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There Is Still Time to Register for the Northern California Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013

The last day to register for OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium at Berkeley Adult School is February 14th, unless we have a full list of registrants before that date. Dates for the Symposium are February 22-23, 2013. Space is limited so if you want to go, register NOW as there will be NO walk-in registration. Get More Information and Register

Digital Learning Day is February 6

Digital Learning Day 2013 will be held on February 6, launching a variety of activities at the national and local levels. Adult educators may wish to access the Digital Learning Day (www) site to learn more about this national campaign to celebrate teachers and publicize successful instructional practices and effective uses of technology in classrooms. More information. . .

Literacy Challenges for the 21st Century

Literacy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century (www), the fall issue of the journal The Future of Children (www), contains several pertinent articles for policymakers and educators on preparing the American workforce for the 21st century. Research is conclusive that reading deficiencies are not, at least initially, school-based. Literacy gaps are significant before children begin school and sometimes these non-school factors appear to continue to exert an influence as children progress through school. Read more . . .

Ready – Set – Learn!

Adults are self-directed learners and become empowered when teachers provide them with helpful learning tools. Technology can assist in this endeavor. Online Resources & Tutoring Options to Support Students

Governor Releases Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget Plan

Governor Jerry Brown introduced his proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The $97.7 billion plan represents a five-percent increase over the previous budget year, largely in education and health care spending. K-12 education funding is increased by $2.7 billion from $53.5 billion in 2012-13 to $56.2 billion in 2013-14.

The Governor's proposal highlights the lack of coordination between K-12 and Community Colleges in providing adult education noted in a recent Legislative Analyst Office report, "Restructuring California's Adult Education System (pdf - Reader)." The Governor's plan proposes $300 million in new revenues to fund a comparable K-12 adult education service delivery system within the community college system. The proposal would fund only core instructional areas such as vocational education, ESL/Citizenship, ABE, and ASE. Complete article. . .

Current Version of GED Test to Expire at End of 2013

Last fall the GED Testing Service (www) announced the launch of its campaign, Your Future is Calling (www). The goal of the campaign is to alert test-takers who need to finish the GED test by the end of this year. The current version of the test—the 2002 Series GED Test—will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores. As part of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, GED Testing Service invites educators and literacy partners nationwide to join the campaign.
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Correctional Education Summit Document Published: Focus on Reentry Education Model

On Nov.19, 2012, the Office of Adult & Vocational Education (OVAE) (www) brought together more than 60 experts in the field of correctional reentry for adults and juveniles at the Correctional Education Summit. Practitioners, academicians and advocates met with former students and administrators from correctional education, state and federal government, institutions of higher learning and the private sector to discuss critical issues and concerns related to the "reentry" process. Complete article . . .

English Language Learner University (ELL-U) Activities for the Beginning of 2013

ELL-U has several activities coming up, so save the date to participate!

  • The Working with Emergent Readers Club will be launching in early January!
  • Mark your calendars for the Formative Assessment in Adult ESL: Focus on Student Learning (SC23) study circle. This study circle is a deeper dive into the ideas and concepts presented in the Formative Assessment to Inform Quality Adult ESL Instruction (OC03) online course. The study circle will be held in three connected sessions on February 21, read more . . . .

Save Money - Offer Professional Development Onsite

Now is the time to schedule professional development activities. 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. There is no charge for this service. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, contact us at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us for more details!

New Web-based Class Activities!

There are so many wonderful (and free) resources online. Perhaps you did not know about this one - GCF Learn Free. It is worth a look.

Online Computer, Reading, Math, and Career Lessons at GCFLearnFree.org

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GCFLearnFree.org is a one-stop online resource hosted by the Goodwill Community Foundation International for students to practice reading and math, as well as learn about computer programs, career topics, and just everyday life skills topics too, through tutorials, interactive activities, videos, and audio. Students can also take instructor-supported online classes in which students apply their newly-acquired knowledge and skills through assignments. All this, amazingly, is offered for free.


Since we did not publish a January Teacher's Digest, you may have missed the Web-based Class Activity, so this is what you missed:

Wikipedia Q R Code

Classroom Uses for QR Codes

Have you ever wondered what those funny looking square things are that you see on products and in store windows and various other places? They are called "QR Codes." The codes can be programmed to hold just about any kind of data or information. Investigate this activity to find out how to use them in education.

