OTAN Digest #25
March 2010

Professional Development

Training

Face-to-Face Workshops:

Contact us to schedule one of our workshops at your school! We will do most of the work for you. We just need your available computer lab. 800-894-3113

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet
March 12, 2010 — 12:45p-3:45p
Rancho Santiago CCD - Centennial Ed. Center, 2900 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, CA
If it is on the Internet, it must be true! Not! How do you know if a Web site is accurate? How do you help your learners think critically about online information? How do you keep your learners safe online? Information literacy is defined as the ability to find, evaluate, and use information. This workshop will give you the tools to locate, organize and evaluate online information, and provide the tools for teaching your students to think critically about the information they find online. Participants will identify and practice appropriate and copyright-safe ways to access, use, and present information from online resources.
Prerequisites:
Basic computer and Internet skills. Must have an email address and be a registered member of OTAN prior to the workshop.

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site
March 12, 2010 — 1:00p-4:00p
Capistrano Adult School, 31431 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Have you thought about using Moodle to create a Web site for your class, or 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. You can also create quizzes and track student results. This workshop will introduce you to the Moodle system and offer you the chance to create a site for your class. As part of this workshop, you will receive your own Moodle course site from OTAN. Prerequisites: Basic computer and internet skills.

Using Web Sites to Teach Math
March 12, 2010 — 9:00a - 12:00p
Culver City Adult School, 4909 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230
This workshop will walk participants through a number of Web sites appropriate for both instruction and reinforcement of math concepts. Participants will review and critique Web sites.
Prerequisites:: Participants should be comfortable using computers and the Internet.

Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (SmartBoard)
March 19, 2010 — 11:00a - 2:00p
Centinela Valley Adult School, 4953 Marine Avenue, Lawndale, CA 90260
Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) are great tools for student collaboration, sharing and practice. This workshop is designed to provide an orientation to IWB software, tools and activities to get you started in your classroom.
Prerequisites: Basic computer and file management skills.

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet
March 19, 2010 — 1:00a - 4:00p
Los Angeles USD - Abram Friedman Occupational Ctr., 1646 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA
If it is on the Internet, it must be true! Not! How do you know if a Web site is accurate? How do you help your learners think critically about online information? How do you keep your learners safe online? Information literacy is defined as the ability to find, evaluate, and use information. This workshop will give you the tools to locate, organize and evaluate online information, and provide the tools for teaching your students to think critically about the information they find online. Participants will identify and practice appropriate and copyright-safe ways to access, use, and present information from online resources.
Prerequisites: Basic computer and Internet skills.

Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education
March 26, 2010 — 1:00a - 4:00p
Burbank Adult School, 3811 W. Allan Ave., Burbank, CA

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn techniques they can use while creating PowerPoint presentations for their classroom or the marketing of their school site. They will learn about: creating and running basic presentations; adding and working with clipart; using design templates; formatting text; and simple animations.
Prerequisites: Participants must be familiar with computer basic skills.

OTAN's Online Lesson Plan Builder
April 9, 2010 — 1:00a - 4:00p
Los Angeles USD - N. Hollywood Adult Learning Center, 10952 Whipple St., N. Hollywood, CA
The Lesson Plan Builder makes it easy for you to develop quality lesson plans by providing a customer friendly template with multiple features that allow you to include CASAS and SCANS competencies, rubrics (generated from another online site), and even upload your own attachments created as part of the plan. All this is stored in a convenient location online and accessible from anywhere with just a few clicks! Lesson plans can be saved for later, shared with specific groups, or made available to the public. This workshop will introduce these features--plus many more--to help you start building your reservoir of lesson plans.
Prerequisites: Participants should be comfortable using computers and the Internet.

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers
April 16, 2010 — 9:00a - 12:00p
Los Angeles USD - Van Nuys Comm Adult Sch. - Saticoy Branch, 15810 Saticoy St., Van Nuys, CA

Based on "Internet Resources for Adult Ed. Teachers," the ESL/EL Civics version is designed for programs and staff currently funded by the English Literacy and Civics Education grant or who teach ESL. The session focuses on the teaching resources available on the OTAN Web site with ESL/EL Civics materials as the main focus. The hands-on class features tools and ideas on how to use the Internet in the classroom, online ESL and Citizenship lesson plans and access to ESL/EL Civics teaching reference materials.
Prerequisites: Participants must be familiar with basic computer and Internet skills.

Using Movie Maker in Adult Ed
April 16, 2010 — 9:00a - 12:00p
Los Angeles USD - Abram Friedman Occ. Ctr., 1646 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA
In this workshop teachers will learn to use free video editing software that comes with Windows to create classroom video projects. These can include photos, audio, music, and video.
Prerequisites: Basic computer and Internet skills.

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. Here are a few of our more popular titles and a couple of new ones. For descriptions, select the title:

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 so they fill up fast, but if you can host during the week, there are more possibilities.

