Nominate a Former Student for "Students Succeed"

Although the Students Succeed project was not active this year, OTAN has been asked to produce two new Students Succeed stories for the Adult Education Council of the Association of California School Administrators' (ACSA) Leadership Summit in November in San Diego. Therefore, we are looking for nominations from Southern California adult education programs of individuals who would be able to attend the conference luncheon on Saturday, November 10, 2012 to receive the award.

For more information about the program and it's requirements, visit the California Adult Education Students Succeed [www] Web site. Deadline for nominations is June 15th. More information . . .

New OTAN Online Tool for Teachers 

OTAN has long provided resources on our Web site for teachers to use in the classroom. Now we have released a new tool called Teaching with Technology. With this tool, a teacher can search for technology to use with a particular lesson. For example, a high school diploma instructor looking for biology resources might choose High School Diploma as the program area, then choose Biology under Science. Nine resources are found, one of which is the Virtual Frog Dissection site. Choosing that link provides a description of the site, suggested activities, and step-by-step instructions on how to use the site with students. More information . .

OTAN Upgrading to Moodle 2.2 This Summer

OTAN is upgrading and changing our Moodle server! We will be converting from Moodle version 1.9 to the newest version, Moodle version 2.2, in June. This upgrade will allow teachers many additional resources and tools to help deliver quality online materials. Some examples include:  The inclusion of grading rubrics for assignments, conditional settings to help pace students through materials, easier quiz creation and management, quick duplication of activities provides consistency throughout a course, more robust reporting features and easier integration of Web based resources, to name just a few. Complete article . . .

Governor Brown Releases Revised State Budget

Governor Jerry Brown released his May Revise budget proposal outlining over $4 billion in additional cuts to close what is now a $15.7 billion deficit (up from $9 billion in January). The revised budget slashes spending in almost every part of government, but proposes a 16 percent increase in funding for K-12 education, subject to voter approval of the Governor's tax increase measure in November. State funding for K-12 schools would increase from $29.3 billion in last year's budget to $34.0 billion by the end of 2013. Complete article . . .

Five Day Learning Disabilities Training

The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center is offering a free 5 day workshop called Learning to Achieve Train the Trainer Institute. Learning to Achieve. Was initially launched by the National Institute for Literacy, and is designed to build state capacity to increase the achievement of students with learning disabilities (LD). It includes an integrated set of research-based resources, professional development materials and a Train-the-Trainer Institute, based on the latest research.
Complete article. . .

National College Transition Network Call for Presenters

The National College Transition Network at World Education will hold its sixth annual national conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education [www]. The conference will be held on November 8 - 9, 2012 in Providence (Warwick), RI with a pre-conference on November 7th. The conference is held every year and is geared towards adult and postsecondary educators and administrators. Submission deadline is June 11. Complete article...

Adult Ed Office Newsletter

The Adult Education Office (AEO) of the California Department of Education (CDE) has sent out the first of several planned issues of its new newsletter, Adult Education Matters [pdf]. This issue offers information on the strategic plan, the new Field Partnership Team, federal funding through the Workforce Investment Act, Title II, and other topics.

Pricing for New GED® Test

As most adult educators are aware, beginning in 2014 the GED Testing Service® [www] will transition to a new online assessment system that will replace the current system. Pricing information is now available, and is summarized here:

  • The cost for the new online assessment will be $120 - the same as the current GED® test on computer. Read more . . .

Save Money - Offer Professional Development Onsite

It is not too early to begin planning for professional development activities in the 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 for more details!

New Web-based Class Activity

This month's Web-Based Class Activity gives you some great ideas for using the Web vocabulary and pronunciation development

Safety Using Digital Communications

Safety, Privacy, Ethics, and Etiquette of Using the Web and Digital Communication

If you are looking for potential materials for lessons to teach students (or to learn yourself) about media literacy, safe sharing online, etiquette for technology use, and other topics related to digital communication, ThinkB4U [www] is a useful site for helping students and parents think before they “act, buy, send, share, chat, respond, or multi-task” and more. The educators section comes complete with lesson plans, as well.


