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Adult Education Regional Planning Process Report Submitted to the Legislature

The 2015 AB86 Legislative report has been submitted to the Legislature. The report External link opens in new window or tab, jointly developed by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), "details the needs that emerged from the 70 consortia's reports and the joint recommendations of the CDE and the Chancellor's Office." The planning process.. Read more..

A Resource Guide to Engaging Employers

JFF recently released, A Resource Guide to Engaging Employers External link opens in new window or tab, by Randall Wilson and have made it available as a free download.

This resource guide presents working models of successful employer engagement and lessons for securing and sustaining partnerships with employers. It was written to help education and training providers fully realize the value of strategic, long-term, and intensive partnerships with employers. While directed to community colleges and their state-level partners in Accelerating Opportunity, it is relevant to all practitioners in workforce, career, and technical education, and adult education. Read article...

Inspiring TED Talk by Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs A Champion

While we as adult educators may not be teaching "kids," we have probably all encountered students who have problems with learning and self esteem. Watch this TED video External link opens in new window or tab (it's only about 8 minutes) and it may transform your approach to teaching those students.

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.

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. Register before April 14th for the best pricing. [More information...] External link opens in new window or tab

Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship

Mike Ribble is the Director of Technology at Manhattan-Ogden School District and an Educational Technology Presenter and Consultant. He is also the author External link opens in new window or tab of the work found on the Web site DigitalCitizenship.net External link opens in new window or tab. The work on Digital Citizenship was the culmination of a three year dissertation project. According to Mr.Ribble, the concepts for Digital Citizenship are geared toward education, but are important for anyone who uses technology. [continue reading]

Mark Your Calendar Now for the 46th Annual CATESOL Conference This Fall!

Technology Through the Ages is the theme of the 46th Annual CATESOL Conference, November 12-15, 2015. The  conference will be held this fall at the gorgeous venue of the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The 2015 CATESOL Conference Committee is planning an exciting conference for you! They are thrilled to present their [continue reading...] External link opens in new window or tab

Details of Governor’s Adult Education Proposal Made Public

When the governor’s 2015-2016 state budget was unveiled in mid-January, adult education advocates were encouraged to see that it contained $500 million per year in ongoing funding to develop a stand-alone categorical program to begin to meet the needs of the old adult education program, which was allowed to become flexible in 2007-2008 during the beginning of the economic recession. The concept of creating new programs by region that would meet the specific local workforce and education needs of adults was generally supported in the education community. However, most statewide education organizations [continue reading...] 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 Activities from March & April

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Start Your Day with Current Events Using Online Tools: InkaBinka, Socrative, Google Docs, & Remind

It’s time to begin class.  Get your students’ attention with a quick look at current events using a new Web site and app called InkaBinka. Then follow up with other tools that check for their understanding and allow them to apply what they have learned by writing on their own.

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Open Education Resources Through CK-12

CK-12 is an Open Educational Resource (OER) and a non-profit foundation that offers digital resources for the K-12 curriculum. All content is offered for free and the focus is on STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This month's Web-based Class Activity introduces you to this OER, how to register at and search the site, and provides some sample resources and an activity for you to try.

 

Professional Development

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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:

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site External link opens in new window or tab with Blair Roy
April 7, 2015 ~ 2 to 4 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation Resources for Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab with Jennifer Gagliardi
April 9, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

EL Civics: Digital Literacy & Internet Safety External link opens in new window or tab with Karla Frizler
April 10, 2015 ~ 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Create FREE Online Quizzes External link opens in new window or tab with Barry Bakin
April 15, 2015 ~ 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Google Tools and Drive External link opens in new window or tab with Melinda Holt
April 15, 2015 ~ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Distance/Blended Learning - Guest Speaker External link opens in new window or tab hosted by Penny Pearson
April 16, 2015 ~ 3 to 4 p.m.

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Instruction External link opens in new window or tab with Barry Bakin
April 17, 2015 ~ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Using the Teaching with Technology Search Tool to Enhance Your Lessons External link opens in new window or tab with Bethany Ely
April 17, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Integrate Learn360 Media into Moodle External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Coulter
April 24, 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
May 4, 2015 ~ 3 to 5 p.m.

