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Last Chance to Register for the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015 - Don't Miss Out

The TDL Symposium is scheduled for March 13–14, 2015 at San Leandro Adult School. Registration is almost full so don't delay. 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.

U.S. Education Department Announces Future Ready Regional Summits

The US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education will host a series of Future Ready Regional Summits to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. Read article...

Reimagining the Path to the Workforce: Nanodegrees and Other Flexible Workplace Credentials

This is an interesting video External link opens in new window or tab from the Center for American Progress which addresses the gap between employer needs versus the skills of employable adults in the workforce and how we might fill that gap through accelerated learning programs. Great ideas. In the first 12 minutes Aneesh Chopra presents the issues and some possible solutions and then a panel discusses the issues.

Adult Education Week, March 23-27, 2015

CCAE (California Council for Adult Education) External link opens in new window or tab and the California State Consortium for Adult Education (CSCAE), will team up in 2015 to jointly promote and sponsor Adult Education Week, March 23-27. The dates were chosen specifically to coincide with CCAE's annual Legislation Day External link opens in new window or tab in Sacramento on March 24.

2015 CCAE State Conference-Mission Possible

The California Council for Adult Education is preparing for their annual conference, April 30-May 2, 2015. This year's theme is "Mission Possible" and is being held at the Universal Sheraton hotel in Universal City. Here are links to the Conference Schedule External link opens in new window or tab and the Conference Web Site External link opens in new window or tab to register.

New American Horizons Foundations Offers 12 Videos on Teaching ESL to Adults

If you are new to adult education or to teaching ESL, these videos could be a life saver. There are 12 in the series. Titles and descriptions External link opens in new window or tab of the videos. Actual videos External link opens in new window or tab.

Six Routines to Support Mathematical Thinking

The Teaching Channel External link opens in new window or tab is a new must for anyone in education who cares about self-improvement and "sharing and learning diverse techniques to help every student grow."

In a December 23, 2014 re-post by contributor Lily Jones, a Northern California educator, outlined some strategies that form the foundation for inspiring math... continue reading...

COABE 2015 Conference

Join your colleagues from around the country for outstanding national level professional development and networking opportunities in the destination city of Denver, CO, April 21-24, 2015. They have an early-bird rate that is good until February 14th, so register early for the best pricing. More information... 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 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 February!

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One Thing Leads to Another: Create Interactive Images with ThingLink

Teaching vocabulary or a course concept through text or by providing a spoken explanation reaches a certain percentage of student learners, but by using ThingLink External link opens in new window or tab, an image can be combined with text and many links to just about anything online to tap into many learning styles.

 

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 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 20, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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.

Open Education Resources and AE with Penny Pearson
February 20, 2015 ~ 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Moodle v2: Add a Synchronous Meeting Activity External link opens in new window or tab with Francisca Wentworth
February 25, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Create FREE Online Quizzes External link opens in new window or tab with Barry Bakin
February 27, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab with Blair Roy
February 27, 2015 ~ 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Coulter
March 6, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Privacy, Practice, Presence, and You External link opens in new window or tab with Branka Marceta
March 18, 2015 ~ 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google with Melinda Holt
March 25, 2015 ~ 12 to 1 p.m.

Online Curriculum Series, Part 2 External link opens in new window or tab hosted by Penny Pearson
March 27, 2015 ~ 3 to 4 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

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

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part 1 External link opens in new window or tab
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 ~ 3 to 5p.m.
Downey Adult School
12340 Woodruff Avenue
Downey, CA 90241

Creating Web Sites with Google External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, March 20, 2015 ~ 10a.m. to 1p.m.
Fremont Adult & Continuing 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

InkaBinka
(see below under Web "Sitings")

Free Books – 23,469 Classics To Go App
The Free Books – 23,469 Classics To Go app provides easy access to a variety of classic (public domain) books along with notes, highlights, bookmarks, and dictionary support. The upgraded version ($$) includes audio books, however, the student is not able to see the printed text while listening to the audio. And to avoid advertising, there is an "in app" purchase to eliminate it. (iPad,iPhone,iPod Touch External link opens in new window or tab, Android External link opens in new window or tab, Windows 8.1 External link opens in new window or tab)

OpenLanguage
(see below under Web "Sitings")

Web "Sitings":

Tackk External link opens in new window or tab
This is a free, fun, and easy Web creation tool students can use for writing practice, research organization, book reports, historical projects, and presentations. Teachers can use it for lesson planning, student communication and chats, a place to post class photos, class newsletters, school announcements, and a variety of other things. It is shareable and fun! Here's a list of 20 Ways to Use Tackk in the Classroom External link opens in new window or tab.

Inkabinka External link opens in new window or tab
Need a quick way to get the news? InkaBinka can help. They present short four-line bullet points of current news articles including visual images. Then if you have time and want to read the full article, they provide a link to a bit longer story. Categories include top news, technology, entertainment, sports, business, international, and politics. The site can be accessed by computer, iPhone/iPad External link opens in new window or tab or Android External link opens in new window or tab devices (apps are available for both).

OpenLanguage External link opens in new window or tab
While this is primarily a paid resource, they do have one free sample course that has lessons on workplace and daily life for beginning through advanced students to supplement course content in class or to assign to students to work on outside of class. The lessons have reading, listening, and pronunciation activities and exercises. The course can be accessed using the free apps for iPhone or iPad or Android devices

LyricsGaps External link opens in new window or tab
Learn a new language through music and lyrics! English is just one of the languages offered here. Registration is free, but not required unless you want to use certain features at the site. Each language has different activities: karaoke, interactive cloze activities, videos, and more. You can choose from three different difficulty levels. Some activities even have the option to "double-click" to read a definition of a word. You also have the ability to submit your own songs and language activities to the site. Use this site with ESL students for practicing listening skills and vocabulary building through music videos by popular artists with accompanying cloze activities.

OM Multimedia English External link opens in new window or tab
This site is from Argentina and is written in Spanish, but offers a wide variety of multimedia (audio and video) on a variety of topics, at three levels (in both American and British English). Activities include listening, conversation practice, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and writing. If you will use the Chrome browser's "page translation tool" you can read all the text in English so you can more easily navigate the site.

English Grammar Online 4 U External link opens in new window or tab
If you are looking for a site that offers a wide variety of online activities for students studying English grammar, punctuation, business English, and writing, this site will surely have some supplemental activities to go along with your in-class materials.

ABC Fast Phonics External link opens in new window or tab
ABC Fast Phonics is a free tutorial that uses cartoons and sounds with audio narration and clickable words to teach phonics. This method teaches just basic phonics concepts without struggle or frustration and includes rules for vowels, consonants, and blends along with practice pages. The tutorial is not intended to replace comprehensive phonics programs, but it is a fun supplement for beginning readers.

Harcourt Publisher's Grammar Practice Park External link opens in new window or tab
This book publisher offers some arcade like games to make learning grammar more fun. These online activities would be suitable for Beg. High - Intermediate level ESL or ABE students for more practice.