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

October 2019

Administrators' Digest

Volume 10, Number 8
October 2019


OTAN’s Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2020 is our two-day all-things-edtech annual conference. TDLS is scheduled for Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at the Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center in Sacramento. Please consider having your staff join us at TDLS next year!

The call for proposals has opened! Participants are invited to present and share their favorite technology tools and/or best practices with their adult education colleagues. The call for proposals is open until Thursday, October 31. You can visit the TDLS page on the OTAN website for more information: (Please note that registration for TDLS will open on Monday, November 18.)

As one of California’s three adult education state leadership projects, OTAN is here to serve you! Contact us at or 916-228-2580.  


OTAN Has Launched a New Website!

It's been a long time coming, but OTAN has finally launched a brand new, user-friendly website! 

Helping New Teachers Be Successful

One of the challenges is to support those new staff members to ensure that they are successful throughout the year and remain on staff to lessen turnover.

Using Social Media to Get the Word Out

Social media is where are students and supporters are in the 21st century, so if your adult ed agency is not on social media, consider getting started.

Creating an Accessible Website

No matter how small or large your website is, the reality is that your website should be accessible for all users. 

Ideas from Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2019

Even though the week has passed, there are many ideas and resources for adult education programs to promote the many ways they are working to raise adult literacy levels in their local communities and across the country and promote the 2020 Census.


List of October and November Events
Date/Time Event Location
Mon, Oct 7
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Chromebooks for Adult Education Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Tue, Oct 8
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Chromebooks for Adult Education Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Fri, Oct 11
9:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Teaching Vocabulary With Technology Folsom-Cordova Adult School
Fri, Oct 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Screencastify Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 17
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
OERs for Adult Education Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 18
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Tools, Apps, and Drive Sutter County One Stop
Adult Education
Tue, Oct 22
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Easy Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Projects for Language Practice Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 1
12:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Google Tools, Apps, and Drive Los Angeles USD
North Valley Occupational Center
Fri, Nov 8
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - HyperDocs Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 15
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Google Sites Fresno Adult School
Cesar Chavez Campus
Fri, Nov 22
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Microsoft Office for Adult Education Los Angeles City College
Fri, Nov 22
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Advanced-Level ESL Moodle Course Online - Zoom

OTAN training events are OPEN to Adult Education staff.
★ = CLOSED, In-Service Training


Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops related to technology for Adult Educators?

With the start of the new 2019-2020 school year, think about scheduling Professional Development for this 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 & 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.