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OTAN Digest #105
November 2018


Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2019 Call for Proposals Closing Soon!

Plans are underway for OTAN’s Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2019, scheduled for March 1 and 2 at Hacienda La Puente Adult Education - Willow Center.

The Work of the Future Relies on Technology

Every year, we see articles about employment trends, hot jobs, and predictions for the future of work. A recent article reporting on data collected by CareerBuilder says that the hottest job in the next five years will be home health aide, followed by other healthcare positions in addition to customer service positions across a number of industries.

Preparing Educators to Teach Tech Skills

A recent survey regarding technology in K-12 schools asked the question: are we preparing our kids for the jobs of tomorrow? Although the report surveyed over 2,000 K-12 educators, the findings give those of us in adult education an opportunity to step back and reflect on our own efforts to equip adult education teachers with the technology training necessary to impart tech skills to our students.

What Online Teachers Have Learned from Teaching Online

Online teaching has been around for a while now, stretching back to the 1990s. Given the first 20 or so years of online teaching, what are the lessons learned for others in the field who are looking to get started, still relatively new, or interested in getting better?

Using Different Types of Engaging Visuals in the Classroom

Content delivery these days is not limited to textbooks and handouts. With technology comes the ability to create content easily and in a variety of ways. It also gives students the ability to become more involved in content creation, helping them develop 21st century skills for the workplace, school, and beyond.

November's New Web-based Class Activity!

Simple Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark Video

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In the November's 2018 Web-based activity article, Kristi Reyes posits that "Students can easily and quickly make short videos for several different class assignments, including “About Me” introductions, presentations, personal narratives, explainer and how-to videos, multi-media portfolios, and more."

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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 November 2018 :

OTAN Tech Talks are here! OTAN Tech Talks are designed to assist participants with tips on an ed tech tool, strategy, resource, and more. Our next presentation is scheduled for Friday, October 12, where Susan Coulter from Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education will be discussing how to enhance the learning experience with Learn360, which offers more than 160,000 videos, interactives, and maps to enhance your lessons. Learn360 resources can be used in your classroom and linked, downloaded, or embedded in Google Classroom, Moodle, or on your class website. Teachers at WIOA funded agencies can get a free Learn360 account for FREE through OTAN. If you'd like to present at a future Tech Talk, sign up here! External link opens in new window or tab

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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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