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OTAN Digest

Digest #11
December 2021

Message From The Director

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season with peace and cheer in the New Year! It's hard to believe we're halfway through our program year, in the first month of winter, and the last month of the year. OTAN has been moving at full steam and is leading several initiatives that need shouting from the rooftops.

Our trainers are going back on the road in January. While online presentations and workshops are a great way to learn, our team is excited to add in-person trainings back into the options available to our adult education agencies. Our highly popular Digital Leadership Academy is in its second year of the two-year program. Cohort 4 applications will be available early summer. DLAC assists agencies in meeting their technology integration needs along with their distance learning and blended teaching goals. DLAC participants will be sharing their learning through presentations at the virtual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium scheduled for March 3 to 5.  The call for proposals is still open through December 20 and registration information will be available soon.

OTAN has also recently launched the California Distance Learning Cooperative (CDLC). The CDLC provides state-leveraged access and licensing for the Canvas Learning Management System. One of the many benefits of the CDLC include the Adult Ed-specific CDLC Commons, where adult education agencies can freely share materials as they are created.

Don't hesitate to reach out to our team by emailing support@otan.us. We look forward to working with you to make your resolutions a reality in the New Year!

-Renee Collins

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Are you looking for a way to integrate technology in your classes? Visit Teaching with Technology on the OTAN website and start searching for ESL, ABE, ASE, and even CTE lesson ideas today!

Web-Based Class Activities

December

Triple E Framework: Enhancement
by Alisa Takeuchi

OTAN has adopted the Triple E Framework developed in 2011 by Professor Liz Kolb, Clinical Psychologist at the University of Michigan School of Education, as a model for technology integration.

November

Triple E Framework: Engagement
by Susan Coulter

OTAN has adopted the Triple E Framework developed in 2011 by Professor Liz Kolb, Clinical Psychologist at the University of Michigan School of Education, as a model for technology integration.

October

Introduction to the Triple E Framework
by Susan Gaer

The Triple E is a framework that measures how well a tool or activity engages, enhances, and extends learning.

Spotlight On...

Video Presentations!

OTAN has long utilized video to provide information and training on a wide variety of topics and highlight important events in adult education. Please consider subscribing to the OTAN YouTube channel to stay connected to the latest OTAN developments. You can connect to our channel (and all our social media sites) from the OTAN website. Click on the Stay Connected Menu on the top of the otan.us website and select Social Media or look for the social media icons on the bottom footer of the homepage.
 
Over the last few months, we have been adding fully accessible videos to the Video Presentations webpage on the OTAN website. Take a look at the wide variety of videos that we have available, divided into the following playlists:

Stay connected to OTAN! We're here to help with video ideas and more!

OTAN December And January Events

Date/Time Event Location
Fri, Dec 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 3
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Instruction: Make it Stick! Creating A Great Vocabulary Lesson Online - Zoom
Mon, Dec 6
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 9
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Google: Tips Series: Sheets Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 10
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Teaching Made Easier with Google Keep Online - Zoom
Mon, Dec 13
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Mon, Dec 13
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CANVAS: Understanding How to Design Using Custom Template Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 16
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LMS: Canvas Admin Q&A Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 16
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CANVAS: Organize Collaborative Learning, Performance-based teaching, and Student Engagement Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 17
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Device/OS: Basics of Using a MacBook in Adult Education Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 17
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Mon, Jan 3
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
A11y: Accessible Documents for Everyone Online - Zoom
Mon, Jan 3
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Google: Customized Workshop Online - Zoom
Wed, Jan 12
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Google: Applied Digital Skills Online - Zoom
Wed, Jan 12
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Assessment/Curriculum: Online Formative Assessment Tools Online - Zoom
Fri, Jan 14
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - The Future of Digital Education: CK-12! Online - Zoom
Tue, Jan 18
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Microsoft: Using the Edge Browser Online - Zoom
Wed, Jan 19
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Microsoft: Up Your Productivity with Mail Merge! (PT. 2) Online - Zoom
Thu, Jan 20
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LMS: Canvas Admin Q&A Online - Zoom
Fri, Jan 21
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Web Apps: Easy Online Tools for Student Practice Online - Zoom
Tue, Jan 25
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Web Apps: Kahoot! Online - Zoom

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

Professional Development

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

Think about scheduling OTAN Professional Development in the 2021-2022 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.