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Leading adult education through support for and the effective application of technology.

Administrator's Digest

June 2019 (Volume 10, Number 5)


Please contact OTAN if you need help with technology training for your staff at your back-to-school event in the fall. A number of adult ed agencies around the state have already reached out to us, and dates are filling up fast. Don’t miss out! OTAN training is free to WIOA-funded agencies – sign up now and have OTAN help welcome your staff back to school!


The Role of Technology, From a Student's Perspective

As we plan for technology use in our instruction and classrooms, we always want to think about the impact of technology on our adult education students.

Start Planning for the 2020 Census!

At the CASAS Summer Institute this week, there was a lot of discussion about the 2020 census and its impact on adult ed agencies and our students.

Shifting the Role of the Teacher

To move our education to a system that prepares students for 21st century work and life, we need to transform the essential pieces of that system, most notably, teachers and instruction.

Building a Professional Learning Network Using Social Media

Many of us use social media to stay connected to people in our personal lives, but how many of us use social media as a way to build a professional learning network (PLN) and keep learning and growing as educators?

Another Resource to Explore: Educational Podcasts

A popular way to continue our learning, not just for teachers but for other professionals, is through the medium of podcasts.


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's Face-to-Face Workshops

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 and 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

To view workshops already scheduled, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar and search for workshops sponsored by OTAN. Don't miss any!

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.