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TDL Symposium Was a Great Success!
The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium held at Hacienda La Puente at the end of February was a great success. Evaluations were very positive and many participants left with new ideas and information, on the use of technology and/or distance education, to take back to their schools.

Many of the presentation handouts are available at the TDL Web site and several of the presentations were video taped and will be available soon. So keep checking back.

Facilitated Synchronous Workshops (Real-Time Training) from CALPRO
This spring the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) is pleased to offer six online workshops in real time. Facilitated by a subject expert, each professional development workshop is divided into two parts of 90 minutes or less. Select the "Read more" link to get additional details about the workshops.
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DOL Career Pathways Innovation Fund Competition Closes March 31
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the availability of $122 million in grant funds under the Career Pathways Innovation Fund (CPIF) Solicitation for Grant Applications. At least $65 million will be reserved for projects that focus on the health-care sector. Those eligible to apply as lead grantees are: local workforce investment boards, individual community and technical colleges, community college districts, and state community college systems.
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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 Women's History..

Rosie Riveter poster

Celebrate Females: Women’s History Month in March

March is the month we honor women in history. Use these great ideas in your class to develop activities for your students as they learn about the accomplishments of some very interesting women. There are many resources for report writing, presentations, information and quizzes. We even include a PowerPoint template a student could use to give a presentaion on a favorite woman in history.


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

The deadline to register for some Face-to-Face workshops is two weeks before the workshop, so register early to avoid disappointment!


Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (Smartboards)
Friday, March 25, 2011 — 1:00 p - 4:00 p
East Side Adult Education, 1901 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA

Internet Resources for Adult Ed Teachers
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 — 10:30a - 1:30p
Bassett Adult School, 943 North Sunkist Avenue, La Puente, CA

Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (Smartboards)
Friday, April 15, 2011 — 12:30 p - 3:30 p
Culver City Adult School, 4909 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA

Beginning PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Education
Friday, April 22, 2011 — 12:30 p - 3:30 p
Culver City Adult School, 4909 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA

OTAN's Online Lesson Plan Builder
Friday, April 29, 2011 — 1:00 p - 4:00 p
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!

Creating a High Quality Online Course with Penny Pearson
Monday, March 21, 2011— 4:00p - 5:30p

USALearns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners with Evelyn Fella
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 — 3:30p - 5:00p

Moodle: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students with Penny Pearson
Thursday, March 24, 2011 —3:30p - 5:00p

Moodle: Creating Assignments with Penny Pearson
Monday, March 28, 2011— 4:00p - 5:30p

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site with Penny Pearson
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 — 4:00p - 6:00p

Moodle: Using the Lesson Activity with Penny Pearson
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 — 4:30p - 6:00p

Effective Search Strategies for Students with Melinda Holt
Thursday, April 14, 2011 — 2:00p - 3:30p

Teaching Resources

We have added a variety of new resources for teachers to the OTAN Web site. They include a couple of sites with free photos you can use in PowerPoint activities and for other purposes, a free online image editing suite, and some new ESL, ASE, and GED sites. If you need help for high school students on difficult subjects, try Brightstorm. Great resource!

Resources for Student Activities Using Interactive Whiteboards
This wiki, created by Blair Roy, and adult ed teacher, offers a great compilation of Web resources to use with interactive whiteboards in a classroom setting. There are also tutorial resources on using Smart and Prometheans' interactive whiteboards.

This is a very interactive site that allows for group work (if you have a computer and projector or an interactive whiteboard) or individual work by a student. Students will learn about individual rights, court decisions, presidential responsibilities, and how to become a citizen.

Story by Story Phonics Lessons
These stories are part of a contextual phonics program created for use in the ABE program in Minnesota. There is a listening and visual element to the stories, each stressing a different phonic sound. There is also a print version of the story with a sentence writing cloze exercise to accompany the stories. They also offer a standard and supplementary lesson plan to accompany the stories.

GED for Free
Here you will find a completely free GED online preparation course, as well as practice tests, which can help your students pass their GED exams. Developed by experienced instructors, this 200-page course covers all of the key points of the GED test. Their funding comes from the advertising that is presented in the right hand column and they are encouraging students to attend Ashworth college, but they can opt out of being contacted by this school when they register. Also students need to understand that the email address they provide when they sign up, may get a lot of advertising from this, so they should not use an email address they care about.

Teachers' Domain
Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You will find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities. This is a registration based site, but it is free. It is a K-12 system but many videos and lessons can be used with adults also.

Using English for Academic Purposes
Using English for Academic Purposes (UEFAP) is a guide for students in higher education from the UK, so it's use will be limited to very high levels of Advanced ESL and those preparing to enter the college environment. This site also provides a section with listening, speaking, reading, note–taking, and grammar.

Academic Earth
Academic Earth contains video lectures offered by a variety of colleges across the nation. Topics included that might be useful for our students would be series' on Chemistry, History, and Biology from Khan Academy, General Human Anatomy from Berkeley, and Human Anatomy Dissection from Michigan (for health sciences and medical CTE programs).