ABE Transition Course Available

OTAN is pleased to release a shared course "Writing, College Transitions, and Career Development" (also known as the "ABE Transition course") developed for Moodle. The course is aimed at helping intermediate high ABE students explore transitioning into a higher paying job or further education. Created by two experienced ABE teachers, the course provides a "Personal Success through Writing" review topic as well as two exploratory paths of seven study units in "Success in School" and 11 study units in "Job Preparation." Anyone who would like to review the course can enroll themselves for a 30-day period by visiting OTAN's Moodle site (www). Select the "ABE Transition Course" category and self-enroll in "Writing, College Transition and Career Development." Directions for requesting a copy of the course are posted there.

Save the Date! Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013

The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2013 returns to Northern California! Past TDL conferences in 2009 and 2011 received such positive feedback and helped many agencies start planning an online program, OTAN is sponsoring it again! Come join us at Berkeley Adult School for two days (February 22 & 23, 2013) of new information, great presentations and some hands-on skill development to help implement or grow your online offerings and technology integration overall! Registration will be available in November and is free for agencies that are a part of the adult education provider network funded through the California Department of Education Adult Education Office. Keep watch on the OTAN Web site for future updates.

Nonpartisan Easy Voter Guide: Handy Tool for New and Busy Voters for November 2012 Election

The Easy Voter Guide (www) is a 12-page booklet designed to provide easy to read and easy to access nonpartisan information that can be of value in many adult education settings and classrooms, including ESL, Citizenship/EL Civics, Basic Skills, High School, and GED programs as well as literacy programs and other settings. The Easy Voter Guide and Web site is designed to help all Californians get information on voting and the upcoming elections. Complete article . . .

Registration Open for CALPRO Online Professional Development Courses — Fall 2012

Beginning in October, the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) (www) is offering several facilitated, online courses. Individual, eligible adult educators may now register for:

  • Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session 1: Awareness for Adult Educators (starts 10/11 )
  • Effective Lesson Planning (starts 10/15)
  • Managing the ESL Multilevel Class (starts 10/11)
    Complete article. . .

EFFTIPS Teacher Stories: Making Connections and Sharing Successes 

A new project, the Equipped for the Future Teachers' Instructional Practices & Strategies (EFFTIPS (www)) is designed to help adult educators connect with each other online as they implement standards-based instructions in the classroom, and as they seek to improve the success of adult learners in all areas. The site shares short, ready to apply teaching and learning strategies that educators can try out right away or save for the future. More information . .

Free Online Offerings From National Adult English Language Learning Professional Development Network (ELL-U)

First launched in January 2011, ELL-U (www) is a free online professional development network for teachers working with adult English language. ELL-U has just added several new free professional development courses. These courses are self-paced and on-demand. Participants receive a certificate of completion that can be submitted to states or program in accordance with local requirements. Read more . . .

Registration Now Open: National Conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education 2012

Registration (www) has now opened for The Sixth Annual National Conference on Effective Transitions in Adult Education, to be held from November 7-9, 2012 in Providence, RI.

The Effective Transitions Conference, with this year's theme of "Promoting College and Career Readiness for Adults" is targeted to adult and postsecondary educators and administrators, particularly those working with student populations in transition. Complete article . . .

GED Testing Service’s 2002 Series Closeout Campaign

For 70 years adult educators and GED Testing Service have provided a bridge to opportunity for adult learners without a high school diploma. The current version of the GED test will expire in 2013, along with any incomplete scores. Join the 2002 Series Closeout Campaign and tell adult learners finish the GED test by the end of 2013.

- Join the campaign at the GED Testing Service (www) and receive a free poster
- Post the link for test-takers (www) on your Web site.
- Download the campaign message guide (pdf) and outreach guide (pdf)

U.S. Education Department Launches Improved, Online Professional Learning Community with New Features to Inform and Inspire Adult Educators

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education re-launched its first-ever online, professional learning community for adult educators called the "Literacy Information and Communication System" (LINCS) (www). The site provides adult educators with access to resources; on-demand, Web-based professional development opportunities, including online courses and targeted face-to-face trainings; and a connected network of practitioners, called a "community of practice." LINCS also offers specialized tools, including the ability for educators across the country to engage in real-time discussions. Complete article . . .

