OTAN Digest #10
October 20, 2008



The Adult Education Students Succeed Project is Still Looking for More Successful Students
The California Adult Education Students Succeed project is looking for more successful students. The purpose of this project is to identify and honor learners who have reached their life goals as a result of their participation in the adult education system and who are now active in their communities. The project disseminates the stories of these former students and the exemplary programs that assisted them. If you know of a student you would like to see included, visit the Adult Education Students Succeed Web site, review the criteria, and complete the nomination form.

You can also use this site to motivate your current students to stay in school and complete their program of study. Let them read some of the stories or show the videos of some of the students in your class. (Locate the students with a video icon before their name.) The stories are incredible!

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

Professional Development:


Upcoming Online Workshops:

Don't delay and be disappointed. Sign-up today before the workshop fills up or is canceled due to lack of enrollment!

Getting Started with Blogs with Barry Bakin
November 4, 2008 — 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Participants will sign up at a free blog provider and create their first blog “post.” Participants will learn very basic editing commands, uploading of an image, and how to post a response to a blog entry.
Basic knowledge of using a computer and a web browser. Working Internet connection. Access to www.edublogs.org from the computer that the participant will be using on the day of the workshop. (Some schools and/or school districts block all blogging sites.)  

OTAN Services for ABE/ASE/GED Teachers with Linda Swanson
November 5, 2008 — 4:00pm to 5:30pm
This session will focus on the ABE/ASE and GED teaching resources available on the OTAN Web site. Topics include effective strategies for browsing and searching the OTAN Web site, and using the site as a gateway to the best adult education sites for your program. We offer Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities, a database of sites to use with your students, articles on classroom instruction and much, much more. Why spin your wheels using an Internet search engine when OTAN has already done the work for you? Using our My Resources feature will allow you to save the great things you will find so they can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet. The workshop is for instructors of ABE, ASE, and GED/High School Diploma programs.
Participants should be comfortable using computers and the Internet.  

Google it! with Melinda Holt
November 6, 2008 — 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Searching with Google is more than typing in a word or a phrase. You and your students can find: answers to math problems, history timelines, definitions, text translations, and even word pronunciations. Using the many different aspects of the Google search engine will be explored in this workshop including advance search features.
Ability to type and click. Having a Google account is desired, but not required.  

Use Microsoft Word to Create Flyers, Newsletters and More with Elizabeth Clarke
November 6 , 2008 — 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Participants will learn hands-on how to use Microsoft Word as a publishing tool to create original and attractive class handouts, quizzes, agendas, and more. Participants will also be able to teach their students simple tricks to make their assignments more attractive. A complete step-by-step handout will be provided.
Basic Microsoft Word knowledge (typing, saving a file, deleting text), usage of the mouse (click, right click) 

Digital Storytelling with Kristi Reyes
November 7 , 2008 — 10:00am to 11:30am
Digital stories are multi-media projects that combine images and/or video with audio recordings and/or music and sound effects and can be used across the curriculum. Instructors of any discipline can include digital story assignments for the ultimate in project-based learning.
Images (.jpeg) participant would like to use in a digital story saved in a project folder on participant’s computer, Windows operating system with Movie Maker installed, high-speed Internet connection, computer microphone and speakers. Ability to navigate Windows. Ability to create and locate folders.  

Getting Started with Audacity with Barry Bakin
November 7 , 2008 — 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Participants will be taken through the process of downloading the free Audacity software and the accompanying LAME software for making mp3 files. Participants will create their first mp3 audio file. Very basic audio editing techniques will be introduced time permitting.
Basic knowledge of using a computer and a web browser. Working Internet connection. Ability to download and install software on the computer that will be used on the day of the workshop. 

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 at least 10 interested participants and an approved lab. 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:

English Meeting
This is a unique resource with audio and video for ESL students and teachers. David Sconda from Glendale College has created many instructional videos and scoured YouTube to find some of the best ESL instructional videos for use in ESL. Some of the videos he has created have an interactive quiz following the video.

To find his videos, select the link to "English lesson videos." For videos from other sources, click the "New audio & video resources" link. There David has identified appropriate ESL levels, and rated the video for usability and fun, as well as identifying whether or not the following are being taught: grammar, writing, pronunciation, vocabulary and listening. Save yourself some time and use this site to get you started using videos with your students. Great for the multilevel class!

English Page
Englishpage.com has a grammar book of high-quality English lessons and interactive exercises to help English learners learn English grammar online. It covers the following topics: Verb Tenses, Conditionals, Modals, Gerunds, Prepositions, Phrasal Verbs, and Irregular Verbs. They also have a reading room that links to online newspapers and books, many of which are free as well as links to listening resources.

Eating Well, Living Well
The new Eating Well, Living Well Web site provides ESL teachers with the information and tools to integrate relevant nutrition topics into an ESL curriculum and help adult students become healthier and more knowledgeable about critical nutrition-related topics. Aligned to EL Civics Objectives (#46), CASAS competencies, SCANS and EFF, Eating Well, Living Well links teachers to training opportunities, nutrition information, a preview of model lessons and supplemental activities as well as on-going support. They also now offer online student lessons. So send your students to the Student Online Lessons tab.

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Teaching about the November Presidential Election

Election Day 2008 is Tuesday, November 4, and the last day to register to vote in California is October 20. You can be a force in getting your students excited about making their voices heard and helping them be knowledgeable participants in civics. There are a plethora of sites for teaching your students about the right to vote, the election process, and the candidates.