OTAN Digest #11
November 3 , 2008

News:

News

GED Educator from Tennessee Featured on CNN
Every year CNN asks some famous people who their heroes are. This year one of the heroes CNN will feature is Bernadine Nelson, an adult education supervisor from Tennessee. Bernadine was nominated by famous country singer, Gretchen Wilson, as her hero because she helped Gretchen earn her GED this summer. View a video of Gretchen Wilson on CNN talking about why she decided to get her GED, and how Ms. Nelson supported her. Read more...

ANNOUNCING THE 2ND ANNUAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE LEVEL STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST 2009
CATESOL proudly presents the 2009 Community College Level Essay Contest for students in community college programs throughout the states of California and Nevada. This contest is sponsored by Oxford University Press.

A selected panel will read all essays. Essays will be scored based on a rubric. The student author of the winning essay will receive a prize of $500.00, contributed by OUP. The winning essay will be recognized at the 2009 CATESOL State Conference (“Whole Learner Whole Teacher”) in Pasadena, CA (April 16th-19th). Please note that the winner, and/or his or her teacher may travel at their own expense to the state conference in Pasadena without financial assistance from CATESOL. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 30th, 2009.

In keeping with the conference theme, the writing prompt for the annual student essay contest for 2009 is, “Describe an ESL teacher who has taught you much more than just ESL.” The essay must be typed, double spaced, and contain a maximum of 500 words. At the top of the essay, the following information should be included:

Teacher’s name; school/ agency address; telephone number; and e-mail address.
Student’s name; ESL level; address & telephone number; and e-mail address.

Please e-mail essays to:
Lindsay Donigan triggerld@yahoo.com
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Bette Brickman bette.brickman@csn.edu

For questions, please e-mail Lindsay Donigan (Community College Level Chair) or Bette Brickman (Assistant Community College Level Chair) at the e-mail address listed above.

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

Professional Development:

Training

Upcoming Online Workshops:

Don't delay and be disappointed. Sign-up today before the workshop fills up or is canceled due to lack of enrollment!

These workshops are in danger of being canceled due to lack of enrollment. Please register today!!

OTAN Services for ABE/ASE/GED Teachers with Linda Swanson
November 5, 2008 — 4:00pm to 5:30pm
This session will focus on the ABE/ASE and GED teaching resources available on the OTAN Web site. Topics include effective strategies for browsing and searching the OTAN Web site, and using the site as a gateway to the best adult education sites for your program. We offer Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities, a database of sites to use with your students, articles on classroom instruction and much, much more. Why spin your wheels using an Internet search engine when OTAN has already done the work for you? Using our My Resources feature will allow you to save the great things you will find so they can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet. The workshop is for instructors of ABE, ASE, and GED/High School Diploma programs.
Prerequisites:
Participants should be comfortable using computers and the Internet.  

Google it! with Melinda Holt
November 6, 2008 — 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Searching with Google is more than typing in a word or a phrase. You and your students can find: answers to math problems, history timelines, definitions, text translations, and even word pronunciations. Using the many different aspects of the Google search engine will be explored in this workshop including advance search features.
Prerequisites:
Ability to type and click. Having a Google account is desired, but not required.  

Use Microsoft Word to Create Flyers, Newsletters and More with Elizabeth Clarke
November 6 , 2008 — 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Participants will learn hands-on how to use Microsoft Word as a publishing tool to create original and attractive class handouts, quizzes, agendas, and more. Participants will also be able to teach their students simple tricks to make their assignments more attractive. A complete step-by-step handout will be provided.
Prerequisites:
Basic Microsoft Word knowledge (typing, saving a file, deleting text), usage of the mouse (click, right click) 

Digital Storytelling with Kristi Reyes
November 7 , 2008 — 10:00am to 11:30am
Digital stories are multi-media projects that combine images and/or video with audio recordings and/or music and sound effects and can be used across the curriculum. Instructors of any discipline can include digital story assignments for the ultimate in project-based learning.
Prerequisites:
Images (.jpeg) participant would like to use in a digital story saved in a project folder on participant’s computer, Windows operating system with Movie Maker installed, high-speed Internet connection, computer microphone and speakers. Ability to navigate Windows. Ability to create and locate folders.  

Getting Started with Audacity with Barry Bakin
November 7 , 2008 — 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Participants will be taken through the process of downloading the free Audacity software and the accompanying LAME software for making mp3 files. Participants will create their first mp3 audio file. Very basic audio editing techniques will be introduced time permitting.
Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of using a computer and a web browser. Working Internet connection. Ability to download and install software on the computer that will be used on the day of the workshop. 

Integrating Discovery Education into the ESL Curriculum with Blair Roy
November 17, 2008 — 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Explore a variety of ways to use quality video, audio, images, and more from trusted resources to engage your students, meet their diversified needs, and literacy levels.
Prerequisites:
Participants must have a Discovery Education streaming subscription account through their school district or adult school agency.

More Practice with Blogs with Barry Bakin
November 18, 2008 — 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Participants will review basic editing techniques for creating blog postings and learn how to use other features including uploading images and creating tags.
Prerequisites:
Participants must have a basic knowledge of using a computer and a Web browser, a working Internet connection, and an existing blog at Edublogs.org  

Using Google's Picasa for Classroom Photos with Susan Gaer
November 18, 2008 — 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Picasa is a free, downloadable photo management program from Google that allows you to find, edit and share your photos. Picasa also allows easy creation of photo galleries you can share online with your students. Spend an hour learning how to share your photos through Picasa’s online web galleries.
Prerequisites:
The ability to locate files and folders on your computer, and the ability to download and save files to a specified location.  

