OTAN Digest #7
September 8, 2008



New Tutorial Video on How to Participate in our Online Workshops
Last year, OTAN began offering short, one-hour, online workshops. In case you were timid about trying one of them, we have produced a short video showing you how simple it is to take an online workshop. Visit our site and scroll down to the Training tab. Select the link to watch the Tutorial Video.

Below are some of the opportunities in September to take an online workshop.

Professional Development:


Upcoming Online Workshops. Sign-up today! :

Getting Started with Wikis with Barry Bakin
September 23, 2008 — 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Participants will sign up at a free wiki provider and create the first page of their new wiki. Participants will learn very basic editing commands including uploading of an image. Required skills: Basic knowledge of using a computer and a Web browser; the ability to locate files and folders on your computer, and the ability to download and save files to a specified location.

Using PowerPoint to Promote the Four Language Skills (pt 1) with Elizabeth Clarke
September 24, 2008 — 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Participants will learn hands-on how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to promote the four language skills by creating a presentation that can be used for lectures or for student presentations. Samples will be shown and templates can be copied. A handout will be provided. Prerequisites: Basic Microsoft PowerPoint knowledge (typing, saving a file, deleting text), usage of the mouse (click, right click).

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

OTAN offers no-cost, hands-on, three-hour workshops. We will come to your school if you have an approved lab and at least 10 interested participants. If you have a smaller school and need more participants, consider coordinating with other small schools in your area to fill your workshop.

We offer a variety of technology related topics such as using PowerPoint, building class Web pages, and using Internet resources in your classroom. Visit our Web site to see the complete list including descriptions and prerequisites for each, then call Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or email her at lswanson@otan.us to schedule a workshop. Friday afternoons are the most popular time and they fill up fast, but if you can host during the week, there are more possibilities.

Resources for Teachers:

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Here are some great new links recently added to the OTAN site that might be useful to teachers who are interested in using the Internet with their students:

On the Go - Activities for Parents and Children
The “On the Go” materials include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. The activities encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. The materials are designed to encourage parents to interact with their children while they are “On the Go” to facilitate language, early literacy, and positive parent-child interactions. The 14 activities are accompanied by hints for each of the activities about how to modify them to meet the specific developmental needs of the child. Each activity fits on a half-sheet of paper, so it can be easily provided to parents as a take-home.
Appropriate for Parent Education programs.

Getting Started with Superpages.com
Adults with low-level reading skills now can learn basic computer and Internet search skills while they practice reading and writing using a free online course developed by the partnership of ProLiteracy and Superpages.com® The course, developed by ProLiteracy, the world's largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs, highlights features of Superpages.com®. The course is designed for adults with a fifth grade reading level and who are familiar with computers and the Internet. Suitable for Adult Basic Education, ESL, and Older Adults programs.

GED Test Preparation
We have recently added two new resources for students preparing to take the GED Test.

GED Practice Tests
Free practice test questions, complete with an answer key. While this is a commercial site, you can use the question and answer activities without cost or obligation.

GED Prep Info
This site does not cover everything on the GED, but it does have free GED practice questions and study tips. It also has detailed answers with explanations to the free GED questions.

This month's Web-Based Class Activity reviews various sites used for Making Online Exercises, Quizzes and Flashcards.
There are numerous resources on the Web for creating your very own online exercises, quizzes, and flashcards. Here you will find eight of the numerous free choices. The site URL, special features, an easy sample exercise with the theme of restaurants, and an ease-of-use rating (the more stars, the easier the site is to use) is shown for each site to demonstrate the differences between the sites and to help in choosing the best site for a particular need.