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Teacher Digest

Digest #121
November 2020

News

Taking a Look at the Top Tools for Learning 2020

Since 2007, Jane Hart from the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies in the UK has been compiling an annual list of Top Tools for Learning from the results of an open survey.

Learning More About Apprenticeships

Read about National Apprenticeship Week, a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers.

Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week 2020

This week presents many opportunities to think about how we should all be good digital citizens and how to encourage good online behavior when interacting with others, now and throughout the school year.

Online Course to Help Adult Learners Get Job Skills

USA Learns just launched the Skills for the Nursing Assistant course in collaboration with the Health Workforce Initiative.

OTAN Teaching Tools and Resources

OTAN has a number of teaching tools and resources that teachers can utilize in their instruction. Here are some resources that you should consider throughout the school year.

Teaching With Technology banner

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

November

Adding Attributions and Licensing to Your OER
by Diana Vera-Alba

This spirit of sharing prompted the educational community to begin curating materials to be shared in what is known as Open Educational Resources (OER).

October

Resources for Election 2020
by Kristi Reyes

The 2020 Election, both presidential and legislative, is being called one of the most important in recent history. Whether or not our adult students follow the news or are politically aware, we should encourage those eligible to exercise their right to vote because the outcomes will affect everyone.

Spotlight On...

TDLS and presenting from the Director, Renee Collins!

When I first got into teaching in California (yes, I know I will be dating myself with this statement!), professional learning was a requirement.  It was something we had to do. We were required to track our hours and submit them to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to retain our credential.  Now, professional learning is something we get to do.  As adult education practitioners in California, we are very fortunate to have a wealth of high-quality learning opportunities available to the field.  OTAN's Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS) is one such example.

TDLS provides the field with Distance Learning strategies, innovative resources and tools, impactful practices, and other resources to implement at your school sites. TDLS 2021 is virtual and free to attend. It will take place on Wednesday through Friday, March 3-5. If you enjoy learning from OTAN and other adult educators, TDLS is for you. Please check the TDLS website at https://tdls.otan.us/ for regular updates on the call for proposals, registration, and schedule.

Are you using or have you found a great tech tool that you would like to share with other educators? You can consider submitting a proposal for TDLS or you can opt to present online for us on a cool tech tool or tech-related topic. Complete this form - we'll be in touch! bit.ly/OTANWebinar

So many great opportunities to be lifelong learners and teachers!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Stay safe and be well.

And please contact OTAN for your technology training needs at any time this year! Email us at support@otan.us or call us at 916-228-2580.

OTAN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER EVENTS

Date/Time Event Location
Mon, Nov 30
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Google Classroom for Adult Education Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 1
9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Zoom Meet Teams! Using Different Online Meeting Platforms in AE Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 1
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Wed, Dec 2
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Drive, Apps, and Tools Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 3
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Easy Projects with Microsoft Office (1, 2, 3) Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 3
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 4
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 8
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A11y - Accessibility: Considerations for AE Teachers Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 8
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 10
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 11
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 11
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Google Series: 1, 2, 3 Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 11
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
OTAN Tech Talks Online - Zoom
Tue, Dec 15
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Dec 17
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 18
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Dec 18
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Google Drive, Apps, and Tools 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.