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OTAN Digest

Digest #16
May 2022

Message From The Director

It was great to see so many of you in person at the CCAE State Conference amid the glitz and glamour of Hollywood! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our OTAN exhibitor booth or participated in one of our many technology-related workshops.

There's no reason to limit your OTAN professional development to conferences alone! Have you considered bringing OTAN to your site to work with your staff on a technology goal such as simultaneous instruction through HyFlex courses, Canvas 101 or creating your home page on Canvas, creating accessible documents for everyone, or designing for digital resilience? OTAN has a host of developed workshops, but we are also open to designing a custom workshop based on your agency's needs. OTAN workshops are always available to our members at no cost, whether in-person or virtual. While OTAN is very open to presenting virtually, staff are ready to travel to you and are actively scheduling in-person trainings for 2022-23 (including back-to-school trainings in the fall!).  Reach out to OTAN staff by phone or email at 916-228-2580 or support@otan.us.

Be safe and well as you close out your 2021-22 program year and plan for the new year ahead!

-Renee Collins
Director, Adult Education

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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

May

What's Happening in U.S. Citizenship Preparation?
by Jennifer Gagliardi

No new updates to the USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization. No new updates to the USCIS 100 Questions. So, what's there to talk about in online U.S. Citizenship Prep? PLENTY!

April

Career Exploration in Adult Education
by Yescenia Delgado Lorenzo

Career exploration has been widely recognized and endorsed as a necessary step in an individual's career development. It is a fundamental lever to help adults successfully navigate an evolving labor market and demand for changing skills. The value of exploration is instrumental for each student to emerge from experience with a clear and more accurate assessment of him or herself.

March

Let's Get Jammin'!
by Cindy Wislofsky

If effective remote teaching has taught us anything, the importance of keeping students engaged while providing interactive, collaborative, task-based activities that work both synchronously and asynchronously is key. Enter Google Jamboard.

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TDLS Videos!

The Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) is OTAN's annual conference with dynamic, hands-on presentations that show participants how to integrate technology to enhance the learner experience, extend the classroom to learners through blended / distance learning, and help adult education programs be more effective and efficient. We have been remediating TDLS 2022 presentations for accessibility throughout the spring and are excited to share what is available so far. Here are some of the titles from this year's presentations:

  • Engaging Practices for Remote, Hybrid, and Flex Adult Education Models
  • Integrate Tech and Create Community in Collaborative Writing Activities
  • Students as Digital Navigators: Reimagining CTE in the Age of COVID
  • Supporting English Learners in Realizing their Career Goals

Please visit our TDLS Video Presentations webpage and stay tuned for upcoming announcements when more videos become available.

And stay connected to OTAN! Please contact us at support@otan.us or call us at 916-228-2580.

OTAN May And June Events

Date/Time Event Location
Fri, May 6
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CIP Open Office Hours Online - Zoom
Tue, May 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Google Apps: Sheets 1 & 2 Online - Zoom
Fri, May 13
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Google Sites: 2 Connecting Resources Online - Zoom
Fri, May 13
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CIP Open Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, May 13
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Become Digital Leaders: OTAN's Digital Leadership Academy Online - Zoom
Thu, May 19
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LMS: Canvas Admin Q&A Online - Zoom
Tue, May 24
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Canvas: Your Choice for Learner Access & Equity Online - Zoom
Wed, Jun 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OERs: Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Adult Education Online - Zoom
Wed, Jun 1
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
OERs: Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Adult Education Online - Zoom
Thu, Jun 2
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OERs: Opening, Demystifying, Finding and Using Online - Zoom
Thu, Jun 2
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
OERs: Opening, Demystifying, Finding and Using Online - Zoom
Fri, Jun 3
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OERs: Open Educational Resources vs. Free Resources Online - Zoom
Fri, Jun 3
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CIP Resubmissions: Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Jun 3
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
OERs: Open Educational Resources vs. Free Resources Online - Zoom
Wed, Jun 8
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Presents: California Case Studies of New Readers Press Digital-Learning Tools Online - Zoom
Fri, Jun 10
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks - Best Practices for Teaching Online Online - Zoom
Thu, Jun 16
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
LMS: Canvas Admin Q&A Online - Zoom
Fri, Jun 24
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Microsoft: Creating Videos using Powerpoint Online - Zoom
Fri, Jun 24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Accessibility Basics Using Google Slides Online - Zoom
Tue, Jun 28
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Canvas: Your Choice for Learner Access & Equity Online - Zoom

OTAN training events are OPEN to Adult Education staff.
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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 can provide in-person workshops or presentations at any approved California adult education agency or professional development event, either online or face-to-face with a computer lab or devices connected to the Internet. (Note that as of April 2022, OTAN staff are now free to travel to sites for in-person trainings.)

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 CN200091-A2 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.