News items from earlier this year as you start the new school year!
TDLS 2021 Call for Proposals is Now Open!
Plans are underway for OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2021, scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 through Friday, March 5. The call for proposals has opened!
Achieve3000 / SPARK Curriculum Offer Now Available!
The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) has a special offer for your agency!
Making the Transition at Santa Clara Adult Ed
We hope you will find this story from Santa Clara Adult Education as inspirational as we do and it will help you think about some of the possibilities for when (fingers crossed!) we return to in-person classes in 2021.
As we close out 2020 and look forward to 2021, we continue to acknowledge the amazing work that adult education agencies have done this year during an unprecedented time in our field.
Questions to Ask About Tech Integration in Your Classroom
With so many technology options available to us, we want to be intentional in selecting the right technology for any given activity or moment. A good way to go about doing this is to answer a number of questions about the tech tools you are considering using.
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week
December 7 to 13 was Computer Science Education Week, a time to highlight the importance of computer science education and encourage students to take an interest in computer science.
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
Incorporate Bitmoji into Your Lessons
by Alisa Takeuchi
Bitmojis create a fun, interactive theme to lessons, email, and banners Founded by Canadian company Bitstrips, Bitmojis were originally created in 2007 to help users make comic strips with personal avatars. In 2014, Bitmoji stickers were created for use in messaging apps.
Adding Attributions and Licensing to Your OER
by Diana Vera-Alba
This spirit of sharing prompted the educational community to begin curating materials to be shared in what is known as Open Educational Resources (OER).
Interactive Tech Tools from the Director, Renee Collins!
It's the time of year for celebration! Given that many of us are working remotely and meeting with our students virtually, celebrating may look very different this year. This is a great time to invite our students to share about music, stories, traditions, dress, food, and more in their cultures. How are you doing that virtually? I'm sure we could have a great discussion on this topic. However, if you're feeling stumped or need fresh ideas, consider checking out some interactive tech tools that OTAN has shared with the field via their COVID-19 Field Page and the OTAN Resource Guide. Use PowerPoint or Google Slides for presentations, Flippity for creating games for the season, Loom or Screencastify to develop short student videos, and Padlet to capture information between students in one place. Many of these tools have instructional videos created by OTAN staff or subject matter experts designed to help you easily implement them with your students. And, remember OTAN Office Hours are scheduled weekly to help teachers with individual tech questions and support. Take advantage of this online community and resource. Happy learning and Happy Holidays! Stay safe and well.
And please contact OTAN for your technology training needs at any time this year! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 916-228-2580.