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The 29th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference

1 May 2017
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Learn how technology can be used to increase access and opportunities for both learners and practitioners.

The Office of Adult Education, in collaboration with Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development is hosting the 29th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference on Temple University’s Main Campus (Tuttleman Learning Center, N. 13th & Montgomery Street) on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a full day of dynamic, practice-based workshops that will introduce you to new strategies for integrating technology into adult literacy instruction, planning, services and administration.

Session Descriptions

Activities and Games for ESL Learners
Colleen Serencsits, Trainer, Tutors of Literacy in the Commonwealth

Explore games and activities, both hands-on and electronic, as practice for ESL skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Test activities and watch demonstrations for learners of all levels. Instructions for these and others will be provided.

Adult Education and Alternative Credentialing: A New Pathway to Workforce Development and Higher Education
Erich Smith, Manager, Adult Learning & Workforce Development, Project HOME
Dionne Jennings, HUGS Student, Project HOME

To thrive in today’s fast-evolving job market, students need flexible ways to quickly develop and demonstrate new skills.  Alternative credentialing helps solve this problem. Additionally, as students complete their GED®, higher education is a pathway few feel ready for.  With platforms like Coursera and EdX, adults can “test the waters” around potential majors, subjects, and coursework.  Explore and discuss new pathways and how they can lead to new skills for both the workplace and higher education endeavors.

Blended Instruction: The Perfect Combination
Larry Hasting, ABE/GED® Instructor, Center for Literacy
Chandra Waters, M.Ed., Instructional Technology Specialist, Center for Literacy

In the spirit of preparing adult learners for post-secondary education and the workforce, instructors can now give their students control over the students’ time, pace and place of their learning through Blended Learning Instruction (BLI). BLI is a combination of face to face instruction with a variety of web-based content and instruction. Discover steps to move from a traditional face-to-face learning environment to a technology rich classroom to a blended learning environment.

Blending Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Learning with Adaptive Software for Mastery Learning
Jason Guard, Blended Learning Specialist, Essential Education

What are the problems that adult educators face? Discuss your challenges and learn how Mastery Learning principals can address these issues through personalized instruction. Preview GED®, HiSET®, TABE and WIOA-focused online learning platforms with a blended instruction methodology that follows Benjamin Bloom’s principles of Mastery Learning.

Case Study: An Innovative Use of Online Education to Offer Career Pathways to Adult Learners & Opportunity Youth 
Erik Hensley, Managing Director, Penn Foster
Nigel Bowe, Program Director, JEVS Human Services

Discover how JEVS Human Services and Penn Foster work together to transform lives. Individuals looking for a new job, better career or a second chance receive access to education and skills training programs through a competency-based mobile learning platform that provides them the flexibility and support they need to succeed.

Digital Literacy from the Cell to the “Cell”: Technology Basics for the Returning Citizen
Jeffery Abramowitz, Director of Student Service, Community Learning Center

Review the basic technology tools and devices that are used in society today and which play a vital role in the successful transition of a returning citizen from the world of incarceration. Learn tools and resources that can be accessed via today’s smart phones and computers as we explore the practical digital difficulties facing the returning population.

Digital Literacy Tutor Wanted
Catalina Gonzalez, Volunteer Programs Manager, Office of Adult Education
Jennifer Kobrin, Director, myPLACE℠ and Digital Initiatives 

Digital skills are increasingly necessary to the social, economic and educational landscape of the 21st century. However, common barriers such as cost and lack of experience have resulted in a large digital divide in Philadelphia. To bridge this gap, the Office of Adult Education is happy to introduce their brand new digital literacy tutor training. Discover how Digital Tutors will use technology to connect learners to the tools they need to accomplish their goals.

G-Suite to the Rescue! Using Google Tools to Streamline Program Management
Farrah Parkes, Director of Student Services, Lutheran Settlement House 
Jill Disbro, Program Coordinator, Adult Education Program, Lutheran Settlement House

Discover a range of free tools provided by Google that can help adult education providers streamline program administration. Learn about Google Forms, Voice, and Classroom, see concrete examples of how they are used, and have a chance to try them out for yourself.

How Your Learners Can Show What They Know with Digital Badges
Yuri Seung, Program Manager, Digital On-Ramps
Andrew Stutzman, Program Director, Digital On-Ramps

Earning badges through games is nothing new, but did you know digital badges are also powerful, validated indicators of skills a learner has demonstrated? Explore how to transform your curriculum into a “badge”able experience and build a prototype of a badge you can issue to your learners.

