Workshop Descriptions & Materials

Tuesday, February 17
PreSession

Distance Learning Nuts and Bolts - Mather Room
Karen Norton, Director of Tamalpais Adult and Community Education program;
Lynn Bartlett, Coordinator, San Juan Unified Adult School Distance Learning Program

Distance learning offers ways to serve adult learners who can’t attend classroom learning or who want to speed their learning. There are 148 California adult programs currently participating in distance learning. This workshop will:

  • Review distance learning basics
  • Review distance learning outcome and effectiveness data
  • Identify strategies appropriate for adult basic learners
  • Discuss local program design and implementation
  • Discuss distance learning resources and trends
  • Explore changes in legislation that may impact programs
  • Allow time for Q and A

At the conclusion, participants will be familiar with how distance learning is being applied in California and how to begin a program for their district.

DL

Course Management Using Moodle: An Introduction - Computer Lab
Penny Pearson, OTAN
Moodle is a course management system that allows you and your teachers to create an online course where students receive all instructional materials via the Internet, or a hybrid online class where students meet with the teacher on a regular basis and use the course Web site for resources, activities, assessment and collaboration. This 3 hour workshop will introduce you to the Moodle environment by giving you your own course and showing you how to edit the functions of your course, add resources and activities, and link to other Web sites.
(Note: seating is limited - preregistration is required.)

DL, TI

Session 1

Learning Circles and Technology Professional Development
Jacques LaCour and Suzanne Ludlum, Oakland Adult School
Learning circles are living, synergetic organizations that have transformed technology professional development for Oakland Adult and Career Education. The presenters will outline research, prior approaches, and current efforts to offer training that clearly supports program direction as well as and teachers’ and students’ needs. Includes tips on structuring learning circles, topic selection and supporting learning.

ADM, ABE, ESL, TI

Developing Your Distance Learning Program with Moodle
Deborah Gordon, Oakland Adult School
The Oakland Adult & Career Education Distance Learning Coordinator will review Oakland’s process of developing a Web-based teacher-originated Intermediate/Advanced level ESL course. Hear about how to design lessons for students who may have limited computer literacy, and tools, tips and ideas for successful online ESL course development, as well as the pitfalls.

DL

Blogging for Instruction (2 hours)
Barry Bakin, ESL Teacher Advisor, Los Angeles USD
Participants will sign up for and develop their own FREE blog to use for instruction within their classes or as an administrative tool to communicate with staff, teachers, other administrators or the community. Participants will learn how to upload and work with images and other basic editing and Blog management techniques.

ALL

What Tech Skills do Learners need to be Successful Studying Online?
Mariann Fedele, Director, CALPRO
There is a growing body of research and professional wisdom regarding the skills that adult learners need to be successful independent online learners. In this session we will review recent findings and discuss the implications for practice.

DL

Ocean Sciences and Math Collaborative Project
Margaret Rogers, OTAN
OSMCP is a continuing collaboration between the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at Oregon State University to benefit Oregon adult education students. Hear their experiences and find out how teachers and staff have ongoing collaboration through a wiki.

ABE

Streaming Media in the Adult Ed Classroom
Penny Pearson,OTAN; Blair Roy, Garden Grove Adult School
Most would agree that providing compelling video is a great way to help students learn. Adult educators have a variety of media resources available to help them get their point across. This session will provide you with a broad overview of the different resources available online where teachers can find streaming media to enhance their curriculum.

ABE, ESL, TI

Session 2

Using Hippocampus for Teaching
Gary Lopez, Ph.D., Director, Monterey Institute for Technology and Education; Rafael Granados, Executive Director, University of California College Prep
HippoCampus is a library of multi-media rich, general education high school courses provided by UC College Prep and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. The content in HippoCampus is organized as a collection of modules that can be customized by an instructor for either classroom or online instruction.

