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Who can use Float Your Boat?

Individuals - Float Your Boat is for youth and adults who want to attain employment, economic, and social success. Our program will help you develop your employment-related English skills and your financial literacy. The program is designed so that you can use it at your own pace, whenever you have time in your busy schedule. Of course, the more time and effort you put into the lessons, the better your progress is likely to be.

In Float Your Boat Español, you can listen to Spanish audio translation of all written content, in addition to English audio. Float Your Boat Español lessons will be most effective for Spanish-speakers who are able to speak English at approximately a fifth-grade level or above. Because of the Spanish audio translation, it is not necessary for a learner to read or write English at a fifth-grade level to use Float Your Boat Español.

In Float Your Boat English, you can listen to English audio of all written content. Float Your Boat English is designed for native English-speakers, or other English-speakers, who would like to learn more about how to succeed in employment-related situations.

In Float Your Boat: Where Does My Money Go? you can read easy-to-understand content about how to handle money and make good financial decisions. Float Your Boat: Where Does My Money Go? is designed for English-speakers who would like to learn money management and are able to read at a sixth-grade level.

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Groups - Float Your Boat Media provides work-readiness and financial literacy solutions for underserved youth and adults. Our user-friendly blended learning platform increases student engagement and makes class management and assessment easier. We offer simple and accessible lessons to develop job search skills, workplace English, workplace social skills, and financial literacy. All our lessons are designed to be practical and applicable for daily situations.

Three courses, Float Your Boat English, Float Your Boat Español, and Float Your Boat: Where Does My Money Go? are offered on a subscription basis to government, non-profit, and private organizations, including: workforce development and social service agencies, adult education institutions, re-entry and literacy groups, libraries, schools and unions.

The courses are carefully written and narrated to address the learning needs of native and non-native English speakers. Float Your Boat Español supports clients with Spanish and English text and audio narration. Float Your Boat English supports clients with English text and audio narration. Where Does My Money Go? supports clients with English text.

For Float Your Boat English and Float Your Boat Español, lessons within each module teach job search and workplace language and strategies using simulated interactions. Lesson text is matched with audio narration to help learners with pronunciation, and to better understand the employment context in which the language is used. Interactive learning tools such as flash cards, a resume builder, an online job application simulation, and quizzes are also included. Flexible group management, assessment and reporting features are provided to support educators and administrators. The entire platform uses a responsive design that allows all media and functions to work on computers, tablets and smart phones.

For Where Does My Money Go? lessons teach essential financial concepts and terminology, giving users the basic knowledge they need to make responsible financial decisions. Interactive learning tools such as vocabulary support, flash cards, budget worksheets, organizers, and quizzes are also included. Flexible group management, assessment and reporting features are provided to support educators and administrators. The entire platform uses a responsive design that allows all media and functions to work on computers, tablets and smart phones.

Float Your Boat Media was developed by experienced professionals. Our curriculum and content have been reviewed positively by several workforce, educational and non-profit organizations. If you are considering using Float Your Boat, it might be helpful to review our How It Works section, which contains audio overviews of all lessons.

 

Float Your Boat: ABE and ESL Student Level Guidelines

Float Your Boat: ABE and ESL Student Level Guidelines


Float Your Boat: Blended Learning and Social Services

Blended Learning and Social Services

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  • What courses are offered?

    Individuals and groups can enroll in the following:

    • Float Your Boat English - when English is the primary spoken language.

    • Float Your Boat Español - when Spanish is the primary spoken language.

    • Float Your Boat: Where Does My Money Go? - when English is the primary spoken language, and users can read English at a sixth-grade level or above.

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  • How are the courses organized?

    Float Your Boat courses are designed to address language learning needs with easy-to-use content and tools. Float Your Boat English and Float Your Boat Español support users through the employment cycle - finding jobs, starting jobs, keeping jobs, and moving on to better jobs. We encourage user comments on existing content and user suggestions for new topics and content so that we build a better Float Your Boat.

    The modules follow the employment cycle: Finding A Job, Starting A Job, Keeping A Job, Getting A Better Job. Lessons within each module provide instruction in relevant words, sentences, and idiomatic expressions that help prepare learners for job search and workplace interactions. Lessons also provide commentary to help learners better understand the employment context in which the language is used. After each lesson, quizzes allow users to measure their comprehension. Quick Start guides help teachers and students get up and running quickly.

