News

OTAN's Two Popular Academies (TIMAC & OTAC) Will Soon Be Accepting Applications

From July to September, OTAN's two popular academies will be accepting applications from teacher candidates for 10 spots each for the 2014-15 school year. The Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) was initiated in 2010 to meet the growing need for professional development to implement online and blended instruction. Participants are also introduced to effective practices in online teaching and learning. The Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is entering its eleventh year and continues to focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction. Training dates are set for October 16-17 (OTAC) and October 23-24 for (TIMAC), January 22-23 (both), and May 28-29 (both).

Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for 2014

On April 1, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for a competitive grant funding opportunity to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. USCIS will offer up to $10 million in competitive funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. This funding opportunity is for public or non-profit organizations that prepare permanent residents for citizenship by offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services. Applications are due by May 16, 2014. How to Apply... External link opens in new window or tab

Joyce Hinkson, OTAN Director, Receives Technology in Learning Leadership Award Presented by CUE

OTAN Director, Joyce Hinkson, received a Technology in Learning Leadership (TILL) Award from Computer Using Educators (CUE External link opens in new window or tab) at their annual conference in Palm Springs in March 2014. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. Read more ...

Handouts and Resources Now Available from TDLS 2014

Handouts and resources are now available from the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) 2014 presentations. Simply select the workshop title on the symposium schedule page, then look for the link(s) at the bottom of the workshop page. There are also video recordings of presentations Read more about the videos...

Sign Up to Review ESL Open Educational Resources (OER) in Adult Education

Through a contract from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), American Institutes for Research (AIR) is working to increase awareness and use of high quality English as a Second Language (ESL) Open Educational Resources (OER) in Adult Education through the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) ESL Professional project. They are currently recruiting two rounds of teacher user group members who will identify, use, and evaluate adult ESL appropriate OERs. Accepted participants will be provided with free professional development and an honorarium for completion of responsibilities. Continue reading...

Online Course on English Language Teaching Methods Beginning May 12

ESL teachers may by interesting in Part 2 of an upcoming course entitled "Shaping the Way We Teach English, 2: Paths to Success in ELT," which is being offered for free by the US Dept. of State and the University of Oregon beginning May 12.This is the second course in a series, but it is not necessary to have taken the first to take this one. They are complementary. This course explores key aspects of communicative language teaching, learning, assessment and teacher reflection.

For more about the course and to register, visit the Coursera Web site External link opens in new window or tab (you will have to create an account to register for the course).

The California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar Offers Many Opportunities for Professional Development

If you have never visited the California Adult Ed PD Calendar External link opens in new window or tab, we would like to encourage you to visit soon. All three leadership projects, OTAN, CALPRO, and CASAS, use this calendar to list their upcoming workshops. We are confident you will find a topic of interest.

CCAE Announced "No Consolidation of Titles I and II in the Final WIA Reauthorization"

Larriann Torrez, California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Board President, announced on April 18th that they had been informed by a reliable source that there would be no consolidation of Titles I and II in the final WIA reauthorization legislation. CCAE wants to congratulate everyone involved in the campaign to ensure that the two titles would not be combined.

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 for May!

Curriculum Resources at Curriki

Writing essay on computer - Photo by Tim Riley

This month's Web-Based Activity is taken from one of the many activities found on the Curriki Web site. It addresses one of the Extended Response items on the 2014 GED Literacy Test, which is a 45-minute task that requires test-takers to analyze one or more source texts in order to produce a writing sample. The Curriki activity titled Writing Expository Essays External link opens in new window or tab helps prepare students for the extended response essay. It has numerous resources, so you will want to be selective based on the needs of your students and your teaching style. The activity can be spread over several days.

 

Professional Development

Online Workshops & Webinars:

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

Webinar

Data + Mail Merge = Magic! External link opens in new window or tab with Penny Pearson
May 6, 2014 ~ 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Speak Up Online! External link opens in new window or tab with Blair Roy
May 7, 2014 ~ 3 to 4 p.m.

iPads in the Adult Ed Classroom: An Affordable Teacher Resource External link opens in new window or tab with Peggy Raun-Linde
May 9, 2014 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Online Curriculum Series, Part 3  External link opens in new window or tab
Vendors include Career Ready 101, McGraw-Hill, and the Write Stuff
May 9, 2014 ~ Noon to 1 p.m.