ASE, DL

Teaching on Television
Lynn Parr Bartlett, Coordinator, San Juan Unified Adult School Distance Learning Program; Lynn Marlowe, Promotions Manager, Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium
Instructional programs via cable reach across the borders of classroom walls. For adult learners and students whose first language is not English, San Juan Adult Education reaches out to the community by offering classes to encourage at-home lifelong learners to tune in to improve skills, knowledge, or to find an enlightening alternative to other television programming. At the conclusion, participants will be familiar with how to begin a program for their district.

ABE, ASE, DL, ESL

Collecting Benchmarks for Distance Instruction
Jay Wright, CASAS; Portia LaFerla, Torrance Adult School; Melanie Wade, Fremont Adult School; Paul Yung, Los Angeles, USD
In distance learning programs, assessment and data collection can be a challenge. Some programs have found practical strategies for administering appraisals and pre- and post-tests and collecting data on learners in ways that meet and exceed state and federal standards. Join our panel discussion to find out how.

DL

Google Tools
Melinda Holt, OTAN
Google is a search engine and so much more! There are a wide variety of services offered by Google that are free and ready to use – all you need to know is where they are and how to use them. This workshop is dynamic and will make "mini-explorations" into several different Google products such as iGoogle, Google Documents, Maps, Earth, Sites, Picasa and, time permitting, more!

ALL

Wednesday, February 18
Keynote

Distance Learning in Adult Education: The National Picture
Dr. Jerome Johnston, University of Michigan and Project IDEAL
Increasingly states are offering distance learning options for adult learners. This presentation provides an overview of distance efforts nationally: the numbers being taught at a distance, the curricula being used, and how distance learners fare in terms of persistence and learning gains. The challenges of teaching at a distance are examined.

ALL

Session 3

Conversations with Jere
Dr. Jerome Johnston, University of Michigan and Project IDEAL
Take this opportunity to ask Dr. Johnston your questions about how to develop a comprehensive plan for your distance learning program, including recruitment, orientation, teacher training and assessment.

DL

Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom: Create a Personal Budget
Susan Coulter, ABE Instructor, Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education
Learn about basic functions of Excel while engaging in a meaningful classroom project. Participants will receive a budget template, including two different interactive pay stubs, linked budget and pie graph; and additionally learn to create their own budget and pie graph. Materials are appropriate as a classroom presentation or student technology project.

ABE, TI

Using a Learning Management System to Make Your Life Easier
Mary Prather, Principal, Old Marshall Adult School; Derek Parker, CTE Instructor; Thomas Oaks, Clinical Coordinator; Michael Messoline, Lead Paramedic Instructor; Santino Viramontes, Student
If you are hesitant or even thinking about a Learning Management System to put some or all of your course content online, let us tell you how Moodle has helped us create a "course in a can" and maximize classroom time in our Paramedic and EMT courses. Don't be afraid, we're going to have a good time!

CTE, DL

Promethean Activclassroom
Gene Warner, Logical Choice Technologies
From walking on the moon to swimming with the blue whale, the Promethean Activclassroom takes you to new destinations. The Activclassroom integrates thousands of standards-based resources, formative assessment, professional development, and instructional tools in a complete classroom delivery system. (Vendor Session)

TI

Training and Supporting Online DL Teachers
Catherine Green, CALPRO; Marian Thacher, OTAN
What are the qualities and skills of a successful online distance education teacher? This presentation will begin by highlighting key differences between teaching at a distance and teaching face-to-face. It will also provide practical guidance to administrators who aim to recruit, select, train and support their distance learning instructors.

DL

Session 4

Nuts and Bolts
Lynn Parr Bartlett, Coordinator, San Juan Unified Adult School Distance Learning Program
This is a quick-start workshop that will cover the basics of distance learning. The workshop will review distance learning basics; identify strategies appropriate for adult basic learners; discuss local program design and implementation; and allow time for questions. At the conclusion, participants will be familiar with how to begin a program for their district.

DL

Secrets of Proxy Contact Hours in Distance Education
Dr. Jerome Johnston, University of Michigan and Project IDEAL
To count distance learners in the National Reporting System requires tracking the Proxy Contact Hours (PCH) they earn as they study a curriculum. This workshop explains the three ways that PCH are measured for approved curricula and explores what is required to establish PCH metrics for curricula not on the approved list.

