This Week at Lake Tech….
- September 24, Advisory Committee/Business Partner Fall Reception – 6 pm in Fountain Lobby
- September 25, Wiki Webster Wednesday – Technology Workshop 3 pm in Sonya’s Room
- September 26, Sign Up for a Library Card to help celebrate National Library Card Sign- Up Month, 9 am until noon.
- September 27, Student Holiday, Staff Development Day for Faculty
Arts, AV Technology & Communication
Ten Digital Design students earned their Florida Ready to Work Credentials!
Business Management & Administration
We welcomed Ms. Joyce Williams back from her co-op adventure. Next week she will give a presentation about her experiences.
Our Accounting and Administrative Office Specialist students started activity preparing to complete certification for “My Florida Ready to Work.” Several of our students have already tested and passed different levels of certifications. They include Antonio Loredo, Rose Williams, Bradley Bryant, Joyce Williams and Cherry Doty. Additional students will be participating over the next few weeks. Those who complete this certification will be able to add it to their job portfolio and include it on their resume.
Accounting students Zana Dudley and Marlene Manning are shown sharing their knowledge of developing accounting fiscal reports from a worksheet. Other topics that our students are working on include developing Excel functions, using an iPad for transcriptions and developing reports.
We did take time this week to recognize achievements. Completed OPC levels were awarded to Zana Dudley, Lashon Robinson, Julie Brown and Marlene Satten, who was unavailable for the picture. We also recognized Lashon and Kelsey Tracy for raising their TABE scores. Congratulations!
Our class is also continuing to recognize our responsibility to support our community in different ways. The following students volunteered to donate blood during the recent Lake Tech Blood Drive: Brinda Ruehlen, Martha Walker, Julie Brown, Joyce Williams and Lashon Robinson.
Our students also continued to work to improve the LTC processes. Suzanne Auritt is shown displaying a Word template that she developed. This will be used to streamline new program development.
Our students improved their skills by working in such areas as accounting month end procedures including adjustments entries and trial balances, creating forms, functions and proofreading.
The EMT students are busy with the HSC0003 (Core) portion of the EMT program. As a Core project the students were assigned team presentations. Subject matter was based on the Core and EMT curriculum. Teams were given two weeks to gather information and put the presentation together. Each team provided a working draft, a final typed paper, and used either PowerPoint or provided handouts.
During Thursday night’s class the teams made their presentation. Teams were scored by their peers. The scores were based on preparation, relevancy to EMS, subject knowledge, Q & A and yes – public speaking! Congratulations to each team for a job well done! The presentations were OUTSTANDING!
Hospitality and Tourism
The Commercial Foods/Culinary Arts students prepared a Pate en Croute for your visual enjoyment! What is a Pate en Croute you might wonder? Ask a culinary student!
The students in the PM Cosmetology, Facials Specialty and Nails Specialty spent the week watching live demonstrations. It won’t be long before the students will have a chance to apply what they are learning!
Kicking off SkillsUSA, football style in Cosmetology!
Law and Public Safety
The Corrections recruits completed their Officer Safety block this week and have moved into the Intake and Release block. The Law Enforcement recruits have completed Defensive Tactics and Communications and have move into the Human Issues block. All of the recruits have earned a much welcomed three day weekend.
Transportation & Logistics
This week, many of the Auto Service Technology students fun checking out this brand new 2014 Chevy Camaro.
The new Auto Service Technology students perform a tire rotation on a 2005 Chevy Impala.
The Auto Collision students received a donation of brand new tools and supplies from Equalizer Glass. These tools will allow the students to be trained on the latest glass installation techniques in the industry. Instructor James Brucker will be teaching the specialized skills to the students.
The Diesel students are working hard tearing down Eaton ten speed transmissions.
The GED and ESOL students throughout Lake County are celebrating!
September is both National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Month and National Library Card Sign-up Month! September 23-29, 2013, is designated as National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week. Lake Technical Center will celebrate the National AEFL week with several events. Special guest presenters will share literary passages with the students each day that week. Ms. Stephan, Ms. Thomas, Dr. Lindamood, Ms. Avelli, Ms. Netherton, and Ms. Dailey all have agreed to share their favorite poem or story.
Ms. Barbara Perry, Learning Experience Coordinator for the Lake County Library System, will speak to the main campus adult education students on Thursday, September 26. Also Thursday, the Lake County Library System will offer library card signups from 9 until noon.
Lake Tech offers classes at locations throughout Lake County and also partners with the Lake County Library System to offer ESOL, ABE, GED test preparation, and AAAE at Cagan Crossing Community and Cooper Memorial Libraries. Both Cagan Crossing and Cooper Memorial Libraries are offering tours and library card signups to students on Tuesday, September 24th. Jennifer Moton, Senior Library Assistant, Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library, will speak to the Lake Tech South GED and ESOL students on Wednesday.
Governor Scott recently issued a proclamation recognizing September 2013 as Florida Adult and Family Literacy Month. The proclamation stresses the need for highly literate citizens and the importance of lifelong learning. It also recognizes the contributions of the broad range of adult education, literacy and family literacy providers serving approximately 293,000 adults annually throughout Florida.
On September 11, the ESOL students attended a special ceremony at the Institute of Public Safety to honor the fallen fire fighters and first responders who died 12 years ago trying to save the lives of so many.
