Registration for OTAN’s Technology and Distance Learning Symposium is Now Open!
OTAN’s annual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) will take place March 6 and 7, 2020 at the Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center in Sacramento, and registration for TDLS is now open!
A Look Back and a Look Ahead
As 2020 and the 2020s begin, we take a look at edtech trends for the coming year by also looking back at some of the news we’ve shared with the field over the past 12 months.
Instruction: Face-to-Face, Online, or Both?
The results of two surveys regarding face-to-face and online instruction are in, and there is still a preference among teachers and students for face-to-face instruction, although online instruction is definitely a viable option and is making inroads in education.
Reviewing the Privacy Ratings for Edtech Products
How often are we considering the implications of data collection by edtech tools and whether the entities that created the tools are keeping our personal data safe?
Many Things Google
It’s no secret that Google is one of the top tech companies in the world, building on the success of its search feature and the ability to “just Google it” to find answers to so many questions we have. As busy people, though, are we taking advantage of search tips and tricks to quickly find the information we need?
Are you looking for a way to integrate technology in your classes? Visit Teaching with Technology on the OTAN website and start searching for ESL, ABE, ASE, and even CTE lesson ideas today!
Web-Based Class Activities
Sites for Developing Students’ Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Skills
by Kristi Reyes
There is even a lot of news about fake news. Some countries have made legal crackdowns on fake news, but in the United States, with first amendment rights of free speech and freedom of the press, the same governmental regulations have not been initiated.
Job Success ePortfolio and Job Preparation Skills
by Debbie Jensen
In our CTE programs and with our adult students generally, we prepare students with the necessary skills to get a job. In addition to the job skill set, we also need to consider the process for getting the job itself.
Adult Education Students Succeed!
The nomination period for the 2020 Adult Education Students Succeed Program is now open. OTAN invites nominations of adult education learners who are successful as a result of the education received at California WIOA funded adult education agencies. This is a great way to recognize the hard work that an outstanding student has completed in the pursuit of their personal, academic, and professional goals and aspirations.
To get started, visit the Adult Education Students Succeed website at https://adultedlearners.org On the home page, you can read stories and watch videos from previous years by clicking on the Students tab on the website. You can also explore stories from specific adult education agencies and programs by clicking on the Schools and Programs tabs.
To learn how to nominate a student for the program, click on the About tab. Pay special attention to the five-point rubric at the bottom of the page that will be used to score each nomination that the panel will read. A nomination must secure a minimum score for the student’s story and photo to be included on the website. Students who get the top two scores from all nominations will each have a video story produced and will be invited to the 2020 ASCA Leadership Summit in November for a special recognition honoring successful students across California.
To nominate a student, click on the Nomination tab to complete an online nomination form. Once the nomination is successfully submitted, you will receive confirmation from OTAN. The last day to nominate a student for consideration is Wednesday, April 15.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Anthony Burik at email@example.com or call our office at 916-228-2580. We look forward to learning more about the inspiring students you have helped at your adult ed agencies!