September 21, 2012
Vol.4, No.3
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Save the Date! Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013

February 22 & 23, 2013 at Berkeley Adult School

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013

The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium is returning to Northern California! Because past TDL conferences in 2009 and 2011 received such positive feedback and helped so many agencies start planning an online program, OTAN is bringing it back for 2013!

Join us for two days of new information, great presentations and hands-on skill development to help implement or grow your online offerings and technology integration! Registration will be available in November and is free for agencies that are a part of the adult education provider network funded through the California Department of Education, Adult Education Office. Watch the OTAN web site for continued updates.


ABE Transition Course Available

OTAN is pleased to release a shared course "Writing, College Transitions and Career Development" (also known as the "ABE Transition course") developed for Moodle. The course is aimed at helping intermediate high ABE students explore transitioning into a higher paying job or further education. Created by two experienced ABE teachers, the course provides a "Personal Success through Writing" review topic as well as two exploratory paths of seven study units in "Success in School" and 11 study units in "Job Preparation." Anyone who would like to review the course can enroll themselves for a 30-day period by going to: Select the "ABE Transition Course" category and self-enroll in "Writing, College Transition and Career Development." Directions for requesting a copy of the course are posted there.


EL Civics Technology Plan Now Open for Submissions, Online Trainings Available

Technology Plan

The adult education technology plan is a requirement for California adult education agencies receiving Workforce Investment Act, Title II, funding for EL Civics, Civic Participation. Agencies complete a technology plan each year that can cover a program area, department, or the entire agency. The plans are reviewed and approved as a condition for funding.

Technology is expensive, and the goal is to make the most effective use of available funds. Online Trainings will be offered to meet the needs of two distinct groups.

Find out more and logon to access the EL Civics Technology Plan. The deadline for receiving online submission is midnight, January 31, 2013.


Nonpartisan Easy Voter Guide: Handy Tool for New and Busy Voters for November 2012 Election

Easy Voter Guide

The Easy Voter Guide is a 12-page booklet designed to provide easy to read and easy to access nonpartisan information that can be of value in many adult education settings and classrooms, including ESL, Citizenship/EL Civics, Basic Skills, High School and GED programs as well as literacy programs and other settings. The Easy Voter Guide and website is designed to help all Californians get information on:

Learn more by visiting the OTAN Web site.


U.S. Education Department Launches Improved, Online Professional Learning Community with New Features to Inform and Inspire Adult Educators


Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education re-launched its first-ever online, professional learning community for adult educators called the "Literacy Information and Communication System" (LINCS (www)). The site provides adult educators with access to resources; on-demand, Web-based professional development opportunities, including online courses and targeted face-to-face trainings; and a connected network of practitioners, called a "community of practice." LINCS also offers specialized tools, including the ability for educators across the country to engage in real-time discussions.

Read more about the new LINCS.


The Adult Learner Story

The American Institutes for Research (AIR (www)) partnered with independent filmmaker Jeff Krulik to create the "The Adult Learner Story," a video about adult students' educational struggles and triumphs. The video focuses on students at Academy of Hope and the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, two schools with adult education programs in Washington, D.C.

According to the latest National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS), 42 million Americans are functionally illiterate, meaning they do not meet a minimum standard of literacy. Of this group, only 2.1 million are served by the national adult education program. AIR provides adult education research and technical assistance in accountability, professional development, and teacher effectiveness. AIR currently works with such partners as the U.S. Office of Vocational and Adult Education in these efforts.

Watch the video.



Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site (www).


OTAN offers free online and face-to-face workshops to adult educators and staff throughout California. Find out more at

Online Workshops

There will be two workshop series' offered over the summer. Accompanying the transition to Moodle 2.2, there will be many opportunities, listed below, for teachers with online classes to prepare for this transition. In addition, there will be a series of webinars for administrators on planning and implementing online instruction. These are not yet scheduled, so watch the calendar and the OTAN Web site for an announcement of the dates.

10 Activities Using Google Search for You and Your Students with Melinda Holt
September, 27 2012 – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site
with Blair Roy
September, 27 2012 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Moodle v2: Transitioning to the New Version of Moodle with Blair Roy
September 28, 2012 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m

Moodle v2: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning
with Francisca Wentworth
September 28, 2012 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

Mobile Devices Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom with Susan Gaer
October 4, 2012 – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m

So You Want to Teach Online?
with Penny Pearson
October 9, 2012 – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet with Branka Marceta
October 10, 2012 – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m

Technology Skills for the 2014 GED Exam with Branka Marceta
October 11, 2012 – 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book with Blair Roy
October 12, 2012 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m

Using the New "Teaching with Technology" Search Tool to Enhance Your Lessons
with Bethany Ely
October 12, 2012 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 a.m

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2012-13 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or

Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
with Penny Pearson
October 12, 2012 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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