OTAN Digest #20
October 1, 2009

Professional Development


Upcoming Online Workshops:

Our new line-up of online workshops is now ready for your review! Whether you are updating your skills for employability or wanting to teach your students about new technologies available to them for learning, there will be something here for you. 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!!

Teaching Students Effective Online Search Strategies with Melinda Holt
October 07, 2009 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Type a word into an online search, click "Search" and you or your students will find over a million Web sites or other references to that word. It's the easiest way to search the Internet but it is also the most ineffective because you're not finding what you need. Learn effective search strategies and both you and your students will be able to find the information you need in a format you want. Different search sites will be utilized to show different searching methods.
Prerequisites: Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills.

Show Your Slide Shows to the World! with Melinda Holt
October 16, 2009 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Your students need to create a PowerPoint presentation but do not have the software at home. Teach them how to create a presentation online with only a few clicks - for free. They (and you) can create a PowerPoint-like presentation without software - all that is needed is the Internet. They will be able to format text, insert pictures and links, or upload an already existing PowerPoint into Google Presenter. Learn how to create, share and collaborate Google presenter with your students and colleagues. Prerequisites: Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills, Google account (free).

Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (SmartBoard) with Blair Roy
October 21, 2009 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) are great tools for student collaboration, sharing and practice. This workshop is designed to provide an orientation to the SMART Notebook software. Review resources available through the Welcome Center and the layout of the SMART Notebook software window. Discover tools available allowing you to draw images, embed graphics, photos, video and more. Discover the Gallery and find and edit interactive activities to use within your classroom. Prerequisites: Basic computer and file management skills.

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet with Branka Marceta
October 21, 2009 2:00pm to 3:30pm
If it is on the Internet, it must be true! Not! How do you know if a Web site is accurate? How do you help your learners think critically about online information? How do you keep your learners safe online? Information literacy is defined as the ability to find, evaluate, and use information. This workshop will give you the tools to locate, organize and evaluate online information, and provide tools for teaching your students to think critically about the information they find online. Participants will identify and practice using appropriate and copyright-safe ways to access, use, and present information from online resources.
Prerequisites: Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills.

OTAN Services for ABE/ASE/GED Teachers with Linda Swanson
October 22, 2009 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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.

Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom: Bingo and Study Helpers with Susan Coulter
October 23, 2009 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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.

Share, Review and Collaborate with Online Documentswith Melinda Holt
October 23, 2009 2:30 pm to 4:00
Learn how to create documents online along with collaborating and sharing with students or colleagues. Organize folders online, export and import content, and save documents into different formats (like .pdf, .html, .doc, and .xls).
Prerequisites: Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills, Google account (free).

Upcoming Inservice Workshops:

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.

Using Web Sites to Teach Math presented by Leila Rosemberg
Sweetwater - Chula Vista Adult School, October 23, 2009, 12:30p to 4:00p (This is an inservice and not open to ourtside attendees. Contact us to schedule this or another of our workshops at your school! )

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

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 classes or those who are stepping into the distance learning arena:

Visual Calculus Modules
A collection of modules that can be used in the studying or teaching of calculus and pre-calculus. Included are tutorials, interactive modules (LiveMath, Java, and Javascript) which can be used by either students or teachers and includes detailed instructions for TI-85 and TI-86 graphing calculators. As an additional aid for students, modules containing quizzes and drill problems are also available. The modules were originally intended to show instructors how technology could be used in the teaching of calculus.

