OTAN Digest #14
March 5, 2009



GED Academy Combo
The California Council for Adult Education is pleased to announce a special GED event in Redding, CA on Saturday, April 4th, 2009. Read more....

Update on the State Budget for Adult Education
A state budget has now been passed that reduces adult education funding by 15.4% this year, and also allows districts to use adult education funds for "any educational purpose," although they must make public their decisions about where how the money will be spent. Jeff Frost, lobbyist for CCAE and CATESOL as well as other organizations, provides the following Q & A about the current budget situation. Read more.....

Spring '09 Professional Development Online Courses
Registration is now open for Spring 2009 online courses from The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO). Starting in March, subject-area experts will lead ... Read more . . .

Technology Distance Learning Symposium A Great Success
OTAN hosted the Technology Distance Learning Symposium in Sacramento in February and it was a huge success. The Symposium was targeted to administrators, coordinators and teachers operating Innovation Programs, and adult educators interested in instructional technology.

If you would like to view video session of the two keynotes as well as a couple of workshops that were also recorded or get copies of handouts and PowerPoints from the sessions, vist the TDL site and select the Materials option.

Below are some of the opportunities in March 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!

These workshops are in danger of being canceled due to lack of enrollment. Please register today!!

Creating Activities with Discovery Education Streaming Builders with Blair Roy
March 16, 2009 — 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Use DES builders and a variety of media (pictures, videos, clip art, songs, etc) provided by DES, along with your favorite educational websites to easily create assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts specific to your instructional needs. Track your students' progress through DES grade reports and emails as students submit their work.
Prerequisites: Participants must have an active Discovery Education streaming subscription account. Each participant will learn to create Discovery Education streaming assignments, quizzes and writing prompts with engaging media.

Getting Started with Audacity with Barry Bakin
March 17 , 2009 — 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.

Creating Moodle Assignments with Penny Pearson
March 18, 2009 -- 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Fully integrate your classroom activities into an online experience for your students. Create student assignments incorporating other Moodle modules, or use resources found online, or upload your own materials. Student assignments will include review, reflection and assessment.
Requirements: Must have taken the introductory course “Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site” and have an assigned course. CA adult educators only.

Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom: Bingo and Study Helpers with Susan Coulter
March 20, 2009 -- 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Learn how to create Bingo games and interactive student worksheets in just a few minutes using your own course content.
A basic knowledge of Excel helpful but not necessary.

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.

Creating Web Pages with WordPress presented by Linda Swanson
Torrance Adult School - March 6, 2009 -- 1:00p to 5:00p (This is an inservice and not open to outside attendees.)

Orientation to Discovery Education Streaming presented by Blair Roy
Web Based - March 18, 2009 -- 3:30p - 5:00p (This is an inservice and not open to outside attendees.)

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers presented by Linda Swanson
Riverside Adult School - March 20, 2009 -- 9:00a - 12:00p
This class is designed for users already familiar with the Internet. The session focuses on teaching resources available on the OTAN Web site. Topics include effective ways to navigate the site and how to use the site as a gateway to the best adult education sites available on the Internet. The hands-on class features online tools for preparing classroom activities, ideas on how to use the Internet in the classroom, and access to online lesson plans. The workshop is best suited to instructors of ABE, ESL/Citizenship, and GED/High School Diploma programs, but all adult education teachers are welcome. (This workshop can be focused on any adult education program area.)
Prerequisites: Basic computer and internet skills. 

Call us to schedule a workshop at your school! 800-894-3113

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 trying to integrate the use of the Internet into their ABE, ESLclassrooms:

News for You
News for You is an online newspaper, but also has a print version. It is designed for high beginning, low intermediate level ESL readers, but could also be used for adult basic ed. To have access to the full version with all the stories, you would need to subscribe, but they have a few stories in their archive that are free. Each story comes with the full text, a sound file to listen to the whole story, or you can click on any sentence to hear just that sentence. There is also a Teacher's Guide and an exercise or two to go with each story to check for comprehension.

All Tech Considered from NPR
Every Monday, All Things Considered will air its new series called "All Tech Considered" to explore the sometimes daunting — always changing — world of technology. Are you baffled by your cell phone? Are your students wondering what their kids mean when they say they are tweeting on Twitter? Whatever it may be, All Tech Considered will explore it with you so you can help your students. Or if you would like, send your students here for more information. Podcasts of the show are downloadable if their broadcast time is not convenient and the segments are usually under 10 minutes.

Here are some Online Tools useful for everyone in adult ed...

Free Online Conferencing Tools
If you have been looking for live online conferencing tools, but assumed you could not get them for free, think again and look at our list of conferencing tools.

Want a way to organize or schedule something with students, colleagues or friends? SlyReply might just be your answer. They have 3 free services: Time slot sign-up; Custom Slot Sign-up; and Yes/No sign up. Use Time slot sign-up whe you need a group of people to sign up for date & time slots. Custom Slot Sign-Up is useful when you need to create your own sign-up slots for things like potlucks or anything else where you need to establish your own categories. The Yes/No Sign-up is good for finding out about any event where you just need to know if people are planning on attending/participating. What will they think of next?

This month's Web-Based Class Activity introduces you to an Online Tool called authorSTREAM

Put Your Own PowerPoints Online with authorSTREAM
Putting your presentations (grammar, vocabulary, etc.) online is a great way to make them available to your students. authorSTREAM is an Internet Web site that allows you to upload your PowerPoint presentations to the Web. These instructions will help you.