OTAN Digest #21
November 2, 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!

Creating Podcasts for your Courses with Kristi Reyes
November 13, 200910:00 am to 11:30 am
A podcast is an audio broadcast on the Internet and is a way to accommodate aural learning styles. Learn to make podcasts for your students to listen to via the Internet or to download onto portable devices. Instructors of any discipline can use podcasting to reach students by broadcasting class lectures, listening exercises, and class information, or instructors can assign student audio projects
Prerequisites: High-speed Internet connection, email account, computer microphone and speakers. Ability to navigate Windows operating system.

Show Your Slide Shows to the World! with Melinda Holt
November 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).

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site with Penny Pearson
November 17, 20093:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Moodle is an online course management system where you can post assignments, have an online discussion, and organize documents your students can access any time. You can also create quizzes and track student results. This workshop will introduce you to the Moodle system and offer you the chance to create a site for your class. As part of this workshop, you will receive your own Moodle course site from OTAN. [Note: Participants are required to create a Moodle account prior to the workshop date. Instructions are provided after registration.]
Prerequisites: Basic computer and and internet skills.

Free Customized Class Web Site Aligned to Your Curriculum with Melinda Holt
November 18, 2009 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Class calendars, tasks lists, dictionaries, and translators - wouldn't it be great if all those items existed on a page that you and your students could access at any time? It can be done with iGoogle. An Internet connection and a Google account is all that is needed to be able to share information like Due dates, upcoming events, word a day, and other class-type gadgets using iGoogle. Learn how to create and customize an iGoogle page and then share all the same information with your students or colleagues..
Prerequisites: Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills, Google account (free).

CAHSEE: Stepping Into Your Future
November 18, 20094:00pm to 5:30pm
Stepping Into Your Future: an on line comprehensive, innovative, hybrid, anytime, any place, strength-based instructional program that teaches active reading, writing, Math and test taking practices in two courses. Helping students pass the CAHSEE, develop new literacy and Math understanding and supporting them on their future academic and career pathways.

Quizzes and Assessments in Moodle with Penny Pearson
November 19, 2009 3:30pm to 5:00pm
The quiz activity in a Moodle course allows the teacher a great deal of flexibility in assessing student performance and understanding. Teachers can use this activity for both summative and formative evaluation. With a variety of question types available, you can create a bank of questions that can be reused several times within a single quiz, within one course, or for your entire program area. Quizzes also allow the teacher to give specific feedback on each question, and general feedback on a students' overall performance on an assessment. Teachers control how often a student can take a quiz, how much time must elapse between each attempt, how it is scored (highest score achieved, average, first or last) and Moodle does all the math!
All participants must have their own Moodle course shell with teacher editing rights. Your course can be hosted by OTAN or your school site (Moodle v1.9.5 is recommended). Participants should have completed the "Using Moodle to Create A Course Web Site" workshop prior to this webinar (or its equivalent).

Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom: Create a Personal Budget with Susan Coulter
November 20, 2009 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Teachers will receive a budget template, which includes two different interactive pay stubs, and linked budget and pie graph. Learn how to create your own budget and pie graph. Materials are appropriate as classroom presentation or student technology project.
A basic knowledge of Excel helpful but not necessary.

Using Picture Dictionaries in the Multilevel ESL Classroom
November 20, 2009 10:00a to 11:30a
Come discuss and discover the ways to use picture dictionary pages to support communicative instruction across levels. The presenter will share presentation strategies, including overhead transparencies, interactive software, and Powerpoint (TM) slides that make it easy for all learners to understand and work with the lesson content. Student-centered practice activities will also be demonstrated.. Handouts include lesson plans and sample activity templates.

Upcoming Face-to-Face 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.

Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education presented by Linda Swanson
Santa Barbara City College, December 4, 2009 5:30p to 8:30p Registration closes Nov 20th so register today for this live, onsite workshop.
Description: In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn techniques they can use while creating PowerPoint presentations for their classroom or the marketing of their school site. They will learn about: creating and running basic presentations; adding and working with clipart; using design templates; formatting text; and simple animations.
Prerequisites: Participants must be registered members of OTAN prior to the workshop and familiar with computers.

Contact us to schedule this or another of our workshops at your school!

We offer a variety of technology related topics Here are a few of our more popular titles and a couple of new ones. For descriptions, select the title:

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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This month's Web-Based Class Activity introduces your students to the Thanksgiving holiday:

Web Sites for Teaching and Learning about Thanksgiving
There are abundant myths about the history of Thanksgiving. You can help students learn about this original American holiday and untangle facts from fiction by planning lessons with or simply including online activities using the sites in this month's Web Based Activity.

