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Friday, February 25

Session 1

1. Moodle: A Course Management System (2 hours)

Handout: Session 1 PDF [728kb]

Penny Pearson, OTAN
Moodle is a robust, open-source course management system that gives teachers the tools to create a dynamic virtual classroom for students. This hands-on session will introduce you to the activities and resources available within Moodle including creating assignments and quizzes and linking to Web pages and other resources.


2. Online Tools: Search, Share and Collaborate with the World (2 hours)

Handouts: Session 2 Online Docs [PDF—980kb] | Session 2 Online Tools [PDF—514kb]

Melinda Holt, OTAN
This hands-on session will focus on Google Docs in the classroom. Topics will include: creating and sharing different online documents, designing and creating online forms and manipulating data, building online presentations, and the ability to create and share data online with colleagues and students. Other tools covered as time permits.

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3. Using Technology to Market Your DL Program

Handouts: Session 3 PowerPoint [93kb] | Session 3 PDF [65kb]

Christopher and Maria Figueroa, Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
This workshop will demonstrate the use of technology to market Distance Learning and other programs more effectively. Presenters will offer information regarding technology beyond using Web sites to publicize programs. Materials/supplies needed to shoot and edit a short film will be provided. We will show two short films as examples of the potential that anyone can create a video after attending the workshop.


4. Promethean Boards in Adult Education

Francisco Pinedo, Soledad Adult School; Blair Roy, OTAN
Promethean boards are a versatile tool to use in the adult education classroom. Learn how to use a Promethean board and get free resources for your Promethean board.


5. Linking Learners and Tutors Through Real-Time Distance Learning

Handouts: Session 5 PowerPoint [80kb] | Session 5 PDF [55kb]

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Jacquie Brinkley, California State Library; Dan Theobald, i2icommunications
Many library literacy programs have either a waiting list of learners or a waiting list of unassigned tutors. Tele-tutoring levels this playing field. Tutors and learners in different communities connect one-to-one using desktop videoconferencing, document cameras, and touch screen computers or Smartboards for two-way sharing and mutual annotation of materials.


Session 2

6. Smartboards in Adult Education

Handout: Student Activities [PDF-275kb] | Hands-on Practice [PDF-29kb] | Ideas for Creating Lessons [PDF-155kb]

Blair Roy, OTAN
Interactive whiteboards are great tools for student collaboration, sharing and practice. This workshop provides an orientation to Smart Notebook software, tools and activities to get you started in your classroom. Teachers need basic computer and file management skills to effectively use the software and equipment, resulting in an exciting classroom atmosphere.


7. Social Networking for Adult Education

Handout: Session 7 PDF [195kb]

Branka Marceta, OTAN
Using social networking media carries the promise of more exposure for adult schools to potential learners not currently being served. It also reinforces and deepens communication with the existing alumni population. Educators use these tools to create personal professional development networks and model lifelong learning.


8. Introduction to Using Cell Phones in the Classroom

Handout: Session 8 PDF [181kb]

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Susan Gaer, Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education
This workshop requires ownership of, or access to, a cell phone, with texting capability. Do you want to explore ways of using a mobile phone for instruction in the ABE/ESL classroom? This workshop will introduce you to using your phone to text; discuss and discover ways to implement text activities in the classroom; take pictures with your phone and apply those images to classroom activities; learn how to use phones as an audio tool to enhance speaking and pronunciation and understand the power of an instant response system using your phone in the classroom. This is a hands-on workshop and you are required to bring a mobile phone with texting capability.



Online Learning—The Future of Education

Handout: Keynote PowerPoint [12,321kb] | Keynote PDF [4,151kb]

Online instruction is growing in every area of education, including adult education. Many states, including California, have implemented online GED, High School Diploma, and ESL instruction. This session will report on the growth of online learning in all areas of education, and explore the implications for adult schools. Exemplary practices from California adult education agencies will be highlighted.

John Fleischman is the Assistant Superintendent at the Sacramento County Office of Education in charge of all technology services. He has been involved in adult education and video production for many years, beginning his career at Hacienda La Puente Adult Education. He has managed the development of many distance learning projects for adult learners, including the CDLP Web site and USA Learns.

Marian Thacher is the Director of the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN). She has been engaged in the integration of technology into instruction since the early nineties, and has developed and taught online basic skills classes. OTAN is engaged in developing online courses and training instructors in online delivery.



Session 3

9. Wikis For All (2 hours)

Handout: Session 9 PDF [165kb]

Branka Marceta, OTAN
Whether you need a class Web site, a writing journal platform, a discussion forum, or an electronic notebook, a wiki can do it all. Learn how you can create your own in a matter of minutes and identify best practices for using wikis in education.


10. Using OTAN's Web Sites For Distance Education (2 Hours)

Handout: Session 10 PDF [241kb]

Linda Swanson, OTAN
Session focuses on teaching resources available through OTAN's Web site. Learn to navigate the site to find pre-reviewed sites to use in your program. Resources include lesson plans and activities, sites to use with students, online teaching tools, and educational videos. Appropriate for ESL/EL Civics/Citizenship, and ABE/ASE/GED.

