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Catch up on recent, and past OTAN News.

Doing Our Own Digital Learning

Digital Learning Day is an annual event that highlights great teaching practice and showcases innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.

Keeping Everyone Safe on the Internet

February 11 was Safer Internet Day, a worldwide recognition of the need to actively safeguard children and adults when they spend time on the Internet. Safer Internet Day is a good reminder of the continuous need to educate everyone on staying safe online, protecting personal data, and acting as good netizens.

Our office will be closed Monday, February 17th in observance of Washington's Birthday

Our office will be closed Monday, February 17th in observance of Washington's Birthday.

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.

The Power of Graphic Organizers

As educators, we are always looking for ways that students can make better sense of the information we provide them in our lessons. Note-taking is one way of doing this, but we have a lot of other tools at our disposal that students can use (and we can use to organize our lessons).

Our office will be closed Monday, Feb 10th in observance of Lincoln's Birthday

Our office will be closed Monday, Feb 10th in observance of Lincoln's Birthday

OTAN Tech Talk on Internet Safety and Learn360 Webinar Coming Up!

Please join us for OTAN's next Tech Talk on Friday, February 14 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm PST. This month's Tech Talk is on Internet Safety for Students and Teachers by Susan Gaer, OTAN Subject Matter Expert.

Separating the Real from the Fake (News)

As we continue through election season, nominating conventions, and televised debates, and complete our Census forms in a few months, this year promises to be jam-packed with news that screams for our attention.

Nominate a Deserving Student for the Students Succeed Program

The nomination period for the 2020 Adult Education Students Succeed Program is open.

Making Sense of the Credentials Landscape

In the last few years, those in the adult education field in California have been discussing the importance of credentials as a way for students to acquire and demonstrate skills and abilities that are useful for the workforce and further education. As we have learned, however, the credentials landscape is a bit like the Wild West and not always easy to make sense of.

Census 2020 Is Almost Here!

Census Day 2020 – April 1 – is quickly approaching, and there are many census-related materials available to help students, staff, and community members learn more about the census and its importance, as well as assist students who might be interested in working as census enumerators in the coming months.

Better Understanding Personalized Learning

One of the advantages of technology is that it can be used to personalize a student’s learning, providing resources and activities that are tailored to a student’s needs and that supplement what a student is learning with other students through whole-group instruction.

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. Fear can stop change or give the illusion of stopping change. However, we can’t let our fear of technology get in the way of preparing our students for their lives beyond adult education.

You Can Still Register for OTAN’s Technology and Distance Learning Symposium!

Registration for OTAN’s annual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS), which will take place Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at the Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center in Sacramento, is open!

Our office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Our office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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.

Using Video to Engage Students

More and more teachers are using video in all kinds of way to deliver content and engage students. Video projects can be simple creations or more elaborate activities that utilize a number of digital skills.

OTAN to Present at the Upcoming EL Civics Conferences

OTAN is excited to present at the upcoming EL Civics Conferences that will take place across California in January, February, and March.

Completing Your Technology and Distance Learning Plan

The Technology and Distance Learning Plan (TDLP) is an annual deliverable required of all California WIOA-funded adult education agencies. The due date for submitting the TDLP is Friday, January 31. We’re in the home stretch for completing the TDLP and thinking about and planning for technology use at your school for the coming year.

Nominate a Deserving Student for the Adult Education Students Succeed Program

The nomination period for the 2020 Adult Education Students Succeed Program is now open.

Our office will be closed for New Year's Day

Our office will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 24th and returning Thursday, January 2nd.

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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.