Professional Development

Upcoming Online Workshops:

OTAN offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. This year workshops will be offered both separately and as a series, allowing participants to register for several sessions at once. All of the workshops shown below can be part of our series. See below for the Online Series Offerings.

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2  with Blair Roy
July 6, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site with Blair Roy
July 10, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book  with Blair Roy
July 12, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students with Susan Coulter
July 19, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Penny Pearson
July 24, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Creating Assignments with Penny Pearson
July 26, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Blair Roy
July 31, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site with Penny Pearson
August 9, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Penny Pearson
August 14, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book  with Blair Roy
August 16, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Moodle v2: Transitioning from Moodle 1.9 to 2.2 with Blair Roy
August 20, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students with Susan Coulter
August 23, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Moodle v2: Creating Assignments with Susan Coulter
August 30, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

Each series is accompanied by additional online resources and support through a facilitated Moodle course, providing participants with the benefit and support of an online learning community. The workshop series are designed on the theory that continued and sustained support improves learning outcomes. Here is the list of the series:

Online Series Offerings:

  • Mobile Technology in Adult Education
    • Getting to Know Your Cell Phone: Features, Etiquette, and Texting
    • Cell Phone Activities Using Voice and Camera
  • Create and Collaborate in the Cloud
    • Online Documents: Share, Review, and Collaborate
    • 10 Activities Using Google Search for You and Your Students
  • Moodle: Foundations in Moodle Course Management
    • Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
    • Moodle: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book
  • Moodle: Activities Series
    • Moodle: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
    • Moodle: Creating Assignments
    • Moodle: Create Online Interactive Activities (New!)
    • Moodle: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning (New!)
  • Social Media and Online Presence for Adult Education
    • Social Networking and Online Presence for Adult Ed
    • Three Fun Online Activities for Students
    • An Online Presence for Teachers

Face-to-Face Workshops:

There are no face-to-face workshops scheduled in June, but it would be a good idea to contact us to schedule one of our workshops at your school later this Summer or in the Fall! We will do most of the work for you. We just need your available computer lab. Call us at 800-894-3113

Watch for new titles coming this Fall!


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 e-mail her at to schedule a workshop.

Teaching Resources

Here are some recently added resources on the topic of transitioning to work and career or postsecondary education:

Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom (ICA) Curriculum Guide [www]
This curriculum encourages all students to begin thinking about and articulating short- and long-term career, educational and life goals. It provides classroom-ready, flexible lessons, handouts,and online resources to prepare instructors and counselors to guide students through a supportive, realistic career awareness and planning process that encourages students to identify and tap their often unspoken dreams. It is divided into four sections with a total of 47 lessons.

GCF LearnFree - Career Tutorials [www]
The Career section of GCF LearnFree offers self study tutorials on career planning, job search, resume writing, cover letters, interview skills, workplace basics, job applications, and job development.

ABLE in Context
This ABE newsletter out of Pennsylvania's ABLE program highlights transition skills and necessary education on topics such as backwards curriculum design, career awareness, contextualizing skills for work, classroom management that nurtures readiness, and English pointed at employment.

Adult Literacy Tutor Flipbook [www]
The Adult Literacy Tutor Flipbook is intended to be used as a quick reference while tutoring. More in-depth information is available in each skill area through the PA Literacy Corps online Tutor Professional Development Center. The Flipbook is divided into five sections: Introduction, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Math Instruction, and Teaching/Learning Strategies. Each section includes guidance for teaching a variety of skill topics,

Workforce Education Resources - Foundation Skills Tools [pdf]
This document offers many workforce education tools to help with your transition program of school to work. Included are tools like a foundation skills wheel which is a graphic representation of work-based foundation skills; foundation skills competency lists, self appraisals, and rubrics; goal setting and instructional planning charts; and innovative strategies for using the tools.