OTAN Services for ESL/EL Civics Teachers with Linda Swanson
November 19 , 2008 — 3:30pm to 5:00pm
This session will focus on the ESL and EL Civics teaching resources available on the OTAN Web site. Topics include effective strategies for browsing and searching the OTAN Web site, and using the site as a gateway to the best adult education sites for your program. We offer Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities, a database of sites to use with your students, articles on classroom instruction and much, much more. Why spin your wheels using an Internet search engine when OTAN has already done the work for you? Using our My Resources feature will allow you to save the great things you will find so they can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet. The workshop is for instructors of ESL/EL Civics programs.
Prerequisites:
Participants should be comfortable using computers and the Internet.

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site with Penny Pearson
November 19 , 2008 — 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Have you thought about using Moodle to create a Web site for your class, or to teach an online class? Moodle is an online course management system where you can post assignments, have an online discussion and organize documents for your students. This workshop will introduce you to the Moodle system and offer you the chance to create a site for your class.
Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and some idea of what kind of Moodle site you would like to create and why.  

An Overview of Google Products with Melinda Holt
November 20, 2008 — 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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 is dynamic and will explore one or two different Google products per session. Workshops include mini-explorations into iGoogle, Picasa, different aspects of Documents, Maps, Earth, and Page Creator and more.
Prerequisites: A Google account (gmail). If you do not have one, go to www.google.com/accounts and click the "Create an account now" link.  

Creating Podcasts for your Courses with Kristi Reyes
November 21, 2008 — 1:00pm to 2:30pm
A podcast is an audio broadcast on the Internet and is a way to accommodate aural learning styles. Learn to make podcasts for your students to listen to via the Internet or to download onto portable devices. Instructors of any discipline can use podcasting to reach students by broadcasting class lectures, listening exercises, and class information, or instructors can assign student audio projects.
Prerequisites: High-speed Internet connection, email account, computer microphone and speakers. Ability to navigate Windows operating system.

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

OTAN offers no-cost, hands-on, three-hour workshops. We will come to your school if you have at least 10 interested participants and an approved lab. If you have a smaller school and need more participants, consider coordinating with other small schools in your area to fill your workshop.

We offer a variety of technology related topics such as using PowerPoint, building class Web pages, and using Internet resources in your classroom. Visit our Web site to see the complete list including descriptions and prerequisites for each, then call Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or email her at lswanson@otan.us to schedule a workshop. Friday afternoons are the most popular time and they fill up fast, but if you can host during the week, there are more possibilities.

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 for Adult Education presented by Penny Pearson
Winterstein Adult Center - November 7, 2008 -- 12:30p to 3:00p (This is an inservice and not open to outside attendees.)

Internet Resources for ESL/EL Civics Teachers presented by Linda Swanson
Rowland Adult School - November 15, 2008 -- 9:30am - 1-30pm (This is an inservice and not open to outside attendees.)

Call us to schedule one at your school!

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:

As online tools become more widely used in adult education, we want to keep you informed about where to find them and how they can be used in your classroom. For this digest we want to highlight a couple of those tools and show you where you can find these and others on our Web site.

To find our Online Tools section, just follow this path: Teaching Tools & Resources | Online Tools for Teachers | Online Tools.

My Podcast
MyPodcast.com is a free service that allows you to record a podcast, import a podcast, upload music you have created - all in MP3 format. They will then host your podcasts so you can send your students there to listen. There are advertisers on your page, but they do not seem to be invasive and it is easy to find your episodes and podcasts.

PodOMatic
PodOmatic provides free, web-based tools and services that enable anyone to easily find, create, distribute, promote and listen to podcasts and videocasts. It's a "one-stop-shop" for everything a podcaster would require. Their suite of free products and services include: Browser-based recording tools; Syndication wizard; Audience interaction tools; Promotion tools and Listener statistics. This is a great tool for creating listening exercises for ESL students.
For some examples of Pod-O-Matic in use visit:
Kristi Reyes' VESL Class site (Has student created podcasts)
Steve Gwynn's VESL Class site
Beth Bogage's Level 6 ESL Class
ELLO POD
ESL Podcast

Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere is a Web-based response system. It can be used to gather live responses in any venue: classrooms, presentations, and conferences. Use it for brainstorming, classroom choices, comprehension checks, and opinion polling. Students can use to submit questions and/or feedback to the instructor and they can do it anonymously. It is free for 30 or fewer responses per poll.

That Quiz
ThatQuiz is a free online resource for math practice and testing. The site has also become popular for students who want extra math practice at home. Quiz topics cover algebra, angles, triangles, probability, inequality, arithmetic, time, money, measure, place value, graphs, exponents, and geometry. All users have access to all of the tests without registration. There is no reason for students to register since the additional features are only useful for teachers. Registration is free and teachers who choose to register receive record-keeping of scores for their classes. They have access to more precise test-generation tools, can create single tests with questions from different categories, can create matching and multiple choice questions, and can access a public test library.

This month's Web-Based Class Activity provides resources for you on
Teaching about the November Presidential Election

Election Day 2008 is Tuesday, November 4, and the last day to register to vote in California is October 20. You can be a force in getting your students excited about making their voices heard and helping them be knowledgeable participants in civics. There are a plethora of sites for teaching your students about the right to vote, the election process, and the candidates.