AIR Releases New Video

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) (www) partnered with independent filmmaker Jeff Krulik to create the "The Adult Learner Story," a video about adult students' educational struggles and triumphs. The video focuses on students at the Academy of Hope and the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, two schools with adult education programs in Washington, D.C Complete article . . .

Save Money - Offer Professional Development Onsite

Now is the time to schedule professional development activities in the Fall & Winter seasons. 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. There is no charge for this service. 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!

The elections are "heating up" so why not use resources on the Internet to get your students up to speed. This month we are featuring various Web sites in our Web-Based Class Activity that will educate your students about the roles and responsibilities of the president, how elections are handled in America, and how the three branches of government are set up. There are several videos and activities for the ASE,GED, and ESL classrooms.

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U.S. Presidential Election Sites for Teaching & Learning

With the 2012 United States presidential election just a short six weeks away, now may be an appropriate time to include a lesson about the election process and representative democracy as a refresher for adult high school or GED students or an introduction to United States federal elections for immigrant students. Check out these helpful videos, lesson plan ideas, and engaging games intended to educate on these topics.


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 most Face-to-Face workshops is two weeks before the workshop, so register early to avoid disappointment!


Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
Friday, October 12, 2012 — 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 am
Pittsburg Adult School
1151 Stoneman Avenue
Pittsburg, 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. If there is a technology topic not listed that your staff needs assistance with, let us know and we will discuss creating a new workshop to meet that need. 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.

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.

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
    • Mobile Devices Part 1: Basics to Use in the Classroom
    • Mobile Devices Part 2: Activities Using Voice and Camera
    • Mobile Devices Part 3: Smartphone Applications to Use in the Classroom
  • Create and Collaborate in the Cloud
    • Online Documents: Create, Share, 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 v2: Create Online Interactive Activities
    • Moodle v2: Creating Assignments
    • Moodle v2: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning
    • Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity
    • Moodle v2: Using the Quiz Activity to Assess Students
  • Social Media and Online Presence for Adult Education
    • Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook)
    • Three Fun Online Activities for Students
    • An Online Presence for Teachers
  • Online Technology
    • Creating A High Quality Online Course
    • So You Want to Teach Online?
    • Orienting Students to Online Learning

Most of the workshops shown below are part of our series.

So You Want to Teach Online? with Penny Pearson
October 9, 2012 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet with Branka Marceta
October 10, 2012 — 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Technology Skills for the 2014 GED Exam with Evelyn Lenton
October 11, 2012 — 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book with Blair Roy
October 12, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Using the New "Teaching with Technology" Search Tool to Enhance Your Lessons with Bethany Ely
October 12, 2012 — 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mobile Devices Part 2: Activities Using Voice and Camera with Susan Gaer
October 18, 2012 — 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Simple Free Web Tools to Use with Your Students with Kristi Reyes
October 19, 2012 — 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Orienting Students to Online Learning with Penny Pearson
October 23, 2012 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Online Documents: Create, Share, and Collaborate! with Melinda Holt
October 24, 2012 — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mobile Devices Part 3: Applications to Use in the Classroom with Susan Gaer
October 25, 2012 — 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Instruction with Barry Bakin
October 26, 2012 — 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity with Penny Pearson
October 30, 2012 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book with Blair Roy
November 1, 2012 — 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Create FREE Online Quizzes with Barry Bakin
November 2, 2012 — 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Creating a High Quality Online Course with Penny Pearson
November 6, 2012 — 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Other workshops are also available, so keep checking the Professional Development Calendar for the latest workshop additions.

Teaching Resources

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Our Teaching Resources are undergoing a major redesign. As part of that process, we have created a new section under Teaching Tools & Resources called "Teaching with Technology."

You know your subject, you know how to get your students engaged and focused, but what about how technology can enhance your lesson? Here is a new tool to help adult education teachers locate and learn about Web sites and other technology related to the lesson topic.

You will start by choosing your program area: ESL, ABE, High School Diploma, or GED. Then choose the level of your class, the skill you want to address, and the standard or CASAS competency for the lesson. When you search, the tool will find all the technology examples that fit your criteria. You can also search for key words.

We think you will find this new section useful. Send us any feedback you have on the new section!