On September 13, the ESOL students celebrated “International Chocolate Day” with a chocolate fondue.
Check out these three ipad/iphone apps that could be useful to you. The first two are free; the last one is only $1.99.The Human Body App is free (this week only) as part of Apple’s App of the Week program! Explore a working model of the body. Every part is animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see. Designed for kids ages 4+ to discover what we’re made of and how we work. The Human Body is the first in a series of apps from Tinybop. Each app contains a recording tool so you and your child can ask questions, listen, and respond to each other. Play, learn, and explore together. iWorksheet is easy to use. I’m not a huge fan of worksheets, but this app is great. I use iWorksheet as a tool for test preparation. It is very simple to use. Follow the on-screen prompts asking you for various information. First, select your worksheet you want to put onto the iPad. Enter your email address, snap a picture of the worksheet, name it, and put the answers (separated with a comma). It works flawlessly and does the grading for you.
Easy Portfolio is a nice iPad app for creating portfolios of your work and or your students’ work. In Easy Portfolio you can create multiple portfolios containing pictures, videos, links, notes, documents, and audio recordings. You can import files from your iPad to any of your portfolios. You can also create new media from scratch within each of your portfolios. You can share individual portfolio elements or entire portfolios via email or Dropbox. In addition to being a good iPad app for creating portfolios, Easy Portfolio could be a good app for students to use to take notes. They can create portfolios for each of their courses. Then within each portfolio they can type notes and or record audio notes.
Easy Portfolio is currently priced at $1.99 USD.
10 Rules of Email Etiquette for Teachers
1. Be concise and to the point.
Do not make an e-mail longer than it needs to be. Remember that reading an e-mail is harder than reading printed communications and a long e-mail can be very discouraging to read.
2. Answer all questions and pre-empt further questions.
An email reply must answer all questions, while pre-empting further questions – If you do not answer all the questions in the original email, you will receive further emails regarding the unanswered questions, which will not only waste your time and the other person’s time but also cause considerable frustration. Moreover, if you are able to pre-empt relevant questions, people will be grateful and impressed with your efficient and thoughtful responses.
3. Use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
This is important because improper spelling, grammar and punctuation gives a bad impression. It is also important to conveying a message properly. Emails with no full stops or commas are difficult to read and can sometimes even change the meaning of the text.
4. Use appropriate spacing and emphasis
Since reading from a screen is more difficult than reading from paper, the structure and layout is very important. Use short paragraphs and blank lines between each paragraph. When making points, number them or mark each point as separate to keep the overview. Remember that if you use the editing features available in your email program they might not show up in all of your recipients’ programs so don’t rely on colors, bold, italics, etc. for emphasis.
5. Do not overuse the high priority option.
The high priority option will lose its function when you really need it if it is over-used. Moreover, even if a mail has high priority, your message could come across as aggressive if you flag it as ‘high priority’. Use this sparingly.
6. Do not use CAPITALS for an entire email.
IF YOU WRITE IN CAPITALS IT SEEMS AS IF YOU ARE SHOUTING. At the very most, capitals can be used to emphasize one word, but more than that is inappropriate.
7. Don’t leave out the message thread.
When you reply to an email, you should include the original mail in your reply, in other words click ‘Reply’, instead of ‘New Mail’. Your email program probably also has an option of including the original message (if needed, you might ask your local tech support to set this for you). Using this option makes things much easier for the reader, especially if you include a new recipient (CC) on a reply. The recipient(s) will be able to follow the discussion much more efficiently.
8. Read the email before you send it.
A lot of people don’t bother to read an email before they send it out, as can be seen from the many spelling and grammar mistakes contained in emails. Apart from this, reading your email through the eyes of the recipient will help you send a more effective message and avoid misunderstandings. Before pressing send, think about how the message will “feel” for your recipient – it is never recommended to make jokes or use sarcasm. It’s very easy for email messages to be misinterpreted because of incorrect tone.
9. Do not use CC if sending to a mailing list. When sending an email to a large number of people, some people place all the email addresses in the To: field. One way to get round this is to place all addresses in the Bcc: field.
10. Take care with abbreviations and emoticons.
In formal emails, try not to use abbreviations such as BTW (by the way) and LOL (laugh out loud). The recipient might not be aware of the meaning of the abbreviations and these are generally not appropriate in formal communication. The same goes for emoticons, such as the ‘smiley’. If you are not sure whether your recipient knows what it means, it is better not to use it.
In the Community
- September 26 – Diane Culpepper and four students will be attending the Leesburg Chamber Sunrise Breakfast meeting.
- September 26 – Diane Culpepper, along with Lake County’s Economic Development Staff and Workforce Central Florida will be making a visit to Enviro Fuel Systems in Clermont.
- October 10 – Lake Tech will be represented at the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, 2 – 6 pm, Lake Sumter State College Gym
- October 11 – Trudy Dailey will represent Lake Tech at the Community Resource & Career Fair, 9 – 11 am, Venetian Gardens
- October 14 – Lake Tech will have a table at College Night, 6 – 8 pm Lake Sumter State College
- November 7 – Lake Tech will be participating in the Taste of South Lake & Business Expo, 5 -8 pm, Clermont’s Waterfront Park