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TDL Symposium Videos and Handouts Are Now Available!
On February 25 and 26 at Hacienda La Puente Adult School Education Willow campus, around 160 adult education colleagues got together to share and learn during OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium. 

Many of the presentation handouts and videos are now available at the TDL Web site .

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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"Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs-Oh my!" Special Discussion Announced on the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List
New social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs, propel us into the 21st Century, but may also challenge us as we learn to use these tools in the classroom and for our own professional development.  How do we keep pace with it all?

To participate in various timely discussions, subscribe to Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List, sponsored by LINCS, the Literacy Information and Communication System.

California Promotes Digital Literacy with YouTube Videos
California’s Office of Information Technology has recently released a Digital Literacy Video Series on YouTube that features state technology leaders promoting digital literacy for all. This coincides with the creation of an official California State action plan for expanding the population’s knowledge of the technical world, to be implemented in schools, libraries and the work force.
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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..

Help Students Learn to Become Money Wise


April is Financial Literacy Month, and there are numerous informational Web sites, online tools, games and simulations, and cellphone applications that can be used in conjunction with lessons on managing a personal or family budget, getting out of debt, being a responsible smart consumer, or simply understanding bank loans.


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, 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

Online Documents and Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mt. San Antonio College,   Language Center, Building 66, Room 169, 1100 N. Grand Avenue,   Walnut, 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!

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

Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning with Susan Gaer
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 — 4:00p - 4:30p

Building Community and Collaboration Online with Kristi Reyes
Friday, April 29, 2011 — 11:00a - 12:30p

Creating a High Quality Online Course with Penny Pearson
Thursday, May 5, 2011 — 4:00p -5:30p

Using Moodle to Create a Course Web Site with Penny Pearson
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 — 4:00p - 6:00p

Online Documents: Share, Review and Collaborate! with Melinda Holt
Thursday, May 12, 2011 — 2:00p - 3:30p

Moodle: Creating Assignments with Penny Pearson
Thursday, May 19, 2011 — 4:00p -5:30p

Student Activities with Interactive Whiteboards (Promethean) with Blair Roy
Thursday, May 19, 2011 — 2:00p -3:30p

Teaching Resources

This month we came across a variety of media sites that are not blocked by most schools and which have great documentaries, video clips, audio files, and images to use in your classroom. We hope you will try some of these with your students.

This is an information experience for you and your students. If your topic matches one that they have indexed (they are in Alpha stage right now - 2011), you are in for a treat. Just plug in a topic and you get pictures, narration, and subtitles if you want. Then in the subtitles, you can click on any blue text which will link to a related topic. A very cool way to get information. Could be used for listening practice in Int. to Adv. ESL, as well as information for academic classes or lifelong learning for older adults.

WatchKnow - - Videos for Students to Learn From
This is a wiki Web site full of educational videos to use in class or send students to for supplementary learning, or use in a distance learning setting. Over 24,000 videos have been found, submitted, and categorized by other teachers. They cover many of the basic academic areas, including basic math, algebra, geometry, science, history, social studies, language, physical education, health, computers and technology, life skills (check writing, budgeting), career paths, exercise, crafts, etc. There is not enough room here to list all of the categories, so you will need to take a look yourself. We are sure you will find something useful, regardless of your program. WatchKnow also allows members to add videos they find, so this could be a great organizing tool for you. Many of the videos come from YouTube, but somehow they are viewable at schools that normally block YouTube videos.

NeoK12 - Videos, Quizzes & Presentations
All videos on this site are a 100% safe. There is a complete suite of educational tools for educators to choose from such as: quizzes, games, presentations, etc. The materials are aimed at K-12, but those on the Human Body could be used in various health care CTE classes. The "How it Works" or the "Fun Videos" sections could be interesting to older adults as well. The "Child Safety" section might be used in Parent Ed classes. If you want to organize the videos for your use, you can join neoK12 (it's free).

An interesting site that brings documentary style films to engage students in discussion and classroom participation. It is free at the time of this posting. Many of these are lengthy films (45 minutes to an hour). Very good quality films, but not organized by academic subject like some others.

ARKive features wildlife imagery from around the world. Explore by species or geographical region or search by keyword and asset (video, image, or all) to find media on the natural world.

Awesome Stories
This site is an interactive, electronic learning tool. They produce stories behind some of the world's most interesting people, places and events. Some stories have audio and/or video clips. They assemble URLs to some relevant, on-line material and organize them around an interesting story. The reading level of the stories ranges from 7th grade to 10th grade, so could be good for Advanced ESL as well as ABE & ASE students. Some stories have lesson activities. It is a registration based site, but it is still free (2011).

Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

FreePhotoBank is a free stock photo site. Feel free to download pictures (up to 2048 pixels, Creative Commons license) but remember to link back to FreePhotoBank for attribution! This bank is small, but growing.

A nice very popular alternative to YouTube, but be sure to filter and preview any video you choose as there are inappropriate videos here. Use the "Explore" feature to find categorized videos. Categories with potential for our audience might be: Art, Nature, Science & Tech. and Cooking.