Upcoming Online Workshops:

Participating in our online workshops is very easy! Whether you are updating your skills for employability or wanting to teach your students about new technologies available to them for learning, there will be something here for you. Don't delay and be disappointed. Sign-up today before the workshop fills up!

Online Forms - Collecting, Analyzing and Sharing Data with Melinda Holt
March 11, 2010 2:00p to 3:30p
How many of your students have a computer and Internet access? How can you create an online quiz? or a survey? This workshop will show you how to use Google Forms to collect data, create quizzes and surveys, export datasheets and manipulate and share the data collected.
Prerequisites:
Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills, Google account (free).

Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom: Bingo and Study Helpers with Susan Coulter
March 12, 2010 — 1:00p to 2:30p
Learn how to create Bingo games and interactive student worksheets in just a few minutes using your own course content.
Prerequisites:
A basic knowledge of Excel helpful but not necessary.

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet with Branka Marceta
March 22, 2010 — 3:30p to 5:00p
If it is on the Internet, it must be true! Not! How do you know if a Web site is accurate? How do you help your learners think critically about online information? How do you keep your learners safe online? Information literacy is defined as the ability to find, evaluate, and use information. This workshop will give you the tools to locate, organize and evaluate online information, and provide tools for teaching your students to think critically about the information they find online. Participants will identify and practice using appropriate and copyright-safe ways to access, use, and present information from online resources.
Prerequisites: Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills.

Getting Started with Your Own Wiki Web Site with Barry Bakin
March 23, 2010 3:00p to 4:30p
Create your own free web site for your class for delivering instruction, displaying student work, student writing practice, or collaborative projects. Learn the basics of editing and managing student access (students do NOT need an email account to access or edit the wiki you create). You can also use a wiki web site to represent your program or school! The wiki provider used in this workshop is pbworks.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of using a computer and a web browser; the ability to locate files and folders on your computer, and the ability to download and save files to a specified location.

Improve Student Comprehension Skills Using Graphic Organizers (MS Word) with Annemarie Molinari
March 26, 2010 2:00p to 3:30p
Do you struggle to find new and effective ways to help your students comprehend what they read? In this online workshop, you will learn how to create specific graphic organizers which will help students master specific comprehension strategies such as questioning, drawing conclusions, recognizing inferences, and making predictions. SmartArt(TM) will enable you to introduce and then engage your students in the process of exploring and understanding what they read in a hands-on interactive document. If you have attended the CA STAR Institute, SmartArt is a useful instructional tool to create student worksheets for teaching comprehension.
Prerequisites: Microsoft Word 2007 preferred; however, Word 2003 is sufficient and basic computer skills.

Lessons in Moodle with Penny Pearson
March 30, 2010 — 3:30p to 5:00p
The Lesson module in your Moodle course is a powerful tool for learning. As a teacher, you can create simple "flash card" lessons to help students learn vocabulary or other content that needs reinforcement. Lessons are also adaptive. The student guides their learning based on the choices they make while completing the tasks or activities within the lesson. Teachers can add quiz questions, embed videos and import PowerPoint presentations into the lesson format. Through this webinar, teachers will gain a basic understanding of how lessons work, and create one short lesson within their course. Participants are encouraged to have lesson materials on hand such as presentations, text files, and images to use in the creation of their lesson.
Prerequisites:
All participants must have their own Moodle course shell with teacher editing rights. Your course can be hosted by OTAN or your school site (Moodle v1.9.5 is recommended). Participants should have completed the "Using Moodle to Create A Course Web Site" workshop prior to this webinar (or its equivalent).

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site with Penny Pearson
April 2, 2010 — 3:00p to 5:00p
Moodle is an online course management system where you can post assignments, have an online discussion, and organize documents your students can access any time. You can also create quizzes and track student results. This workshop will introduce you to the Moodle system and offer you the chance to create a site for your class. As part of this workshop, you will receive your own Moodle course site from OTAN. [Note: Participants are required to create a Moodle account prior to the workshop date. Instructions are provided after registration.]
Prerequisites: Basic computer and internet skills.

Teaching Students Effective Online Search Strategies with Melinda Holt
April 7, 2010 — 2:00p to 3:30p
Type a word into an online search, click "Search" and you or your students will find over a million Web sites or other references to that word. It's the easiest way to search the Internet but it is also the most ineffective because you're not finding what you need. Learn effective search strategies and both you and your students will be able to find the information you need in a format you want. Different search sites will be utilized to show different searching methods.
Prerequisites:
Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills.

Create FREE Online Quizzes with Barry Bakin
April 9, 2010 — 3:00p to 4:30p
Learn to create custom entertaining and engaging online quizzes using FREE web sites. By the end of the webinar you create a Free online quiz that your students can access any time!
Prerequisites: Basic Internet knowledge and navigation.

Resources for Teachers:

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This month's Web-Based Class Activity provides a couple of fun new online sites that combine educational videos with social networking

Educational Video and Social Networking Sites
Video has long been used by adult educators to supplement their instructional materials. This month's installment of Web-Based Classroom Activities will introduce you to some sites that combine video with online social networking, in a safe and educationally sound Web environment.

