Technology Distance Learning Symposium -- Save the Dates!
It will be held at Hacienda La Puente - February 25-26

New Video on Student Response Systems
Often called "clickers," student response systems allow all students to respond to a question or survey at the same time, with results displayed immediately in a variety of formats such as a bar chart or a list of replies. Students are continuously engaged, and teachers appreciate the immediate response and the ability to see easily whether a concept or teaching point is comprehended, and who might need more time or additional help.OTAN has produced a captioned video about using clickers Read more....

Fall 2010 Online Professional Development from CALPRO
The California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is offering a number of online opportunities for professional development this fall, several beginning in October. These are described in the new 2010-11 catalog, now available for download as a PDF file. Read more. . .

CATESOL Regional Conferences Scheduled This Fall
This Fall, there are two regional conferences scheduled. The San Diego Regional Conference is being held at the San Diego County Office of Ed on Saturday, October 16th and the Northern Regional CATESOL will be held at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, on Saturday, November 13.

GED Connection State License Renewed
OTAN has renewed the statewide license for digital rights to the GED Connection videos produced and copyrighted by Kentucky Educational Television. The new license expires December 31, 2011. By that time we hope to know more about plans for the new GED test. The license allows duplication of the 39 DVDs as long as they are used for educational purposes, not sold, and not manipulated in any way. Programs may also show the videos via public television. Read more....

Students Can Follow Antartica Expedition
Tina Sander, an ESL teacher from Santa Cruz Adult School, is getting ready to leave for Antarctica with an expedition that will offer opportunities for students to read her journal, interact with her, see videos, and participate in webinars. There will be opportunities for reading, writing and science activities appropriate for ESL, ABE and high school. Students can read Tina's journal and participate in webinars. Here is Tina's description of the project.....

OVAE Funds Virtual University for ESL Teachers
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) has announced that, after a national competition, it awarded a three-year contract to DTI Associates in which it is investing more than $2.2 million in a new state-of-the-art National Adult English Language Learning Professional Development Network, also known as English Language Learning University (ELL University). The investment will identify, enhance, and create training resources to help teachers deliver quality English language instruction to adults. Read more...

All NIFL Resources and Email Lists Moved to LINCS
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), has announced the launch of the LINCS website. Formerly funded under the National Institute for Literacy, the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) provides services for the adult education and literacy community. Visit the website to access all the resources and publications released by the National Institute for Literacy, including many publications that were recently released; view the archives of webcasts; and find many other informative resources for adult and family literacy programs. Read more . . .

Save Money - Offer Professional Development Onsite
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 for more details!

This month's Web-Based Class Activity is all about Halloween and how you can teach students about Halloween with an academic objective.


Make Learning the History of Halloween an Academic Exercise
Teach your adult secondary or advanced ESL students about Halloween using this month's Web-based class activity.



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


Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
Tamalpais Adult School, 375 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 for Adult Education
Friday, October 29, 2010 — 9:00a - 12:00p
Fremont Adult School, 4700 Calaveras Blvd., Fremont, CA

Online Documents and Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
Friday, October 29, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
North Hollywood Adult Learning Center, 10952 Whipple St., North Hollywood, CA

Beginning PowerPoint 2007 for Adult Education
Friday, November 19, 2010 — 1:00p - 4:00p
Los Angeles USD - Abram Friedman Occupational Ctr., 1646 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA

OTAN offers a wide variety of 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. Here are some of our workshop titles:

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 to schedule a workshop.

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
Friday, October 15, 2010 — 3:00p to 4:30p

Creating a High Quality Online Course with Penny Pearson
Thursday, October 21, 3:30p — 5:00 p

Simple Free Web Tools to Use with Basic Literacy Students with Kristi Reyes
Friday, October 22, 11:00a —12:30 p

Online Workshop

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet with Branka Marceta
Wednesday, October 27, 12:00p — 1:30p

Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (Promethean) with Blair Roy
Thursday, October 28, 3:00 p — 4:30 p

Create Quick and Easy Slide Shows for Instruction with Barry Bakin
Friday, October 29, 3:00 p — 4:30 p

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site with Penny Pearson
Tuesday, November 2, 4:00 p — 6:00 p

USA Learns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners with Evelyn Fella
Thursday, November 4, 3:30p — 5:00p

Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning with Susan Gaer
Thursday, November 4, 6:00 p 7:30p

Teaching Resources

Maybe you are looking for a new Web site to share with your students or some different ways to get class started this Fall. Well you have come to the right place! We found a variety of new resources to help you as you move into the new school year. Let us know which ones you find most useful.

Ohio Literacy Alliance: Quick and Easy Adult Reading Assessments
By administering a simple and efficient 3-minute fluency probe, ABE teachers can determine students' reading levels as well as some preliminary information about decoding (or word identification), fluency, and comprehension. Teachers can search the Eureka Trade Books collection to find authentic texts for students to read independently or to use for instruction.

KQED Education: Eco-Literacy Resources
This student-centered, eco-literacy curriculum offers lesson plans linked to KQED/PBS programming and online interactive resources. The purpose of this curriculum is to inspire students to be informed about green issues and proactive in choices that impact their everyday lives. Based on a curriculum model that moves from local to global concerns, the lessons draw on students' background knowledge and experiences - including green practices in their native countries. The lessons and activities are appropriate for different levels of student proficiency in English and can be adapted for different student groups and incorporated into existing curriculum.

World Languages Learning Activity Types
After you have chosen your curriculum-based goals for student language learning, if you would like to integrate technology tools to further those goals, this rubric of language learning activity types may help you evaluate which tools and activities would be of most benefit.

Thinkfinity offers lesson plans, student interactives, and a "Today in History" element. Since all are aligned to national K-12 standards, they would be good for ABE, ASE, and High School Diploma programs.

Portaportal is a web-based bookmarking utility that lets you store links to your favorite websites online. Now your bookmarks are no longer limited to any one machine. You can also share some or all of your bookmarks with others (students). They do have some good sized ads on the page, but for $15 year, you can get rid of the ads and you also get 10MB of online storage for files. Pretty easy to use and they have a helpful "Help" page.

CATESOL Adult Level ESL Instructors Wiki
This ESL wiki has many ideas for classroom activities, assessments, persistence, and other topics of interest to those teaching in adult ed ESL. All the ideas are submitted by classroom teachers.