News

OTAC and TIMAC Applications Now Open!

OTAN's two popular academies are opening their doors to teacher candidates for 10 spots each for the 2013-14 school year. These year-long professional development projects support adult education agency efforts to implement the effective use of technology and online instructional delivery with the goal of improving student learning outcomes. Application deadline is September 15, 2013 so read more and then apply soon if you are interested.

Math and Science Adult Educators – Professional Development Opportunity

The OER STEM project, funded by OVAE, is offering a professional development opportunity to adult educators who teach math and science to basic or below postsecondary adult learners. Selected teachers will participate in a 6-month User Group beginning in October 2013 and ending in March 2014. The deadline for submitting applications is September 13, 2013. Read more...

Connecting Adult Learners Ages 18-34 to Health Coverage

Community colleges stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act. When covered by new no-cost and low-cost health insurance options, students will be less likely to grapple with large, unexpected medical costs, increasing their chances of academic success. Connecting students to health coverage could advance the completion agenda.

As part of Benefits Access for College Completion External link opens in new window or tab, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP External link opens in new window or tab) has teamed up with Young Invincibles External link opens in new window or tab to develop a new guide, Helping Students Understand Health Care Reform and Enroll in Health Insurance External link opens in new window or tab, for community college leadership, faculty, and staff that shows how to connect their students to health coverage. This guide includes information about:

  • Student health insurance options;
  • How to apply;
  • Who can help; and
  • Outreach methods

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?

Students are failing to learn the basic math and English skills and concepts needed for success in community colleges, according to a new report External link opens in new window or tab from, the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE External link opens in new window or tab) entitled What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready: The English and Mathematics Required by First Year Community College Students. Complete article . . .

Internet Use in America: Where, Why, and How?

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new report titled, "Exploring the Digital Nation: America's Emerging Online Experience." The report data reveal dramatic growth in the number of Americans going online and the extent to which they depend on the Internet. The report shows that 72.4 percent of American households (88 million households) have high-speed Internet. While most Americans still use a desktop or laptop computer to go online, mobile device use grew significantly. To read more . . .

State and Local Education Agencies Like Social Media

A recent questionnaire by the Reform Support Network External link opens in new window or tab shows that state and local education agencies are increasingly using social media as a tool to engage with and inform parents, students, teachers and the entire community.

According to the survey, local education agencies are adopting well-known tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with 96 percent of respondents stating that parents were their key targeted audience. Read the article

Engaging Adult Learners in Science

Engaging Adult Learners in Science, a brand new online course, has launched in the new LINCS Learning Portal External link opens in new window or tab. This course provides an overview of the relevance and importance of science in the adult basic education/adult secondary education (ABE/ASE) classroom and introduces the use of scientific practices in the ABE/ASE classroom. Complete article . . .

USCIS offers free civics-based training for adult educators in Los Angeles

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship will hold a teacher training opportunity in Los Angeles on Thursday, 9/19/13. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship will hold a techer training opportunity in Los Angeles on Thursday, 9/19/13. The event will be held Edward R. Roybal Federal Building from 9:30am-4:15pm. The event will be held Edward R. Roybal Federal Building from 9:30am-4:15pm. 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 Activity!

Teach Students about the Connections between Smart Consumerism, Sustainability, Economics, and Environmentalism

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Being a smart consumer these days means more than simply shopping around to get the best prices for goods. For anyone concerned about sustainability and the environment, as well as buying from companies that follow sound business and social practices in the U.S.A. and abroad, smart consumerism takes a bit of research, but there are useful resources for helping students learn and think critically about these topics and their various viewpoints.

 

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

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers
Friday, September 12, 2013 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fremont Adult & Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Be Productive and Create Classroom Activities Using Word 2007 (or 2010)
Friday, October 11, 2013 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fremont Adult & Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Creating Web Pages with Weebly
Friday, January 24, 2013 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fremont Adult & Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

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.

