March 2014
Vol. 5, No. 6
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Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium

March 8, 2014 was the culmination of another successful OTAN Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS). The event was held on the beautiful campus of Baldwin Park Adult School. Many thanks to the administrators and staff who were instrumental in hosting the Symposium as well as for their gracious hospitality. We would especially like to acknowledge Baldwin Park Adult School administrators Frolian Mendoza, Associate Superintendent, and Dr. John Kerr, Senior Director, for their support.

Symposium Participants
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Participants from Sacramento to San Bernardino were able to select from over 30 Symposium workshops, covering a variety of technology topics related to online, distance and blended learning, social media, and educational resources on the Web. In addition to workshops, Symposium participants networked with peers and added to technology conversations with support from facilitated lunch-time discussions.

TDLS14 received many compliments:

"Thank you for the conference. It was wonderful! People were so excited to go back and use what they had learned."

"Can't wait to start using the resources I learned about."

"This is my favorite technology conference!"

And at least one complaint:

"There's too many great workshop sessions offered at the same time -  I want to go to all of them!"

David Rosen
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Keynote speaker, David Rosen, presented "Using Free Online Video Instruction for Adult Learners" to an engaged audience who enjoyed the video clips he shared. Some of the video clips that generated the most response from audience members were Will We Wear Computers in the Future? (computerized contact lenses!) and the Pomegranate (the world's smartest Smartphone!). Dr. Rosen also shared many strategies for teachers to help their low-income adult learners get and keep affordable broadband Internet at home. His presentation, along with handouts and presentations from other workshop presenters, is available on the TDLS Web site (www.otan.us/tdlsymposium) at OTAN.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Millions More in Microsoft Technology Funds Available to California Schools from 2003 Settlement

Tom Torlakson
Superintendent Tom Torlakson

More than 8,000 California public schools and districts are eligible to share $188.4 million in Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program funds, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced.

The state's Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program External link opens in new window or tab is funded through a 2003 antitrust settlement agreement between Microsoft Corporation and California consumers and businesses. Today's announcement is the third distribution of the resulting cy pres fund. The first two distributions, in 2006 and 2010, totaled more than $269 million.

Under the terms of the settlement, these funds are to be used to assist K-12 districts with implementing and supporting education technology that bolsters effective teaching and supports student achievement.

Read the rest of this story on OTAN.

From Adult Education to College: Success Factors, Challenges, and Tools

Beyond the GED

A recent MDRC report, Beyond the GED: Promising Models for Moving High School Dropouts to College External link opens in new window or tab, provides a snapshot of innovative adult education programs and the challenges involved in helping high school dropouts acquire a GED and gain postsecondary credentials. Considering that nearly 39 million adults in the U.S do not have a high school diploma, and fewer than 5 percent of GED recipients go on to enroll in college or other adult education programs, this issue is critical.

The study finds that the most successful adult education programs for high school dropouts contextualize basic skills and GED instruction within specific career fields and support students in their transition to college. These programs offer more rigorous academic curricula, as well as support services such as career and college admissions advising. Supporting students in their transition to college has been shown to increase the rate of their entry, persistence, and success.

Read the full article at: http://www.clasp.org/ External link opens in new window or tab

Federal adult education: a legislative history 1964-2013

OTAN Library

This "American heritage" history traces the federal involvement in adult education in order to place federal adult education acts into historical perspective. Included are chapters on the initial Economic Opportunity Act and the Adult Education Act of 1964 and l966, amendments in the ten years from 1968-1978, the 1979-1990 years of funding and enrollment growth, the National Literacy Act of 1990, and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. There are seven appendices and extensive references.

Visit the OTAN Document Library to download this 102 page PDF.

Calendar

Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

The workshops listed below are subject to change.

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

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Gaer
March 21, 2014 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Moodle v2: Add a Synchronous Meeting Activity External link opens in new window or tab
with Francisca Wentworth
March 24, 2014 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Creating a High Quality Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
with Linda Swanson
March 25, 2014 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

An Online Presence for Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
with Linda Swanson
March 26, 2014 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

To PowerPoint and Beyond! External link opens in new window or tab
with Sherri Watkins
March 26, 2014 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab
with Barry Bakin
March 28, 2014 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Apps for Administrators & Teachers: How Your Phone or Tablet Can Make You More Productive External link opens in new window or tab
with Marian Thacher
April 4, 2014 — 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

EL Civics: Digital Literacy & Internet Safety External link opens in new window or tab
with Karla Frizler
April 4, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google Sites External link opens in new window or tab
with Melinda Holt
April 8, 2014 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Speak Up Online! External link opens in new window or tab with Blair Roy
April 8, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Social Media for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
with Branka Marceta
April 9, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Orienting Students to Online Learning External link opens in new window or tab
with Penny Pearson
April 15, 2014 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab
with Blair Roy
April 16, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Moodle v2: Communication in Your Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
with Evelyn Lenton
April 17, 2014 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Simple Free Web Tools to Use with Your Students External link opens in new window or tab with Kristi Reyes
April 18, 2014 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2013-14 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 (or 2010) for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
April 4, 2014 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Glendale Community College - Garfield Campus

Internet Resources for ESL/EL Civics Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
April 10, 2014 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Santa Barbara City College

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student
Activities
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June 5, 2014 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Monterey Adult School - Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School Site

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