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Upcoming OTAN Activities - Week of June 17

OTAN will be closed June 19th to celebrate Juneteenth - Freedom Day. OTAN presentations at CASAS link. Find your favorite OTAN presenters and we look forward to seeing you!

The New Jim Code? Race and Discriminatory Design

This podcast/article can be heard or read using this full article link. Ruha Benjamin, associate professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of the book, Race After Technology discusses exploring the “role of technology in education.” She refers to “discriminatory design and her concept of The New Jim Code in reference to the highly racist Jim Crow era.

Upcoming OTAN Activities - Week of June 10

Visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar. Schedule your Professional Development with OTAN today. For more ideas consult What OTAN Offers webpage and then email support@otan.us for more information.

What do we Gain and Lose when Students use AI to Write?

“If a student uses AI to write and nobody notices, does it matter?” Writer Tony Wan explains the evolution of technology from cursive writing to the typewriter to speech to text functions. “When groundbreaking technologies enter schools, old skills and habits make way for new ones. Some we may not miss much, like cursive handwriting. Other conveniences come at a cost.” Will AI replace the need to both learn to read and write?

ProLiteracy's Mobile Learning Fund - Solutions for Online Learning Resources

One of the resources available from our friends at ProLiteracy is grant funding through its Mobile Learning Fund. Grants provided through the Mobile Learning Fund give adult literacy programs access to free, easy-to-use subscriptions and licenses for distance- and blended-learning. Mobile Learning Fund grants may be used for digital materials from providers such as New Readers Press, Learning Upgrade, EnGen, Leamos, and News for You Online.

Upcoming OTAN Activities - Week of June 3

For up-to-date upcoming professional development from OTAN and others, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar. Schedule your Professional Development with OTAN today. For more ideas consult What OTAN Offers webpage and then email support@otan.us for more information. Canvas with OTAN: Sign-ups and renewals occurring now!

Upcoming OTAN Activities - Week of May 27

OTAN will be closed for Memorial Day to remember and honor our fallen on May 27, 2024. For up-to-date upcoming professional development from OTAN and others, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar. Schedule your Professional Development with OTAN today. For more ideas consult What OTAN Offers webpage and then email support@otan.us for more information. Canvas with OTAN: Sign-ups and renewals occurring now!

Organizing your Canvas Account For Account Administrators

With summer here, a Canvas Account reorganization may already be on your to-do list. There might be some courses which need dropping, subaccounts which need cleaning up, and new features to be considered...like New Quizzes. As an administrator, you may want to update or create your agency’s theme. Perhaps a motivated staff member would like to blueprint some courses for their colleagues and needs your administrative magic. Maybe you’ve been gifted the job of Canvas Administrator and do not know where to begin or your agency is new to the Canvas project. Whatever the case, support is here.

Memorial Day Message

OTAN is closed Monday, May 27th in memory of those who gave their lives while serving the United States.

Myths and Facts about People with Disabilities

The Easterseals website offers practical support and education about people living with a disability. With stereotypes leading to misinformation about the “barriers people with disabilities face,” this myth and facts sheet educates us on healthy ways to think about people with disabilities.

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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.