OTAN Digest #17
June 8, 2009

Resources for Teachers

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Here are some great new links recently added to the OTAN site (or a few you may have never discovered) that might be useful to teachers who are trying to integrate the use of the Internet into their classes:

The FreeRice site allows students to practice vocabulary, grammar, geography including world capitals, and basic math including multiplication tables. The tool is self adjusting in that if a student misses questions, the questions get easier and if they get them right, the questions gets harder. Great drill and practice for struggling or advanced students. Good for use in ESL, ABE and EL Civics classes.

Skillswise is a Web site that has resources for both adult learners and tutors to help adults improve their reading, writing, listening, and math skills. Factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to help adults improve their language (grammar, reading, listening, spelling, vocabulary and writing) and math skills (whole numbers; measures, shape and space; fractions, decimals and percentages; and handling data) are available. For ESL, ABE and EL Civics.
Note::The site features British English as it is sponsored by the BBC in the United Kingdom.

English with Jennifer
Jennifer is an English Language teacher that has created a number of videos to use in ESL. She has the following video lessons: 18 on Idioms (vocabulary lessons), 40 on pronunciation, 20 on grammar, 8 on American slang, 5 on advanced English, and 15 on common mistakes in English. There are 120 total. They could be very useful in a multilevel ESL class.

RAW – Skills for Everyday Life from BBC
RAW has great videos on Computer Skills and Money Management. The site has “guides” to show you around and explain things to site visitors. It uses Flash for its tour guides and videos, so you will need to have a recent version of the Flash plug-in on your computer. If you don’t have the Flash player, they also offer the site in HTML too. Topics include buying a home or car, saving, getting a job, spending, budgeting, families, insurance, getting to know your computer, using a mouse, icons & windows, music & photos, and printing. Under the Tool box, there are units on using tables, graphs, percentages, risk & probability, and the “small print” (legal explanations). The “Gallery” didn’t work for us, but everything else should.
Note: The site features British English as it is sponsored by the BBC in the United Kingdom.

Reluctant Gourmet - Cooking Videos
When learning to cook, whether professionally or at home, one video may be worth a thousand words. This site offers a number of videos to help those in CTE or Home Economics classes learn some cooking techniques.

About.com: Culinary Arts Videos
These culinary arts videos demonstrate simple cooking techniques and recipes and offer easy-to-follow tips to help you improve your cooking skills. Use in CTE or Home Economics classes.

Using Smartboard to Teach Engaging Lessons
Here two 6-12 math instructors introduce you to ways to use the Smartboard to teach. While the emphasis is on math, they do bring in other subjects. The real benefit of watching these 10-20 minute videos is learning about all the creative things you can do with an interactive whiteboard to engage students. The skills you learn are transferable to any subject matter.

P & G Everyday Solutions
Proctor & Gamble has an article library containing quick tips and short articles on topics of interest to Consumer Awareness, Family, and Parenting programs. They cover things like baby and child care, cleaning and maintenance, family, learning, home, recreation, and pets.

This month's Web-Based Class Activity introduces you to some ways to build student vocabulary:

Vocabulary Builders
Ah... summertime - barbecues, long afternoons, vacation. What a great time to build one's repertoire of word knowledge. That's right. Encourage students to learn 100 new words this summer. Here are some ways to get started.

Professional Development:


Upcoming Online Workshops:

Online workshops are done for the year. Check back with us in August to see what we will be offering in the Fall of 2009!

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

OTAN offers no-cost, hands-on, three-hour workshops year round. 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.

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



CCAE Publishes Information to Assist Programs and Provides Discussion List
The California Council for Adult Education (CCAE), with its legislative advocate Jeff Frost, has produced a paper with some questions and answers on the current budget situation and the flexibility of adult education funds. Questions addressed include how funding reductions will be made, the requirement for a public hearing on flexibility funds, and how adult education ending balances and reserves can be treated. Read more...

Green Jobs and Adult Education: What’s the Connection?
It’s hard to pick up a newspaper or listen to the news without hearing about the "green economy" and new "green jobs."  The federal government is proposing a $787 billion stimulus package to provide funding and support for creation of new green jobs, and this is generating a lot of excitement among educators, politicians and other stakeholders.   But what exactly is a "green job," and what is the connection between the new "green economy" and Adult Education? Read more...

Input Sought on Adult Ed Teacher Credential Program
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) convened an Adult Education Advisory Panel in June 2008 which has been working on revising the credential requirements for adult educators, and is now seeking feedback from the field on proposed Adult Education credential program standards. Read more...