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Registration Is Open for the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015

The TDL Symposium is scheduled for March 13–14, 2015 at San Leandro Adult School. Registration is open now through March 3, 2015, or until we have reached our capacity of 200. Don't wait and be disappointed. Once we reach our capacity, registration will close. Registration is only $25 and you must be pre-registered to attend as there will be no "on-site" registration.

$100M in Apprenticeship Grants for Training in New High-skilled, High-growth Industries

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that grants totaling $100 million is available to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries like healthcare, biotechnology, information technology, and advanced manufacturing. Registered Apprenticeships External link opens in new window or tab have long been known as one of the best training models for skilled trades ("earn while you learn"), yet the model remains underutilized in the United States. This unprecedented investment ... read more

The Importance of Completing the FAFSA

The Nov. 13, 2014 issue of OCTAE Connection External link opens in new window or tab featured first lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative External link opens in new window or tab, which highlighted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Challenge. This challenge helps states, districts, and schools give students the support they need to complete the FAFSA form, which serves as a gateway to accessing financial aid to attend college or a career school. Remaining article...

Guide to Student Data Privacy by edSurge

According to an edSurge article External link opens in new window or tab, "thoughtful use of student data provides an opportunity to learn about how different tools and tactics can help improve America's schools. But the importance of protecting student privacy—an issue that can trigger nebulous fears of the powerful forces of Internet and government—is tantamount to the potential lessons learned."

In this Guide External link opens in new window or tab edSurge contributors provide a range of resources from more background information by Data Quality Campaign, to understanding student data use, to controversy over student data privacy.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Sworn in for Second Term

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson outlined his ambitious "Agenda for Excellence" for the next four years as he was sworn in for his second term as chief of California's public school system and leader of the California Department of Education. The swearing in ceremony took place at ...complete article

CCAE Professional Development Scholarships Deadline 1/15/15

California Council for Adult Education is pleased to offer professional development scholarships valued at $500
to be awarded by state section. The scholarships are for members interested in pursuing their own professional growth. Professional development opportunities can include registration fees for conferences, fees for credential programs (designated subjects, administrative, etc.), costs for seminars, webinars, and more. Submissions External link opens in new window or tab must be made by January 15, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted. Please contact manager@ccaestate.org if you have questions. View the scholarship application.External link opens in new window or tab

TED Talks Offer Some Promising and Inspiring Concepts

I bet there are days when you could use some inspiration. You can find some of that inspiration by listening to motivational speakers and experts via the Internet. TED Talks is one of those Internet resources and here are a couple of interesting talks:
~ How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries External link opens in new window or tab (7:32 min)
~ How to build your creative confidence External link opens in new window or tab (11:46 min)
~ The fringe benefits of failure (14:24 min)

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!

Kahoot on a mobile phone

New Web-based Class Activity for January!

Formative Assessments Using Kahoot!

Kahoot is a game-based blended learning platform, designed to run on computers and most mobile devices. It captivates and focuses a whole classroom, and enables formative assessment and adaptive learning. Take a look at this month's activity to see how you can use it in your classes.

 

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:

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google External link opens in new window or tabwith Melinda Holt
January 12, 2015 ~ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab with Blair Roy
January 15, 2015 ~ 4 to 6 p.m.

Online Curriculum Series, Part 1 External link opens in new window or tab with various vendors
January 21, 2015 ~ 2 to 3 p.m.

Paper (Tests) to Pixels: Lessons Learned from One Technology Project External link opens in new window or tab with Anthony Burik
January 28, 2015 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Orienting Students to Online Learning External link opens in new window or tab with Sharon Ram
February 3, 2015 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Gaer
February 6, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Cancelled and rescheduled)

Creating a High Quality Online Course External link opens in new window or tab with Sharon Ram
February 10, 2015 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Social Media for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab with Branka Marceta
February 11, 2015 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Gaer
February 13, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 2: Mobile Apps External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Gaer
February 13, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Cancelled and rescheduled)

Moodle v2: Creating Rubrics for Criteria-based Assessment External link opens in new window or tab with Debbie Jensen
February 20, 2015 ~ 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 2: Mobile Apps External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Gaer
February 20, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Open Educational Resources and AE External link opens in new window or tab with Penny Pearson
February 20, 2015 ~ 4:30 to 6 p.m.

If a workshop appears to be closed and you would like to participate, call us (800-894-3113) and maybe we can get you in.

