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OTAN Digest #99
February 2018


TDLS Registration is Now Open for California Adult Educators

The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium is for all California adult education teachers, coordinator and administrators at WIOA-funded agencies. This yearly event shows how to enhance technology integration in the classroom and how to start or grow your blended/distance learning programs through dynamic presentations and hands-on technology skill development.

Open Educational Resources Set to Become an Essential Teaching Tool in 2018

Open educational resources (OER) have long been touted as “the next big thing” in higher education, but the drawn-out hype has led many educators and administrators to wonder if it would ever live up to its expectations. Those days are over.

California Could Introduce an Online-Only State Community College

“Part of this is the governor’s desire to reach more students in California through a technology platform,” Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California Community College system, told IHE. “The 114 campuses are designed in a traditional manner, so we’re reaching a traditional population that is students coming out of high schools.”

Librarians Leading the Way During Times of Rapid Social Change

National issues and trends impacted our nation’s libraries, and librarians rose to the challenge, promoting media literacy, protecting the freedom to read, advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion and responding to the needs of their patrons.

February's New Web-based Class Activity!

Trello in Education


In the February's 2018 Web-based activity article, Debbie Jensen posits that "Trello is a visual collaboration tool that can be used for lesson planning, class organization, student research, organizing writing assignments, project based learning and more. It is free."

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Professional Development

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Online Workshops & Webinars:

OTAN offers short, online workshops to meet the demands of busy adult educators. We are currently working on our line up for this year, so stay tuned and check the California Adult Education Professional Development calendar so you won't miss any!

Face-to-Face Workshops:

Contact us at 916-228-2580 or e-mail support@otan.us to schedule one of our workshops at your school this year! We will do most of the work for you. We just need your available computer lab.

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.

Teaching Resources

Web "Sitings":

Be Internet Awesome! External link opens in new window or tab
Google has created four free mini games that are aimed at K-12 but could certainly be used in the adult education classroom to help create awareness about internet safety and help them understand the consequences of their actions.

In “Kind Kingdom”, bullies have spread bad vibes throughout Interland. Your mission is to collect hearts and cheer up the citizens. You also need to block bullies and report their bad behavior.

“Mindful Mountain” allows you to send posts, but different paths share each post with a different audience. Your goal is to share each post with only its intended audience. If a post is shared with someone outside of the intended audience, an explanation is given, and examples of possible consequences, and you are invited to try again.

In “Tower Treasure”, your goal is to collect lowercase letters, uppercase letters, and symbols, then combine them to make a strong password.

In “Reality River”, you need to cross a river to get to the other side. To do this, you are given a scenario along with 3 possible answers. Your avatar jumps onto the selected platform, and if the correct answer is chosen, you remain on the platform and move on to the next question. If the incorrect answer is chosen, you move back to the previous platform, and are invited to try again.

Once all activities have been completed, you are declared “Internet Awesome”, and can claim a “Certificate of Awesomeness. You can then see your scores for each game and revisit the lessons to try for a higher score!

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Bookwidgets is an interactive learning site that allows teachers to create interactive lessons and widgets for tablets, smartphones, and computers. The lesson plan linked here focuses on chemistry. There are different membership plans available. The free plan requires students to be signed in to an account, but allow teachers to collect, review, and grade student work. Paid plans allow teachers to crate and share widgets through the website or the BookWidgets tool. Be sure to read the Terms of Use for further information.

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