DL

Using Websites to Teach Math
Leila Rosemberg, Culver City Adult School
There are many Web sites appropriate for both instruction and reinforcement of math concepts. Participants will review Web sites for teaching basic maths concepts as well as Algebra, Geometry, and higher math.

ABE, ASE, DL, TI

Distance Learning for Parent Education
Linda Trame, Hayward Adult School
Come and hear how Hayward is collaborating with their library program on distance learning for families with young children. You will see how their project developed and continues to grow. Please bring ideas on curriculum and format to share with your colleagues.

DL

Promethean in ESL
Blair Roy, Garden Grove Adult School
Teachers at Garden Grove use Promethean Activstudio software to transform existing lessons into engaging activities to increase student participation and motivation. See the Activstudio in action with examples of flipcharts created by ESL teachers to captivate and focus their students on the content of the lesson.

TI

Resources for Adult Educators on the OTAN Web Site
Branka Marceta, OTAN
Get a tour of the wealth of services on www.otan.us: collections of reviewed Web sites for students, online lesson plans, student success stories, and videos of teachers integrating technology, to name a few. For fun, there will be a quiz using a student response system, a new tech gadget.

ALL

NETWORKING LUNCH
Get together informally with colleagues by program area or role to discuss curriculum, program management, and other issues.

ESL - Mather Room - Branka Marceta, OTAN
ABE / ASE / GED - Board Room - Margaret Rogers, OTAN; Katherine Crawford, Elk Grove
Parent Ed. - Room A - Linda Trame, Hayward
Career Tech Ed. - Room B - Penny Pearson, OTAN
DL Administrators and Coordinators - Room C - Lynn Bartlett, San Juan USD; Karen Norton, Tamalpais

Session 5

Putting English to Work
Paul Yung, Distance Learning Coordinator, Los Angeles USD
This workshop will demonstrate the audio, video and text elements of the Putting English to Work 1 educational series, designed as a distance learning curriculum for beginning ESL learners. There is also a Web-based component.

DL, ESL

The Web: An Expanding Venue for Adult Education
John Fleishman, Asst. Supt. of Technology, Sacramento County Office of Education
Computer-based learning systems have been available for many years, but adult ESL and literacy instruction via the Web is still relatively new. This session will offer information about methods for selecting and using Web-based resources for classroom and distance learning. Participants will have an opportunity to view and discuss a variety of different sites designed for supplemental and core instruction.

ALL

So What's a Wiki? (2 hours)
Barry Bakin, ESL Teacher Advisor, Los Angeles USD
Wikis are ideal for quick sharing of ideas, documents, photos and other materials for use by other teachers, or your students. During this session you will start your own FREE wiki AND learn how to upload, edit and manage materials and resources, including displaying your students' work. Motivate your students to read and write in English or display evidence of learning by creating a Website that your students can develop on their own.

ALL

GED Online
Margaret Rogers, OTAN; Katherine Crawford, Elk Grove Distance Learning
GED Integrated Online Solution is a combination CD and Internet program for GED preparation. The CA state license allows agencies to use this program through the purchase of virtual seats. Get an overview of the state license, a sample of the instructional program (CD) and the management system (Internet) and hear the experiences of a current user. GED Online is suitable for distance learning and classroom use.

ASE, DL

U.S.A. Learns - A New Website for Learning English at a Distance
Melinda Holt, OTAN
Since its launch on November 7th, U.S.A. Learns has garnered a massive amount of traffic and has become a useful tool for learning English at a distance. This presentation will offer an overview of USAL, its effectiveness, and the possibilities this site has for use with CDE Innovation and Alternative Instructional Delivery Programs.

DL, ESL

Using TOPSPro for Distance Learning
Jay Wright, CASAS
As more agencies embrace distance learning, participants are discovering that the logistics of administering CASAS assessments requires intensive planning. Learn about the standards for using CASAS in distance learning programs, as well as some features of TOPSpro software that may help agencies monitor the progress of these programs.

