News

The Students Succeed Site Has A New Look!

The Adult Education Students Succeed site was created to highlight learners who reached their life goals as a result of their participation in the adult education system and are now active in their communities. At the Students Succeed site, we currently have the stories of 188 such students and some include a video of their story. We hope you will use these stories when talking to school boards and legislators about adult education and how it benefits California.

Mothers in Adult Education, World Education Wants Your Stories

Hundreds of thousands of mothers participate in adult education classes across the U.S. This Mothers' Day (May 12), World Education external link opens in new window or tab wants to honor their efforts to improve their own and their family's lives through education by publishing their stories. (Deadline to submit is March 15th). When moms go back to school the entire family and community benefits. Read more . .

Workforce Investment Act of 2013 Reintroduced in House Committee

Top House Education and the Workforce Committee Democrats reintroduced legislation on February 15th to improve the federal workforce development programs so that they better respond to local economic needs and help workers find a good job or a new career. The rest of the story . . .

Adult Ed Office News

The Winter 2013 issue of Adult Education Matters external link opens in new window or tab from the Adult Education Office (AEO) of the California Department of Education (CDE) is now available. The new year brings a new look to the newsletter which is filled with important information for adult educators. Read more . . .

Learn2 Earn Fresno

Learn2Earn External link opens in new window or tab is an exciting effort designed to remove barriers for anyone who wants to get their GED, train for a new career, or even obtain a college education. The effort is a partnership among numerous local organizations such as the Fresno Housing Authority, both public and private educational institutions, and Mayor Ashley Swearengin. Complete article . . .

English Language Requirements in Immigration Reform

The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE External link opens in new window or tab) has released a new position paper External link opens in new window or tab [PDF] addressing the current push for comprehensive nationwide immigration reform. A critical element that appears in almost every proposal for immigration reform is the requirement to learn English and civics, and to prepare for the citizenship examination. State Education Offices, funded through the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), have the experience and expertise necessary to achieve the requirements of immigration reform legislation, according to the NCSDAE. Complete article. . .

Between the Bars: Access to Communication for Inmates

A large population of people in the United States - over 2 million nationally - lack access to digital resources (computers, the Internet, email, etc.) because they are incarcerated. A new project, called Between the Bars External link opens in new window or tab, provides an opportunity for many of those people to connect with the outside world on the Internet, while still allowing officials to monitor activity.
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School Administrators Support Dual Delivery System for Adult Education

In a position paper External link opens in new window or tab [PDF] on the Governor's 2013-14 budget proposal the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) has said it "opposes the governor's proposal to shift responsibility for delivering adult education services from K-12 and community colleges to only community colleges." ACSA instead supports an improved "dual system" of adult education delivery. Complete article . . .

Oakland USD Board Votes to Eliminate Adult Education

The Oakland Unified School District board voted 5 to 1 last week to approve eliminating or reducing full service programs like adult education. Timing of the vote will allow the district to comply with the March 15 deadline for issuance of layoff notices to teachers. Read more . . .

Tools You Can Use: DOL's Industry Competency Model Clearinghouse

Need help developing curriculum or talking to employers about the skills needed in their industries? The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Competency Model Clearinghouse External link opens in new window or tab can help. The online resource provides validated industry competency models and tools External link opens in new window or tab that can be used as the basis of educational programs and curricula for a variety of industry sectors. Complete article . . .

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!

Want some creative ideas for those visual learners in your class. Take a look at this month's Web-based Class Activity for some new ideas and tools.

Learning, Creativity, and Fun with Pictures

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As a teaching resource, digital images are invaluable. A simple image on a slideshow presentation can help students understand new concepts, provoke thought, prompt discussion, and otherwise promote active listening of students in a lecture. Teachers can also engage students by assigning them to learn and apply their learning with Web sites that use digital images for messages, dictionary (text and image) definitions, and photo editing for various projects. Some of these sites, and application and ideas for use with students are contained in this months installment.

 

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

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

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities
Friday, April 5, 2013 — 9 a.m. to noon
Glendale Community College - Garfield Campus
1122 East Garfield
Glendale, CA 91205

Online Documents & Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
Friday, April 12, 2013 — 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fresno Adult School - Cesar Chaves Campus
2500 Stanislaus
Fresno, CA 93721

Mobile Devices in Adult Education
Friday, April 26, 2013 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fremont Adult & Continuing Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Online Documents - Create and Share on the Cloud! Series II
Friday, April 26, 2013 — 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fresno Adult School - Cesar Chaves Campus
2500 Stanislaus
Fresno, CA 93721

Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook)
Friday, May 3, 2013 — 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
El Monte-Rosemead Adult School - Ramona
10807 Ramona Blvd.
El Monte, CA 91731

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.

Webinar

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.

Mobile Devices Part 3: Applications to Use in the Classroom with Susan Gaer
March 29, 2013 — 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook) with Branka Marceta
April 3, 2013 — 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

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

CNAEnglish.org: Academic and Skills Lessons for Health Care Provider/ Nursing Assistant ESL Students with Evelyn Fella
April 9, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Technology Skills for the 2014 GED Exam with Evelyn Lenton
April 11, 2013 — 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Moodle v2: Getting the Most out of the Gradebook (Advanced) with Francisca Wentworth
April 15, 2013 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity with Blair Roy
April 23, 2013 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

An Online Presence for Teachers with Linda Swanson
April 23, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Online Documents: Create, Share, and Collaborate! with Melinda Holt
April 25, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Create FREE Online Quizzes with Barry Bakin
April 26, 2013 — 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

From on-the-ground to Online with Dr. Susan Manning
April 26, 2013 — 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning with Francisca Wentworth
April 26, 2013 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 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 other resources, search by program, level, and subject, then look on the resulting list which is alphabetical.

GCF Learn Free: Job Application
ESL Levels:
Beg High - Int. High
Subjects: Listening & Reading
In this practice activity, students demonstrate their ability to complete a job application correctly.

ESL America: Telephone Dictations
ESL Levels:
Beg High - Int. Low
Subjects: Listening & Writing
In this activity, students listen to phrases commonly used during telephone conversations and write what they hear.

AIMS: Hands on Math and Science - Puzzle Corner
ABE Levels:
All
ABE Subject: Math
The goal of the AIMS Puzzle Corner is to provide teachers with a variety of interesting puzzles that can be used to create a learning environment where students engage in doing mathematics just for the fun of it! Students can learn how to work puzzles and the mathematics behind them. They have a puzzle a month going back to 1995 in their archives. This site in NOT an online puzzle site--they provide the instructions for the puzzles, but the puzzles are done in class, so no computers necessary in class.

Big Dog's Grammar: A Bare Bones Guide to English
ABE Levels:
All
ABE Subject: Grammar & Writing
Has help on subjects, verbs, prepositions, sentence fragments, comma splices and fused sentences, agreement of subject / verb, dangling modifiers, pronouns, active / passive construction, and much more. The site is designed for freshmen, but can be useful to basic education and high school students.

Women's History Month: First Ladies' Image Analysis
ABE Levels: All
ABE Subject: Reading, Speaking, & Writing
In this activity, the class will examine different traditional roles of first ladies, including: setting fashion standards, uplifting national spirit in times of crisis, serving as a White House representative, campaigning for her husband, and/or promoting charities and causes. Besides investigating the topic, students will evaluate Web information using the Web Site Example, which is an online image analysis worksheet.

Virtual Microscope
ASE Subject: Science: Biology, General Science, Health & Life Science
The virtual scope has all the same controls found on the real thing. Use it if you do not have access to a school laboratory.