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Published by Laura Rajsic-Lanier
Adult Enrichment Project
Spring 2011 Newsletter

--> Learning You Choose
--> Badges Currently Available
--> Frequently Asked Questions
Adult Enrichment Project
Spring 2011 Newsletter

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--> Badges Currently Available
--> Frequently Asked Questions

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[Adult Enrichment Project]

The Key to Your Adventures • adultenrichmentproject.blogspot.com

Learning You Choose
When you’re doing workshops, classes, webinars or any other learning, how often does it coincide with what you need to learn? I have often found that what my Girl Scouts choose to do each year rarely reflects the choices offered by my council. I spend a lot of time and effort looking for information online. The dynamics of the girls as well as previous experiences and explorations they’ve made on their own lead me in directions I’ve never thought of pursuing. How often does an average person need to know engineering basics? Last year, one of the patches they chose to earn was “Design Squad.” Two of the girls had been watching the PBS show and wanted to try it for themselves. Not only did I take the online workshop PBS offered to help, but PBS also had an introduction with a webinar and my council did a couple of the activities at LEAP (leader enrichment weekend). I thought I was ready, but found that I was pulling up my high school Physics class as well to help explain why things worked. If I had not taken the time to do the extra work, I would not have been able to offer advice, possible design adjustments and even answers to the “why” questions. This patch program was a group effort between all of us. The girls earned their patch. We spent a lot more time doing the activities than the patch required as the girls grappled with the difference between “reality tv” and the real world. I was proud that they didn’t give up. Even when they were frustrated, they continued adjusting their designs and trying again. They failed many times, but they gained an understanding of failure and using that to improve. In the end, they succeeded. They were proud of themselves. That's all that mattered.

Did you know? Online learning comes in many forms. From University lectures / Open Courseware to business podcasts to hands-on craft tutorials, you can find a wide variety of experiences waiting for you to choose them. AEP is here to help you navigate through the many choices so you can learn what you need. Eliminating the many hours of surfing to find information gives you time for your life.

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INNOVATOR

[Badges Currently available from AEP]

AEP Awards

AEP Innovator

AEP Tribes

AEP Exploring “How to” Sites

Art Journals

Artistic Trading Cards

Card Making Basics

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Contact Cards

Cooperative Games

Destress Myself

Digital Natives

Digital Photography Basics

Digital Photography Improving Photos

Digital Photography Sharing Your Photos

Digital Preservation

Flying WILD

Project Learning Tree

Project WET

Project WILD

Ephemera

Explore Crafts

Exploring eBooks

Exploring Hobbies

Finding My Stress

From a Child’s View

Go Vegetarian

Girl Scouts: Cookies

Girl Scouts: Creative Awards

WAGGGS

GSUSA

Girl Scouts: Web Materials

Herbs and Spices

Icebreakers for Adults

Icebreakers for Kids

My Education and Experience

My Family Today

Newsletter Creation

N E W S

KRAMPF

Newsletter Design

No Cooking Recipes for Kids

Paper Beads

Parachute Games

Photo Crafts

Rubber Stamping Basics

Science Krampf-Style

SODA

SPANGLER

Science Spangler-Style

Scrapbooking Basics

STEM via PBS

Zentangle®

Looking for badges not offered here?

Email larajla@gmail.com with suggestions for programs you’d like to earn.

Frequently Asked Questions
Requests and questions have been coming in. Here’s our FAQ. It is a work in progress. Visit Scribd or Google Documents for the next update of the FAQ in a printable PDF. Feel free to ask any questions not found here so we can include them. What does it cost? The AEP is designed to be free. All badge programs and badges are provided at no charge. If we add printed items, you will have a choice to purchase them. However, improving yourself is more important to us. Do I need the supplemental files? If you understand the steps in the program, you may choose not to use the supplemental files. Supplemental files are provided to help clarify steps and give additional information to a badge program. Not all badge programs have them. Do you have a list of badges that are going to be released? Badges are being developed and adjusted all the time. Sometimes, one will be held back from release because we’re not comfortable with the steps or we’ll slide one in because we’re working on something for our girls and it’s easier to write it as we’re researching. If we have a couple ready that we know will be released, those are noted in the Weekly Updates from the Yahoo! group or on the announcement blog. I saw something you missed. How can I let you know? Each badge program is released on its own blog. Feel free to leave comments about what you did, what you liked / didn’t like, how it could be improved, links that are no longer active and any other information below the specific badge program. It helps us identify issues with the badge program. To make it easier to find a badge program, stop by our Squidoo lens for a list and links to each individual program. You can also e-mail any adjustments you’d like to see to larajla@gmail.com if you’d rather not post to the blog. Please include the badge program name. When will badges be updated? Badges will be updated one year after initial release, then on an “as needed” basis. We want to make sure the links are still valid and the steps are still relevant. Are you going to have badges to purchase? At this time, we do not. If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them. I have some suggestions, where do I send them? You can send them to the Yahoo! group, larajla@gmail.com or post it on either blog.