Here are some great links either recently added to the OTAN site, or ones you might have missed, that you might find useful if you are trying to integrate the use of the Internet into your class. We have added a few related to the construction industry which could be good for Career Tech Programs:

Virtual Math Lab (from West Texas A & M)
These are math tutorials for anyone who needs help with Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra. They provide explanations, examples and practice problems with answers available. Good for ABE, ASE & GED classes and independent study programs.

Minnesota Literacy - Online Forms Activities
This Web site provides many sample forms for students to practice filling out online and in print form. The forms include very general information (such as name, address, country of origin) as well as targeted areas (information related to health, employment, housing, and education). (Sent in by Fernanda Carerra of the South San Francisco Adult School. Thanks Fernanda!)

Virtual Workroom for Mulilevel ESL Instructors
Organized around five central challenges of multilevel ESL instruction, the virtual workroom offers adult educators a wide range of research-based professional development resources addressing five key challenges of multilevel ESL instruction: needs assessment, lesson planning, group work, materials, and evaluation. Housed on CALPRO’s Web site, the Virtual Workroom is open to all.

Construction Photographs
This is a collection of construction photographs taken at various phases of building projects and include sitework, concrete slab, tilt-up, masonry, metals, wood and plastic, thermal and moisture protection, doors and windows, finishings, and many more. The photos are free as of today and they only request a link back if used on the Web or a caption showing their Web address if used in print. Helpful for construction trades classes or VESL.

My Construction Photos
Another collection of construction photographs (including an interesting section on unrelated dinosaur photos) covering many phases of the construction process. Good visuals for a CTE or VESL class. To get them for free, just right click on the photo and save as usual. Be sure to give them credit for the photo as they are copyrighted, but the site shows they are free for educational purposes.

Construction eTools from OSHA
These eTools are "stand-alone", interactive, Web-based training tools on construction topics. They are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus as well as expert system modules. These modules enable the user to answer questions, and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site. eTools do not include expert systems, but are fully illustrated. Expert Advisors are based solely on expert systems. Some are also in Spanish.

Construction Industry Safety Lesson Plans and PowerPoints
These materials are designed to assist trainers conducting OSHA 10-hour Construction Industry training for workers. Since workers are the target audience, these materials emphasize hazard identification, avoidance, and control - not standards. No attempt has been made to treat the ten topics exhaustively. The materials consist of PowerPoint® presentations and lesson plans, each presentation also includes instructor notes and they encourage you to review these before you give a training presentation.

Training and Reference Materials Library from OSHA
This library contains training and reference materials developed by OSHA as well as links to other related sites. Topics covered include: Asbestos, Bloodborne Pathogens, Electrical, Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Industrial Hygiene, Nursing Homes, Personal Protective Equipment, Powered Industrial Trucks, Respiratory Protection, Scaffolding, Silica, and Workplace Violence.

News

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CCAE Presents GED Academy II
For GED instructors who participated in GED Academy I last fall, CCAE will be offering the second part of the academy in April. The training will benefit GED and Pre-GED instructors, ABE teachers, correctional educators, and court and community school teachers. Experienced trainers will cover learning modalities, Internet for teachers and students, accommodation for Read more . . .

March is National Women's History Month
In 1981, the U.S. Government decided to recognize women in history; in fact, former Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) named the week of March 8 as National Women's History Week. By 1986, the celebration grew to cover the entire month of March. Today, schools and communities celebrate the month with special events. To find some of those events visit the Web site for the National Women's History Project. Visit the Resource Center and select the "Links" section for other Web sites to visit with your students.

Celebrate Pi Day with your Math or Science Students
Each year on March 14th many classrooms break from their usual routines to observe the festivities of "Pi Day." The digits in this date correspond to the first three digits of Pi (3.14). March 14 is also Albert Einstein's birthday. Visit the LINCS Special Collection site for some ideas on how to celebrate with your math students. Or have your science students visit the Einstein's Legacy Site.

OTAN is now accepting applications for TIMAC 2010-11
Even though our adult education environment is uncertain at the moment, we need to continue our efforts to develop and support quality teaching in the adult education system. OTAN is planning a professional development opportunity for the school year 2010-11 that brings together teacher skills development, peer mentoring and technology integration in one, with the ultimate goal of improving learner outcomes. Read more. . .

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CATESOL State Conference 2010 Registration is open !
The theme for this year's CATESOL state conference is "Teaching & Learning in a Global Community." While the time for discounts has past, there is still time to register for the CATESOL conference if you are able to go.

It's Not Too Early to Think About Professional Development for the Summer or Fall!
We are looking for adult schools that are willing to take a leadership role in providing Professional Development involving the use of technology to teachers in their region. We will provide the training. You just provide the computer lab for 4 hours. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, contact us at 800-894-3113 for more details!