OTAN Digest #6
June 9 , 2008

News:

News

Online Discussion on Implementing State Adult Ed Standards
Beginning on Monday, June 9th, and continuing through Friday, June 20th, the National Institute for Literacy Special Topics email list will be hosting a discussion on the implementation of state adult education content standards.

Innovation Program Application Available Now
The California Department of Education (CDE), Adult Education Office (AEO) invites adult schools to apply to offer an Innovation and Alternative Instructional Delivery Program for 2008-09.

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Below are some of the opportunities in October to take an online workshop.

Professional Development:

Training

Upcoming Online Workshops:

June 13, 2008 — Google Goodies with Melinda Holt
Google is a search engine and so much more. There are a wide variety of services offered by Google that are free and ready to use – all you need to know is where they are and how to use them. This workshop will detail Sketchup, Earth, iGoogle, Patents and a lot of the other "goodies" within Google's Lab.

June 13, 2008 — Blogging in the Classroom with Barry Bakin
Blogging is not just a way to publish your ideas and thoughts about everyday topics on the Internet. It can also be a very easy way to provide your students with both traditional and Internet-based assignments that they can access in class, the lab, or from home or the public library. This workshop will guide you through the steps of creating your own free blog that you can use with your class, and your first blog post!

Face to Face, Hands-On Workshops at your school!

July 7, 2008 — Creating Web Pages with Google Page Creator
Location: Santa Clara Adult Education
Participants will learn how to develop Web pages using tools from Google, including entering text, creating links between their pages and to other Web sites, and adding pictures/clipart. They will also be exploring the use of Google Blogs. This workshop has prerequisites.

Resources for Teachers:

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Here are some great new links recently added to the OTAN site that might be useful to teachers who are interested in using the Internet with their students:

SparkNotes
SparkNotes will help students learn and practice basic skills, write a paper, or study for a test. Each guide contains thorough summaries and insightful critical analysis of a nearly endless range of subjects.

Calisphere
Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

This month's Web-Based Class Activity highlights the use of VoiceThread for Instruction
VoiceThread is an online tool that can be used to deliver content online or take class presentations, student collaboration and instructor feedback to a higher level. Users can upload several types of media (images, documents, and videos), narrate the media, and permit others to comment or collaborate with verbally recorded comments, text comments or video comments.