Orienting Students to Online Learning External link opens in new window or tab with Sharon Ram
May 5, 2015 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google External link opens in new window or tab with Melinda Holt
May 6, 2015 ~ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Technology Skills for Computer Based Testing External link opens in new window or tab with Evelyn Lenton
May 7, 2015 ~ 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students External link opens in new window or tab with Susan Coulter
May 8, 2015 ~ 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
May 8, 2015 ~ 10 to 11:30 a.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

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers External link opens in new window or tab
Friday, May 22, 2015 ~ 9a.m. to 12p.m.
Redondo Beach USD - South Bay Adult School
3401 Inglewood Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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

Fun Way to Learn Algebra (Hands-On Equations - Lite) External link opens in new window or tab
For students who struggle with understanding the place holder value of "x" and 'y' in algebra or those who are more tactile learners, this app may be helpful. It allows them to move pawns and numbers around on a scale to solve equations and verbal problems. The Android 'lite' version External link opens in new window or tab is free, but it only has a couple of problems, just so you can get a feel for the app or here is a short YouTube video External link opens in new window or tab that shows you how it works. If you decide you like it, there is a small cost for each of the three levels of Hands-On Equations. All the apps are linked from this page for Android, iPad/iPhone, and Kindle External link opens in new window or tab.

Word Mover
ReadWriteThink’s Word Mover mobile app can be used to supplement classroom instruction, reinforce concepts taught in class, offer increased student engagement, and promote out-of-school literacy through the use of tablet devices and their associated functionality. Word Mover allows learners to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text. Available for iPhone, iPad External link opens in new window or tab, and Android External link opens in new window or tab devices.

Padagogy Wheel External link opens in new window or tab
While the Padagogy Wheel is not an "app" it might be of some help figuring out which apps are most helpful for a particular educational objective. It follows the SAMR model External link opens in new window or tab as a way of evaluating how you are incorporating technology into instruction.

Web "Sitings":

Share My Lesson External link opens in new window or tab
Share My Lesson is a place where educators have come together to create and share their very best teaching resources. Developed by teachers for teachers, this free platform gives access to high-quality teaching resources and provides an online community where teachers can collaborate with, encourage, and inspire each other. It has a significant resource bank for Common Core State Standards, covering all aspects of the standards, from advice and guides to help with dedicated resources that support the standards. Useful for ABE and ASE and possibly higher level ESL programs.

eduCanon External link opens in new window or tab
eduCanon is a tool that allows you take any online video from YouTube, TeacherTube, SchoolTube, Shmoop, and/or Vimeo and embed dynamic questions into the video (they call the questions "bulbs"), making it interactive. You can then share the interactive video with colleagues, classes and students using embed codes or links. What a marvelous idea. Especially useful for "flipping" your classroom. As with many sites, the basic account is free, but a Premium account that offers more features has an annual cost of $89. at the present time. Worth a look!

EDpuzzle External link opens in new window or tab
EDpuzzle is another easy to use tool that allows you to use online videos (or your own uploaded video) from a number of popular video sites and embed comprehension questions within the video to check for understanding. You can also add your own voice comments to the videos. Here's a video tutorial to get you started if you would like to give it a try. The tutorial video seems to cover all the features. Once you create a video lesson and assign it to your class, you can embed that assignment in many LMS including Edmodo and Moodle. One nice thing about this site is that it appears everything is free. I could not find any cost associated with the site.

Crash Course: World History External link opens in new window or tab
This series of videos by John Green teaches your students the history of the world in 42 episodes. Your students can learn, study, and understand all the important civilizations, empires, wars, and revolutions the world has seen so far.

PosterMyWall External link opens in new window or tab
PosterMyWall is an online poster and collage maker that learners can use for free. It provides guidance as learners navigate through the creation process with templates and photo-locating options. Completed posters and collages may be saved and shared with the class as part of a presentation. Use the tool as a creative Web activity to extend learning by allowing students to create a motivational poster from a famous quote or proverb. As a follow-up, students can make an oral presentation or write a paragraph explaining the importance of the quote or proverb in their lives.

The Brainstormer External link opens in new window or tab
This is the free, online version of the Brainstormer, which is a tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject, and a setting or style. The Brainstormer can provide that elusive moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any kind of creative endeavour. Try it with your ABE/ASE or Advanced ESL students for a creative writing exercise.