Schedule

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Wednesday Sessions

General Session   1:00–2:30 PM

Session 1   2:45–4:15 PM

Remote Testing! Finding Success with CASAS and EL Civics Assessments in a Distance Education World
Demonstration (90 minute)
Christina Hyatt
With a shift to complete distance education, our assessment teams worked to maximize resources while implementing creative strategies to assess student learning. This session focuses on remote assessment implementation, resources, and ideas for successful CASAS and EL Civics preparation and testing.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: OEA)
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Elevate Your Instruction With Canva
Demonstration (90 minute)
Grazia Mora
Thinking about using visuals in the classroom? Use Canva! Explore ways to use this free online design tool to create visually stimulating content and engaging student projects that promote visual literacy skills, motivation, and active learning.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Canvas Commons, easy as 1, 2, 3!
Demonstration (90 minute)
Francisco Pinedo
In this session, participants will learn how to import free courses and modules from Canvas Commons into your free Canvas account for teachers. Most courses are for ESL in this workshop.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: OEA)
Choice Boards - Giving Students a Voice
Demonstration (90 minute)
Alisa Takeuchi
The presenters will introduce, explain, and demonstrate how to create choice boards for classroom assignments and assessment. Just as we teach with mulitple methods, by giving students the freedom to decide how they want to demonstrate their skills, it leads them down the path of success.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Connecting the Community: Introducing the Digital Navigator
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jerry Yamashita
The shift to remote learning due to COVID-19 forced many adult learners into unfamiliar territory. Learn how Digital Navigators can help your agency support a 1:1 initiative, elevate digital literacy, reach instructional technology objectives, and provide equitable internet access to every student.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Create an interactive Google Slideshow and get your students googly for Google Slides
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Stephanie Thomas
Interactive slides are a great way to share your syllabus or introduce / review class content. Learn how to create interactive Google Slideshows using links and layers, no prior Google Slides experience necessary. Also explore resources that provide fresh themes for your slides.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Digital EL Civics: A model for a technology leveraged EL Civics program.
Demonstration (90 minute)
Ellen Hayes
We present a comprehensive distance learning model for conducting and reporting EL Civics assessments: including COAAP selection, designing digitized assessments, creation of original content, teacher training, digital proctoring, and the automated collection of test results for reporting purposes.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: OEA)
The Triple E Framework for Technology Integration
Demonstration (90 minute)
Susan Gaer
Remote learning is here to stay. Are you interested in learning a quick and easy way to identify if your instruction with technology is meeting your learning objectives? The Triple E Framework will help you do that. Learn how to engage, enhance and extend your students' learning with this framework
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Project-Based Learning in the 100% Online environment
Demonstration (90 minute)
Barry Bakin
Projects to get your students "learning by doing" again are not only possible in the 100% online teaching mode, they are engaging and as educational as ever! Join the presenter for a tour of project ideas and student projects that you can implement immediately, and over time!
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
To blend or not to blend, that’s the question: Focus group discussion about the future of learning
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Penny Pearson
Over the years there is a marked decline in distance learning in California. This session uses a research focus group format to discuss opportunities and challenges for blended and distance learning in California. Teachers and administrators are welcome to participate.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)

Networking Opportunity   4:15–5:00 PM

Networking Lounge - Wednesday
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
OTAN Staff
Networking is for all that wish to attend. Sit and just listen or talk with a friend, a colleague, a teacher, an administrator, or join with your team to discuss what you learned.
(AUD: STF • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)

Thursday Sessions

Session 2   8:30–10:00 AM

Make Google App Projects to Help Online ESL Students Get Acquainted
Demonstration (90 minute)
Cynthia Wislofsky
It can be a challenge to engage online ESL students in getting to know each other while also building language skills. Learn several simple interactive projects using free Google Apps for synchronous or asynchronous formats. Participants will experience live demos and follow-up activities.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: OEA)
Meet Learners Where They Are in Math and English
Demonstration (90 minute)
Dani Pedrotti
Educators are redoubling efforts to meet learners where they are—streamlining paths to further education and boosting employment prospects. Adaptive technologies can support those efforts with tools that empower students to refresh their academic foundations and take ownership of their learning.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE • CAT: OEA)
Retention and Teaching Strategies for Low Literacy Students in the Online World
Demonstration (90 minute)
Lindsey Helms
I began using WhatsApp as a way to communicate with students in my online class. I found that students were more likely to do homework and come to class if I sent them information via Whatsapp rather than through email or Remind. WhatsApp serves as an easy access point for students.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: OEA)
Setting the Standards: How to Bring the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to Life in Our Digital Classrooms
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Kevin Belcher
In this interactive workshop, we will develop lesson strategies to elevate our digital EL instruction. These “next day” instructional resources will help make the ELPS work for your online classroom, increasing the engagement, community, and academic achievement of your class along the way.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, CTE, ESL, ALL • CAT: OEA)
Introducing the Technology Integration Program Support (TIPS) Moodle Course!
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Are you interested in using the Triple E Framework in your classroom? Triple E refers to engaging, enhancing, and extending learning. OTAN is piloting a Moodle course and would love to have you participate. Find out more about the course and how you can join.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Teaching with Technology
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Susan Coulter
This session will focus on OTAN's recently redesigned Teaching with Technology resource and other teaching resources available on and through the OTAN website. Participants will learn how to find online tools for preparing classroom activities and creating a blended/distance learning environment.
(AUD: ADM • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Vision-Revision and Redefining the Dynamics of Learning
Demonstration (90 minute)
Gordon Richiusa
Vision-Revision is an online FREE education site that has been made available to all students and teachers in a multitude of subjects. This presentation will be conducted by Gordon Richiusa, the Director of Heroes' Hearts Inc to demonstrate and explain how this wiki-website directly relates to OTAN.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)

