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March 2018 Teachers' Digest

Professional Development

Online Workshops and Webinars are offered by OTAN 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:

  • Moodle: Create a Course Web Site
  • Beginning PowerPoint 2010 for Adult Education
  • Advanced PowerPoint 2010 for Adult Education
  • Chromebooks for Adult Education
  • Creating Web Pages with Weebly
  • Digital Badges in Adult Education (New!)
  • EL Civics: Digital Literacy & Internet Safety (New!)
  • Google Tools and Drive
  • Interactive Whiteboards - Creating Student Activities (Promethean or SmartBoard)
  • iPads in Adult Education
  • Mobile Devices in Adult Education
  • Office 365 for Adult Education (New!)
  • Open Education Resources for Adult Educators
  • Privacy, Practice, Presence, and You
  • Social Media for Adult Education

Visit our Web site to see the complete list including descriptions and prerequisites for each.

Teaching Resources

Web "Sitings":

TypingClub
TypingClub enables students to learn touch typing. The beginner lessons start with hand position and home row keys, while the advanced lessons challenge the student’s ability to type correct sentences and paragraphs. The free edition allows two instructors at your school site to have an unlimited number of students within three classes, and student data is stored for 30 days. The pro edition allows for an unlimited number of classes and instructors, while the number of students and data retention is dependent upon the license you purchase.

Lyricstraining
This website is a great way for students to learn and improve their foreign language skills using music videos. You select a video to watch, but in order to keep the song going, you need to fill in the blank words by typing it in or choosing the correct word from a list. You can choose from one of many music videos; a lot of the songs are current or popular. Once a video is selected. you are then directed to choose a game mode, from beginner to expert. The difference between each mode is the number of words you need to enter. There is also a teacher function, in which you can select the words to be filled. This is a fun group activity you can do within your classroom – there is even a karaoke function!

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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.