News

National Family Literacy Day

National Family Literacy Day External link opens in new window or tab was November 1 (and throughout the month) National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and families across the nation participated in fun and engaging conversations, activities, and Maker experiments to further prove what we know to be true: everyday learning is both enjoyable and extremely rewarding. Read more...

OER Fact Sheet for Adult Education

Spreading the word about open educational resources (OER) and their value in adult education is a primary goal of the OER STEM project. They recently created an OER Fact Sheet for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab to help adult educators and others in the field learn more about OER. This fact sheet defines OER and provides links to find, evaluate, create, and share OER. In addition, they have included an adult education-specific example of what instruction with OER could look like. They welcome you to read, share, and modify this resource... (complete article).

OCTAE Launches Career Pathways Exchange!

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) invites adult education practitioners and partners to subscribe to the new Career Pathways Exchange External link opens in new window or tab (the Exchange) to receive targeted e-mail digests of the latest high-quality resources, events, and information related to career pathways. Complete article...

OTAN Welcomes OTAC v5 and TIMAC Cohort 11

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. (See who is participating this year.)

CALPRO is now Accepting Applications for the 2014-15 California Adult Education Leadership Institute!

The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO External link opens in new window or tab) in conjunction with the California Department of Education (CDE) is seeking nominations and applications for the 2014-15 California Adult Education Leadership Institute (the Institute). They are seeking aspiring and new administrators (defined as three or fewer years) for the Institute. This is an opportunity for your organization to nominate an aspiring or new administrator from your adult education program to attend. For the 2014-15 year they will accept up to 20 nominations for participation in the one-year Institute. Priority registration will be given to nominees with the most recent appointment date to their administrative position.

Completed applications must be received in the CALPRO office via mail or fax by November 14, 2014. The nomination/application form External link opens in new window or tab is available on the CALPRO Web site External link opens in new window or tab. Should you need additional information, please contact Ellen Oka, CALPRO Executive Assistant, at (800) 427.1422 or at (916) 286.8817. More information...

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 On-site

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 November!

Useful Tools for Supporting Student Research

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Two free and relatively easy-to-use tools for students for online research that have built-in features for helping them hone their information-gathering and selecting skills are the reading level filter in Google’s External link opens in new window or tab Search Tools and instaGrok External link opens in new window or tab. Conducting research with these options is a perfect starting point for students who may be working on their digital literacy skills. Read the rest of this helpful article by selecting the link above.

 

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:

Using the Teaching with Technology Search Tool to Enhance Your Lessons External link opens in new window or tab with Bethany Ely
November 7, 2014 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

So You Want to Teach Online? External link opens in new window or tab with Anthony Burik
November 12, 2014 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

EL Civics: Digital Literacy & Internet Safety External link opens in new window or tab with Karla Frizler
November 14, 2014 ~ 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Interactive Quizzing with PowerPoint - Part 1  External link opens in new window or tab with Linda Swanson
November 18, 2014 ~ 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Google Tools and Drive External link opens in new window or tab with Melinda Holt
November 19, 2014 ~ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Social Media for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab with Branka Marceta
November 19, 2014 ~ 12 to 2 p.m.

Moodle v2: Getting the Most out of the Gradebook External link opens in new window or tab with Francisca Wentworth
November 20, 2014 ~ 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Soft Skills for Career Success External link opens in new window or tab with Debbie Jensen
November 21, 2014 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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

Google Voice in Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab with Suzanne Murphy
December 3, 2014 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Add a Synchronous Meeting Activity External link opens in new window or tab with Francisca Wentworth
December 4, 2014 ~ 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Creating Rubrics for Criteria-based Assessment External link opens in new window or tab with Debbie Jensen
December 5, 2014 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Simple Free Web Tools to Use with Your Students External link opens in new window or tab with Kristi Reyes
December 5, 2014 ~ 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google External link opens in new window or tab with Melinda Holt
December 8, 2014 ~ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Interactive Quizzing with PowerPoint - Part 2 External link opens in new window or tab with Linda Swanson
December 10, 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

