February 2015
Vol. 6, No. 6
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Life-Long Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset

Life-long learning begins with a single step

In a January 2, 2015 post External link opens in new window or tab, Edudemic staff present resources, research and schools of thought about Lifelong Learning as a mindset. Here are excerpts of interest to adult education and technology integration.

According to Gerhard Fischer External link opens in new window or tab, director of the Center for LifeLong Learning & Design External link opens in new window or tab (L3D) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, "lifelong learning is an essential challenge for inventing the future of our societies; it is a necessity rather than a luxury to be considered … It is a mindset and a habit for people to acquire. It creates the challenge to understand, explore, and support new essential dimensions of learning such as: (1) self-directed learning, (2) learning on demand, (3) informal learning, and (4) collaborative and organizational learning."

Read the full story on OTAN.

President Seeks to Expand Educational Opportunity for All Students

Budget

The Obama Administration released a fiscal year 2016 budget External link opens in new window or tab on February 2 that includes key investments to expand high-quality early learning programs; increase equity and opportunity for all students External link opens in new window or tab; support teachers and school leaders; and improve access, affordability and student outcomes in college External link opens in new window or tab.

"The President's budget reflects this Administration's belief that every single child in this country deserves the opportunity to receive a strong education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "As demonstrated by the record high school graduation rate and by huge gains in college-going, especially for minority students, states, districts, educators, and students across the country are making real progress. The President's budget would continue and accelerate that progress."

The budget request is $70.7 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Education Department, a 5.4 percent increase over the previous year's funding. The budget also improves new mandatory funding for early childhood education, teacher support and college opportunity.

Find out more in these two budget related articles on OTAN.

Celebrate Your Successful Students – Submit Your Nomination Today

ACSA
Grely Mazariegos (second from left) shows off her engraved plaque. Pictured from left to right: OTAN's Branka Marceta, Grely, and OTAN's Blair Roy and Penny Pearson.

Annually, OTAN honors adult education students who have made positive contributions to the community and met their goals as a result of attending an adult education program.

Two Student Succeed honorees, Grely Mazariegos and Saul Godinez, were recognized at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2014 Leadership Summit in San Diego. Both students attended Tamalpais Adult School and were nominated by their teacher Jaemi Naish. Read more on page 2 of the current issue of OTAN Online Connection, and view OTAN-created videos of these and other student success stories on the Adult Education Students Succeed Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

The 2015 honorees will be selected from nominations submitted before April 15, 2015. Administrators and instructors are encouraged to nominate their outstanding students by visiting the Adult Education Students Succeed site located at www.adultedlearners.org External link opens in new window or tab. From the Home page, select the Nomination tab, which outlines the selection criteria and displays the nomination form External link opens in new window or tab. All nominations will be considered and winners will be judged by their achievements as a result of their participation in an adult education program. Both the students and adult school programs are recognized through this process. OTAN looks forward to honoring your successful students!

Digital Citizenship and Literacy at TDLS

Technology

At the upcoming Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS), OTAN will host a strand about Digital Citizenship and Literacy.

At TDLS, hosted by San Leandro Adult School, resources and promising practices will be presented both from the California adult education field and from the emerging authorities on these topics such as Common Sense Media, responsible for designating October 19-25, 2014 Digital Citizenship Week in coordination with the Connected Educator Month (http://www.connectededucators.org External link opens in new window or tab).

Read more in the in the Winter 2015 issue of the OTAN Online Connection. Registration for TDLS is open through March 2, 2015. The cost is $25 and limited to 200 participants.

Workshops

OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at http://www.otan.us/training

Online Workshops

Moodle v2: Add a Synchronous Meeting Activity External link opens in new window or tab
February 25, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Create FREE Online Quizzes External link opens in new window or tab
February 27, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
February 27, 2015 – 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students External link opens in new window or tab
March 6, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Privacy, Practice, Presence, and You External link opens in new window or tab
March 18, 2015 – 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
March 19, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google External link opens in new window or tab
March 25, 2015 – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
April 7, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Create FREE Online Quizzes External link opens in new window or tab
April 15, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Google Tools and Drive External link opens in new window or tab
April 15, 2015 – 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows External link opens in new window or tab
April 17, 2015 – 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Using the Teaching with Technology Search Tool to Enhance Your Lessons External link opens in new window or tab
April 17, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Integrate Learn360 Media into Moodle External link opens in new window or tab
April 24, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

Google Tools and Drive II External link opens in new window or tab
February 26, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Downey Adult School

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part I External link opens in new window or tab
March 3, 2015 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Downey Adult School

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1 External link opens in new window or tab
March 20, 2015 – 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Capistrano Adult School

Advanced PowerPoint 2010 for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
March 25, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
San Diego Community College - Mid-City Center

To schedule a face-to-face workshop contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

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