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Adult Educator's Resource Repository Hosted By COABE

If you missed the COABE 2015 national conference, in Denver, CO, in April, and would like to be able to download presentations, check out the Adult Educator's Resource External link opens in new window or tab, an online collection of presentations, lesson plans, and much more. Conference Presentations are being added daily!

Toyota Family Learning RFP: Initial applications now being accepted through June 11

Toyota Family Learning was created to address educational needs and provide opportunities for low-income and ethnically diverse families to roll up their sleeves and build stronger communities. In partnership with National Center for Families learning (NCFL) they are once again offering a three-year grant totaling $175,000 to fund family learning programs that feature service learning and family mentoring. Read more about this grant opportunity...

The 8 Skills Students Must Have for the Future

This spring Edudemic once again features the topic addressed in the summer of 2014 about the future must-have skills for all learners. This time Micheal Sledd builds on Katie Lepi's writing, as well as Pearson's 2014 "The Learning Curve" report. Complete article...

May Revise - Stability, Certainty, Identity...Progress

In a recent message to members of the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) and the California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA), Legislative Analyst Dawn Koepke stated that she is, "pleased with what we've accomplished together these past few years." She was referring to the preservation of adult education in the state. Read more...

Technology Integration Basics

In a May 2015 post, Edutopia staff provide tips, strategies, tools, and other resources External link opens in new window or tab to help new teachers successfully integrate technology to facilitate educational objectives in the classroom. Topics range from Tips and Strategies to Get Started; to Standards, Models, and Frameworks to Finding, Evaluating, and Selecting Technology Tools; to Managing Technology in the Classroom; to Teaching Digital Literacy and Citizenship. Read more...

22nd International Conference of Adult Learning Mathematics

The 22nd International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics External link opens in new window or tab (ALM) will be hosted by the American Institutes for Research External link opens in new window or tab (AIR). The conference will showcase some unique international perspectives related to the teaching and learning of numeracy/mathematics. For more information about the conference or to register, use the link above.

Public Radio Broadcast on Adult Education and AB86

KQED's The California Report broadcast a report on Thursday, April 30 2015 about the status of adult education and the implications of AB86 in the Central Valley. Listeners can hear perspectives from students as they share about the importance of adult education to their lives and hear from staff at Visalia Adult School as they share about the importance of adult education to the overall economic health and stability of the Central Valley.

A transcript and audio recording of the broadcast is available via the KQED News Web site 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 June!

Computer monitor displaying an eduCanon bulb

eduCanon: Adding Videos with Built In Questions

Videos enhance our teaching and our classrooms. They promote self-paced learning with the ability to stop and rewind.  But sometimes we are not sure what our students are getting out of the video. Wouldn't it be great to have questions inserted into the video and then see how the students respond? Even better, add answer-specific feedback to help students learn even if they get the wrong answer? The answer is eduCanon and this month's activity will introduce you to this great tool and give you some ideas on how to use it.

 

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:

So You Want to Teach Online? External link opens in new window or tab with Anthony Burik
June 10, 2015 ~ 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Toolkit  External link opens in new window or tab with Branka Marceta
June 11, 2015 ~ 12 to 1:30 p.m.

ePortfolios for Empowered Students and Happy Teachers - A Pilot by OTAN External link opens in new window or tab hosted by Branka Marceta
June 17, 2015 ~ 1 to 3 p.m.

Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities External link opens in new window or tab with Francisco Pinedo
June 17, 2015 ~ 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Paper (Tests) to Pixels: Lessons Learned from One Technology Project External link opens in new window or tab with Anthony Burik
June 17, 2015 ~ 3 to 4:30 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 over the summer or this fall! We will do most of the work for you. We just need your available computer lab. 800-894-3113

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

Web "Sitings":

C-CPAN Classroom External link opens in new window or tab
C-CSPAN Classroom offers free primary source materials for social studies teachers. They offer lesson plans and many videos useful in the social studies classroom on historical events, current events, the Constitution, Congress, the Presidency, Judiciary, Campaigns & Elections, Civil Rights, Government, Economics, U.S. and World History, and many other topics. You will need to become a member to access many of these resources, but it is totally free.

Yay Math! External link opens in new window or tab
Yay Math offers playlists of math videos (originating on YouTube) on topics in Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry, Statistics, and Trig. Each video in the playlist comes with a worksheet and quiz. The worksheet mirrors the problems they cover in the video, so you can print the sheet and work along with the class. Students can take the quiz right after the video, to see how well they learned the topic. Simply pause the video to access the worksheet and quiz.

Math Play External link opens in new window or tab
At Math Play you can find a wide variety of fun games that you can play online. Most games are suitable for basic math, algebra and geometry topics. They are organized by grade level, content, and game type. Preview the games to determine suitability for your students, as some may be too juvenile, but most are fun and could be used for group review and practice, especially in the higher levels.

Brightstorm External link opens in new window or tab
Brightstorm is a membership based site, but they do offer some free videos on certain topics. You will probably need to create an account (just name and e-mail address) to see them. Here are the free topics: Whole numbers, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry, Foundations of Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Introduction to Physics, Parts of Speech, Parts of an Essay, and The Great Gatsby.

Creative Writing Prompts External link opens in new window or tab
Use the 100's of creative writing prompts at this site to get your students writing more.

We Are New York External link opens in new window or tab
While we are not New York, these videos, readers, study guides, vocabulary lists, and other teaching resources based on the videos could be useful materials for ESL teachers and their students for further study or extra practice. There are 10 episodes on topics like emergencies, the educational system, finances, health and healthcare, and domestic violence. Go to the Episodes & Resources section to find the videos and materials. Go to the Educators section for other ESL resources.

Tech Tips and Information

Technology is an ever moving target and it is hard to stay on top of new things. Here are some "tech tips" I found that may be helpful for you and your students. :-)

How Do I Know If An App is Safe?
Apps on your devices can be fun, educational tools, but you need to be educated too regarding the down-side of some. Apps are shiny and appealing little bits of software, but beware: They're not all trustworthy. This article from "How Stuff Works" will help educate you on the safety factors involved in placing "apps" on your personal mobile devices and what permissions you are granting to the app creator and others.

Changing the Starting Point On A YouTube Video External link opens in new window or tab
Have you ever wanted to send someone a link to a YouTube video that was longer than necessary? Let's say the part you want to direct them to is in the middle of a 30 minute video. Now you can send them a link that will start the video at a particular place in the video. Just watch this 56 second video to find out how.

Embedding YouTube Videos Without the "Suggested Videos" at the End External link opens in new window or tab
You have embedded a YouTube video in your class Web site and then played the video for your class. You do this partly because you want your students to stay focused on the topic and not be tempted by the "related" or "suggested" videos on the YouTube site. But at the end of the videos you now see "related" or "suggested" videos showing up within the video player itself, some of which could even be labeled "inappropriate." How can you stop this from happening? Watch this 1 minute video to find out how entering 6 characters ?rel=0 in the embed code can remove the "related/suggested" videos.

Adding a Web Page Shortcut To An iOS Device Home Screen External link opens in new window or tab
Are there Web sites that you visit often and would like an easy way to get there without having to leave a "tab" open on your browser or do a time consuming search? Watch this 52 second video to find out how to create a shortcut on your iOS device's home screen. Then if you want to create folders on your home screen, see below.

Creating Folders On An iOS Device External link opens in new window or tab
Now that you have a few Web shortcuts on your iOS device's home screen, you may want to create a folder to help organize all those apps or shortcuts. Watch this 1 minute video to find out how.