PGM: All— CAT: All

11. Technology Integration Project (TIP)

Handout: Session 11 PDF [547kb]

Susan Gaer, Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education and Panel
Can technology professional training be done online? Is it a viable means of learning how to integrate technology with students? Can interdisciplinary learning take place across time zones and programs? Come explore the answers to these questions as Susan Gaer describes a community of practice developed at Santa Ana College in Fall 2010.


12. Using Online Commercial Content Providers for High School Credit Recovery

Dawn Buboltz, Chaffey Adult School and Panel
Is your district looking at your school to help with high school credit recovery? Learn how some adult education agencies are utilizing commercial content providers online to effectively implement that aspect of the program. New models are emerging to serve high school level learners in the classroom and at home.


13. Distance Learning at LAUSD DACE

Handout: Session 13 PDF [107kb]

Paul Yung, LAUSD
This workshop is a demonstration of LAUSD’s new Distance Learning online option. Students can log in on the Internet to watch video episodes and do grammar and life skills exercises. No DVDs. No workbooks. No student folders.


Session 4

14. Creating Hybrid Classes—21st Century Courseware Authoring

Dr. Brant Choate, Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
This workshop will review the latest courseware applications to help you design your own online/hybrid classrooms. We will look at course management systems as well as Web-based applications that can help you expand your CTE programs.


15. CALPRO: Delivering Professional Development for the 21st Century

Handouts: Session 15 PowerPoint [1,461kb] | Session 15 PDF [646kb] | Chart [PDF-269kb]

Catherine Green, CALPRO
Participants explore innovative electronic methods the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) uses to deliver research-based professional development on topics such as workforce readiness and multilevel ESL instruction, with a focus on promoting 21st century skills in adult learners. Participants receive a list of additional resources for further study.


16. Cellphone Curriculum 2.0—New Learning Tools for Adult Education

Handout: Session 16 PDF [142kb]

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Sean C. Abajian, LAUSD
At One-on-One Distance Learning Laboratory we are developing a new curriculum and suite of tools using cell phone technology to supplement classroom instruction. Most Americans do not have "smartphones." Many adult education students do not have Internet access. But now, teachers can easily customize our tools. Administrators can roll out and manage school-specific or district-wide programs.


Saturday, February 26

Session 5

17. Word & Mail Merge: Magic for the Classroom

Handouts: Session 17 PowerPoint [4,760kb] | Session 17 PDF [2,730kb] | Cheat Sheet [PDF—239kb]

Penny Pearson, OTAN
Use word processing and data to create certificates, cards, reminders, and other personally addressed materials for your students. This session guides users step-by-step through the entire process. Participants will leave with a set of immediately usable documents and lots of ideas!


18. GED Connection Goes Paperless

Handout: Session 18 PDF [118kb]

Branka Marceta and Blair Roy, OTAN
Did you know that because you are a California educator, you and your learners can view KET's GED Connection videos online and download support materials? Share your experience using this curriculum and learn how your program can go paperless by using an online learning environment.


19. Hippocampus.org OER 2011: New Content, Design and Functionality

Course List: Session 19 PDF [53kb]

Beth Pickett, Monterey Institute for Tech. and Education
HippoCampus.org provides free multimedia content in core academic subjects for secondary school and early college use. The site redesign incorporates new content collections, including Khan Academy math/science lectures and science simulations from PhET, organized so teachers can create custom playlists of content to suit their needs in the classroom.


20. Creating Interactive Lessons and Software Simulations

Handout: Session 20 PDF [20kb] | Website: [Google docs]

Jeff Suarez Grant, Burbank Adult School
Learn to create interactive lessons and software simulations. Delivered via the Internet, students can learn software they do not own or refer to diagrams with rich interactions. Captivate also makes it easy to intermix questions to assess student learning with results delivered directly to the instructor.


21. U.S. Citizenship Preparation Using Distance Learning

Handout: Session 21 PDF [15kb]

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Gary Christiansen, Bakersfield Adult School
Since 1994, Bakersfield Adult School has provided a very effective Citizenship Preparation Program. We are currently using a distance learning format which combines textbooks, CDs, videos, classroom instruction and online components. Handouts of weekly modules, schedules, record keeping and materials will be available for your school to begin or modify a successful program.


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22. Teach Math Using Free Web Sites

Website: Using Web Sites to Teach Math

Leila Rosemberg, Culver City Adult School
If you have ever looked for math resources on the Web, you undoubtedly discovered that there is a tremendous amount of information out there. Many teachers find it overwhelming to sort through and find resources that are appropriate for their individual learners that will also work with the resources available in their classrooms. The objective of this workshop is to help you sort through and find some of the best sites we know about so you can use them in your next class. The workshop covers: Basic Math/Pre-Algebra/Algebra I/Teacher Resources/Geometry/GED/CAHSEE.