DL

Session 6

Professional Development at a Distance
Catherine Green, CALPRO; Jay Wright, CASAS; Marian Thacher, OTAN
California’s three adult education leadership projects, CALPRO, CASAS and OTAN, will present options for accessing professional development online. This session will provide you with information about what’s available, how to request and schedule what you need, and ways to make an online course or workshop into a site-based interactive experience.

ADM, DL

CAHSEE Steps
Pam Thompson, Director, CAHSEE Preparation Initiative
This free interactive, Web-based Math and English CAHSEE preparation resource provides pre-assessment, video introduction to concepts, interactive games for students to practice applying concepts, guided practices, post assessment, and other resources that support student success. Instructors are supported with orientation, enrollment training and professional development.

ASE, DL

Make the GED Connection
Margaret Rogers, OTAN; Katherine Crawford, Elk Grove Distance Learning
California has easy access to the 39 video segments of GED Connection on VHS, DVD or online. The GED Video Partners workbooks produced by CDLP are organized around the content of GED Connection. Find out how to utilize these materials for classroom instruction and for distance learning via labs, lending libraries, Internet, and even instructional television.

ASE, DL

Implementing Distance Learning for Low-Beginning Spanish Speakers


Three agencies will discuss their successful experience implementing ¡Inglés Ya!, a new bilingual ESL multi-media series for low-beginning Spanish speakers. The discussion will focus on the role of the series in distance learning and CBET programs.

DL, ESL

CASAS eTest
Dawn Montgomery, CASAS
Many California agencies have begun using CASAS eTests and have benefited from improved student test performance and reduced time on rudimentary tasks such as “bubbling” and scanning. Learn about the advantages of CASAS eTests and how your agency can plan to start using them.

ADM, TI

Thursday, February 19
Keynote

Web 2.0 is the Future of Education
Steve Hargadon, Educational Consultant
Steve Hargadon believes that the read/write Web, or what we are calling Web 2.0, will culturally, socially, intellectually, and politically have a greater impact than the advent of the printing press. In a world of unlimited content our relationship with information changes, and because of this we're about to have the biggest public discussion about education that we've had in decades. Who produces information? How is information distributed, filtered, and managed? How is learning changing, and what will be the role of formal education? Steve defines ten trends toward the use of Web 2.0 as an educational imperative, and then outlines seven important steps educators can take now to prepare themselves and their students for the changes ahead.

ALL

Session 7

Web 2.0 for Administrators
Marian Thacher, Director, OTAN; Melanie Wade, Fremont Adult School
Web 2.0, the interactive web can work for you! See a quick demo of some online tools such as blogs, wikis, online calendars, and even social networking sites, and examples of how adult education administrators are using these to keep in touch with staff, collaborate on tasks, and market programs.

ADM, TI

Conversation with Steve Hargadon
Steve Hargadon, Educational Consultant
Take advantage of this time to have more conversation with Steve Hargadon and your colleagues about how changes in technology are affecting education, and what that means for us in the adult education classroom and for distance learning.

TI

Video for Teachers and Learners — Editing in Movie Maker (2 hours)
Branka Marceta, OTAN
Television and movies are a big part of our life. Tear your classroom walls down and create excitement by using short videos to enhance instruction and engaging your learners in video projects. See some examples of student- and teacher-made video projects and get a short hands-on introduction to Movie Maker.

All

Web-based Class Activities
Kristi Reyes, MiraCosta College Adult Education
Take project-based learning into the 21st Century with Web-based class activities including online scrapbook pages, flipbooks, slideshows, interactive timelines, and more. The sites demonstrated allow for a myriad of student project possibilities. Participants will receive a handout with Web sites descriptions and links to directions for use and project samples.

ABE, ESL, TI

SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Classroom Fundamentals and Potential
Tom Tortora, Oliver Worldclass Labs
Learn the fundamentals and witness the potential of the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards. This introductory session will offer educators the opportunity to see how the use of SMART’s interactive whiteboard technology, in the classroom, can effectively save time and motivate learners through the use of interactive lessons.

