OTAN Digest #26
April 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

Internet Resources for ESL - EL Civics Teachers
Friday, 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/E.L. 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/E.L. 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/E.L. Civics teaching reference materials.
Prerequisites: Basic computer and Internet skills.

Using Movie Maker in Adult Ed
Friday, April 16, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
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.

Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (Promethean)
Monday, April 19, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
Riverside Adult School, 6735 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA
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.

Creative Classroom & Activity Ideas Using MS Word 2003
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 — 10:00a - 12:30p
South San Francisco Adult Education, 825 Southwood Dr., S. San Francisco, CA
This workshop is designed for those with some previous experience using Microsoft Word 2003 for basic word processing. In this three hour, hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Word to create classroom handouts for student activities as well as how to introduce it to students. Participants will learn about working with AutoShapes, text boxes, tables, borders, clip art, MS Equation, forms and MS Paint. Several activities are geared to ESL, but the skills you learn can be used in other programs as well.
Prerequisites: Participants must have basic word processing skills and be registered members of OTAN prior to the workshop.

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers
Friday, April 30, 2010 — 9:00a - 12:00p
LAUSD, Venice - Emerson Comm. Adult School, 8810 Emerson Ave., Los Angeles, CA
This class is designed for users already familiar with the Internet. The session focuses on teaching resources available on the OTAN Web site. Topics include effective ways to navigate the site and how to use the site as a gateway to the best adult education sites available on the Internet. The hands-on class features online tools for preparing classroom activities, ideas on how to use the Internet in the classroom, and access to online lesson plans. The workshop is best suited to instructors of ABE, ESL/Citizenship, and GED/High School Diploma programs, but all adult education teachers are welcome. * This workshop can be focused on any adult education program area.
Prerequisites: Basic computer and Internet skills. Must have an email address and be a registered member* of OTAN prior to the workshop.

Creative Classroom & Activity Ideas Using MS Word 2003
Friday, May 7, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
LAUSD - Abram Friedman Occupational Ctr., 1646 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA
This workshop is designed for those with some previous experience using Microsoft Word 2003 for basic word processing. In this three hour, hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Word to create classroom handouts for student activities as well as how to introduce it to students. Participants will learn about working with AutoShapes, text boxes, tables, borders, clip art, MS Equation, forms and MS Paint. Several activities are geared to ESL, but the skills you learn can be used in other programs as well.
Prerequisites: Participants must have basic word processing skills and be registered members of OTAN prior to the workshop.

Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (SmartBoard)
Friday, May 7, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
Tamalpais Adult School, 375 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA
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.

Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education
Friday, May 21, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
LAUSD, N. Hollywood Adult learning Center, 10952 Whipple St., North Hollywood, 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 registered members of OTAN prior to the workshop and familiar with computers.

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!

Using Picture Dictionaries in the Multilevel ESL Classroom with Jayme Goldstein
April 15, 2010 — 2:00p to 3:30p
Come discuss and discover the ways to use picture dictionary pages to support communicative instruction across levels. The presenter will share presentation strategies, including overhead transparencies, interactive software, and Powerpoint (TM) slides that make it easy for all learners to understand and work with the lesson content. Student-centered practice activities will also be demonstrated.. Handouts include lesson plans and sample activity templates.

Show Your Slide Shows to the World! with Melinda Holt
April 21, 2010 — 2:00p to 3:30p
Your students need to create a PowerPoint presentation but do not have the software at home. Teach them how to create a presentation online with only a few clicks - for free. They (and you) can create a PowerPoint-like presentation without software - all that is needed is the Internet. They will be able to format text, insert pictures and links, or upload an already existing PowerPoint into Google Presenter. Learn how to create, share and collaborate Google presenter with your students and colleagues. Prerequisites: Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills, Google account (free).

Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom: Create a Personal Budget with Susan Coulter
April 23, 2010 — 1:00p to 2:30p
Teachers will receive a budget template, which includes two different interactive pay stubs, and linked budget and pie graph. Learn how to create your own budget and pie graph. Materials are appropriate as classroom presentation or student technology project.
Prerequisites:
A basic knowledge of Excel helpful but not necessary.

