Registration Is Open for Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2014

Don't wait and be disappointed. We only have the capacity for 200 participants at the Technology and Distance Learning Symposium. Once we reach that number, registration will close. The TDL Symposium is taking place March 7–8, 2014 at Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education. Registration is open now through February 17, or until we have reached our capacity of 200. Did I mention it's free?

AB86 Planning Web Site

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Education are tasked with implementing AB 86 Section 76, Article 3 to provide planning and implementation grants to regional consortia of community college districts and school districts for the purpose of developing regional plans to better serve the educational needs of adults. Keep up-to-date with the progress of the regional consoria and review the map of the Community college District Boundaries to see which district your adult school is in by visiting the AB86 Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

Find More Money for Your School

GetEdFunding External link opens in new window or tab is CDW-G’s Web site to help educators and institutions find the funds they need to supplement already stretched budgets. GetEdFunding is a free and fresh resource, which hosts a collection of more than 1,800 grants and other funding opportunities gleaned from federal, state, regional, and community sources and available to a variety of educational venues, including adult education organizations. The site offers customized searches by six criteria, including 41 areas of focus, eight content areas and any of the 21st century themes and skills that support your curriculum. You must register at the site (it is free), but then you can save the grants of greatest interest and return to read about them at any time. If your administrator or coordinator is not aware of this site, let them know about it.

Save Money - Offer Professional Development Onsite

Now is the time to schedule professional development activities. 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 for the New Year!

Getting Organized with Evernote

Evernote logo

Many of our students are coming back to school to fulfill their goals of getting an education so they can get a better job. Attending classes, whether face-to-face or online, pose some consistent problems for them.  To be successful, one of the skills they need is to be organized. They need to be able to organize information and time. 

Evernote offers free, online space to store documents and information as well as tools to organize and retrieve it. This months' Web-based Class Activity focues on using Evernote and a few other free resources to get students organized.


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!


Internet Resources for ESL/EL Civics Teachers
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — 1 pm to 4 pm
Alameda Adult School
1900 3rd Street
Alameda, CA 94501

Creating Web Pages with Weebly
Friday, January 24, 2014 — 10 am to 1 pm
Fremont Adult & Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

Mobile Devices in Adult Education Part I
Friday, February 28, 2014 — 10 am to 1 pm
Fremont Adult & Cont. Education
4700 Calaveras Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538

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.

Online Workshops & Webinars:

OTAN also offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. Here is a list of a few of the upcoming workshops:


Speak Up Online! with Blair Roy
January 16, 2014 — 2 pm to 3 pm

Using the Teaching with Technology Search Tool to Enhance Your Lessons with Bethany Ely
January 17, 2014 — 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Creating Web Sites - Wix and Google Sites with Melinda Holt
January 22, 2014 — 2:30 pm to 4 pm

Social Media for Adult Education with Branka Marceta
January 28, 2014 — 1 pm to 3 pm

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site with Blair Roy
January 29, 2014 — 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Technology Skills for the 2014 GED Exam with Evelyn Lenton
January 30, 2014 — 2 pm to 3:30 pm

EL Civics: Digital Literacy & Internet Safety with Karla Frizler
January 31, 2014 — 12 pm to 1:30 pm

So You Want to Teach Online? with Penny Pearson
February 4, 2014 — 4 pm to 5:30 pm

Interactive Quizzing with PowerPoint - Part 1 with Linda Swanson
February 5. 2014 — 3:30 pm to 5 pm

Speak Up Online! with Blair Roy
February 5, 2014 — 12 pm to 1 pm

Moodle v2: Integrate Learn360 Media into Moodle with Susan Coulter
February 6, 2014 — 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Moodle v2: Creating Books to Organize Content with Francisca Wentworth
February 10, 2014  — 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Google Tools and Drive with Melinda Holt
February 12, 2014 — 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Privacy, Practice, Presence, and You with Branka Marceta
February 12, 2014 — 12:30 pm to 2 pm

Create Quick and Easy PowerPoint Slide Shows for Instruction with Barry Bakin
February 13, 2014 — 2 pm to 3:30 pm  

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

Teaching Resources

Backwards EdTech Flow Chart External link opens in new window or tab
Katie Ritter created a flow chart to help teachers select the right edtech tools to have students accomplish specific tasks, working backwards from what you want the students to do and the goal. You may want to take a look at this to get some ideas regarding which tech tool might be the best for your educational goal. Great for teachers that are visual.

Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation (PDF)
With online and blended courses becoming more popular, it is important for teachers facilitating these online courses to underestand the importance and the role of discussion boards in online education. This resource guide from TeacherStream, LLC posted at Edutopia addresses best practices, strategies, and management tips.

Digital Collaboration Series ... Lino It ... 50 Integration Ideas External link opens in new window or tab
We introduced you to Lino It (an online sticky note board) a few years ago, but if you have been trying to figure out how to make good use of it in your class, this blog post has 50 ideas on how to use it. I am sure that you could use at least a half a dozen with your students, so why not take a look at this post and learn from other educators.

Civil War Trust - Teacher Resources External link opens in new window or tab
The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address was November 19, 2013 and the Civil War Trust provided a lesson plan External link opens in new window or tab on Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speech. During two 45-minute class periods, High School diploma students can evaluate the role of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the context of its place and time in history and discuss why they believe the Gettysburg Address is still relevant in today’s society. The online lesson includes a video entitled The Great Task, which gives students the opportunity to hear the Gettysburg Address read aloud, accompanied by photographs from the period. The site also offers many more Civil War resources.

Quandry - Ethical Decision Making External link opens in new window or tab
Quandary is a free, award-winning game (from MIT’s Education Arcade and the Learning Games Network) that engages students in ethical decision-making and develops skills that will help them recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives. (Also offered as an app in the iPhone and Android markets.)

The handy game guide (pdf), teacher's page External link opens in new window or tab, and sample lesson plan (pdf) make it easy to use Quandary in your classroom. The game is also mapped (pdf) to the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. The game is aimed at Middle and High School students, but you will probably find it engaging for adults too. You can play as a Guest and then register if you decide you would like to use the game.

The player learns a little about a problem on the ficticious planet Braxos, through a comic-strip narrative. He or she then interviews different characters and organizes their statements into facts, solutions and other opinions. After accurately categorizing various kinds of statements, the player presents characters with different solutions or facts to dig into the issue deeper, gathering more information. Through play, the issue becomes more complex, and the game shifts. Ultimately, the game will show the player the outcome his or her decision achieved and how it affected the colony.

Educreations External link opens in new window or tab
Educreations is an online, recordable interactive whiteboard type application that captures your voice and handwriting to produce video lessons that you can share online. Students and colleagues can replay your lessons in any Web browser, or from within the iPad app. (Currently no Android app.) Check out the public lessons from their homepage to view some great lessons that other teachers have created with Educreations. If you sign-up as a teacher, you can create a course in which students can enroll or you can make your lessons totally public. Public lessons can also be embeded in your Web page. View a quick tutorial External link opens in new window or tab on how to get started with Educreations.