    Lessons in Float Your Boat: Where Does My Money Go? cover the essential elements of financial literacy: Income and Earning Money, Saving Money, Banks and Banking, Understanding and Managing Debt, Investing in Your Future, and Protecting Your Money. The sole focus of the course is to provide content and tools that are relevant and actionable. Lessons provide instruction in essential financial concepts, including vocabulary, guidance, resources, and everyday tools. Sample conversations, worksheets (budgets, checklists, vocabulary keys, etc.), interactive flash cards and quizzes are included. All lessons, worksheets, flash cards, and quizzes are available to download and print at anytime. Quick Start guides help teachers and students get up and running quickly.

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  • What are the lessons like?

    We strive to make the language used in the lessons practical and clear. We want students to finish each lesson knowing they have learned something immediately useful to them. Each lesson is intended to be practical, easy to understand, and simple to use.

    Learners study essential employment and financial literacy concepts. They engage in listening practice, speaking practice, and vocabulary-building exercises. They practice organizational skills, build comprehension of idiomatic expressions, and complete exercises to facilitate decision-making. They practice writing skills needed for job-seeking and employment, and create documents such as business e-mails, business letters, résumés, and online job applications. They create budgets and financial decision-making worksheets.

    Instead of learning to say applicable phrases in a single way, learners are given several options, allowing them to choose the phrases they wish to use. This more flexible lesson structure also allows learners to familiarize themselves with a greater variety of phrases they are likely to hear.

    All Float Your Boat English and Float Your Boat Español lessons are accompanied by voice-over in English, or Spanish and English. This allows learners with varying degrees of literacy in English or Spanish to use the lessons more easily. It also allows people who learn best by hearing to learn as successfully as people who learn best by reading. Float Your Boat: Where Does My Money Go? lessons are written in sixth-grade-level English in a format that is easy to comprehend.

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  • What is the best way to study?

    We made Float Your Boat with busy people in mind. Lessons are designed so that you can use them flexibly. As with any new skill, it is important to make a consistent effort. You will have more success if you work on the lessons a little each day, or most days, than you will if you work on them for a long time once in a while.

    We suggest you decide before beginning how much time you can spend on lessons each day or each week. Then you can make a commitment to work for that amount of time. If you have only twenty minutes each day, commit to working twenty minutes each day. If you have an hour four times per week, you can commit to that amount of time.

    Work as regularly as you can. The program will not work as well if you only work on it a couple of times every month, because you are likely to forget what you learn if too much time passes.

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  • How long will I need Float Your Boat?

    Individuals - The length of time you will need Float Your Boat depends on your learning goals. It also depends on the time you have for studying. Our monthly subscriptions support you in achieving your goals without making a long-term financial commitment. You can cancel your subscription at anytime.

    If you are considering using Float Your Boat, you are already thinking about your learning and employment goals. It might be helpful to review our How It Works section because it contains overviews of all lessons. Once you have clear goals, it will be easier to decide how much time and money you want to spend.

    Different people learn at different speeds, and our lessons vary in length. We believe that most learners can expect to spend one to four hours per lesson, or four to twelve weeks with each module or course.

    Some learners will focus on specific lessons to address immediate needs. Some will prefer to use our lesson material and tools (like the resume builder or flash cards) as references over a longer period of time. Others will use the accompanying English audio narration to practice vocabulary and pronunciation that can be applied to practical situations.

    We will help you keep on track and mind your budget. Once you are a subscriber, the Float Your Boat Dashboard will show you real-time reporting of time spent on the system (daily/weekly), lesson progress, and quiz results.

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    Groups - Float Your Boat is a blended learning platform that stimulates student engagement via online/offline learning. Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of a broad range of education and literacy levels. They can be used in a variety of educational settings, including self-guided study, work with tutors, and in classrooms.

    The time required for students to complete lessons and modules will depend on education and literacy levels. Keep in mind that there are between five and eleven lessons per module or course. We offer the following basic guidance on student study commitment based on educational setting:

    One-on-One Tutor / Case Worker = 2-4 hrs per lesson
    (student level = SPL 4, ABE Beginning Basic Education, or ESL High Beginning)

    Classroom / Computer Lab = 2-4 hours per lesson
    (student level = SPL 4, ABE Beginning Basic Education, or ESL High Beginning)

    Self-Guided / Independent Study = 1-2 hrs per lesson
    (student level = SPL 6, ABE High Intermediate Basic Education, or ESL High Intermediate)

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  • Do I need an email account to subscribe? Free email accounts?