These are some great resources either recently added to the OTAN site, or some you might have missed. We hope you will find them useful while integrating the Internet into your class:

Thanksgiving Activities for ESL
Here are six Thanksgiving activities involving the Internet for use in your classroom. They were submitted by Donna Price from San Diego Community College.

Thanksgiving Vocabulary for ESL
This is a vocabulary lesson including a visit to a Thanksgiving Web site. The activity was submitted by Sylvia Ramirez at Mira Costa Community College.

Real English
Real English uses authentic videos (of interviews with ordinary English speakers on the street) to teach basic listening, vocabulary, and grammar skills in a meaningful context. Each interview video is accompanied by a series of related short audio or video segments that are used in matching, sentence completion/construction, and other exercises. A new feature recently added is the ability for the student to record their own voice and compare their voice to that on the video. This feature is in with the exercises. (The use of the videos is free, but if you want voice and text chat with an English teacher, there is a charge.) Good for independent study. Good for Beginning - Advanced ESL for listening, but some of the exercises would not be good for Beginning students.

English Video has over one hundred instructional videos for students learning English. Currently there are five ESL instructors who have created these videos on topics including: Business English, grammar, idioms, phrasal verbs, pronunciation, reading, slang, speaking, vocabulary, and writing. And of course all the videos will be useful for listening practice. They are also categorized for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. There are a few videos on taking the IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEIC Exams. Great practice for students!

Daily English Show (from YouTube)
The world's first and only daily online English language show. Presented by Sarah - a New Zealander teaching in Niseko, Japan. They have over 1000 recorded shows online you can use. Advanced level ESL.

KQED Education: Financial Literacy
Fostering Financial Literacy in ESL Classrooms Using New Media Tools is a series of 6 units, each with multiple lessons on some phase of financial literacy, from understanding the vocabulary, to checks and checking accounts, credit cards, budgeting, buying a home, and saving for the future. All the plans appear to make use of Internet resources in some form. Target group — from high beginning to low intermediate adult English language learners.

KQED Education: Green Jobs Resources
Opening Doors: Exploring the Green Economy with ESL Students is a series of 3 units, with several days of lessons in each unit. This curriculum explores employment opportunities for ESL students in the growing green economy.

Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies - Math lessons
Each of the math lessons here provides detailed instruction on topics such as: geometry, decimal, percentages, integers, probability theory, data & graphs, statistics, and math logic. After reading though the information and looking at the examples, students are given the opportunity to practice what they've learned with immediate feedback through some interactive questions.

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
Large group of math (arithmetic, algebraic, and geometric) and logic games and puzzles to challenge your math students. Many have Java applets that run the games, so be sure you have the latest Java plug-ins.

This site offers printable worksheets for telling time and learning about counting money and calculating change. Look under the section labeled "Measures." Useful for parents working with young children, adults with disabilities and ESL at Literacy or Beginning level ESL. Other activities here for math and language arts may also be useful.



New Financial Literacy Lessons Available through KQED Education
KQED Education has recently published six units of financial literacy lessons which include multiple days of lessons in each unit. In these lessons students learn about managing money, banking, credit, debt, home financing and loans while practicing listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The intention is to give students hands-on practice using some free online tools that will help them take control of their finances, get out of debt, and plan for the future. You'll find a link to these new lesson plans above in the Resources for Teachers section of this digest.

CBS Correspondent Shares Literacy Struggles
Byron Pitts, an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS and 60 Minutes contributor has published a memoir, Step Out on Nothing, where he shares his personal struggles to overcome illiteracy and a stuttering problem. He was recently featured on CBS News Sunday Morning,where he chronicled his own story, as well as that of many other Americans. View this inspiring video, in which Pitts shares that he was once labeled "functionally illiterate," and interviews many others who struggled with, faced, and overcame literacy problems. The video might prove to be motivational for your struggling students or people they know.

OTAN is Looking for School Sites to Host a Regional Workshop
We are looking for adult schools willing to take a leadership role in providing Professional Development involving the use of technology to teachers in their region. We will provide the training. You just provide the computer lab for 4 hours. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, contact us at 800-894-3113 for more details!

Tell Us What You Think. We're Listening!
Use our online survey to tell us what types of technology training would be most useful to you! Complete our short questionnaire about your interests in technology training. It will provide valuable input regarding what type of technology training OTAN offers in the days ahead.. 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 improve your teaching skills 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...

CATESOL State Conference 2010 – Call for Proposals
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 deadline for submissions is November 13th.

The theme of the 2010 conference will be “Teaching and Learning in a Global Community.” The Conference will explore cultural issues, ideas and experiences related to teaching English locally and globally. Read more . . .