OTAN Digest #28
June 2010

Resources for Teachers

Resources for teachers graphic

Here are some great new links recently added to the OTAN site (or a few you may have never discovered) that might be useful to teachers who are trying to integrate the Internet into their classes:

Healthy Roads Media
This site contains free short educational videos, audio files, and a transcript of each in a number of languages to address the basic need of access to health information, and the challenges that literacy, health-literacy, illness, aging, disability and language can pose to that access. In addition, they now also have videos on housing and finding employment. All the materials are also downloadable.

Owl & Mouse - U.S. and World Geography
Printable and interactive colorful online maps of continents, countries, and U.S. states. Map puzzles with outlines or without outlines to study countries, states, and capitals in a progressive manner. Megamaps create printouts from one page to seven feet wide of countries or continents. Some resources to be used online and some to print. Great for Citizenship, ABE, and ASE classes.

REEP World - Arlington Education & Employment Program
This is a Web site for beginning and low-literacy ESOL learners. Click on English Practice to see the lessons and then Pick a Topic. Currently there are lessons on family, work, and health. There are vocabulary lessons including a listening element and interactive activities for review. It was created by the REEP project in Arlington,VA, and is a work in progress.

Observing Standards-in-Action: ESL Classroom Lesson on Writing Paragraphs
This video will give you as the teacher an opportunity to watch another teacher teach the subject of paragraph writing. She is teaching higher level ESL students, so this could also be good for teaching ABE or ASE classes. From the U.S. Department of Education, Adult Education Content Standards Warehouse Web site. It is designed to be used in conjunction with their other materials, but it also stands alone as an example of good teaching skills.

Observing Standards-in-Action: Reading Classroom Lesson
This video will give you as the teacher an opportunity to watch another teacher teach about reading for understanding in general and reading poetry specifically. She is teaching GED students, but this could also be good for teaching ABE or ASE classes and advanced level ESL. From the U.S. Department of Education, Adult Education Content Standards Warehouse Web site. It is designed to be used in conjunction with their other materials, but it also stands alone as an example of good teaching skills.

Observing Standards-in-Action: Math Classroom Lesson on Teaching Percentages
This video will give you as the teacher an opportunity to watch another teacher teach about computing percentages. She is teaching Intermediate High (Level 4) math students. From the U.S. Department of Education, Adult Education Content Standards Warehouse Web site. It is designed to be used in conjunction with their other materials, but it also stands alone as an example of good teaching skills.

Successful Students (Students Succeed) Activities
Since before the 150th anniversary of adult education in California, OTAN has been collecting the success stories of many students who completed a program of study at an adult school and then went on to do something with their education. There are currently 179 motivational stories, some are complete with video. A few (4) now have Student Activities to go with the stories, so they can even be educational as well as motivational. To find the ones with student activities, look for the pencil icon next to the story. Once on the page with the story, scroll to the bottom to find the link to the Student Activity. You will find a Teacher's Guide at the top of the page with the list of students.

Here is an Online Tool useful for everyone in adult ed...

XWord Interactive Crossword Puzzles
With XWord Interactive Crossword Puzzles you can either do a puzzle interactively on your computer or else you can select a puzzle to print it out for use later or as a worksheet with students. You can use crosswords created by other teachers or create one yourself with the puzzle generator.

This month's Web-Based Class Activity introduces you to the use of PicLit as a visual writing prompt:

A Picture Is Worth a Million Words: Simple Site to Get Students Writing with Visuals
PicLits is a Web site where students can choose from a variety of interesting and beautiful images and drag and drop provided words to create short compositions or type in their own words.  PicLits, according to site founder Terry Friedlander, means pictures + literacy:  "a combination of words placed on an image to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture. It can be anything -- a sentence, a caption, a poem, a single word, a rap, a quote, and more." The site is perfect for students to experiment with poetry but can be used for prose (descriptive and narrative) writing projects as well.

Professional Development:

Training

Upcoming Online Workshops:

Online workshops are done for the summer. Check back with us in August to see what we will be offering in the Fall of 2010!

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

OTAN offers no-cost, hands-on, three-hour workshops year round. 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. Or we can advertise to our members in the area around your school to see if they would like to attend.

Our list of technology related topics include such topics 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 me 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.

Call us to schedule a workshop at your school! 800-894-3113

News

News

New Videos Added to Adult Ed Content Standards Warehouse
The Adult Education Content Standards Warehouse has added a new set of Standards-in-Action (SIA) materials for professional development.  These materials, Observing SIA Videos, depict teachers in a variety of Adult Education classrooms, including English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), mathematics and reading, as they model standards-based instruction in authentic settings.

The videos are designed as training and observation tools to allow instructors to gain and share a clear understanding of what effective practice is in these settings. Classroom observations are a hallmark of standards-based instructional leadership and they are a key method program administrators can use to...Read More . . .

Business Results Through Essential Skills and Literacy: Guidebook from Canada
The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) have made available a new guide, Business Results Through Essential Skills and Literacy that OTAN has added to its resources.  Published in 2009, this 110- page Guidebook is intended for both employers and education providers as they examine and invest in the skill sets of the workforce. On a practical level, Business Results Through Essential Skills and Literacy has an extensive section of forms that are useful in workplace literacy programs, including various surveys, workplace assessments, checklists and usable templates, and presents a thorough research base for its recommendations and conclusions. Read more...

Adult Education in California: New Models and New Partnerships
At the CCAE state conference in Palm Springs last weekend, many adult educators attended presentations and joined conversations about the dominant topic of the day: what is the future of Adult Education in California? Debra Jones provided suggestions about future directions. In her presentation she emphasized the importance of building partnerships. Adult education can no longer go it alone as a separate system. Partnerships will be essential in rebuilding our system and recovering from the current devastation caused by the state budget deficit. Read more . . .