    Yes. Float Your Boat requires a valid email address so that we can communicate with you. Your e-mail address is not made public and will only be used if you wish to receive a new password or wish to receive Float Your Boat news or notifications by e-mail.

    Free email accounts for Individuals and Groups - Google, Microsoft and Yahoo offer free personal email accounts. You can register for at the following links. Google | Microsoft | Yahoo


    Free email accounts for Nonprofit Groups - Some of our Group subscribers may serve clients without email addresses. Some of our groups may want to access Float Your Boat accounts in a more controlled environment such as a computer lab.

    Google for Nonprofits offers a suite of products for free to qualified organizations. You can read their eligibility requirements, terms of service and submit an application here. Google for Nonprofits

    Microsoft offers a similar suite of products for free called Office 365 for Nonprofits. You can read their eligibility requirements, terms of service and submit an application here. Office 365 for Nonprofits

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  • What are the Float Your Boat Dashboard and Bookmark?

    Dashboard - At Login, you will arrive at your Dashboard. The Dashboard contains a welcome message, your bookmark, and monitors for your Activity, Skill and Progress.

    Activity - shows the days and time you’ve devoted to your study

    Skill - shows the number of quizzes attempted and your scores

    Progress - shows your progress through the lessons and modules


    Bookmark - After you Login you will arrive at your Dashboard and be asked if you want to go to your Bookmark. Float Your Boat allows you to bookmark the last page you viewed and return to that page the next time you go to Login. This helps you stay on track and saves time.

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  • Subscription options

    First, you create an account, then you select a Float Your Boat subscription plan, then you proceed to payment, where you can pay with any major credit card or PayPal. Upon payment you will have instant access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can start here.

    Subscriptions: A paid subscription has full access to all content and features. Registering for an account without making payment allows users to comment on Blog posts and to receive our periodic newsletter.

    Individuals are offered monthly subscriptions with full access so that you can learn what you need without spending too much.

    Groups may purchase monthly, multi-seat subscriptions with full access, along with powerful user-management and assessment tools. Group Administrators can add and delete users as often as they choose as long as the total number of users does not exceed their subscription. Group Administrators also recieve a full-access, individual account that does not count toward the group's total.

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  • Sign up: How do I Sign Up?

    Individuals - Individual users need a valid email address and a credit or debit card. Personal information is not required to create an account. You can subscribe here.

    Groups - Group subscriptions are available for organizations serving groups of clients and are available on a monthly or yearly basis, price based on volume of users. Group subscriptions come with an Administration panel to add/delete users, assess user performance and manage your account.

    Group Administrators can add and delete users as often as they choose as long as the total number of users does not exceed their subscription. Group Administrators also recieve a full-access, individual account that does not count toward the group's total.

    You will need a valid email address and a credit or debit card to create an account. You can subscribe here.

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  • Login: What happens if I forget my password?

    If you forget your password or if your password is not working, reset it here.

    A password reset email will be sent to your registered email address. Simply follow the one-time link in the email to login and reset your password.

    If you don’t see it in your inbox within an hour, check your spam and junk mail folders in case the email was filtered. Make sure you don’t have any email settings, firewall or anti-spam software that might prevent you from receiving the email. If necessary, resend the password reset email.

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  • Edit Profile and Account settings

    Individuals - You must Login before can edit your profile and account settings. Selecting the Profile button under your name at the center of the top black bar will take you to your Profile page. Your Profile page has four tabs; Introduction, Profile, Progress, Survey.

    Here you can read a brief orientation, check your activity, progress and skill through the lessons, check your subscription status or edit your payment information, and take a User Survey. The survey helps Float Your Boat develop our programs to be more effective and tailored to our users’ needs.

    Group Administrators - You must Login before can edit your Admin Profile and account settings. Selecting the Admin Profile button under your name at the center of the top black bar will take you to your Admin Profile page. Your Admin Profile page has four tabs; Introduction, Profile, User Activity, Survey.

    Here you can read a brief orientation, check your group users' activity, progress and skill through the lessons, add/delete users, check subscription status or edit your payment information. You can add and delete users as often as you choose as long as the total number of users does not exceed you subscription. As Group Admin, you have a full-access, individual account that does not count toward your group's total.

    There is also Group Admin survey that will help us develop our programs to be more effective and tailored to group and individual users’ needs.

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  • How to cancel a subscription, and how to re-subscribe.

    Some users may want to cancel their subscription after they learn what they need to learn. Some may need a break, or may be too busy to continue. Others may want to re-subscribe, either to continue where they left off, or to learn about a different work situation.