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

Using iPads in Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, November 14, 2014 ~ 1p.m. to 4p.m.
Los Angeles USD - Central Office
333 S. Beaudry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Open Education Resources for Adult Educators External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, December 5, 2014 ~ 10a.m. to 1p.m.
Fremont Adult and Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Using iPads in Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 ~ 11:10a.m. to 2:10p.m.
ABC Adult School
12254 Cuesta Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities External link opens in new window or tab
January 5, 2015 ~ 9a.m. to 12p.m.
Monterey Adult School - Marina Children Center
3066 Lake Drive
Marina, CA 93933

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

Edmodo External link opens in new window or tab
Designed for educators, this app allows students to share ideas, do listening and writing assignments, and post interesting photos or videos related to class content. It can be like Facebook without all the concerns associated with Facebook. Teachers can sign up for an account on the Web at Edmodo External link opens in new window or tab. Then they can create a class and get a class code students can use to sign-in. Students will go to the same site, sign up using the Students button, and use the class code to connect to the class. Teachers can post assignments, review student achievements, and keep files in a library for next semester. Apps for iPhone External link opens in new window or tab, iPad External link opens in new window or tab, Android External link opens in new window or tab, Windows 8 External link opens in new window or tab

DuoLingo External link opens in new window or tab
We highlighted the DuoLingo Web site back in September, but did you know that they also have an app to provide "anytime learning" to students? Vocabulary building is important when trying to learn a new language. English language learners, as well as those seeking a high school diploma, may find this app useful in learning a new language. iPhone & iPad External link opens in new window or tab, Android External link opens in new window or tab

Web Sightings:

Teaching Online Open Learning External link opens in new window or tab (TOOL)
Whether you are a seasoned online teacher, or just contemplating the possibility, Teaching Online Open Learning (TOOL) has something for you! Designed by Georgia Virtual Learning to train online instructors and to offer open (no-cost), professional development opportunities to educators, the TOOL's badge-based courses and digital learning community are accessible by anyone, anywhere.

Georgia Virtual Learning External link opens in new window or tab
Georgia's Virtual Learning site is offering some of their online courses (grades 6-12) free of charge to view. Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards and Common Core where applicable. Subject areas include: Language Arts, Math Science, Social Studies, World Language, and Electives on: Banking & Investing, Basic Agriculture, Business Essentials, Business Procedures, Fundamentals of Web Design, and Health as well as a few individual electives. The units include crossword puzzles, assignments (which students can hand in or complete in some other form rather than online). This is a wonderful resource for ABE and High School Diploma teachers and students.

Open Learning External link opens in new window or tab
Open Learning is a Web site that allows you to create an online course, much like Moodle. You (or your students) can also take other courses. Many are free, some charge. Might be good for teachers who want to do some tutoring on the side. An interesting MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) you may want to explore.

PixiClip External link opens in new window or tab
This online drawing tool doesn't require any registration unless you want to publish or share pictures you have created. You might think "how can I use this in education?" One teacher we know (Larry Ferlazzo) is using it with English language learners External link opens in new window or tab. You see, the tool not only allows you to draw pictures, but if you have a microphone, you can also record students talking about the drawing they are creating. Students can also upload pictures and describe what is in the picture by recording their voice. Or students can pre-write a script to go with a picture they upload. If you are a math teacher you can use it like a whiteboard to solve a math problem. If you are teaching geography, you can upload a map and draw on it. What other uses can you think of?

Staying Healthy Resource on LINCS External link opens in new window or tab
Staying Healthy for Beginners: An English Learner's Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living is a new addition to the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Resource Collection. This publication is comprised of a teacher guide and student guide that when used together help enhance students' understanding of health information while improving their English language and literacy skills at the same time.

YouTube Video Lessons

If you have YouTube available at your school, here are some videos you may find helpful, especially if you are using the "flipped classroom" method of teaching. The ability for learners to watch a video repeatedly in order to really "get" the idea being presented is huge. So even if you don't use the flipped classroom idea, making these videos available to your students through a link on a blog, a wiki, or a Web site can really help them grasp content.

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