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GED Academy Seat License Offer

In a recent conversation with Essential Education, it was noted that many more adult education sites wanted seat licences than what OTAN was able to purchase. In response, Essential Education generously agreed to a special offer for California adult educators.

Essential Education will provide any adult educator in California access to five free (5) seats of the GED Academy™ program for use from November 1st to December 30th, 2013. This offer will allow you to enroll remainder of article. . .

Assembly Bill 86 - Adult Education Consortium - Web Site Launched

The California Community College Chancellors Office (CCCCO External link opens in new window or tab) and the California Department of Education (CDE External link opens in new window or tab) have launched a Web site, http://ab86.cccco.edu/ External link opens in new window or tab, as a central point of information about implementation of Assembly Bill (AB 86) requirements. Complete article . . .

Much Anticipated PIAAC Results Released - Boosting Skills Essential for Tackling Joblessness

According to a new International report released this morning, low basic skills in literacy and numeracy are more common in the US than on average across participating countries. One in six adults in the US have low literacy skills and nearly one third have weak numeracy skills. Adults in the US fared less well with "problem-solving in technology-rich environments" than the cross-country average. Read more . . .

OTAN Welcomes OTAC v4 and TIMAC Cohort 10

OTAC and TIMAC are year-long professional development projects supporting adult education agency efforts to implement the effective use of technology and online instructional delivery with the goal of improving student learning outcomes. The new cohorts of both of these projects got started in October. To find out more about the professional development project and it's participants, read more. . .

New Resource on Reentry and Employment

The Council of State Governments Justice Center has released a new resource to help corrections, workforce, and reentry systems collaborate in ways that reduce reincarceration and improve employment outcomes for people released from prison or jail.

The paper, Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies, External link opens in new window or tab is a new tool that can be used as a starting point for cross-systems collaborations. It provides guidance on how to make the best use of scarce resources by using objective assessment-based approaches to service delivery that take into account individuals' risk of future criminal behavior, level of job readiness, and their specific needs in order to produce better reentry, employment, and public safety outcomes. 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 Activity!

LearnZillion and Common Core

Class with students and teacher

This month's Web-Based Class Activity highlights LearnZillion, and focuses on its use in the classroom and as supplemental instruction to reinforce classroom instruction. LearnZillion is a library of digital resources developed by teachers targeting the Common Core State Standards. With the recent publication of the College and Career Readiness Standards, adult educators are looking more closely at the Common Core Standards.

 

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

Creating Web Pages with Weebly
Friday, January 24, 2014 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fremont Adult & Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part I
Friday, February 28, 2014 — 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

Speak Up Online! with Blair Roy
November 5, 2013 — 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Mobile Devices Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom with Susan Gaer
November 8, 2013 — 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site  with Blair Roy
November 12, 2013 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Google Tools and Drive with Melinda Holt
November 14, 2013 — 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Integrate Learn360 Media into Moodle with Susan Coulter
November 14, 2013 — 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Mobile Devices Part 2: Activities Using Voice and Camera with Susan Gaer
November 15, 2013 — 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Orienting Student to Online Learning with Penny Pearson
November 19, 2013 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Wikis to Increase Student Collaboration with Susan Coulter
November 21, 2013 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

EL Civics: Digital Literacy & Internet Safety with Karla Frizler
December 6, 2013 — 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Speak Up Online! with Blair Roy
December 6, 2013 — 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.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:

Mathalicious External link opens in new window or tab
* Math is about more than just numbers and equations. Math is a tool to explore the world around us, and that is exactly what Mathalicious does. Mathalicious provides teachers with lessons that help them teach math in a way that engages their students–in a way that helps students understand how the world works. Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards and explore real world questions.

* Usually we do not link to resources that cost money, but if you are interested in real-world math problems, this site might be worth the price. Look at some of their free samples and then you can decide. They offer a "pay-what-you-can" system, so you may want to explore that.

English Banana
This Web site has printable worksheets for beginning, intermediate and advanced students as well as online word, number, and puzzle games.

Pizzaz! Creative Writing and Storytelling Ideas
PIZZAZ! provides simple creative writing and oral storytelling activities with copyable handouts for use with students of all ages. Permission is given to use these resources for in-class, non-profit use only. ESOL student levels are Beginning through Advanced. From the University of Oregon.

Virtual Tour of Historic Philadelphia
If you are looking for a way to make history more interesting, try this site on US History which provides a pictoral tour of Philadelphia. It is an historically rich area all located within one square mile. This site allows you do to a virtual tour of that area.

That Quiz
ThatQuiz is a free online resource for math practice and testing. The site has also become popular for students who want extra math practice at home. Quiz topics cover algebra, angles, triangles, probability, inequality, arithmetic, time, money, measure, place value, graphs, exponents and geometry. All users have access to all of the tests without registration. There is no reason for students to register since the additional features are only useful for teachers. Registration is free and teachers who choose to register receive record-keeping of scores for their classes. They have access to more precise test-generation tools, can create single tests with questions from different categories, can create matching and multiple choice questions, and can access a public test library.