Around 200 participants are gathering at Fresno Adult School at the end of this week to learn about and share meaningful and relevant techniques and tools in your classroom and celebrate the fun and effectiveness of educational technology!
If you are not attending this premier professional development event in person, there is the opportunity to view live stream of select sessions on two channels. Please note that no technical assistance will be offered with live stream because all OTAN staff will be busy supporting the conference.
OTAN leaders welcome you with the following messages.
From Joyce Hinkson, Ed.D., Director of OTAN
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS). We would like to acknowledge Principal Andre Pecina and staff of Fresno Adult School for being exceptional hosts.
This year, we are very pleased to have Dr. Devin Vodicka, Superintendent of Vista Unified School District, as our keynote speaker. Dr. Vodicka is well known for his passion for and support of education technology to enhance teaching and learning. He will share his insights with us about educational transformation and digital learning from his statewide and national perspectives.
Each TDLS session includes knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenters who will provide useful information on a range of pertinent topics. New this year is the APP-mazing Race where participants compete in small teams to create projects using mobile devices.
The popular and fast-paced EdTech Share Slam will be the culminating high-energy event for day one of the Symposium. Be thinking about the tech tip, trick, or shortcut you’d like to show off!
And last, but not least, please take advantage of the many TDLS networking opportunities available throughout the Symposium. Social media hashtags #tdls16, #adultedu, or #edtech can be used to share what you learn with your colleagues at the Symposium as well as with those who were unable to attend this year.
From the Executive Director of OTAN, John Fleischman, Assistant Superintendent Sacramento County Office of Education
This is an exciting time to be an adult educator in California. With the new California Adult Education Block Grant funding now in place, and with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act poised for full implementation, we have new and expanded opportunities for using technology creatively to improve teaching and learning. But to fully capitalize on these opportunities, it will take time to plan, implement, and evaluate the best ways for using technology to enhance your programs.
OTAN is pleased to be your partner as you move forward. We have been supporting the implementation of technology in California adult education for more than 25 years. OTAN staff offers that support via mentoring academies, face-to-face workshops, online webinars, and a comprehensive array of online resources.
Today and tomorrow we have the pleasure of hosting another Technology and Distance Learning Symposium. Several dozen carefully selected presenters will offer you the best and most current approaches for using and integrating technology for in-class and learning at a distance. The array of planned presentations are designed to inform, improve your skills, and spark new ideas that you may be able to use within your classroom, program, or the emerging consortium in your region.
We hope you benefit from this opportunity to learn from some very talented and knowledgeable adult education and technology experts. Enjoy!
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The two programs will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Applications are due by April 22, 2016..
USCIS expects to announce all 46 award recipients in September.
Since 2009, USCIS has awarded approximately $53 million through 262 grants to organizations that have provided citizenship preparation services to more than 138,000 permanent residents in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
To apply for this funding opportunity, visit www.grants.gov . USCIS encourages applicants to visit www.grants.gov before the application deadline in order to obtain the registration information needed to complete the application process.
Source: email to the field from Adult Education Office
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
This year's celebration took place on Tuesday, 9 February 2016 with a theme of 'Play your part for a better internet!’ The website showcases the many events and activities which took place across the globe to mark the day... find out what happened in your part of the world, and find contacts and resources to help you to play your part for a better internet not just on SID, but all year through.
In honor of the day Jacqueline Beauchere , Microsoft’s Chief Online Safety Officer, writes about safe online habits and practices and offers some general tips to make sure you’re keeping digitally up to date:
Defend your computer, tablet and phone. Strengthen your device’s defenses. Keep all software current with automatic updating. Don’t be tricked into downloading malicious software, and think before you open attachments or click links in email, IM or on a social network – even if you know the sender.
Protect personal information. Never give sensitive info (e.g., account numbers or passwords) or call a number in response to an email, IM or social network request. Think before you respond to pleas for money from “family members,” deals that sound too good to be true or other scams.
Create strong passwords and keep them secret. Make them long and strong, like phrases or sentences that mix letters, numbers and symbols. Use different passwords for different accounts and websites, especially those that involve financial information.
Take charge of your online reputation. Discover what’s on the Internet about you by entering your name into Bing and other search engines. Periodically reevaluate what you find, and strive to cultivate an accurate, positive reputation.
Take extra steps to keep kids safe online. Make online safety a family effort with a mix of guidance and monitoring. Negotiate house rules for Web and online game use that fit your child’s maturity level and your family’s values. Pay attention to what kids do and who they meet online.
Next year’s date is set for Tuesday, February 7 2017.
SCR 116, was introduced on March 1, 2016 by the California Senator Tony Mendoza (D), Representing District 32.
This bill would proclaim the week of April 3, 2016, to April 9, 2016, inclusive, as Adult Education Week, and would honor the teachers, administrators, classified staff, and students of adult education programs statewide for their efforts, persistence, and accomplishments.
programs to enhance the lifelong learning opportunities in the
WHEREAS, In 2015, the Legislature and Governor Edmund
G. Brown Jr. saved California adult schools from the brink of
closure by establishing the Adult Education Block Grant program
that is helping to restore access and programming for adult learners
with planning and collaboration on a regional scale; now, therefore,
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims the week of
April 3, 2016, to April 9, 2016, inclusive, as Adult Education
Week, and that teachers, administrators, classified staff, and
students of adult education programs statewide be honored for
their efforts, persistence, and accomplishments; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this
resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
Mr. Johan E. Uvin, Assistant Secretary of Education for Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) of the U.S. Department of Education, visited the California Department of Education on January 13, 2016. He met with Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent, Instruction and Learning Support Branch; Russell Weikle, Director, Career and College Transitions Division; Christian Nelson, Administrator, Adult Education Office (AEO); several AEO consultants; Adult Education Block Grant partners from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; and local adult education program administrators from the field.
Mr. Uvin also visited one of the larger adult education programs in the U.S. at the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Along with regional representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mr. Uvin was in Sacramento to speak as part of a Fresh Federal Perspectives plenary session at the 2016 Youth Program hosted by the California Workforce Association in Sacramento.
For more information on Mr. Uvin’s activities while in California, visit the OCTAE Website .
Adult Education Office, California Department of Education encourages you to review and share this information with interested stakeholders. OCTAE will continue to post resources and information on OCTAE’s resource page, as they become available.
Source: email from CDE AEO (accessed January 15, 2016).
In the February Web-based Activity article Debbie Jensen writes that "Reading materials for the low level reader are often difficult to find online. Here are five Web sites that will help your student succeed, even if his or her reading level is low."