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Teacher Digest

Digest #114
November 2019


Different Ways that Students Can Demonstrate Learning

There are many other ways for students to demonstrate their learning that are richer and more creative and exciting than always taking quizzes and tests.

Making Your Own Instructional Videos

Here is a new resource with ideas on how to get started with making instructional videos, especially for those who have never done so before or have limited experience with creating video.

Taking a Look at the Top Tools for Learning 2019

Since 2007, Jane Hart from the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies in the UK has been compiling an annual Top Tools for Learning List from the results of an open survey of over 2,500 participants from 46 different countries.

Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week 2019

October 14 to 18 was Digital Citizenship Week. Although the focus is on K-12 students and schools, this week presents many opportunities to think about how we should all be good digital citizens and encourage good online behavior when interacting with others, now and throughout the school year.

A Framework for Understanding Extended Reality

We are beginning to see the integration of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR), collectively known as extended reality (XR), into the education space, so it’s helpful to have a framework to understand how XR might be introduced and used in the classroom by teachers and students.

Web-Based Class Activities


CK-12: Online Digital Textbooks With Built-In Assessments and Much More
by Debbie Jensen

Today with the help of technology, we can individualize assignments and offer them in more than one modality. Now there are customizable digital textbooks with interactive content including adaptive practice, simulations, interactives, and study guides. It is CK-12 and it is free, Open Educational Resources (OERs).

October (in case you missed it!)

Do You Speak Emoji?
by Kristi Reyes

Are emoji just a passing fad? Or are they a scientifically-researched new vehicular language for the digital age?

Spotlight On...

Teaching With Technology!

Are you looking for a way to integrate technology in your classes? Did you know that OTAN has a section of the website dedicated to Teaching With Technology? You can search for a lesson for ESL, ABE, ASE, or even CTE.

On the Teaching with Technology page, start by selecting a program area (ABE, ASE, or ESL). Then, within the program, you can further filter your desired results by the level of the class, a specific subject or skill, and CASAS competency area.

Based on your search parameters, you should get a number of results back. Each result includes the tech tool or website where you begin, other materials you might need, a description of the activity to use in the lesson, what to prepare and how to do the activity, and tips and ideas for expansion. If you’re not satisfied with the results, you can always use the search box in the upper right corner of the website to see what results return by using a specific word or words.

Visit Teaching With Technology on the OTAN website and start searching for lesson ideas today!

And please contact OTAN for your technology training needs at any time this year! Email us at or call us at 916-228-2580.


List of November and December Events
Date/Time Event Location
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 8
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Google Classroom for Adult Education Pasadena City College
Community Education Center
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
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Teaching Vocabulary With Technology ABC Adult School
Fri, Nov 22
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Advanced-Level ESL Moodle Course Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 3
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Using Tech Tools to Present To and Assess All Learners West Contra Costa Adult School
Alvarado Campus
Tue, Dec 10
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Google Classroom for Adult Education Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 13
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Kahoot! in the Adult Education Classroom 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?

Think about scheduling Professional Development for this 2019-2020 school 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.