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Teacher Digest

Digest #119
September 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.

Doing Our Own Digital Learning

Sometimes in our corner of the universe we feel frustration, overwhelm, and confusion when it comes to getting started with and sustaining technology use.

Keeping Everyone Safe on the Internet

Safer Internet Day is a good reminder of the continuous need to educate everyone on staying safe online, protecting personal data, and acting as good netizens.

Using Video to Engage Students

Teachers are using video in all kinds of way to deliver content and engage students. Video projects can be simple creations or more elaborate activities that utilize a number of digital skills.

The Power of Graphic Organizers

We are always looking for ways that students can make better sense of the information we provide them in our lessons. Note-taking is one way of doing this, but we have a lot of other tools at our disposal that students can use.

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

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.

June

Curating Lessons and Resources Using Wakelet
by Susan Gaer

Wakelet is a free service that allows educators and librarians to curate content from across the web, gather research, create digital portfolios, tell digital stories, distribute newsletters, and much, much more.

Spotlight On...

From the Director, Renee Collins!

As you enter this school year, you may be feeling overwhelmed from the impact of the pandemic, the need to rapidly pivot to remote learning, and the pressure to retain, test, and provide students with the instructional content they need to successfully reach their academic, employment, or life goals.

At OTAN, we are working diligently to address these challenges head on with you. As in the past, our focus will continue to be the successful integration of educational technology, distance learning, and electronic collaboration and information. Engage with us by:

The start of our year may not be our usual normal, but adult educators are innovative, flexible, and resourceful by definition and you will ultimately thrive! Don't hesitate to reach out to OTAN for support as you move through the year. We're here for you!

Recently, OTAN published a series of news items to provide information about essential OTAN features for you and your colleagues to know as you begin the school year. Learn more about OTAN and please share these news items with your colleagues!

We hope that you will find these news items useful. 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 SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER EVENTS

Date/Time Event Location
Fri, Sep 18
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Sep 18
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Supporting Adult School Success Using Tech-Focused PD Online - Zoom
Mon, Sep 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bitmoji Classroom Series Online - Zoom
Tue, Sep 22
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Sep 24
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Sep 24
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Recording Distance Learning in TOPSpro Enterprise (CASAS) Online - Zoom
Fri, Sep 25
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Using Technology For Student Outreach - Tech Flips & Flops Online - Zoom
Mon, Sep 28
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Bitmoji Classroom Series Online - Zoom
Tue, Sep 29
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Wed, Sep 30
2 :30 PM - 4:00 PM
Bitmoji Classroom Series Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 1
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 2
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ask an Adult Ed Administrator - Discussion Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 6
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 6
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Advanced-Level ESL Moodle Course Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 8
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Mon, Oct 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Using Tech Tools to Present to and Assess All Learners Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 13
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Using Tech Tools to Present to and Assess All Learners Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 13
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Thu, Oct 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 16
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
OTAN Office Hours for Maximizing Moodle Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 16
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Using Wakelet for Remote Instruction Online - Zoom
Tue, Oct 20
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
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
Thu, Oct 29
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
OTAN Office Hours Online - Zoom
Fri, Oct 30
10:00 AM - 11:00 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.