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Teacher Digest

Digest #116
January 2020


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?

Teaching With Technology banner

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.

Spotlight On...

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 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 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!


Date/Time Event Location
Wed, Jan 8
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tech Troubleshooting for Teachers Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Wed, Jan 8
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tech Troubleshooting for Teachers Hacienda La Puente
Dibble Campus
Wed, Jan 8
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Google Tools, Apps, and Drive West Contra Costa Adult School
Alvarado Campus
Fri, Jan 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Hyperdocs Online - Zoom
Thu, Jan 23
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Online Formative Assessment Tools Online - Zoom
Sat, Jan 25
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Classroom for Adult Education Burbank Adult School
Tue, Jan 28
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Accessible Documents for Everyone Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
Fri, Feb 7
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Internet and Digital Safety Awareness El Monte Rosemead Adult Education
Ramona Campus
Fri, Feb 14
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Internet Safety for Students and Teacher Online - Zoom
Fri, Feb 21
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Learn 360: Resources for Adult Education 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.