News

Technology and Distance Learning Plan Now Open for Submissions

All agencies receiving federal Workforce Investment Act, Title II (WIA), a.k.a. the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, funding need to complete a Technology and Distance Learning Plan this year. Before completing the online form, each agency is required to attend the online orientation (register here External link opens in new window or tab) or to contact Branka Marceta at OTAN for individual technical help and guidance, bmarceta@otan.us, 916-228-2580.

EdSurge Highlights Adult Education in the Summer of 2014

EdSurge received a grant from the Joyce Foundation External link opens in new window or tab to bring more awareness to young adult learning. Throughout the summer of 2014 Alexander Russo External link opens in new window or tab wrote a three-part series highlighting challenges, opportunities, and trends in the adult learning market. Complete article... External link opens in new window or tab

New Collections at HippoCampus

The NROC Network External link opens in new window or tab recently hosted a one-hour Webinar External link opens in new window or tab highlighting the six new collecttions (complete with videos) at HippoCampus.org External link opens in new window or tab. (You will need access to Vimeo External link opens in new window or tab, sometimes blocked at schools, to see the video.) Subjects included in the six new collections are English, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, and Math.. The video also demonstrates how to set up your own teacher account for your class to create playlists for your students.

October is Connected Educator Month - Get Involved!

Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) External link opens in new window or tab the past two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming. Continue reading... External link opens in new window or tab

Online Series on Postsecondary Transition from CALPRO

Have you been considering ways to help more of your students transition to community college, job training, or other postsecondary educational opportunities? In CALPRO's online Postsecondary Transitions courses, you will work in an agency team with your colleagues to develop a comprehensive plan for implementing an effective postsecondary transition program. Complete article... External link opens in new window or tab

Adult Learners Stories Showcased in Honor of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

In honor of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, the Commission on Adult Basic Education,(COABE External link opens in new window or tab) invites you to visit the Student Showcase page External link opens in new window or tab which was created by and for COABE members to feature inspirational student success stories from around the country. Among many others, three learners from Fairfield Suisun Adult School tell their stories. Read more... External link opens in new window or tab

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.

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 you would like to participate, call us at 800-894-3113 or e-mail lswanson@otan.us for more details!

New Web-based Class Activity for October!

PBS Learning Media California

various digital devices

PBS Learning Media provides direct access to more than 87,000 free curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and include videos, interactives, audio files, documents, images, and in-depth lesson plans. Videos can be streamed, downloaded, and some can even be modified. (Be sure to check the permitted use for each resource which is shown in the left hand column.) Several resources can be placed in a folder and the link shared with students. Resources can be viewed on tablets and other mobile devices. 

 

Professional Development

Webinar

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 as we gear up for another exciting year:

EL Civics: Digital Literacy & Internet Safety External link opens in new window or tab with Karla Frizzler
October 10, 2014 ~ 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Integrate Learn360 Media into Moodle External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Coulter
October 10, 2014 ~ 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities External link opens in new window or tab with Francisco Pinedo
October 15, 2014 ~ 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Open Educational Resources and Adult Ed External link opens in new window or tab with Penny Pearson
October 24, 2014 ~ 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Data + Mail Merge = Magic External link opens in new window or tab by Penny Pearson
December 18, 2014 ~ 3 to 4:30 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 II External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, October 31, 2014 ~ 10a to 1p
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, November 7, 2014 ~ 10a to 1p
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Open Education Resources for Adult Educators External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, December 5, 2014 ~ 10a to 1p
Fremont Adult and 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.

Teaching Resources

Interesting Apps

Study Stack is a Web site that allows you to use lists of words to build activities such as flashcards to use on their site. They also have many pre-made lists. But that is only the beginning. Study Stack data can also be exported to a variety of mobile device apps for students to study away from school, and lists can be embeded in some class Web sites. Here is the list of apps you can use with their data. There are some for Android, iPhone/iTouch, iPad, Windows Phone 7, and a few others.