Can I still earn <name> badge? All badges can be earned any time they are released to the public. At the bottom of each PDF and the badges blog, you’ll see a release date. When a badge is released, not only have all the steps been approved, but all graphics have been prepared and are ready to be shipped. Are only Girl Scout volunteers able to earn these badges? While we’re coming at this from a Girl Scout viewpoint, we do not limit earning badges. Working with youth is a challenge most days. When you’re trying to learn new things as well, it can become overwhelming. If a badge program coincides with your programming choices, it is a great opportunity for adults to learn something new and add to their program. We would love Boy Scouts, Guides, homeschoolers, after school providers and any adult working with youth to utilize AEP as a resource for their programming. If you’re an adult who just thinks it would be fun to try a badge like you did when you were a kid, feel free to join us! You don’t have to work with kids. You may need to adjust the steps a little, though. How do I get a badge? You’ll need to e-mail larajla@gmail.com and let her know which badge program you’ve worked on, how many hours you spent and how you’d like your name to appear on the certificate. In return, you’ll receive three items — a 3" x 3" JPG that you can use (via the AEP_Awards badge) to create your own insignia, a Web Button you can place on your own blog / page and a certificate PDF you can present to your organization or keep for your own records. At this time, we do not have badges you can purchase. Do I need to prove that I’ve spent time to earn a badge? We trust you. If you say you’ve done the time, we’ll provide the badge items. We ask for the number of hours as the background color on the badge graphics changes to reflect the amount of work you’ve done. You can see a sample of these in our first newsletter. We also would like to have an idea of what you did so we can review that information when we update the badge program.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Where do I get direction on writing badge programs? AEP_Innovator outlines the steps for creating badge programs for the AEP. Can I share the badge programs with other adults? We love sharing. You can send the PDFs, links or even print out information to do local trainings. We just ask that you let them know where you received the information so they can check us out for additional badge programs. Can you give me more information on the AEP links listed in the newsletter? Sure. A full list is below. Be aware that we are slowly working to extend these locations so that it is easier for interested adults to find the AEP. Blogger
adultenrichmentpproject.blogspot.com

AEP Badge Programs
www.scribd.com/collections/2582310/Adult-Enrichment-Project-Badges

AEP Supplemental Files
www.scribd.com/collections/2582316/AEP-Support-Files

Google Documents
docs.google.com

Google Documents houses the same items as Scribd. Our collections on Google are: AEP Badge Programs
https://docs.google.com/?authuser=0#folders/folder.0.0B3AqoYRSyje0MzB mODE5ZjktODkyZS00NDk5LWFiYWQtYTllZDRhOTkxNDk4

AEP Supplemental Files
https://docs.google.com/?authuser=0#folders/folder.0.0B3AqoYRSyje0Y2Mx M2Q5N2EtMzYxOS00ZDJjLTkzYzktZDY5OTU1MmVkNDEy

Flickr
www.flickr.com/photos/28598163@N04/sets/

This is where we announce badge programs as they come out, information you might find helpful and more. Blogger
aepbadgeprograms.blogspot.com

The images that appear on the PDFs are also placed here so you can get an idea of how the earned badges will look. These are not the finals. They have the lines / words on top to help differentiate them from the earned versions. Yahoo! Groups
groups.yahoo.com/group/adult_enrichment_project/

All reviewed badge programs are placed here. When you see them, you can earn them! Scribd
www.scribd.com

Scribd has PDFs of all badge programs as well as supplemental files. Scribd allows us to create “collections” so all the badge programs are housed together as are the supplemental files. Occasionally, additional collections are added that aren’t part of a badge program but may be of use to you. Our current collections on Scribd are:

This group is where the administration takes place. From reviewing badge programs before release to additional resources, this is where the action is. You do not need to be part of this group to earn badges. Squidoo
www.squidoo.com/adult-enrichment-project

To help put everything in one place, this lens provides links to all mentioned items.

Get more information on the AEP at these locations .
www.scribd.com docs.google.com Search for “AEP” to find PDF resources adultenrichmentproject.blogspot.com Main announcement blog aepbadgeprograms.blogspot.com Badge release blog www.squidoo.com/adult-enrichment-project Badge and resource links for AEP www.flickr.com/photos/28598163@N04/sets/ Sample images of badges groups.yahoo.com/group/adult_enrichment_project/ Administration, badge reviews, etc.

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