OTAN at COABE 2017: Todays's Magic For Tomorrow's Dreams!
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Florida, April 2-5, 2017

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USA Learns: Free Online English Learning Tools

Monday, 09:30-10:45, Coronado E

USA Learns is a popular English learning site used worldwide. USA Learns is a FREE online instructional program developed for adults and the media-rich site is the preferred online distance-learning tool not only in many states but worldwide as well! This session will cover the student site and how it is used as well as the teacher management options which include class keys, rosters, gradebook, and student account updates.
Presented by: Melinda Holt
Audience: ESL/ELL, Technology/Digital Literacy

Using the Google—Advanced!

Monday, 3:15-4:30, Yucatan 2

Everyone knows Google! Right? Did you know you could do more?! This fast-paced presentation will cover how to extend the capabilities of the Google tools you know and use, PLUS show tools you may not even know existed! A quick intro of improved tools like Translator, Maps, and Draw will lead into the lesser known Google Form capabilities, Drive Add-Ons, and the more advanced Chrome Apps. Examples of each app, extension and add-on will be explained, and their uses in and out of the classroom will be modeled. The sharing and collaborative aspects of Google will be the main focus throughout the presentation—there is so much more you can do than you ever knew!
Presented by: Melinda Holt
Audience: Technology/Digital Literacy, Career and Technical Education

Digital Skills for Adult Learners and Their Educators

Tuesday, 11:15-12:30, Monterey 2

WIOA defines digital literacy skills as the skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information. New Media Horizon Consortium explores many more definitions. How will teachers and learners in adult education identify and gain digital skills while engaging in basic literacy and education activities? Let’s explore and discuss!
Presented by: Branka Marceta, Joyce Hinkson, Penny Pearson, Blair Roy
Audience: Technology/Digital Literacy, Adult Basic Education

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MOBILE UP: Cell Phone First Education for Low-Wage Workers

Wednesday, 11:15-12:30, Monterrey 2

Through a state workforce innovation project called MOBILE UP, union training programs across California are piloting how to bring cell phone first ESL, career education, and coaching to immigrant service workers and other low-wage workers across California. Project leaders from OTAN, SEIU, and CALFED will share research into best practices in mobile learning and lessons learned through pilot testing with workers in building service, long-term health care, and other sectors.
Presented by: Alison Ascher Webber, Penny Pearson
Audience: WIOA, Technology/Digital Literacy