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OTAN Digest - May 2023

Digest #27
May 2023

Message from the Director

It was wonderful connecting with so many of you at the recent CCAE Conference in Oakland whether it was at the OTAN booth or through one of the many engaging OTAN-sponsored presentations. Did you pick up some OTAN swag? OTAN was happy to be in-person to recognize the accomplishments of recently retired Coordinator Penny Pearson and our CAEP TAP colleague, Dr. Veronica Parker.

We have an additional reason to celebrate. Recently, CUE introduced their newly elected members to the CUE Board of Directors, voted in by their fellow CUE members. Our own Coordinator Neda Anasseri was elected to one of the open positions. She will serve for 3 years at the State level, making decisions about CUE’s priorities, programs, and initiatives and serving as an ambassador to promote CUE’s mission to educators and technology leaders across the state and beyond. Neda is passionate about adult education, ed tech, and equity, and will be an excellent advocate for adult ed practitioners in her role as Board member. Congratulations Neda!

The end of the year is right around the corner and you may be planning for the new program year. How are you addressing digital learning for staff at your agency? We encourage you to reach out to OTAN to assist with goal setting and training. We offer cost-free workshops and can be flexible to offer in-person, virtual, or hybrid options for your staff across the state. Connect with us at for additional information.

Wishing you all the best as you close out your year and congratulations to all the new grads and certificate earners!

Renee Collins
-Renee Collins
Director, Adult Education


Accessibility Resources

OTAN is committed to sharing information about accessibility with the adult education field. On our Accessibility Resources, you will find OTAN-developed resources as well as resources you can use to learn more about accessibility and create your own accessible content.

Web-Based Class Activities


What's New in Online Civics Education and Citizenship Prep?
by Jennifer Gagliardi

Seven new online civics education and citizenship resources from USCIS, LINCS, and more.


Classroom Video on Demand and Learn360 in the Blended Classroom
by Susan Coulter

Learn360 is a great resource for blended learning. With Learn360, you can have your learners watch a video or complete a game or activity to support what you are teaching in the classroom.


Guidance From the Guidance: An Agency's Approach to the California Adult Education Digital Learning Guidance
by Francisco X. Pinedo Jr

It has been almost three years since our world changed along with most aspects of education. COVID 19 became a worldwide pandemic and our way of teaching and delivering instruction changed 180 degrees in a matter of days.

Spotlight On...

Teaching with Technology

Teaching with Technology web banner

You know your subject, and you know how to get your students engaged and focused, but where can you find high-quality lessons that integrate technology in a way that complements what you already do?

The Teaching with Technology tool is designed to help adult education teachers locate lesson plans that can be used as-is or modified for use with your learners. The lesson plans integrate technology tools in a way that engages students, enhances their learning, and extends their learning beyond the class.

There are various ways to search and filter:

  • By program area and level: Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency Preparation (HSE), Career Technical Education (CTE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), or Adults with Disabilities (AwD).
  • By standards, topics, and technology tool(s): College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), lesson plans, and keywords.

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OTAN May and June Events

Date/Time Event Location
Mon, May 1
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Canvas Q&A for Teachers and Administrators Online - Zoom
Fri, May 5
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Using Microsoft Office to Create Accessible Documents Mt. Diablo Adult Education
Concord, CA
Fri, May 5
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Finding and Curating OERs Online - Zoom
Fri, May 5
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Low Stakes CIP Discussion Online - Zoom
Wed, May 10
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Google Integration Online - Zoom
Thu, May 11
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas: Assignments Online - Zoom
Fri, May 12
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Open Educational Resources 103 - Advanced Online - Zoom
Fri, May 12
12:45 PM - 3:45 PM
What's New in Google? North Valley Occupational Center
Mission Hills, CA
Fri, May 12
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talk: What's New in Online Civics Education and Citizenship Prep? Online - Zoom
Mon, May 15
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Group Work and Collaboration Online - Zoom
Tue, May 16
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Methods of Assessing in Google Workspace Culver City Adult School
Culver City, CA
Wed, May 17
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas: New Quizzes and Item Banks Online - Zoom
Thu, May 18
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Canvas Q & A for Teachers and Administrators Online - Zoom
Fri, May 19
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Building an OER Project and Team Online - Zoom
Fri, May 19
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Share A Tech Best Practice in Data Collection Online - Zoom
Wed, May 24
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas: Grading and Feedback Online - Zoom
Wed, May 31
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas: Modules and Communication Online - Zoom
Thu, Jun 1
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Canvas Q & A for Teachers and Administrators Online - Zoom
Wed, Jun 7
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas: Admin. Account Fundamentals Online - Zoom
Thu, Jun 8
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Google Integration Online - Zoom
Fri, Jun 9
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Advancing Canvas: Group Work and Collaboration Online - Zoom
Fri, Jun 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talk: Google Keep for Teachers Online - Zoom
Wed, Jun 14
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Canvas: Admin Review and Troubleshooting Online - Zoom
Tue, Jun 20
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Canvas Q & A for Teachers and Administrators Online - Zoom

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

Professional Development - Plan Ahead!

Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops to help Adult Educators integrate technology?

Think about scheduling OTAN Professional Development in the 2023-2024 school year. With a wide variety of technology topics from which to choose, OTAN training staff can provide in-person workshops or presentations at any approved California adult education agency or professional development event, either online or face-to-face with a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet.

All OTAN's workshops are provided at no cost!

Each 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 OTAN online or face-to-face workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the requesting program. Select the links to see a list of the current online or face-to-face workshops and descriptions. If you don't see a workshop that is exactly what you need, contact OTAN - we'll work together to create a training that's best for you and your staff!

Need more information? Contact OTAN training staff anytime by phone at (916) 228-2580, or by email at

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

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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.