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

Beginning PowerPoint 2010 for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 ~ 2 to 5p.m.
San Diego Community College - Mid-City Center
3792 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105

Be Productive and Create Classroom Activities Using Word 2010 External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, February 20, 2015 ~ 10a.m. to 1p.m.
Fremont Adult & Continuing Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Google Tools and Drive II External link opens in new window or tab
Thursday, February 26, 2015 ~ 1 to 4p.m.
Downey Adult School
12340 Woodruff Avenue
Downey, CA 90241

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

BlendSpace for Schools: Student
This app allows students to access your content on an iPad External link opens in new window or tab or an Android External link opens in new window or tab tablet, but is not for teacher creation of content. See the Web Sightings entry below to see what you can do with BlendSpace as a teacher.

Math Workout
This is a math facts workout offering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, I'm Feeling Clever (mixed practice), The Brain Cruncher, Online Challenge, and Math Blaster Challenge. The higher practice is locked until you accomplish the lower practice with accuracy and speed. The app is free. It has advertising across the bottom of the screen which contain "in app purchases" so be sure to teach students about not clicking the ads. To remove the ads and have unlimited play with 20 wallpapers and the possibility of multiple players, you will need to pay a small fee. Android External link opens in new window or tab version, Apple External link opens in new window or tab version

Web Sightings:

BlendSpace External link opens in new window or tab
Previously known as Edcanvas, BlendSpace gives you drag-and-drop functionality to gather lesson materials from a variety of sources (such as YouTube, Google Drive, Educreations, Flickr, and many others) and group them for a lesson. You can also type instructions in a text box or drag in a Google Doc (handout) you have already created. Creating a quiz to evaluate understanding of the material presented is also possible. Students can access the lessons without logging in. The only thing they cannot do if they do not have an account or are not logged in, is comment. But you can also create classes and have students join those classes. Here are a few ways to share lessons created on BlendSpace: share them on Edmodo and Facebook; copy the embed code to place on your class Web site; or create a QR code to share with students. The Gallery section lets you search lessons created by others that you may want to use with your students.

Here are some video tutorials on how to use BlendSpace to get you started:
BlendSpace Tutorial External link opens in new window or tab (8:33 min)
BlendSpace Tutorial 2 External link opens in new window or tab (3:58 min)
Ways to Flip Your Classroom Using BlendSpace External link opens in new window or tab (Note: Start watching 5 min into this video) (approx. 20 min)
Digital Storytelling on Blendspace External link opens in new window or tab (Note: Start watching at about 2:14 min into this video)(about 23 min)

Intel Education Resources - STEM External link opens in new window or tab
This Web site from Intel offers resources for math, biology, chemistry, and physics. Once on the site, use the links in the header to get to the various levels. Key Stage (or KS) 1/2 Maths is very basic material and may be suitable for some ESL topics, such as telling time. There they also introduce basic math concepts suitable for very low level ABE learners. Each of the topics include interactives which provide information and then test comprehension. The same is true for KS 3 and 4. Math topics covered in these levels include polygons, decimals and place value, algebra, graphs, angles and lines, Pythagoras, and trigonometry. Be aware that since this site is from the UK, some of the math problems may be in British measurements. Spend some time exploring this site if you teach in ABE or ASE programs.

PowToon for Edu External link opens in new window or tab
Looking for a fun writing or presentation project, particularly for ESL students? PowToon may be an answer. The site allows you or your students to create animated presentations and cartoon style videos by dragging and dropping themes, animated characters, and props. Add text to create fun presentations which can be given in person, or turned into animated videos, with the click of a button, to be shared on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. As with most free versions of online tools, there are some limitations, but there is plenty to fuel the creation of some interesting presentations. And if you are willing to pay for the classroom plan, it is $8 a month for a Teacher + 60 students External link opens in new window or tab. Here are some quick tutorials External link opens in new window or tab to show you how to get started. Have fun!

Bill of Rights Institute - Documents of Freedom External link opens in new window or tab
This site is a comprehensive digital course on history, government, & economics. The site is free, but to make the most of the materials requires a login. The site offers student readings (either online or printable) and provides activities (printable) to check for comprehension. You choose the state you are teaching in when you register, then each activity shows state standards that are being met by the activity. Marvelous free resource. Watch the introductory video by selecting the button on the home page. You can also explore the student version of the materials from the home page.

Virtual Manipulatives and Interactives External link opens in new window or tab from the Howard County Public School System
This page has a variety of very basic math online manipulatives to help with ABE level (1st grade) math topics such as fractions, graphing, area & perimeter, shapes. It also suggests a number of different "apps" for mobile devices that you might find helpful.

Illustrative Mathematics External link opens in new window or tab is a community of educators who share carefully vetted teaching resources to give learners an understanding of mathematics and skill in using it for everyday life. Currently the site has designed tasks for K-12 math topics and fractions progression videos aligned to common core standards, but at some point they hope to offer lesson plans and curriculum modules . To search for tasks or other materials use the links and filters on the left site of the page. Great resource for teachers. The site is Creative Commons Licensed BY-NC-SA.