News

Nominate Successful Adult Learners for Adult Education Students Succeed

The California Adult Education Students Succeed project External link opens in new window or tab recognizes former adult education students who have completed their courses and met some or many of their life goals. The Web site offers the stories and photos of 188 former adult learners from 96 different adult education agencies who have success stories to tell. Many of these stories are accompanied by short videos telling the story with interviews from the former student, their teachers and administrators, family members, and others. To nominate a student, learn more .

California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Conference in Sacramento

The California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) is holding its annual conference External link opens in new window or tab in Sacramento, April 18-20, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Online registration ends Friday, April 5, 2013. Many volunteers are needed to make the conference a success. If you are registered for the conference, consider being a volunteer. Read more . .

Adult Education Shift Rejected by Assembly Budget Subcommittee

An Assembly budget subcommittee voted unanimously, 5-0, on Tuesday to reject a proposal to shift responsibility for adult education from K-12 school districts to the state's community college system.

Governor Jerry Brown's proposal would shift $300 million in Proposition 98 funding to community colleges for adult education and eliminate the requirement that K-12 districts provide adult education programs.
The rest of the story . . .

CATESOL Northern Regional Conference, May 4 2013, Mt. Diablo Adult Education

The California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL External link opens in new window or tab) Northern Regional, "Celebrating Learning, Appreciating Teaching" will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Loma Vista Adult Center. To read more and register . . .

Training-of-Trainers (ToT) Institute

The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is pleased to open the nomination period for the annual Training-of-Trainers (ToT) Institute. This year the ToT will be held in Sacramento on Wednesday and Thursday, June 26 and 27, 2013.

The purposes of the ToT Institute are to develop a cadre of certified trainers to facilitate CALPRO professional development modules and to build professional development leadership in the adult education field. Complete article . . .

ESL Insights – New KQED Education Blog

In February 2013 KQED Education launched ESL Insights External link opens in new window or tab, a blog that offers a space for ESL educators to explain what they do, share ideas and media rich resources and engage in discussion about what inspires them and what challenges them. Posts are written for and by ESL practitioners. Complete article. . .

2013 Technology and Distance Learning Symposium a Big Success!

The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) was held February 22-23 at the Berkeley Adult School. Our attendance cap of 150 was easily reached, with several more on the waiting list. We would like to offer our thanks to the staff and administration of Berkeley Adult School for providing the venue and to the many presenters, volunteers, and OTAN staff for making the Symposium a remarkable technology event. Complete article. . .

Minority Party Representatives Walk Out of Workforce Training Bill Debate and Vote

House Education and the Workforce Committee Democrats walked out of a committee debate and vote on a Republican sponsored bill to rewrite the Workforce Investment Act today. The bill is expected to go to the House floor next week having passed the committee on a 23-0 vote. 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!

Research shows that graphic organizers can help with student achievement. Look at this month's activity for some ideas on their use.

Graphic Organizers for Improving Student Attainment of Learning Objectives

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Graphic organizers can help students by directing their study, providing a focus for reading or listening tasks, and supplying a visual in the form of a map, Web page, diagram, or chart. This installment of Web-based classroom activities cites research on using graphic organizers and provides ways you can use them with your students.

 

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

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

Online Documents & Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
Friday, May 3, 2013 — 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fremont Adult & Continuing Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

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

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.

CNAEnglish.org: Academic and Skills Lessons for Health Care Provider/ Nursing Assistant ESL Students with Evelyn Fella
April 16, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 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 24, 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.

Three Fun Online Activities for Students with Kristi Reyes
May 3, 2013 — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

"Advanced ESL" Shared Moodle Course Orientation with Francisca Wentworth
May 6, 2013 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site with Blair Roy
May 8, 2013 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book with Blair Roy
May 15, 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.

Tech Tips and Information

Technology is an ever moving target and it is hard to stay on top of new things. But many have still not mastered some basics. So sometimes I will be using this space to provide "Tech Tips and Information" that might be helpful to you in your daily work and life. I hope they are useful.

Keyboard Shortcuts that Will Save You Time!

To be more efficient using your PC based computer, learn just these three keyboard shortcuts:

Computer keys
  • When you want to copy some information from one source to another, highlight (select) the text or image, then hold down your computer’s Ctrl key and press the C key (think C for copy). This will copy the selected information to your computer’s internal “Clipboard” (a temporary storage place).
  • Then place your cursor (you will need to click it) where you want the item copied, and hold the Ctrl key again while pressing the V key (sorry, no easy way to remember this combination). The information you copied will be pasted without having to take your hands off the keyboard.
  • The third shortcut is similar to the Copy command, but instead of copying information, you are “cutting” it from your source document. Do this by highlighting (selecting) the text or image, then holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the X key (think X for delete). I hope these three shortcuts will save you lots of time. It does me. :-)

Spear Phishing Scams That Could Affect You

Spear Phishing is a targeted form of e-mail spoofing and you may want to be aware of it so you do not fall prey. Websense, a technology security company, discovered that there is a substantial increase in phishing e-mails that go out on Friday and the original message comes with a “clean” (legitimate) link. Then on Monday, the cybercriminals compromise the Web link. In so doing, the e-mail does not trigger any of your school security filters.

These methods rely on the fact that you probably will not open your e-mail immediately (not until you return to work on Monday) and they hope to catch you then. So be particularly diligent in not falling prey to those Monday morning e-mails that appear to come from legit sources, but do not.