News

Improved Professional Development Calendar
If you have searched or registered for professional development events on the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar, we think you will be pleased with the improvements that went live this week. Since the calendar was created, professional development has evolved in many ways. We have a variety of types of events offered in California, and a multiplicity of ways of offering these events.

Resources for Teaching About 9/11
This year it will be 10 years since the 9/11 attack. To help you explain to your students about the attack, the heroic actions of rescue workers and the bonding of a nation, look to Thinkfinity's collection of lesson plans, artifacts, and interactives that will help your students understand the impact of the September 2001 events, and how they still affect our nation to this day.

CALPRO Fall Online Courses
CALPRO is offering free professional development that you can take any time and anywhere you have an Internet connection. To get started, all you need is an e-mail account, Internet access and an average of three hours a week. To learn more about this opportunity, read the full news story.

Adult Learner Scholarships Available to Attend U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy
ProLiteracy has announced the United States Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL Conference) in Houston, Texas, November 2-5, 2011. Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush will deliver the keynote address on November 3.

The USCAL Conference seeks to create successful collaborations among literacy providers and recipients, and actively encourages learner participation in the Conference.  There will be a series of workshops designed especially for adult learners as well as invaluable networking opportunities throughout the conference. Read more . . .

Staff Changes at CALPRO
A lot has happened over the summer, and a number of staffing changes have taken place at CALPRO. Mariann Fedele is moving to Washington D.C., Jacques LaCour is taking Mariann's position as Director of CALPRO and Dr. Cherise Moore has been added to the CALPRO staff as a Senior Research Analyst. Read more. . .

Changes in the Adult Education Office
Debra Jones, Administrator of the Adult Education Office at the California Department of Education (CDE), will be leaving her position September 30 to move to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office as part of an interagency agreement between CDE and the Chancellor’s Office. At the Chancellor’s Office she will serve as a liaison between the two agencies to facilitate a deeper partnership in the area of workforce development. The CDE has begun the process to hire a new administrator to replace Debra. Read more . . ..

Save Money - Offer Professional Development Onsite
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. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, contact us at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us for more details!

This month's Web-Based Class Activity is all about using ReadWriteThink

Read write think

Interactive Tools and Lesson Plans at ReadWriteThink

Are you looking to integrate easy-to-use Web tools with students' reading and writing tasks in your lessons? Looking for lesson plans to kick start the new school year? If you have not checked out the numerous possibilities at ReadWriteThink, you should. You will find lots of ideas on using ReadWriteThink in this edition of our monthly Web-Based Class Activities. Then let us know if you have discovered other ways to use this great tool!

 

Professional Development

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

The deadline to register for most Face-to-Face workshops is two weeks before the workshop, so register early to avoid disappointment!

Workshop

Using Web Sites to Teach Math
Friday, October 28, 2011 — 9:00a - 12:00 noon
Fremont Adult & Continuing Ed, 4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont, CA

OTAN offers a wide variety of 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. Here are some of our workshop titles:

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.

Upcoming Online Workshops:

OTAN offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. This year workshops will be offered both separately and as a series, allowing participants to register for several sessions at once. All of the workshops shown below can be part of our series. See below for the Online Series Offerings.

Moodle: Create a Course Web Site with Blair Roy
Thursday, September 22, 2011 — 3:00p - 5:00p

Online Documents: Share, Review and Collaborate! with Melinda Holt
Monday, September 26, 2011 — 3:00p - 4:30p

Cell Phone Basics to Use in the Classroom with Susan Gaer
Friday, September 30, 2011 — 9:30a - 11:00a

Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook) with Branka Marceta
Friday, September 30, 2011 — 10:00a - 11:30p

Moodle: Creating Assignments with Susan Coulter
Friday, October 14, 2011 — 11:00a - 12:30p

Three Fun Online Activities for Students with Kristi Reyes
Friday, October 21, 2011 — 10:00a - 11:30p

Moodle: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning with Francisca Wentworth
Monday, October 24, 2011 — 1:00p - 2:30p

Each series is accompanied by additional online resources and support through a facilitated Moodle course, providing participants with the benefit and support of an online learning community. The workshop series are designed on the theory that continued and sustained support improves learning outcomes. Here is the list of the series:

Online Series Offerings:

  • Mobile Technology in Adult Education
    • Cell Phone Basics to Use in the Classroom
    • Cell Phone Activities Using Voice and Camera
  • Create and Collaborate in the Cloud
    • Online Documents: Share, Review, and Collaborate
    • 10 Activities Using Google Search for You and Your Students
  • Moodle: Foundations in Moodle Course Management
    • Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
    • Moodle: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book
  • Moodle: Activities Series
    • Moodle: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
    • Moodle: Creating Assignments
    • Moodle: Create Online Interactive Activities (New!)
    • Moodle: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning (New!)
  • Social Media and Online Presence for Adult Education
    • Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook)
    • Three Fun Online Activities for Students
    • An Online Presence for Teachers

Teaching Resources

This month we came across a variety of media sites that are not blocked by most schools and which have great documentaries, video clips, audio files, and images to use in your classroom. We hope you will try some of these with your students.

Biz/ed
Biz/ed comes to us from the UK, but under the Learning Zone they have lesson plans and activities for accounting, business studies, economics, travel and tourism, and leisure, sport, and recreation. Under 'Virtual Worlds' they offer simulations for a virtual economy, bank, developing country, factory, farm, as well as a virtual learning arcade.

Graphic Organizers from Education Oasis
Education Oasis offers 58 different graphic organizers. Try one of them as a precursor to a writing exercise to reduce the time you have to take to correct your students' writing.

Focus English - Everyday English in Conversation
This site has a selection of short, informal conversations on such topics as the weather, asking directions, travel and many others. Students can listen and follow the text. If students memorize and practice the expressions they can become more confident at speaking English in every day situations. (Int. - Adv. ESL)

VocabAhead
VocabAhead offers a free video vocabulary builder. They have short and fun vocabulary videos to help students build their vocabulary effortlessly. It provides a full-brain learning approach to understanding and mastering tough English words, especially those appearing in standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, and GRE. You can do a lot without registering, but there are a few features that require a login so they can keep track of words a student is working on. They also offer quizzes and flash cards for word review. The audio component is particularly useful to ESL students. Appropriate for the Advanced levels. The site also offers a Widget to embed in your own Web site and an iPhone app for mobile learning.

GED Teacher Resource Center
New Readers Press is offering a few Pre-GED and GED classroom activities which are printable PDFs. The offered activities include the topics of language arts - reading, language arts - writing, social studies, science, and math.

Information Technology Across Careers
The theme of this site is "building a pipeline of IT-enabled workers for a 21st Century workforce." They provide examples of how many different industries and careers use technology, as well as lesson templates and rubrics for teachers.

California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences has a wonderful collection of short videos on topics such as animals, aquarium creatures, earth, humans, oceans, space, biodiversity, climate change, and many, many others. Would make a good "virtual visit" to the museum.

Free High School Science Texts (FHSST)
Written for high school students in South Africa by educators there, this site contains free mathematics and physical science text books on the high school level.

Professional Studies AE
Professional Studies AE is a portal for online professional development. Many are self-paced and free. Major topics are ABE / Literacy, Adult Multiple Intelligences, Adult Student Persistence, Authentic Contexts, College Transitions, General Education Development, International Literacy, Managing the Learning Environment, Numeracy, Program Assessment, Program Management, Student Assessment, Tutor Training, Volunteer Management, and Life, Health, and Work.