 

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

Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 — 12:30p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

Creating Web Pages with Weebly
Friday, February 15, 2013 —12:30p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Fresno Adult School - Cesar Chavez Campus
2500 Stanislaus, Room 208
Fresno, CA 93721

Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Rowland Adult School - Adult Ed Ctr #1 - Lerona
2100 Lerona Avenue
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 (or 2010) for Adult Education
Friday, March 1, 2013 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Grossmont Adult School - Foothills Campus
1550 Melody Lane
El Cajon, CA 92019

Creating Web Pages with Weebly
Thursday, March 7, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Martinez Adult School
600 F. Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Creating Web Pages with WordPress
Friday, March 8, 2013 — 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fremont Adult School
4700 Calaveras Avenue, Room 9
Fremont, CA 94538

Creating Web Pages with Weebly - Part 2
Friday, March 15, 2013 —12:30p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Fresno Adult School - Cesar Chavez Campus
2500 Stanislaus, Room 208
Fresno, CA 93721

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet
Friday, March 15, 2013 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fremont Adult School
4700 Calaveras Avenue, Room 9
Fremont, CA 94538

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 (or 2010) for Adult Education
Friday, March 22, 2013 — 9 a.m. to noon
Glendale Community College - Garfield Campus
1122 East Garfield, Room TR211
Glendale, CA 91205

Advanced PowerPoint 2007 (or 2010) for Adult Education
Friday, March 29, 2013 — 9 a.m. to noon
Glendale Community College - Garfield Campus
1122 East Garfield, Room TR211
Glendale, CA 91205

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. If there is a technology topic not listed that your staff needs assistance with, let us know and we will discuss creating a new workshop to meet that need. 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 e-mail 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.

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
    • Mobile Devices Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom
    • Mobile Devices Part 2: Activities Using Voice and Camera
    • Mobile Devices Part 3: Smartphone Applications to Use in the Classroom
  • Create and Collaborate in the Cloud
    • Online Documents: Create, Share, 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 v2: Create Online Interactive Activities
    • Moodle v2: Creating Assignments
    • Moodle v2: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning
    • Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity
    • Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
  • 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
  • Online Technology
    • Creating A High Quality Online Course
    • So You Want to Teach Online?
    • Orienting Students to Online Learning

Most of the workshops shown below are part of our series.

Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity with Blair Roy
February 5, 2013 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book with Blair Roy
February 6, 2013 — 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

USA Learns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners with Evelyn Fella
February 7, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Simple Free Web Tools to Use with Your Students with Kristi Reyes
February 8, 2013 — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Mobile Devices Part 2: Activities Using Voice and Camera with Susan Gaer
February 15, 2013 — 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Online Documents: Create, Share, and Collaborate! with Melinda Holt
February 28, 2013— 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mobile Devices Part 3: Applications to Use in the Classroom with Susan Gaer
March 1, 2013 — 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Using Picture Dictionaries in the Multilevel ESL Classroom with Jayme Goldstein
March 7, 2013— 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book with Blair Roy
March 11, 2013 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Instruction with Barry Bakin
March 15, 2013 — 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students with Susan Coulter
March 21, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"College Transition and Career Development" Orientation with Penny Pearson
March 22, 2013 — 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

10 Activities Using Google Search for You and Your Students with Melinda Holt
March 28, 2013— 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other workshops are also available, so keep checking the Professional Development Calendar for the latest workshop additions.

Teaching Resources

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Recent additions to our new "Teaching with Technology" section may be of interest to you. We have highlighted a few below. To find these resources, search by program, level, and subject, then look on the resulting list which is alphabetical.:

Colorful Clothesline: Learning Colors
ESL Levels:
Beg Lit - Beg. High
Subjects: Reading & Writing
Beginning-level students learn vocabulary for colors in a combination of online and offline activities that require both individual and group work.

Listen A Minute
ESL Levels:
Beg High - Adv
Subjects: Listening & Writing
Use this listening-based lesson activity to supplement or introduce the theme of accidents or with the EL Civics unit on reporting accidents and emergencies. For each of the numerous listening exercises, there is an MP3 audio file, transcript, activities to accompany the text, and quizzes a student can use to test their listening skills.

College for Adults
ABE Levels:
All
ABE Subjects: Listening, Reading, Technology, Writing
ASE Subjects: Electives - Career Exploration
The site guides adults through the whole college process - applying to school, taking college placements tests, setting career and educational goals, picking majors, etc. It is an excellent resource for individual students as well as adult secondary classroom activities. Topics include career planning, applying to college, financial planning, brushing up on academic skills, and more resources on how to be successful in college.

Google Calendar: Create an Online Calendar Using Google Calendar
ABE Levels:
All
ABE Subject: Technology
To save paper, be more mobile, and store a calendar online, use a Google account to make a Google calendar, which you can share with students, access from your cellphone, and even set up to have event reminders sent to you via e-mail or text messaged to your cellphone. You and your students will need free Google accounts to be able to share information. Because registered users can have multiple calendars, teachers can set up different calendars for specific classes and share homework assignments, test dates, and project due dates with students. Within your instructional program, you can schedule meetings with colleagues or coordinate computer lab schedules, for example. Of course the calendars can be printed out, too.

Illuminations Resources for Teaching Math
ASE Subject: Math - Algebra, Calculus, Consumer Math, Geometry, Integrated Math, Math Electives, Trigonometry
The Illuminations site has lesson plans complete with handouts and some great interactive math tools you could use in class or as practice for student to provide visual representations of math concepts. Great tool for those visual learners.