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OTAN Digest #103
September 2018


Can Online Courses Help Fix Teacher Professional Development?

Back-to-school for teachers usually means back-to-school meetings, meant to rally and inspire the staff for the start of a new school year and the return of the students to campus.

Four Ways Augmented and Virtual Reality Can Transform Your Lesson Plan

Our personal and professional lives are becoming intertwined with the digital environment that is evolving around us. So, it makes sense that educators are working to bring technology into classrooms and schools that mirrors our everyday lives. The latest technology focus is on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications for the classroom, immersive technology that can engages students more with the educational content. Here are some ways that AR and VR can transform the learning that goes on in your classroom with your students.

Back-to-School Series: OTAN Trainings

OTAN offers trainings in both face-to-face and online formats on a variety of educational technology topics throughout the school year. The workshops fit a wide variety of skill levels and can even be customized to meet the respective needs of a program or site. All workshops are free for California adult educators and staff.

Back-to-School Series: OTAN Teaching Tools and Resources

OTAN has a number of teaching tools and resources that adult ed educators can utilize in their instruction. Here are some resources that you should consider as the new year begins:

OTAN Tech Talk on Evaluating Websites Coming Up!

lease join us for OTAN’s next Tech Talk on Friday, September 14 from 1-2. This month’s Tech Talk is on Evaluating Websites by Sachiko Oates, ESL Faculty Liaison at the Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning. Do your students find information or do research online? Why is it important for students to evaluate the information they find on the web? This OTAN Tech Talk will discuss how adult educators can teach their students the skills needed to evaluate websites as well as information found online. After the presentation, time for Q&A will be provided. A lesson plan will also be shared with those who attend this webinar.

September's New Web-based Class Activity!

Google's Applied Digital Skills

Applied Digital SKills

In the September's 2018 Web-based activity article, Debbie Jensen posits that "The thing I fell in love with is that it is engaging to the students and helps me as a teacher focus on helping individual students rather than present instructions to the group"

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Professional Development

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Online Workshops & Webinars:

OTAN offers short, online workshops 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:

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

Teaching Resources

Web Sitings September 2018 :

OTAN Tech Talks are here! OTAN Tech Talks are designed to assist participants with tips on an ed tech tool, strategy, resource, and more. Our next presentation is scheduled for Friday, September 15, where Sachiko Oates from Santa Barbara City College will be discussing how educators can teach students the skills needed to evaluate web sites and information found online. To register, click here External link opens in new window or tab. These webinars are recorded and later uploaded to OTAN's YouTube channel External link opens in new window or tab. Just look for the playlist called "OTAN Tech Talks External link opens in new window or tab". If you'd like to present at a future Tech Talk, sign up here External link opens in new window or tab!

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Rewordify.com can be used to make text or a web page easier to understand. You can copy and paste text or a website URL, and the text is simplified to to a lower reading level. It is a great tool for ESL students or anyone that would like to improve their reading skill.

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