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ABOUT OTAN TRAINING: Workshop Descriptions

Workshop title RACHEL Reaches All your Learners 
Workshop description "We are delivering a copy of the internet. An educational slice of free, "OER" (Open Educational Resources) content, packaged on low cost or old computer hardware, directly to communities that cannot afford or cannot reach the internet at all. We are building a digital library of the World's leading online educational resources for download and use offline: "RACHEL" (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning)." [http://worldpossible.org/] This workshop provides a hands-on experience using the RACHEL device and exploring the resources provided by WorldPossible. The flexibility of the small hotspot device also allows teachers to upload their own resources and then make them available to learners in area classrooms or remote spaces that may have limited access to the internet. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to discuss how adult education agencies can deploy and use RACHEL to extend learning to off-site facilities, areas with no connectivity and environments where learners may be restricted from full access to the internet. RACHEL allows teachers and administrators to provide educational resources and learners to gain critical digital literacy skills. Prerequisites: Basic computers skills, ability to navigate the internet. 
Session length 3 hours 
Format Workshops: Training events at a physical location, of short duration (2 – 6 hours) but may be part of a series. 

To find out more about any of these workshops, including dates and times offered, please check the California Adult Education Professional Development Web site. This site has information on OTAN offered training, as well as training offered by CALPRO and CASAS.

Face-to-Face Workshop Requirements:

  • The lab must contain at least one computer for every individual enrolled in a class - including the instructor.
  • The Internet connection must be at least a T1 line.
  • All computers being used must have Internet Explorer 9 or Firefox 20 or later and Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or later.
  • OTAN’s Web site and its contents must be accessible on every computer used during a class.
  • The instructor’s computer station should be connected to an LCD projector and the room will need a screen for class viewing. (If a projector and/or instructor station is not available, OTAN can provide them).
  • At least 10 participants must have completed the online registration 10 business days prior to the workshop.
  • All Microsoft Office workshops require the correct version of Office to be installed on all computers in the lab to be used.
  • Various workshops will require unblocked access to necessary Web sites.