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Administrators' Digest

Volume 11, Number 4
September 2020

FROM THE DIRECTOR, RENEE COLLINS

Pandemics, fires, distance learning, remote testing, enrollment, teacher training and support… I am betting that a few of these topics may be leaving you anxious and potentially overwhelmed as an administrator. OTAN, in combination with our other state leadership project partners, CALPRO and CASAS, is working diligently to address these challenges head on with you.

Here are some quick resources for you or to share with your staff:

  • The Online Application and Reporting (OAR) site is your one-stop-shop for connecting with your CDE consultant, budget and expenditure reporting, submitting course approval requests, and accessing the latest CDE resources and communications.

  • The COVID-19 Field Support webpage provides instructional and other resources for distance learning.

  • CA Adult Ed Online Courses is a repository of free, online courses available on Moodle with technical support by OTAN staff through weekly Office Hours.

  • Do you have a unique consortia or agency need? Reach out to OTAN to arrange free workshops and webinars focused on your identified need.

OTAN's mission is to support adult educational agencies with technology integration, distance learning, and online collaboration. We invite you and your staff to engage with us by activating a free OTAN membership.

We can turn our challenges into successes by leveraging resources and having open dialogue with one another. Good luck with the start of your school year!

NEWS YOU CAN USE

News items from earlier this year as you start the new school year!

Resources to Continue Teaching

OTAN has compiled a list of resources to review that cover a variety of online learning topics.

Doing Our Own Digital Learning

Sometimes in our corner of the universe we feel frustration, overwhelm, and confusion when it comes to getting started with and sustaining technology use.

Helping Get Over Our Fear of Change

Technology is a considerable driver for change, not just in schools and workplaces but in all aspects of our lives. With change, though, comes fear. We can’t let our fear of technology get in the way of preparing our students for their lives beyond adult education.

Bringing Collaboration to the Learning Process

Collaboration is a skill that many people feel is important for students to learn as we continue school and work life in the third decade of the 21st century.

Learning All the Time

Many people still assume that a student is only “learning” when they spend time in school, but technology has been upending that assumption for a while.

OTAN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER EVENTS

Date/Time Event Location
Fri, Sep 18
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Sep 18
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Supporting Adult School Success Using Tech-Focused PD Online - Zoom
Mon, Sep 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bitmoji Classroom Series Online - Zoom
Tue, Sep 22
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Sep 24
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Sep 24
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Recording Distance Learning in TOPSpro Enterprise (CASAS) Online - Zoom
Fri, Sep 25
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Using Technology For Student Outreach - Tech Flips & Flops Online - Zoom
Mon, Sep 28
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Bitmoji Classroom Series Online - Zoom
Tue, Sep 29
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Wed, Sep 30
2 :30 PM - 4:00 PM
Bitmoji Classroom Series Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 1
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 2
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ask an Adult Ed Administrator - Discussion Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 6
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 6
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Advanced-Level ESL Moodle Course Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 8
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Mon, Oct 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Using Tech Tools to Present to and Assess All Learners Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 13
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Using Tech Tools to Present to and Assess All Learners Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 13
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 16
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 16
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Using Wakelet for Remote Instruction Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 20
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 22
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 23
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 27
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 29
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom

OTAN training events are OPEN to Adult Education staff.
★ = CLOSED, In-Service Training

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - PLAN AHEAD!

Did you know OTAN provides FREE professional development workshops to help Adult Educators integrate technology?

Think about scheduling OTAN Professional Development in the 2020-2021 school year. With a wide variety of technology topics from which to choose, OTAN training staff will present for any WIOA-funded adult education program in California either online or face-to-face with a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet. (Note that face-to-face trainings will be scheduled when it is safe and OTAN staff are free to travel.)

All OTAN's workshops are provided at no cost!

Each session is hands-on - everyone will learn new skills related to technology or using technology that they can use in their adult education class or program. And all OTAN online or face-to-face workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the requesting program. Select the links to see a list of the current online or face-to-face workshops and descriptions. If you don't see a workshop that is exactly what you need, contact OTAN - we'll work together to create a training that's best for you and your staff!

Need more information? Contact OTAN training staff anytime by phone at 916-228-2580 or by email at support@otan.us

To view workshops already scheduled, visit the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar and search for workshops sponsored by OTAN. Don't miss out!

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN180031 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.