Online Workshops & Webinars:

OTAN also offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. Here is a list of a few of the upcoming workshops:

Webinar

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site with Blair Roy
September 13, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Using the Teaching with Technology Search Tool to Enhance Your Lessons with Bethany Ely
September 20, 2013 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

So You Want to Teach Online? with Penny Pearson
September 26, 2013 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Creating Rubrics for Criteria-based Assessment with Debbie Jensen
October 11, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Apps for Administrators & Teachers: How Your Phone or Tablet Can Make You More Productive with Marian Thacher
October 18, 2013 — 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities  with Francisco Pinedo
November 6, 2013 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Digital Literacy and Citizenship with Karla Frizler
November 8, 2013 — 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Creating Workshops for Peer Assessment with Donna Edwards-Brown
November 13, 2013 — 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

Teaching Resources

Resent sightings on the Internet that may be useful to you and/or your students:

Immigrants' Rights Curriculum External link opens in new window or tab
This three unit curriculum for Int-Low to Advanced ESL students provides many readings with before and after knowledge and comprehension questions on the EL Civics topic of immigrants' rights. The curriculum was created at San Diego Community College Continuing Education.

My Next Move External link opens in new window or tab - The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has developed a new online guide to help students and job seekers chart their future career paths. The guide is called, "What's My Next Move?" External link opens in new window or tab, and connects young people to career exploration resources available on the CareerOneStop (COS) External link opens in new window or tab Web site and the O*NET site My Next Move External link opens in new window or tab. The guide encourages students to think and make decisions about their futures, and to engage with career counselors, workforce professionals, teachers, and parents or guardians.

Digital Public Library of America External link opens in new window or tab - the beta version of the DPLA is now available. It contains some 2.4 million records of materials found in American archives, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions for use by students, teachers, scholars, and the public.

ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors Curriculum Resource Guide External link opens in new window or tab (pdf) - is a collection of materials, lessons and activities that adult educators can use to integrate clean energy concepts into their curricula. The guide was initially developed for adult educators from eight Massachusetts ABE programs participating in the ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors Project. They also have a lesson sequence for GED, Developmental English and College Math, and ESL programs.

Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom External link opens in new window or tab (pdf)- is a ready-to-use, flexible curriculum that prepares adult educators to incorporate career awareness and planning into their instructional and counseling activities. The lessons and handouts can be adapted for a range of students and skill levels. 

KQED Education's ESL Insights External link opens in new window or tab - 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.

Great Web Sites to Use with Interactive Whiteboards:
Topmarks Interactive Whiteboard Resources External link opens in new window or tab
ThatQuiz External link opens in new window or tab (math, vocabulary, geography and science interactives)
The Newcomers' Workbook External link opens in new window or tab (Low Level ESL Resources)

Tech Tips and Information

Technology is an ever moving target and it is hard to stay on top of new things. Here are some articles and apps/tools that are new to me. Maybe they are new to you and your students too! :-)

Display Your iPad Wirelessly
The iPad becomes a great whole-class teaching tool when it is connected to a projector. There are now two options for doing this for under $15. You will need to display a computer that is connected to a projector, but you may already have those. Two apps you can use to do this are Reflector External link opens in new window or tab or AirServer External link opens in new window or tab. For some basic instructions on how to make this work, look at Tammy Worcester's Tip of the Week. External link opens in new window or tab

Citelighter
Using it's intuitive internet “highlighter” and cloud based platform, users can capture, organize, and store information. It makes the process of creating a research paper much less daunting as it assists with all that nasty citing of sources and creating a bibliography. If you happen to be studying for an advanced degree, this might well be an indispensable tool. They offer a free account, but if you want to be able to cite PDF documents, you will have to "Go Pro" and then there is a fairly hefty charge. It works as a browser extension for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. (Sorry Internet Explorer.)

GCF Learn Free - Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks External link opens in new window or tab
Here's a quick article to read on creating safe passwords - what to do and not do when creating them. You may think a password would be difficult to guess, but the hackers are brighter than you think.