TI

Advanced PowerPoint 2003 for Adult Educators (2 hours)
Linda Swanson, OTAN
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about some of the more advanced features of PowerPoint, such as adding sounds, music and video, creating self-timed presentations, and some advanced animation techniques for creating games and other classroom activities.

TI

Session 8

How to Organize Your DL Program
Trish Kerns, Old Marshall School
Success for any Distance Learning program lies not only in the course offerings, but also in the organizational details. This is your opportunity to participate in a discussion of how to efficiently maintain your inventory, register students, create student folders, hire staff, grade papers, and keep your students coming back!.

DL

Electronic Portfolios for Adult Learners
John Ittelson, Ph.D., Director of Instructional Technologies, K-20 California Educational Technology Collaborative John Whitmer, Director, California Virtual Campus
Electronic Portfolios, or “ePortfolios,” can be used for personal resumes, assessment, and accreditation, as well as for teaching and learning. ePortfolios allow adult learners to collect, analyze, reflect upon and present documentation of prior learning. Find out how your students can participate in the ePortfolio California Project.

ALL

Steaming Media in the Adult Education Classroom (repeat)
Blair Roy, Garden Grove Adult School; Penny Pearson, OTAN
Blair Roy, Garden Grove Adult School; Penny Pearson, OTAN Most would agree that providing compelling video is a great way to help students learn. Adult educators have a variety of media resources available to help them get their point across. This session will provide you with a broad overview of the different resources available online where teachers can find streaming media to enhance their curriculum.

ABE, ESL, TI

Interactive Whiteboards in ESL
Tatiana Roganova, Hayward Adult School; Elaine Kanakis, Hayward Adult School
The presenters will share how they make their lessons more effective and exciting by using Interactive whiteboards in teaching and learning. Paper-based lessons come to life when colorful exercises are created and changed 'on the fly'. Grammar points become easier to remember when words are rearranged and color-coded in front of the learners' eyes.

TI

LUNCH – MATERIALS SWAP

Materials Swap in the Mather Room.
Bring a lesson plan or handout to share, and see what others are doing. Materials will also be available after the event on the Symposium Web site.

Session 9

Google Tools (repeat)
Melinda Holt, OTAN
Google is a search engine and so much more! There are a wide variety of services offered by Google that are free and ready to use – all you need to know is where they are and how to use them. This workshop is dynamic and will make "mini-explorations" into several different Google products such as iGoogle, Google Documents, Maps, Earth, Sites, Picasa and, time permitting, more!

ALL

U.S.A. Learns - A New Website for Learning English at a Distance (repeat)
John Fleischman, Asst. Supt. of Technology, Sacramento County Office of Education
Since its launch on November 7th, U.S.A. Learns has garnered a massive amount of traffic and has become a useful tool for learning English at a distance. This presentation will offer an overview of USAL, its effectiveness, and the possibilities this site has for use with CDE Innovation and Alternative Instructional Delivery Programs.

DL, ESL

Easy Excel Activities for the Classroom: Bingo and Study Helper
Susan Coulter, ABE Instructor, Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education
Templates will be provided to learn how to quickly and easily create Bingo games and interactive student worksheets in just a few minutes - using your own course content. The presenter will demonstrate how to create an interactive response cell using Excel’s IF function, resulting in a fun exercise with instant feedback.

ABE, TI

Podcasting in Adult Education
Branka Marceta, OTAN
Looking to help your auditory learners? Want to extend learning beyond the physical classroom? Want to reach absent students? Hear how adult educators throughout California use podcasting to engage their adult learners. Hear and see examples of audio recorded by learners and teachers and posted online. Create your own podcast.

TI

English For All: What Teachers Need to Know
Marian Thacher, Director, OTAN; Marison Richmond, San Juan USD
Get an overview of English for All, a free online course, and hear how one teacher used it to teach ESL online. How do students register? How do they communicate with the teacher? How does the teacher track progress and count attendance hours? Get answers to these and other questions about teaching online.

DL, ESL

Strands

ABE - Adult Basic Education
ADM - Administrators
ASE - Adult Secondary Education
CTE - Career and Technical Education
DL - Distance Learning
ESL - English as a Second Language
TI - Technology Integration

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