    Float Your Boat supports your choice and respects your budget. Your subscription can be canceled at any time. Your cancellation is effective immediately and you will no longer be charged.

    When you cancel your subscription you will still have a Float Your Boat account. Your will be able to Log In and comment on blog posts but you will no longer have access to a Float Your Boat course.

    If you choose to re-subscribe, all of your previous work and study history will be saved and available. You will be able to edit, print, download or email the résumé or job application reference sheet you created previously.

    To cancel your subscription follow these steps:

        ❖ Log In to your account and go to the Profile tab of your user Profile
        Scroll down to the Subscription Information section
        Click on Cancel Subscription, confirm cancellation on the next page

    To re-subscribe follow these steps:

        Log In to your account and go to the Profile tab of your user Profile
        Scroll down to the Subscription Information section
        Click on 'Visit the subscription page'
        On the subscription page, select a Subscription Plan, enter your payment information, click Create Subscription

     

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  • Group Accounts: How do I add, delete and manage users in my group

    Administrators of Group Accounts can add and delete users as often as they choose as long as the total number of users does not exceed their subscription. Administrators are also able to view their users' individual Activity (time logged in), Progress (lessons completed), and Skills (number of quizzes completed). Administrators also receive a full-access, individual account that does not count toward the group's total.

    To add users to a group:

        ❖ Log In to your account
        ❖ You will arrive at the Administer Group Members tab of your user Profile
        ❖ Click on the blue Invite People button on right side
        ❖ Follow directions on screen by typing user email addresses, using a comma or separate lines when inviting multiple users
        ❖ Click on Invite User(s) button. An email invitation will be sent to each email address with a link log in and set their password

    Note: When you invite users a table with Name, State, Member Since, Last login, Time Spent Last 7 days and User Activity is created. Administrators can manage and monitor their group users from this table.


    To delete user(s) from a group:

        ❖ Log In to your account
        ❖ You will arrive at the Administer Group Members tab of your user Profile
        ❖ Select user(s) to be deleted from user table by checking corresponding box
        ❖ Select Remove From Group from Change Status or Delete User pull-down
        ❖ Click Execute (this will permanently remove user from your group)


    To modify status of group users:

    Note: Administrators have the option of changing users' status to Active, Pending, or Blocked. Invited users are categorized as Active by default.

        ❖ Log In to your account
        ❖ You will arrive at the Administer Group Members tab of your user Profile
        ❖ Select user(s) to be modified from user table by checking corresponding box
        ❖ Select Modify Membership Status from Change Status or Delete User pull-down

        ❖ Click Execute
        ❖ On next page, select Active, Pending, or Blocked from pull-down
        ❖ Click Next button, status changes will be seen in user table


    To view group users' account information and Activity, Progress, and Skills:

        ❖ Log In to your account
        ❖ You will arrive at the Administer Group Members tab of your user Profile
        ❖ View user table with Name, State, Member Since, Last login, Time Spent Last 7 days and User Activity
        ❖ Clicking on a users' User Activity link will spawn a new tab with user's; Activity (time logged in), Progress (lessons completed), and Skills (number of quizzes completed). Close tab when finished reviewing user information.


    To view Administrators' personal account usage:

        ❖ Log In to your account
        ❖ You will arrive at the Administer Group Members tab of your user Profile
        ❖ The Your Activity, Your Skills Report, Your Progress tabs contain Administrators' own usage information


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  • Group Accounts: How to change the number of users on your subscription

    Administrators of Group Accounts may want to change their subscription to increase or decrease the number of users. Float Your Boat supports your choice and respects your budget. Your subscription can be modified at any time. Changes to your subscription are effective immediately and your Log In information remains the same.

    Note: Current users are automatically enrolled in the new subscription and all work and study records are kept intact. However, if the number of current users exceeds the number of users for the new subscription you will be prompted to choose from the following: You can delete selected users from your previous subscription, or you can delete all previous subscription users.

    To change your subscription follow these steps:

        ❖ Log In to your account and go to the Profile tab of your user Profile
        Scroll down to the Subscription Information section
        Click on Manage Your Current Subscription
        On the subscription page, update your Subscription Plan, enter your payment information, click Create Subscription

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  • What are your Privacy and Terms of Service policies?

    Our Privacy Policy can be found here.

    Our Terms Of Service can be found here.

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  • What if I don't hear the audio, or see the audio players?

