OTAN Digest #27
May 2010

Professional Development


Face-to-Face Workshops:

Contact us to schedule one of our workshops at your school! We will do most of the work for you. We just need your available computer lab. 800-894-3113

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site
Thursday, May 20, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
LAUSD - Abram Friedman Occupational Ctr., 1646 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA

Have you thought about using Moodle to create a Web site for your class, or teach an online class? Moodle is an online course management system where you can post assignments, have an online discussion, and organize documents for your students. 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. Prerequisites: Basic computer and internet skills.

Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education
Friday, May 21, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
LAUSD, N. Hollywood Adult Learning Center, 10952 Whipple St., North Hollywood, CA
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.

Advanced PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education
Friday, June 4, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
LAUSD, N. Hollywood Adult learning Center, 10952 Whipple St., North Hollywood, CA
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about some of the more advanced features of PowerPoint, such as adding sounds, music and video, creating self-timed presentations, and some advanced animation techniques for creating games and other classroom activities.
Participants must be registered members of OTAN prior to the workshop. Participants must also be familiar with computers and have either attended the Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education or familiar with all of the topics in the Beginning workshop.

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. 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 so they fill up fast, but if you can host during the week, there are more possibilities.

Upcoming Online Workshops:

Participating in our online workshops is very easy! 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!

Getting Started with Your Own Wiki Web Site with Barry Bakin
May 14, 2010 — 3:00p to 4:30p
Create your own free website for your class for delivering instruction, displaying student work, student writing practice, or collaborative projects. Learn the basics of editing and managing student access (students do NOT need an email account to access or edit the wiki you create). You can also use a wiki website to represent your program or school! The wiki provider used in this workshop is pbworks.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of using a computer and a web browser; the ability to locate files and folders on your computer, and the ability to download and save files to a specified location

Share, Review and Collaborate with Online Documents with Melinda Holt
May 19, 2010 — 2:00p to 3:30p
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, free Google account.

Online Forms - Collecting, Analyzing and Sharing Data with Melinda Holt
May 21, 2010 — 2:00p to 3:30p
How many of your students have a computer and Internet access? How can you create an online quiz? or a survey? This workshop will show you how to use Google Forms to collect data, create quizzes and surveys, export datasheets and manipulate and share the data collected.
Hi-Speed Internet connection, basic mouse, keyboarding and Internet skills, Google account (free).

Using Web Sites to Teach Math with Leila Rosemberg
May 28, 2010 — 1:00p to 2:30p
This workshop will walk participants through a number of Web sites appropriate for both instruction and reinforcement of math concepts. Participants will review and critique Web sites.
Prerequisites: Participants should be comfortable using computers and the Internet.

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet with Branka Marceta
June 8, 2010 — 1:30p to 3:00p
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.

Resources for Teachers:

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This month's Web-Based Class Activity provides many great tools, tips, templates, and games for using PowerPoint for learning in the classroom. If you have not used PowerPoint before, sign up for the workshop being offered on May 21st in the Los Angeles area.

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PowerPoint Games for Reinforcement and Fun
What can you do during the last week of class besides give tests?  Why not have students review for a final exam or reinforce what they have learned all term with a fun, competitive, team-based game? Find out how you can use PowerPoint and other online tools to make the end of school (or any other time) a fun learning experience..

Here are some great links either recently added to the OTAN site, or ones you might have missed, that you might find useful if you are trying to integrate the use of the Internet into your class.

ESL Garden Stories
This site hosts a variety of stories to be used as activities in ESL. Many topics are related to social justice and current events, but there are also some games, folktales, and songs. There are suggestions for using the stories in your curriculum. The author, Dan Spalding, presently teaches ESL at Laney College in Oakland.

Heads Up English
While this author is trying to promote his book, he does have many free mini-lessons and skill builder activities for you to use. Just use the navigation buttons at the bottom of the header for the level you teach and then choose from the menus below to find mini-lessons and skill building activities on various topics. There are grammar, speaking, and listening activities.

LessonWriter helps you create lessons based on any digitally available text. With the click of a button, you can create a list of vocabulary words, a pronunciation lesson, a roots and stems page, a grammar page, and a questions page. There are helpful tutorial videos to help you get started. You will need to set up an account, but at the time we are adding this, the site is free for teacher level use. If you want to be able to share lessons, get reporting functions, or build multimedia lessons, there are costs.

Quizlet allows teachers or students to create flashcards, quizzes, and games to help learn vocabulary. It can be used for individual study or group study. You can create your own or choose from hundreds that are already created by others and categorized to make them easy to browse through.

Principles of Effective Online Teaching
A Google book with an overview of teaching online. 300+ pages

National Work Readiness Skills Mini-Course from Florida
A work readiness curriculum developed in Florida which includes many of the knowledge and skill requirements of the National Work Readiness Credential. Lessons include the "soft skills" necessary to be effective in the workplace.



Free Webinars on Online Tools for ESL
The Workplace Learning Resource Centers of the Community Colleges is offering a free webinar on Friday, May 21, 2010. The presenter is Marsha Chan, ESL and technology instructor, author and industry expert. Ms. Chan has worked with non-credit as well as credit ESL students, and is currently the secretary of the Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Interest Group of CATESOL. The topic of the webinar is "Using YouTube to Engage Learners and Enhance Learning." Read more . . .

GED Videos: Moving Beyond the GED
The Southwest Virginia Regional Adult Education Program, affiliated with the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC), has produced three new videos to promote their "Moving Beyond the GED" initiative. The three short, inspirational videos showcase individuals from the Southwest VA region who discuss how earning a GED helped them pursue . . . .Read more . . .

2010 Census: Encouraging Students to Be Counted
The 2010 Census is critically important to adult educators and their students, as it directly impacts how more than $400 billion will be allocated annually to local, state and tribal governments over the next decade. Online resources, downloadable materials and lessons plans are available to help adult educators promote a "robust response" to the census, while at the same time integrate basic skills and ESL instruction in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Read more. . .

Common Core Standards for K-12 (including High School Diploma and ABE programs)
The National Governors Association has released a draft of the proposed national Common Core State Standards for grades K-12. These draft standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts nationwide. The goal of this effort is to begin to provide a clearer, more uniform and more rigorous framework to prepare students for college and the workforce. As they are adopted by states, these will become the universal K12 standards, and will be important for high school diploma classes as well as ABE. Read more . . .

It's Time to Think About Professional Development for the Summer or Fall!
We are looking for adult schools that are 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. If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, contact us at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us for more details!