Session 3   10:30–12:00 PM

Back to Basics Tutorials: Student Readiness for Online Learning
Demonstration (90 minute)
Monica Cueva
Do you teach low literacy, limited learner, or older adult students who struggle with technology? Presenters will share tips for creating simple, clear, effective print and video tutorials to prepare your learners for online success.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Engage with Googles!
Demonstration (90 minute)
Melinda Holt
This presentation will show adult educators how to create their own engaging handouts and resources to use during virtual classes - all sure to keep students engaged! Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets will be used with a few other seldom used Googles thrown in for good measure.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Great group work with Zoom Breakouts, Google Docs & Canvas
Demonstration (90 minute)
Cristin Boyd
Do you struggle with group work in your online/remote classes? How to manage? What students do? How to “collect” and access student work? You are not alone! Learn how to execute easier group work interactions using these three common remote learning tools. Canvas access required.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Increase Student Motivation and Persistence with Choice
Demonstration (90 minute)
Susan Rausch
Giving students choice in their learning is a proven strategy for increasing motivation and persistence. Providing choice helps personalize learning and allows students to show what they know and it raises accountability, responsibility and independence. Come learn how we use choice in our classes.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, CTE, ESL, ALL • CAT: OEA)
TECH EDGE
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
OMAR ANDRADE
Utilize online tools, and platforms to connect with students. Develop programs for online education, use tools to automate forms and innovate the online student experience to provide access and serve students.
(AUD: ADM • PGM: ABE • CAT: OEA)
Using North Star Digital Assessment and Curriculum
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Diane Wilson
Napa Valley Adult Education school (NVAE) use of NorthStar Digital in CTE and ESL classes. We will share how our institution is integrating the Northstar Digital Literacy sources in a variety of ways.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE, ESL • CAT: OEA)

Lunch   12:00–1:00 PM

Session 4   1:00–3:00 PM

AutoTutor: Learning Literacy with an Intelligent Tutoring Aid
Demonstration (2 hours)
John Hollander
Learn to support your learners with evidence-based reading comprehension strategy instruction using AutoTutor which features conversational agents. With thirty literacy lessons, this is a tool that can be used remotely for teaching literacy to adults.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE • CAT: OEA)
Building a Culture of Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning to Support Student Success
Demonstration (2 hours)
Nasreen Rahim
How do you provide an atmosphere of best practices to support success of online students? See how Evergreen Valley College created sustainable resources, training & courses to develop a culture of best practices in online teaching by providing necessary training for faculty during COVID challenges.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, ASE, CTE • CAT: OEA)
Dynamic Presentations with Adobe Spark!
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Jaquelin Yang
Adobe Spark is a free video website that integrates a presentation tool and a recording program into one convenient website. Learn how to use it in your classroom for more dynamic presentations!
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ASE, ESL • CAT: OEA)
Four Dimensional Education: Delivering Online Learning to Incarcerated Juveniles and Adults
Demonstration (2 hours)
Greg Ludwa
On March 13 CA went to SIP. While nearly all incarceration facilities closed for instruction, the Monterey COE (MCOE) continued to deliver online, virtual instruction to the MC Jail. The MCOE staff will discuss technology, curricula, and how we transitioned to virtual instruction during 2020-2021.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ASE, CTE • CAT: OEA)
Helping Students Onboard: Welcoming and Engaging Practices for Student Retention in Online Courses
Demonstration (90 minute)
Katrina Tamura
Teaching online requires additional approaches and support to encourage students to persist. The presenters will share ways to begin outreach to students before a new course even begins and suggestions for ways to support students, encourage engagement, and build relationships.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, CTE, ESL, ALL • CAT: OEA)
How to get Techie! Using free online technical applications to make virtual learning personal, engaging, and effective.
Demonstration (2 hours)
Tiffany Paynton Silveira
Google Slides provides a free easy-to-use platform for educators and adult education students. Using this building block, you will be shown how to use a Bitmoji, virtual voice recorder, image editor, and Screencastify to build an engaging and interactive virtual classroom.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE • CAT: OEA)
Humanizing your course with a Liquid Syllabus
Follow-along Workshop (2 hour)
Diana Vera-Alba
Have you been thinking about ways to engage and effectively communicate with your students in our online educational environment? Your solution may be to incorporate a Liquid Syllabus.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Spotlighting Adult Education Thru Social Media
Demonstration (2 hours)
Cynthia Eagleton
Social media can spotlight our adult ed programs, bringing attention to offerings and building a community with current and potential students, our partners, and the broader community. We will discuss how to get started as well as highlight promising practices from adult ed use of social media.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)
Teaching with YouTube
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Go where your students are. Learn how to set up and start your own YouTube channel to discover appropriate resources to deliver quality curated content to your students inside and outside of the classroom. Finally, see examples of third-party add-ons (for example, EdPuzzle, PearDeck, Google Forms)
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, CTE, ESL • CAT: OEA)
CASAS Remote Testing – Challenges and Successes
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
Margaret Teske
Documenting learning progress for adult English learners is a challenge when all students are online. Presenters explain techniques for CASAS progress tests and EL Civics assessments done remotely. Could these models work for your program?
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: OEA)

Networking Opportunity   3:15–4:00 PM

Networking Lounge - Thursday
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
OTAN Staff
It's day two of TDLS! Come join your colleagues and new-found friends in the networking lounge to talk among yourselves, share insights to what you have learned or discovered. This is a space for you!
(AUD: STF • PGM: ALL • CAT: OEA)