Lessons in Moodle with Penny Pearson
April 26, 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).

Quizzes and Assessments in Moodle with Penny Pearson
April 28, 2010 — 3:30p to 5:00p
The quiz activity in a Moodle course allows the teacher a great deal of flexibility in assessing student performance and understanding. Teachers can use this activity for both summative and formative evaluation. With a variety of question types available, you can create a bank of questions that can be reused several times within a single quiz, within one course, or for your entire program area. Quizzes also allow the teacher to give specific feedback on each question, and general feedback on a students' overall performance on an assessment. Teachers control how often a student can take a quiz, how much time must elapse between each attempt, how it is scored (highest score achieved, average, first or last) and Moodle does all the math!
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).

USALearns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners with Evelyn Fella
May 4, 2010 — 3:00p to 4:30p
USALearns.org is a free website designed for ESL students who want to improve their English skills outside of the traditional classroom. The site offers three unique courses for beginner to high intermediate students. This workshop will introduce you to the content and show you how to use the teacher site to monitor your distant learners’ progress.
Prerequisites: Basic Internet knowledge and navigation.

Using a Cellphone to Enhance Learning with Susan Gaer
May 7, 2010 — 9:30a to 11:00a
Do you own a cellphone and want to explore ways of using it in the ABE/ESL classroom? In this online workshop, you will learn about features you didn't even know you had. Edit photos, use texting as a learning tool, discover audio capabilities and learn how to apply all these features to your classroom.
Prerequisites: Ownership of, or access to, a cellphone, with texting capability.

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

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Career Exploration and Information Sites
Due to the economy more and more students are looking for jobs. Use this month's Web based class activity to help your students with the various search and skill building activities.




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. The one for building flashcards will be useful to any program where new vocabulary words or other memory work is required.

PB Works in Education
PBworks lets you create a secure online workspace in about 60 seconds. Encourage classroom participation with interactive wiki pages that students can view and edit from any computer. Share class resources and completed student work with anyone. You can even collaborate with fellow educators on courses and curriculum, and manage the work of running your school or district.

Webs
At Webs, they provide all the tools you need to create a professional-looking Web site in just minutes. Add a blog, forum, calendar, photo gallery, video gallery, and much more. Want to turn your site into a social network? No problem! You also have the ability to add members and create personal profiles so you can turn your site into a community where friends, colleagues, and family can connect and collaborate.

PhET Interactive Simulations from the University of Colorado
PhET offers science and math simulations (physics, biology, chemistry, earth science and math), either online or downloaded. They can be browsed by topic or grade level (elementary - university). There are even some teacher created activities, using the simulations, that are free to use at the site. This is a "must see" for ABE and ASE teachers.

Shodor - A National Resource for Computational Science Education
This site provides interactive math and science lessons and activities covering middle to high school mathematics and science topics.

New American Horizons Foundation
As its first project, the Foundation aims to enhance the development of teachers through the creation of a series of training videos, "Teaching ESL to Adults: Classroom Approaches in Action." The project team includes MaryAnn Florez and Betsy Parrish, who are leaders in adult ESL teacher training. As of March 2010, the first volume of two videos is available to be viewed online. Two other volumes, with three videos each, will be produced later in 2010. This could be a great professional development opportunity for ESL program coordinators and directors to point staff to.

Weebly
This is a great tool for creating a free Web site and a blog all in one.

Flashcards by Microsoft Education Labs
This tool from Microsoft allows you to either use some of their pre-built flashcards or create your own for your students to use. Or your students can create their own to study from. You will need a Windows Live ID and if you do not have one, you can sign up for one. It's free.

News

News

Bulk Order Literacy Publications Now Free
As the National Institute for Literacy, a federal agency, prepares to cease operation this fiscal year, it will make available in bulk, a number of its scientifically based publications. The inventory includes a host of publications and resource materials for use by educators, researchers, adult reading and literacy providers, parents and families, and caregivers. Read more . . .

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 . . .

OTAN is still 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. . .

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!