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OTAN Teachers' Digest #111
August 2019


Lesson Planning: Back to Basics

We should always be asking ourselves, how can I improve my lessons on a daily, weekly, semester, and yearly basis.

Tech Tools to Help Students Improve Their Writing

As we plan for back-to-school and the start of a new school year, take a look at some of these websites that teachers use to help students become better writers.

Making Online Courses More Interactive

Boredom that leads to disengagement is one of the challenges we have to overcome if we want our online courses to be successful and impactful.

Rethinking Homework

One of the areas in which technology can enhance the learning process is in the realm of homework.

New USA Learns Course Launched! 

USA Learns has launched a new beginning high / intermediate low course: English 1 Plus.

In case you missed it…

Over the summer, we posted the video presentations by our seven DLAC (Digital Leadership Academy) teams to our YouTube channel. You can watch those videos and see what the teams have been up to and what they are planning for in 2019-2020!

Spotlight On ...

OTAN at the 2019 ISTE Conference 

At the end of June, OTAN staff members attended the 2019 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. ISTE is a four-day, jam-packed conference that brings together teachers, administrators, trainers, academics, and others to learn about and discuss all things technology in education. For us at OTAN, it is a great opportunity to consider edtech to share with our adult ed colleagues in California.

We posted a number of news items related to our time at ISTE. First, if you would like to take a look at presentation slides and handouts that are freely available on the conference website, read our news item Take Advantage of ISTE Conference Resources External link opens in new window or tab on how to do so. We also published some news items on some of our highlights, including:

Next year's ISTE conference will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from June 28 to July 1. For those who have never been, be aware that it will begin on Sunday and continue through Wednesday. Start saving your professional development funds and consider attending ISTE 2020!

Take a look at our upcoming events!

Date/Time Event Location

Wed, Aug 7
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Teaching Vocabulary with Technology

Ceres Adult School

Thu, Aug 8
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Communicating with Google

Highlands Community Charter School
Holy Cross Campus

Fri, Aug 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

OTAN Tech Talks - Data + Mail Merge = Magic!

Online - Zoom

Fri, Aug 9
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Communicating with Google

Highlands Community Charter School
Holy Cross Campus

Mon, Aug 19
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Google: Tools and Drive

Jefferson Adult Education
Serramonte Campus

Fri, Aug 23
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Online Formative Assessment Tools

Folsom-Cordova Adult School

Fri, Aug 30
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Google Classroom for Adult Education

Conejo Valley Adult School


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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.