23. U.S.A. Learns: Web-based Learning for ESL Students

Handout: Session 23 PDF [193kb]

Evelyn Fella, Lead Content Writer & Consultant for U.S.A. Learns
The free Web site, USALearns.org, offers three unique courses for beginner to high-intermediate ESL students. The presenter will demonstrate highlights of the video-based content, show how to monitor students' progress on the teacher site, and give tips for integration into a DL program or in an ESL classroom.


24. New Generation of Accountability Software: TOPSpro Enterprise

Handout: Session 24 PDF [274kb]

Jay Wright, CASAS
The next generation of TOPSpro software is here. Learn how TOPSpro Enterprise is breaking the mold of accountability software. Preview the power of filtering listserv, the level of customization throughout the application, the generation of reports with colorful charts and graphs, and immediate reporting results via dashboard indicators. See what TOPSpro Enterprise looks like and learn how it has become a true enterprise product.


25. 21st Century Skills—What Do We Need to Know?

Handouts: Session 25 PowerPoint [2,773kb] | Session 25 PDF [1,843kb] | List of Links [PDF 120kb]

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Marian Thacher, OTAN
What exactly are 21st century technology skills, why do they matter, and how can we make sure we are incorporating them into instruction? See some examples of how these skills can be integrated into lessons, including e-portfolios, collaborative online projects, and educational uses of social networking.

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Chat with your colleagues over lunch to discuss a topic of interest. Sit at a table with a facilitator, marked by a tent-sign. If you have a topic that is not listed, feel free to create your own group. Blank tents and markers are available at the registration desk. Topics include:.

MoodlePenny Pearson, OTAN; Blair Roy, OTAN
Blended LearningDiana Batista, Simi Valley Adult School & Career Institute
Technology in the ClassroomBranka Marceta, OTAN
Distance LearningLynn Parr-Bartlett, San Juan Adult Education
Citizenship Distance LearningGary Christiansen, Bakersfield Adult Education
GED Distance LearningVicki Buhler, Hanford Adult School
Volunteer Work Experience as an Alternatev Delivery ModelCrystal Robinson, Sweetwater DACE
Future Casting: Discussion Surrounding the Future of Online Learning – TBA
Engaging and Motivating Students Online – TBA
Developing Online Teachers – TBA

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26. ESL Courses: Moodle Ready

Handouts: Session 26 PDF [274kb]

Penny Pearson, OTAN; Kate Crawford, OTAN Trainer; Francisca Wentworth, Jefferson Adult School
OTAN developed two new "repository" courses using Moodle as the CMS. These courses are for Advanced ESL and as a supplemental course to USA Learns Second course. This presentation will give an overview of each course and how you can use them at no cost to your agency.


27. Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom—Web-based Activities

Handouts: Session 27 PDF-1 [59kb] | Session 27 PDF-2 [1,462kb]

Kristi Reyes, MiraCosta Community College
Do your students have a passion for practicing English using computers? Learn how to use three, free, simple-to-use Web sites for creating online exercises your students can use to review course content and practice many skills such as listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, and spelling.


28. Nuts and Bolts 2011 and Beyond

Handouts: Session 28 PowerPoint [3,338kb] | Session 28 PDF [1,019kb]

Lynn Parr-Bartlet, San Juan Adult Education
How does Distance Learning fit into the future directions of adult education? Learn how to integrate this modality into program delivery: blended model, stand alone or a combination. This workshop will cover the basics of the Innovation application, federal requirements, curricula and proxy hours guidelines, and examples of successful models.


29. CASAS e-Testing Made Easy

Handouts: Session 29 PowerPoint [719kb] | Session 29 PDF [888kb]

Peggy Raun-Linde and Liz Ambra, Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult & Community Education
The thought of implementing CASAS e-testing (online versus paper) might seem overwhelming to begin, but you can learn about the do's and don'ts of implementation making your transition to e-testing painless. This presentation includes a model for implementation as well as recommended experiences that should be avoided or repeated. Specifically, this presentation covers signing students up for e-test, charging for testing (optional), the details of staffing to carry out e-testing, blending managed enrollment (wait list) practices with e-testing, placement and transfers of students, and more. E-testing has made our lives so much easier, and we are working smarter, not harder.


30. Getting the Most from DL and Integrating DL Backpacks

Brenda Gomez and Nancy Casillas, a Co-Presentation from Hacienda La Puente Adult Education

Getting the Most from Distance Learning:

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Run DL sites with maximum efficiency for maximum results. Topics: room and student file set up; efficient answer keys; maximizing time with students by leaving nothing to chance; demonstration of assessment process that is individualized, expedient, and complete; handling large crowds as well as low numbers; keeping roster trim; retrieving materials.

Integrating DL Backpacks:

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HLPAE uses DL Backpacks in a variety of classes offered by the district. Learn about the process of developing new DL backpacks targeting our diverse communities and the process to evaluate and determine the effectiveness. Is it working and how we can make it better? What are the benefits of technological support?


ABE—Adult Basic Education
ASE/GED—Adult Secondary/GED
CTE—Career and Technical Education
ESL—English as a Second Language
BL—Blended Learning
DL—Distance Learning
PAC—Program Administration & Coordination
TI—Technology Integration