April 2019 (Volume 10, Number 3)
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NEWS YOU CAN USE
HOW TO IDENTIFY TECHNOLOGY-USING TEACHERS AT YOUR SCHOOL
Over the years, researchers have tried to make sense of how and why teachers have used technology in the classroom. Less understood in the research is the type of teacher who uses (or doesn't use) technology. Read this article to learn about four types of users: Dexterous, Presenters, Assessors, and Evaders.
USDA OFFERING GRANTS AND LOANS FOR RURAL BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY
In an effort to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America, the US Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) starting on April 29. You can learn more about the program and the application process in this news item.
MORE RESOURCES TO CREATE AN ACCESSIBILITY-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT
As we integrate more technology into our instruction, we need to be aware of barriers that we unintentionally create that make it difficult for students to learn, both in the face-to-face classroom and in the online learning environment. Learn more about creating an accessibility-friendly environment and a number of online resources to consult for help with making digital content accessible.
LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO BECOME A BETTER TEACHER
One of the reasons why we encourage adult education agencies to explore blended learning and create blended learning goals in agency Technology and Distance Learning Plans every year is because it gets agencies to think about the optimal mix of face-to-face instruction and online learning that will work for teachers and students. Read this article to understand why teachers should use technology to handle the repetitive work and make time for more valuable activities.
KEEPING YOURSELF CYBERSECURE
Education is particularly vulnerable to cybercrime; it presents a huge target because of the sheer amount of personal data that is kept in school information systems. With the proliferation of technology devices and applications in our schools, it is incumbent upon us as users to have a basic understanding of cybersecurity issues. Read this article to learn more
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - PLAN AHEAD!
Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops related to technology for Adult Educators?
With summer fast approaching think about next scheduling Professional Development for next year. With a wide-variety of technology topics in their arsenal, OTAN training staff will go to any WIOA-funded adult education program in CA that has a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet.
All of OTAN's workshops are provided at no-cost!
Each three-hour session is hands-on - everyone will learn new skills related to technology or using technology that they can use in their adult education class or program. And all of OTAN's face-to-face workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the requesting program. Select the link to see a list of the current face-to-face workshops and, remember, if you don't see a workshop that "floats your boat" contact OTAN - we'll create what you and your staff need!
OTAN also offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. Click on the link to see our list of online workshops and webinars: Online Workshops & Webinars
All of OTAN workshops are free! Read more about OTAN Training and select Face-to-Face or Online workshops options to view complete workshop lists including descriptions and prerequisites.
Need more information? Contact OTAN training staff anytime by phone or email at 916-228-2580 and firstname.lastname@example.org
To view workshops already scheduled, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar and search for workshops sponsored by OTAN. Don't miss any!