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I've been working on this set of videos for a few months now, following Tricia Bowen in her conversations with some really great people engaged in adult education. Learned a lot about video and editing, and also the impact that adult education can have on people's lives.

It was really great to launch last night at the VALBEC Forum for Adult Learners Week.

#adultLiteracy   #VALBEC   #AdultLearnersWeek   #AFullerSenseOfSelf  
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Here's the handout we gave students for our "improve your digital literacy - iPad and Skype" course recently at PRACE. 
Here's a copy of the printed materials we handed out during the course. It's a pdf file that should hopefully open on your iPad. Link here:
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Working with Catherine at PRACE on a program to support people learning to drive, with their language and literacy skills. 

Unfortunately, we can't use iCloud to back up the iPad photos, because her iCloud storage is already full. But at there's no way to find out what's taken all the storage space.

5Gb of "Something We Can't See". Probably the apps, right? 

Anyone good with iCloud who knows how to stop iCloud backing up apps automatically? 
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Now working on a project gathering stories about Resilience in Adult Learning. There's a website in the UK, and i've just set up a page on facebook as well..  

Do you know someone in the realms of adult learning who might like to contribute a story? 
Nurun writes: "The greatest part of my life is that I have grown a lot of confidence within myself. It is at times unbelievable for me because I always thought I would never come this far, but now I know that it is best to always carry on no matter what obstacles come in your way.
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Ways to integrate google & microsoft office suites.. edit within Gdrive.
Introducing the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office (for Windows). This new plug-in lets you open files from Drive, edit them, and save back to Drive without leaving Office.

Learn more on the Drive blog:
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this is amazing.. and it works better than any voice recognition i've seen. No wait, the dragon app on ipad is pretty good too. They've all learned to use the masses of data coming in to improve their product. 
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Speaking of adult literacy students and educators who can inspire you, I've been working with Tricia Bowen on the video follow-up to her 2011 publication "A Fuller Sense of Self". Tricia worked hard to track down students from the original book, to find out where they are now, and how adult learning has affected their lives lately.

The full story, in 3 chapters, is being launched at a VALBEC forum for Adult Learners Week in Clifton Hill: Tuesday 6 Sept, 2016 • 6.00 - 8.00 pm.

Forum details:
Video trailer:

* VALBEC: Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council.
** Inspired and produced by Lynne Matheson

#adultLiteracy #inspiring
Adult Learners' Week Forum. Tuesday 6 Sept, 2016 • 6.00 – 8.00 pm •. Royal Hotel, 41 Spensley Street Clifton Hill Map. This interactive forum will bring together three experienced LLN practitioners to talk about innovative and effective approaches to assessment. Both for the initial interview ...
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So great to find that people are still investing in the scrobbling culture.. this plugin lets you keep a scrobbling record of the music you listen to on the webs. 

#lastfm   #scrobble   #music   #chromeExtension   
A lightweight scrobbler that scrobbles the music you listen to on the web.
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Found a great set of oral histories from adult learners at #SydneyTAFE. Back in 2008, Carol McKirdy interviewed a range of students, to gently draw out their stories. There are about 15 stories, as well as audio summaries and language & literacy lessons to support further learning. 

I've been listening to Anna Green's story of escape from 1950s Hungary, and she really draws you in, well supported by Carol's gentle interviewing style. 

#acalRapal   #resilience   #adultLearning   #adultLiteracy   #oralHistory   #SydneyTAFE  
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This one i'll use a lot.. the same actual file in multiple folders. Would you find this useful?
This is potentially a very useful thing: you can have the same actual file appear in multiple folders (in google drive). 

Basically, select your file and press [Shift + Z]. You can then add the file to additional folders. 

Q: would you find this useful, or just confusing? 
In the old Google Drive you were able to hold down the Shift key and click on multiple folders that you wanted to organize your files into. In the new Google Drive this does not work. Move to a Fol...
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I can't imagine a situation in which I would do this - as soon as I did it, I'd want to rename one to differentiate. How does version control work? (eg. this doc is the one in this folder but this other (same named doc) is the one in that folder).
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This one still looks promising.. version control in g docs. 
Replace files in Google Drive without changing the link to the file. Learn more:
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Wow. This is new, i think.... you can now dictate directly into google docs. And it works, really well. 

(You do have to say "period" when you mean "full stop" which is kinda strange for a person using UK English.) 
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Michael Chalk is an adult educator (language, literacy and numeracy) who supports teachers to use technology to support learning at a few places including: 
(Mainly in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.) 

He's been involved in state and national e-learning projects such as: 
More details at, specifically my working blog at

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Performer, musician, writer. Educator (language, literacy, technology, adult community);
  • LearnLocal e-learning mentor networks
    e-mentor, North-West Melbourne, 2008 - 2012
  • iChalki
    Director, 1995 - present
  • Adult Learning Australia (ALA)
    network and web conference facilitator, 2004 - 2011
  • Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE)
    language, literacy and technology educator, 1993 - 2014
    For a long time, the digital learning coordinator, supporting teachers to develop better strategies to use technologies in the classroom.
  • Victoria University (VU)
    ICT co-ordinator, English Language Institute, VU College., 2009 - 2011
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