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Teacher Digest

Digest #120
October 2020

News

News items from earlier this year as you start the new school year!

Resources to Continue Teaching

OTAN has compiled a list of resources to review that cover a variety of online learning topics.

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.

Digital Inclusion Week 2020 (Was) Here!

Digital Inclusion Week is an annual event meant to bring attention to solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs.

OTAN Announces the DLAC Cohort 3 Agencies

OTAN recently finalized the list of California adult education agencies that will participate in its Digital Leadership Academy 2020-2022, the third DLAC cohort.

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

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.

September

H5P Interactive Module Comes to Moodle 3.8
by Susan Coulter

OTAN recently upgraded their Moodle Learning Management System to Moodle 3.8 and with the upgrade, they added a H5P Activity Module and numerous games. You may be wondering, what is H5P? It is an abbreviation for HTML5 Package. H5P makes it easy for everyone to create, share and reuse interactive HTML5 content.

Spotlight On...

OTAN Office Hours, from the Director, Renee Collins!

Using Google Forms and Quizzes, conducting class via Zoom, Canvas, or Moodle, or collaborating via Zoom Whiteboard or Padlet may be a handful of tools you have employed to engage your adult students virtually this fall. At times, you may be feeling overwhelmed with all the ed tech options that are available, but you need not feel you are alone. OTAN offers Office Hours twice weekly, a drop in forum where instructors can ask questions or get support on specific tools to use with students. The group size averages eight participants per session. Some recent topics have been:

  • Convert Word or PDF to fillable documents
  • Learn best practices for setting up your own virtual Office Hours
  • Padlet, Remind, and Snipping Tool
  • Add your Bitmoji to slides
  • YouTube channel setup

So, while you can likely use Google or check YouTube for a tutorial, it may be fun to learn from and with your adult education colleagues from around the state. Register for OTAN Office Hours at the California Adult Education Professional Development Calendar. 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 OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER EVENTS

Date/Time Event Location
Thu, Oct 22
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 23
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 27
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Tue, Nov 3
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Nov 5
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 6
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 6
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Google Series: 1, 2, 3 Online - Zoom
Tue, Nov 10
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Nov 12
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 13
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Tue, Nov 17
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Nov 19
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 20
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 20
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Google Series: 1, 2, 3 Online - Zoom
Fri, Nov 27
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle 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.