed (no more work is needed). When you type your comments into the text box, be sure to click the Save button to record your remarks into the portfolio. To see earlier versions of your comments and/or the learner's portfolio entries, click on the History button.

Additional Help for Distance Learners:
If your student needs more instruction than you can provide online, he or she can find a local pre-GED, ESL, or literacy program at America's Literacy Directory (www.literacydirectory.org) using his or her zip code.

Workplace Essential Skills - Internet Activity

FOR LEARNERS
Workplace Essential Skills video activities are divided into four parts - About, Key Ideas, Activity, and Follow Up. You can see which part you are in, by looking at the buttons directly beneath the activity's title. The dark button indicates your place in the activity.

The "Key Ideas" section contains a list of definitions or ideas to consider. Notice the list of underlined terms (or hyperlinks) towards the top of the page. These words link to different places on the same page; these words are called anchors, and they will help you navigate.

The "Activity" section is always divided into tasks. You will also find two text boxes. In order to complete the activity, you must enter information into these boxes.

Read the text on the page. When you are ready to enter information into a text box, position your cursor inside the box, click and begin typing. Be sure to click on the "Save to Portfolio" button when you have finished each entry. If you do not hit this button after you complete the entries, your work will not be saved.

When you are ready to move on, click on the "Follow Up" button at the top of the page.

The "Follow Up" section presents additional questions or ideas on topics covered in the Internet activity. In this section, you are asked to complete exercises that reinforce important points in the activity.

Read the instructions presented on the page. You may be asked to reflect on or add to your portfolio entries (completed in the "Activity" step). If this is the case, you can click on the "Activity" button to return to the previous step. If you would like to add more text to your original entry, simply click in the second text box and begin typing. Be sure to save your work by clicking on the "Save to Portfolio" button.

When you are finished with your "Follow Up" assignment, you can click on the "Return to Unit's Main Page" button at the bottom of the page.

When you are ready to enter information into a text box, position your cursor over the box, click and begin typing. Be sure to click on the "Save to Portfolio" button when you have finished each entry. If you do not hit this button after you complete the entries, your work will not be saved.

Help

If you need general answers about the LiteracyLink website, you’ll probably find them on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you’re new to the Internet and need help getting comfortable with this website, see the Internet Basics page.

If you still have questions or problems to do with this website, you can e-mail your question to adulted@ket.org.

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