July 24, 2013
Vol. 5, No. 1
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OTAC and TIMAC Application Extended to August 11, 2013

Technology Classroom

The application deadline for the Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) and the Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) has been extended to August 11, 2103.

These year-long professional development projects support adult education agency efforts to implement the effective use of technology and online instructional delivery with the goal of improving student learning outcomes.

Participants will be attending face to face trainings on the following dates:


  • October 3-4, 2013
  • January 31, 2014
  • May 29-30, 2014 (together with OTAC)


  • October 17-18, 2013
  • January 24, 2014
  • May 29-30, 2014 (together with TIMAC)

The Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) was initiated in 2010 to meet the growing need for professional development to implement online and blended instruction. Participant projects can include complete stand-alone courses, supplemental materials to support classroom instruction or support for an existing online curriculum such as GED Connection or USA Learns. Participants learn how to use Moodle, an online learning management system, as a platform for content delivery. They are also introduced to effective practices in online teaching and learning. Read more about OTAC application process and apply by August 11, 2013.

The Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is entering its ninth year and continues to focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction. Popular topics this year were increased effective use of interactive whiteboards and document cameras, and using software effectively, whether computer- or internet-based. TIMAC participants have also been creating Web-based resources such as Web sites, wikis, blogs, and social networks to extend learning beyond the classroom. We encourage you to read more about TIMAC requirements and apply online by ¬†August 11, 2013.

Districts must plan carefully to make most of state, federal money for technology

E-Books / 21st Century Classroom

The state budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed June 2013 includes$1.25 billion to accelerate the adoption of the Common Core External link opens in new window or tab in California. Also in June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative External link opens in new window or tab to connect 99 percent of America's K-12 students to 1 gigabit of bandwidth in the next five years. Together, these bold programs have created a moment of opportunity for California's K-12 schools to transform teaching and learning by upgrading their classrooms for 21st century learning.

Read more in OTAN News.

OECD Report on Postsecondary CTE in the U.S. Released


The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD External link opens in new window or tab) released an Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) funded report, A Skills beyond School Review of the United States External link opens in new window or tab, on the state of postsecondary career-technical education (CTE) in the United States

Read the full OTAN article and link to the report.

More Links



Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

The workshops listed below are subject to change.

Professional Development

Certificate in Family Literacy

The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University (PSU), a partner of the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), announces two post-baccalaureate online courses for the Family Literacy Certificate to be offered fall semester, 2013. The courses are offered through the PSU World Campus and begin September 4 and end December 4.

Find out more about the Family Literacy Certificate.

Online Workshops

There are no online workshops currently scheduled.

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2013-14 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

Online Documents - Create and Share on the Cloud! Series II
August 22, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Petaluma Adult Learning Center

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