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Instruction External link opens in new window or tab with Barry Bakin
May 22, 2014 ~ 2 to 3:30 p.m.

ePortfolios for Empowered Students and Happy Teachers - A Pilot by OTAN External link opens in new window or tab with Victoria Jones
June 3, 2014 ~ 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Moodle v2: Communication in Your Online Course External link opens in new window or tab with Evelyn Lenton
June 3, 2014 ~ 4 to 5:30 p.m.

ePortfolios for Empowered Students and Happy Teachers - A Pilot by OTAN External link opens in new window or tab with Gurjeet Barayah
June 9, 2014 ~ 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

To PowerPoint and Beyond! External link opens in new window or tab with Sherri Watkins
June 11, 2014 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

ePortfolios for Empowered Students and Happy Teachers - A Pilot by OTAN External link opens in new window or tab with Patricia Oliva
June 12, 2014 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Privacy, Practice, Presence, and You External link opens in new window or tab with Branka Marceta
June 13, 2014 ~ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Other workshops are also available, so keep checking the Professional Development Calendar External link opens in new window or tab for the latest workshop additions.

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 many Face-to-Face workshops is two weeks before the workshop, so register early to avoid disappointment!

Face to face workshop

Google Tools and Drive External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, May 9, 2014 ~ 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
South San Francisco Adult Education
825 Southwood Dr., Room 34 or 35
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Advanced PowerPoint 2010 for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, May 16, 2014 ~ 9 a.m. to Noon
Glendale Community College, Garfield Campus
1122 East Garfield, Room TR211
Glendale, CA 91205

Google Tools and Drive (Part 2) External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, May 16, 2014 ~ 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
South San Francisco Adult Education
825 Southwood Dr., Room 34 or 35
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities External link opens in new window or tab
Thursday, June 5, 2014 ~ 9 a.m. to Noon
Monterey Adult School - Martin Luther King Jr. Campus
1713 Broadway Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955

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.

Teaching Resources

uncw.edu/EdGames External link opens in new window or tab
Create a game show for your students to participate in as a review for an upcoming assessment. This site offers free templates using PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. They also have a few timers and countdown clocks.

Wordnik External link opens in new window or tab
Wordnik is like a dictionary on steroids. It offers definitions from multiple sources, so you can see as many different takes on a word's meaning as possible. Multiple real examples of the word's use in text and which are ranked by how useful they think the example is in helping you understand the word's meaning. They also provide related words such as synonyms, hypernyms, hyponyms, same context, reverse dictionary, and tags. You can register at the site in order to save and share word lists, comment on words, and receive Word of the Day e-mails to improve student vocabulary.

Test Tube External link opens in new window or tab
The site offers videos of the world of science "behind the scenes." The videos come mostly from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Great source for science teaching/learning on every topic imaginable. Not every page here has a video. The biggest obstacle seems to be a lack of a search function. But since they have a YouTube channel, you could search there.

Periodic Table of Videos External link opens in new window or tab
This site offers a video about each of the elements on the periodic table. They discuss many of the properties of the element, what happens when it is combined with other elements, and what it is used for. Very interesting and entertaining. The videos were produced at the University of Nottingham.

Sixty Symbols: Planets External link opens in new window or tab
This is another video site from the University of Nottingham. This one has a section devoted to the planets in our solar system and they have a video with information about each of the planets and our sun.

Math Dude External link opens in new window or tab (from Montgomery County Public Schools)
In the world of virtual reality, anything can happen. Watch The Math Dude, the award winning video series that helps middle and high school students improve their Algebra skills. The videos are fast–paced programs aimed at helping students with Algebra I. Each video helps students understand different parts of algebra instruction. They can be downloaded and saved to a computer if Internet access is a problem.

Utah Education Network External link opens in new window or tab
These are lesson plans that were created by Utah Education Network. They can be browsed by subject or grade level. They encompass not just the main subjects of reading, writing, and math, but also computer skills, the arts, food and nutrition, financial literacy, and others.