ChemCrafter is a free app that lets you build your own lab to run fun and creative experiments. In a game format, the app allows you to simulate chemical reactions with water, acids, and salts. Use the Chem-o-convertor to measure energy related and gain points that unlock new experiments, equipment, and chemicals. Use your new supplies to craft more gases, liquids, and solids. Requires iOS 6.0 or later on an iPad.
Information source: eSchoolNews, July 7, 2014

SymbalooEDU is a free education tool that allows teachers and learners to save their online resources in the cloud to access from any device. Teachers can easily save their favorite Web 2.0 sites to a webmix with just a few clicks, then share it with colleagues or learners. With a Symbaloo account, users resources are available on any iPhone, iPad, PC, or Mac. Requirements for mobile devices: iOS 4.2 or later or Android 2.1 and up. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.

Educreations External link opens in new window or tab now has a free iPad app External link opens in new window or tab that turns your iPad into a personal recordable whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce video lessons that you can share online, so students can even see your creations at home on their computers. You can also use material shared by other educators from the Educreations Web site that we highlighted in the digest this past January.

Web Sightings:

HippoCampus External link opens in new window or tab
HippoCampus has been highlighted before in this section, but we are relisting it here because they have recently added six new collections to the site. The first is a series of videos produced by Mt. San Jacinto College titled "Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade" which would be helpful for students trying to improve their paragraph writing skills. The instructors in the videos estimate that each unit will take 4-5 hours a week and it appears that there are five units covering how to be a successful online learner; parts of speech, subjects and verbs; clauses and phrases; and composing and writing. This course would work well if you are trying to "flip" your classrrom.

The next new collection is from Concord Consortium External link opens in new window or tab which is a wonderful resource for biology, chemistry, science, math, and physics simulations. The collection on the HippoCampus site is under Biology External link opens in new window or tab > Simulations. The collection offers five different biological simulations, mostly on the topic of DNA.

Then there is a collection from BioInteractive External link opens in new window or tab that dovetails nicely with the one above from Concord Consortium and has a variety of video lessons on many aspects of DNA. The videos are under Biology External link opens in new window or tab > Presentations > BioInteractive Collection.

Another collection for building basic math skills is from the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Learning Games Lab External link opens in new window or tab and is called "Math Snacks External link opens in new window or tab." While this collection was created for a bit younger audience, teens and adults seem to enjoy them too. To see how you might use the games in class, go to Arithmetic > Presentations > Match Snacks. Then watch the "Ratios and Differences: Atlantean Dodgeball" game example and "Teaching with Atlantean Dodgeball." Then try some of the others. To find other "Math Snacks" External link opens in new window or tab go directly to the site where you can download either to an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or a desktop computer.

The collection from Chattanooga State Technical Community College found under Earth Sciences External link opens in new window or tab is titled "The Chemistry of Global Climate Change." Of the over 110 entries under Presentations, some of them are videos and some are narrated PowerPoints. Under Simulations you will find 15 interactives that are iOS compatable and will help reinforce the concepts taught in the presentations.

The final new collection is also found under Earth Sciences External link opens in new window or tab and is titled "AP Environmental Science Review" from APES in a Box. The collection consists of PowerPoints with audio presenting an introduction to, or review of, content students need for the AP environmental science test that happens every May.

For a video introduction to these collections via an NROC recorded webinar, see our News story above on the left titled "New Collections at HippoCampus."

CK-12 External link opens in new window or tab
CK-12 has recently added a number of new physics simulations to accompany their customizable, standards-aligned free digital textbooks for K-12. Having textbooks is good, but when a student can experience interactive simulations along with the textbook reading, learning is greatly enhanced. CK-12 is a membership based site so you may be prompted to join, but it is free and the form you complete to join is short. After logging in you will see the announcment about their new simmulations.To find the textbooks that accompany the simulations, use the links labeled "Concepts" below the simulation stills.