Science Interactive Body
Students can use this interactive (Flash) online tool to show the location of organs, muscles, bones, and nervous systems in the human body. It is not a tutorial, but more for testing their knowledge of where these items are located in human anatomy. Useful in ASE science and Health career classes. Course # 4.4255, 4.4260, 4.4265, 1.2032

Biology Binder
An online resource for biology students and their teachers. This site includes notes / study guides, interactive quizzes, online activities, printable labs / worksheets, and numerous science links relating to all biology topics. Course #: 1.2034

How Do I
This is a very useful search engine for finding videos on a variety of topics. I looked up videos for raising sheep, welding, and growing plants. Unfortunately not every search brings up videos though. Some just have instructions on how to do something, which could be useful too. (For CTE, Consumer Awareness, possibly Older Adults)

Culinary Arts: Curriculum Documents and Resources from Georgia Public Schools
Presented here are lesson plans, presentations (PowerPoints), and handouts for culinary arts classes (food service). They cover knife skills, baking and pastry, cooking methods, butchery, menu planning, and front of house service. Just select the links under "Curriculum Resources" below the video. (For Consumer Awareness Course # 5.720 and CTE Course #: 4.4361, 4.4420)

PhotoStory 3 for Windows XP
This is activity demonstrates that the combination of using personal photos of family, work, or school activities is an effective motivator to written communication. The process of importing photos onto a storyboard and explaining photos with captions, frees the student, from much of the anxiety that is normally experienced in the composition process. Give it a try. Good for ESL or ABE students or could even be used in an older adult program.

Women are Scientists
Women Are Scientists is a series of FREE video presentations that showcases successful female scientists in their respective specialties, and informs students about educational requirements, rewards, and challenges of careers in the biomedical sciences. Each video presentation gives a detailed view of three women scientists, from various backgrounds, as role models for their particular career. This series is designed to motivate students to take more challenging advanced science and math courses and to enable them to successfully direct their own career paths. The videos/materials are not "online," you will need to request them by completing an online request form. They were created by the National Institutes of Health.

Here is an Online Tool useful for everyone in adult ed...

Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
We do not normally link to "lists of lists," but we are making an exception for this one. The Centre for Learning has compiled a list of online tools, categorized them into the type of tool, and provided links to them. They show you if there is a cost involved or if it is free (at least at the time of addition it was free.) Most are free. So if you are looking for a social bookmarking tool, a blogging tool, a productivity tool, an interactivity tool, or other type of online/downloadable tool, make this your first stop.

This month's Web-Based Class Activity introduces you to using cell phones in the classroom:

Using Cell Phones in the Classroom
According 2009 New Horizon report on emerging technologies soon to have — or already having — an impact on teaching and learning, mobile phones are among the top key trends. Check out this month's Web Based Class Activity to see how cell phones are being used in the classroom and get some ideas on how you can begin using this technology to your student's advantage.



Tell Us What You Think. We're Listening!
OTAN is gearing up for new online workshops (webinars) for the next school year and we would love your input! Use the link to answer a short questionnaire about your interests in technology training. Your responses are important to us and provide valuable input regarding what type of technology training OTAN provides to the Adult Education Field. Thank you! (Be sure to check out all of our webinar offerings on the OTAN training page.)

Fall 2009 Online Professional Development Courses
What better way to start off the new school year than with professional development?  The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) offers free professional development courses you can take any time, any place, through the Internet. To get started, all you need is an e-mail account, Internet access, and an average of three hours per week scheduled according to your convenience. Read more...

ABE and Developmental Ed: Working Together to Transition Students
Minnesota Association for Developmental Education (mnade) has included a thought-provoking article, Making Connections Between ABE and DE in its Newsletter about the relationship between ABE and DE students and their transition to post-secondary education. 

The article, written by Kimberly A. Johnson, Assistant Professor/ATLAS Director at the School of Education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, proposes the many possibilities Read more . . .

CATESOL State Conference 2010 – Call for Prop
CATESOL has announced a Call for Proposals for the 41st Annual State Conference, to be held April 22-25, 2010 in Santa Clara, California.

The theme of the 2010 Conference will be “Teaching and Learning in a Global Community,” with Sharmin Khan as Conference Chair, Program Co-chairs Sarah McGregor and Shannon Woodworth, and Site Chair Valerie Kiadeh.  The Conference will explore cultural issues, ideas and experiences related to teaching English locally and globally. Read more . . .