May 2014
Vol. 5, No. 8
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Linda West Recognized for Preserving History of California Adult Education

Linda West
Linda West

Former Outreach and Technical Assistant Network (OTAN) Managing Director, Linda West, was recognized at the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) State Conference in San Diego. Linda was recognized for her work preserving the history of California Adult Education and was presented with the "Citation of Merit" during a conference luncheon held on April 25, 2014.

An adult educator, librarian, archivist and historian, Linda West, began teaching English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) in 1976 after a short career as a reference librarian. She specialized in vocational ESL, working in Indochinese refugee programs and Amnesty programs in the 1980s, when she developed curriculum and was active in state-wide staff development programs.

In 1990 she joined OTAN as Archives Manager, and became Managing Director when OTAN moved from southern California to the Sacramento County Office of Education.

Read the rest of this article on OTAN.

California High School Equivalency Testing Program Update

High School Equivalency

On March 13, 2014, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the use of three high school equivalency tests. The approved tests are the General Educational Development Test (GED) provided by GED Testing Service (GEDTS), the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) provided by Educational Testing Service, and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) provided by CTB/McGraw-Hill.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently working with each vendor to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Local testing centers will have the option to offer one or more of these tests and test takers will have the ability to take a test in paper-based or computer-based formats.

Read more, including information about access to GED records, GED credentialing service, and the transitional waiver program, in this OTAN News article.

Handouts and resources are now available from TDLS 2014

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2014

Handouts and resources are now available for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) 2014 presentations. Simply select the workshop title on the symposium schedule page then look for the link(s) at the bottom of the workshop page.

There are also video recordings of presentations on the following topics:

And without doubt, you will enjoy viewing the video of the keynote presentation by David Rosen about Using Free Online Video Instruction for Adult Learners.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Releases Education Technology Blueprint

Educational Technology

"As California continues to move toward college and career readiness for every child, education technology has to be part of what we do. I've visited classrooms up and down the state and seen everything from virtual science experiments to online group projects. From Common Core to the new Smarter Balanced assessments, our state—which has always led the way in innovation—is focused on preparing student with the real-world skills they need. This new blueprint charts a smart course for getting us there." - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Read more in this Department of Education release.

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

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Instruction External link opens in new window or tab with Barry Bakin
May 22, 2014 — 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Moodle v2: Communication in Your Online Course External link opens in new window or tab
with Evelyn Lenton
June 3, 2014 — 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 2: Mobile Apps External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Gaer
June 6, 2014 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

ePortfolios for Empowered Students and Happy Teachers - A Pilot by OTAN External link opens in new window or tab with Victoria Jones
June 9, 2014 — 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

ePortfolios for Empowered Students and Happy Teachers - A Pilot by OTAN External link opens in new window or tab with Patricia Oliva
June 12, 2014 — 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Privacy, Practice, Presence, and You External link opens in new window or tab
with Branka Marceta
June 13, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 12:30 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.

Google Tools and Drive External link opens in new window or tab
June 3, 2014 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sweetwater - National City Adult School

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google Sites External link opens in new window or tab
May 16, 2014 – 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Sweetwater - National City Adult School

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. School Campus

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