OTAN Digest #4
March 17, 2008



NIFL List Will Discuss Transitions from Corrections to Community Education
The National Institute for Literacy Special Topics email list will host another lively national discussion starting March 17, this time on transitions from corrections education programs to community education...

College Transitions Online Course
World Education in Boston sponsors a number of online courses for adult educators, some of which are self-paced and free. Others are facilitated by an expert in the field and have a fee of $149. One of these facilitated courses is "Research-based Strategies and Models for Adult Transitions to Postsecondary Education."...

New Class Activites Based on "This I Believe"
Looking for ideas for writing or discussion topics? OTAN has posted a new classroom activity based on the NPR radio series, This I Believe. These are short, 5 minute essays that are read by the author on a variety of topics related to what they believe about life. They are thought-provoking, and appropriate for ABE, ASE and higher levels of ESL....

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Professional Development:


About OTAN Training
OTAN is offers a wide variety of training opportunities for the Adult Education field in California. We offer both online workshops as well as face-to-face training. To view descriptions of our workshops check out "About OTAN Training." Choose "Online Courses" or "Face-to-Face courses" to read descriptions and register for workshops.

Upcoming Online Workshops:

March 21, 2008 Google It! with Melida Holt
Have you ever asked or been asked "What is the square root of pi minus 32?" and not been able to come up with the answer? How about "Who was the 23rd President of the United States?" or perhaps you need to know the definition of "trope" along with hearing the proper pronunciation. Find the answers to these questions and more with the Google It! workshop.

March 22, 2008 — Introduction to Discovery Education Streaming with Penny Pearson
Discovery Education streaming is a subscription service that provides multimedia resources including full videos, audio clips, video segments, clipart, lesson plans, blackline masters, lesson plans and much more to enhance your teaching and your students’ learning.

March 29, 2008 — Using MovieMaker in the Classroom with Kristy Reyes
In this workshop teachers will learn to use free video editing software that comes with Microsoft Windows to create classroom video projects. These can include photos, audio, music, and video.

April 4, 2008 — Using Discovery Education Streaming's Assignment Builder with Blair Roy
Create an entire assignment including links to streaming video, other web sites, audio files etc. Students are guided step by step to complete an assignment entirely online if you like. Spend an hour learning how to create an online assignment within DE streaming.

April 5, 2008Using Web Sites to Teach Math with Leila Rosemberg
This workshop will walk participants through a number of Web sites appropriate for both instruction and reinforcement of math concepts. Participants will review and critique Web sites.

Face to Face, Hands-On Workshops at your school!

March 27, 2008 — Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education
Location: Porterville Adult School
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn techniques they can use while creating PowerPoint for their classroom or the marketing of their school site. They will learn about: creating and running basic presentations; adding and working with clipart; using design templates; and formatting text.

April 4, 2008 — Internet Resources for ESL/El Civics Teachers
Location: Eureka Adult School
Based on "Internet Resources for Adult Ed. Teachers," the ESL/EL Civics version is designed for programs and staff currently funded by the English Literacy and Civics Education grant or who teach ESL. The session focuses on the teaching resources available on the OTAN Web site with ESL/EL Civics materials as the main focus. The hands-on class features tools and ideas on how to use the Internet in the classroom, online ESL and Citizenship lesson plans and access to ESL/EL Civics teaching reference materials.

April 4, 2008 — Creating Web Pages with Google Page Creator
Location: Eureka Adult School
Participants will learn how to develop Web pages using tools from Google, including entering text, creating links between their pages and to other Web sites, and adding pictures/clipart. They will also be exploring the use of Google Blogs.