    Audio for all pages is embedded in each audio player. If you can't hear the audio or see the audio players, don't worry. The problem can usually be fixed by following a simple set of instructions.

    Below are some troubleshooting solutions for common problems. If you feel comfortable fixing the problem yourself, please make sure that you own or have permission to work on the computer. If you are part of a group and organization please check with your administrator or technology department before attempting any of these suggestions.


    If you do not see any audio players, or only the circle players and there is no audio, you can try the following:

    Our system uses HTML5 and Flash technologies so that most browsers will play our audio. If you do not see the audio players, or only the circle players and there is no audio, it may be a matter of updating a browser's Flash add-on/plug-in. Adobe updates Flash on a regular basis and you need the latest version for Flash to operate properly.

    Adobe offers instructions on how to install, update or troubleshoot Flash for all major browsers. Click the link below if you feel comfortable trying to fix the problem yourself. Please make sure that you own or have permission to work on the computer. If you are part of a group and organization please check with your administrator or technology department before attempting any of these suggestions.

    Adobe Flash Install, Update or Troubleshoot - includes instructions for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera.

    Special instructions from Microsoft when Flash doesn't work in Internet Explorer 9.


    If you see the audio players but can't hear the audio, you can try the following:

    ◆ Verify that you have computer speakers or headphones and that they are turned on.
    Verify that the volume is loud enough on your computer speakers or headphones by checking their manual control knobs.
    Verify the volume is loud enough in the sound preference options of your operating system:


    Operating System: Microsoft Windows

    Microsoft has step by step instructions for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 here.


    Operating System: Mac OS

    Press the F12 button to turn up the volume. (Be careful not turn up the volume too high.)
    If that doesn't work, in the menu bar click the "Apple" icon then click "System Preferences".
    Click the "Sound" icon then click the "Output" tab.
    Verify that the "Output Volume" is adequate and that the "Mute" option IS NOT CHECKED. (Again, be careful not to turn up the volume too high.)


    If that doesn't work, try the following:

    If you hear the sound from at least one audio player but not all of the players, or there are other issues with the audio, try clearing the cache in your browser and reloading the page. To clear the cache in your browser, first Log Out of your account and do the following:

    Firefox
    Click "History" then "Clear Recent History"
    For "Time range to clear:" select "Everything"
    Click the arrow next to "Details" to show the following:
    Select "Cache" and click "Clear Now."
    Refresh the page and Log In again.

    Chrome
    Click "Chrome" then "Clear browsing data"
    Check "Empty the cache." and click "Clear browsing data."
    Refresh the page and Log In again.

    Safari
    Click "Safari" then "Reset Safari"
    Check "Remove all website data." and click "Reset."
    Refresh the page and Log In again.

    Internet Explorer (We do not recommend versions earlier than Internet Explorer 9)
    From the main menu, click "Tools" then "Internet Options".
    NOTE: If you don't see the main menu, you may need to press the "Alt" key for the menu to appear.
    From the dialog box, under the General tab, click the "Delete" button under the "Browsing history" section.
    Make sure the following options are checked/unchecked: "Temporary Internet files and website files"
    Click "Delete". (This may take a few moments.)
    Click "OK" again to close the dialog box.
    Refresh the page and Log In again.

    Mobile Safari for iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad)
    From the home screen, tap "Settings," and then tap "Safari."
    At the bottom of Safari's settings screen, tap "Clear cookies and data." Confirm when prompted.
    Refresh the page and Log In again.

    Android (phone or tablet)
    Start your browser or Internet browser app.
    Tap "Menu," and then tap "Settings"(you may need to tap ‘More” first).
    Select "Privacy" or “Privacy & security.”
    Select "Clear cache,” and then tap OK to accept (or Cancel to cancel) the deletion.”
    Refresh the page and Log In again.
    NOTE: The way that browser cache is accessed and cleared differs for some tablets, phones and Android software versions. Please review your device’s operating instructions if you have difficulty following the instructions above.

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  • Technology Questions

    Which browsers work best on Float Your Boat?

    We recommend using the most recent versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer (IE 9 or higher). If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please make sure you are using one of our approved browsers before reporting the problem.

    How do I report a bug or suggestion?

    We want to hear from you! To report a bug, please send an email to support@floatyourboatmedia.com with a detailed description of the problem, and we’ll look into it as soon as possible!

    How do I type special characters?

    Click here to configure Windows to use an international keyboard layout. Another way is to use a Virtual Keyboard on the web. Here are few we found useful:

    Branah

    Gate@home

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