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Instructional Practice Sessions


Teaching, now more than ever, requires that students become engaged with the instruction. Along with organizing time and activities, teachers must also find and organize content  that is specific to the classes they are teaching.

These sessions contain cover engagement, practices for online instruction, and tips for teachers in developing curriculum using different online apps with their students. 

Titles and short descriptions include but are not limited to:

Best Practices for High-Quality Instruction: demonstrates how teachers can use tools within and external to a course management system for instruction, student practice, and assessment that are well-suited to various tasks within the discipline / subject. An opportunity to discuss standards will also be provided.

Engaging Instruction: provides focus on engagement practices either on specific platforms (like Google Workspace or Microsoft Office) or explore specific tech tools and apps that can be used to engage in a classroom, hybrid, or blended setting. Transforming in-person activities to synchronous or asynchronous online instruction can also be covered.

HyFlex: Simultaneous Instruction: gives teachers and staff ideas as well as information on how to deliver content and instruction using HyFlex. A hands-on version is available as well where attendees are shown how to setup and use different online systems including Zoom, Meet, and OWL's. Topics range from setting up a classroom to work with both in-person and online students, effectively presenting materials, how to engage students in both settings, and basic equipment setups and best practices. 

Teaching Vocabulary with Technology: explores processes for teaching vocabulary that, when infused with technology, enhances students’ engagement as well as vocabulary production and retention. Resources, and selecting those appropriate for each step of direct vocabulary instruction, will also be shown and discussed.

Tips for Teaching Beginning ELLs Remotely: explores tips and tricks for working successfully with beginning English language learners using a variety of teaching techniques and available online tools including apps and extensions.

Using Technology to Amplify Student Voice: shows how to empower students to speak up using a variety of technology tools. Guided practice will include discussion as technology and different apps are explored for use in an adult education classroom to help amplify student voices.

Using WIPPEA in Adult Education: WIPPEA is an instructional acronym that stands for Warm-up, Introduction, Presentation, Practice, Evaluation, Application. WIPPEA is a lesson plan model that represents a continuous teaching cycle in which each learning concept builds on the previous one, serving as an instructional roadmap for instructors. Participants will learn each component of WIPPEA along with guided practice if scheduled as a workshop session.


All participants must have basic computer skills and a valid email address. Additional requirements may apply depending on the session and apps explored.


OTAN Certificates of Attendance are awarded only for workshop sessions to those that are pre-registered and attend at least 75% of the scheduled time.

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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.