I Can’t do Fractions, but I Passed my GED®!*
Jeremy F. Tinsley, M.Ed., WELL Program, Temple University

Discover how to use the TI-30XS calculator efficiently and effectively to pass the GED® Math section. Participants are encouraged to bring a TI-30XS calculator to the session.

Instruction with Tech Doesn’t Have to Byte: Challenges and Strategies for Teaching with Tech in a Classroom of Beginners
Graham Beckley, Digital Health Trainer, Philadelphia FIGHT
Alyssa Richman, PhD., AIDS Library Critical Path Manager, Philadelphia FIGHT

To modernize their classroom, educators often look to technology to deliver curriculum or engage learners. But often, adult learners don’t possess the digital literacy skills necessary to fully engage with these electronic systems. This workshop will work to identify potential roadblocks to introducing technology in a classroom and provide tools and strategies to integrate tech in instructional practice.

An Introduction to Data Management Using Microsoft Access
Michael Smith, Executive Director

Managing data can be intimidating, but with tips and trick you can become a pro! Uncover the value of data, and how to create, and query a database. This session will highlight hands-on instruction and free existing database.

Let’s Talk About It! Enhancing the ESL Classroom Using Simple Technology to Create Real-World Dialogues
Lindsay Messoline, Curriculum Developer, Cell-Ed
Megan Nitzsche, Curriculum Developer, Cell-Ed

Go beyond the textbook to bring the real world to your English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom! Learn how to use simple technology and your everyday experiences to create dialogues that promote skills in listening, grammar and speaking. Help your English language learners acquire essential skills in an extremely engaging way.

Online Collaboration Applications for ESL Students in Community-Based Programs
Dr. Elena Lawrick, Director of Multilingual Student Support Services, Associate Professor of Education,  Alvernia University
Saida S. Abdul-Aziz, RN, MSN, NRC106 Course Coordinator, Community Health, Alvernia University

The workshop highlights the use of online collaboration applications, WhatsApp and Google Hangouts, for teaching ESL students in community-based programs. Held in the blended format as a face-to-face class with online chat, the workshop provides hands-on experience with different application configurations and discussion of strategies to promote cooperative learning.

Presentation Software and Free Online Access to Interactive Language Practice
+Free Citizenship Course
Tom Dare, ESL Specialist, Cambridge University Press

The presenter will demonstrate “presentation software” that is a digital version of a level of the Ventures Series from Cambridge.  This session will include: Interactive activities, Game Show simulation, Listening Activities, and digital uploads that can be saved for future lessons. Learn how these activities can be accessed for free and showcase free access to hundreds of customizable lesson extensions and activities.

Take Your Phones Out: Simulating a Connected Language Learning Classroom
Jillian Gierke, Program Manager, EREL, Garces Foundation
Matthew Turk, ESL Teacher, Garces Foundation

In most classrooms, students stow their phones during instruction. After class, students reconnect with their phones and continue with life. What would happen if students used their phones during class? What if classroom inquiry looked more like everyday inquiry? What does that mean and what would that look like? Explore all this and more at this session.

Using Smart Phones in Today’s Job Search II
Bernard Miller, President, Career Educational Pathways 

Searching for jobs is easier than ever and we’ve got the tricks to help find that perfect career. This session is part of a campaign to teach modern job search methodology to populations that are behind in what is known as “The Digital Divide”.  Learn how to empower job seekers to understand how to best utilize the one tool that most use every day, their cell phone.

XPRIZE Competition: A Deep Dive
Anne Gemmell, Director of Family Learning, Office of Adult Education
Desmond Dozier, Community Engagement Coordinator, XPRIZE

Take a deep dive into the mobile apps selected by Adult Literacy X-Prize as finalists. We will also analyze together the media and advocacy opportunity presented by the X-Prize project field test in Philadelphia. Finally, we will share preliminary information about the Community Competition for $1 Million, also hosted by the X-Prize Foundation.

Jordan Shapiro, PhD. is a Philadelphia native. Shapiro is currently senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, where he coordinates research and advocacy around digital technology and education policy. Shapiro is an international speaker and consultant whose fresh perspective combines psychology, philosophy, and economics in unexpected ways. He is an adviser and strategist to the United States Air Force and Thomas Edison State University, as well as a member for Teach For All’s Global Advisory Council and expert adviser to the World Economic Forum.  During the week, you can find him in the classroom at Temple University, where he teaches in the Intellectual Heritage Program and developed the online version of the university’s core curriculum.

28th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference Video (2016)

Watch the video below to find out more about last year’s Technology and Adult Education Conference

 >> Read about last year’s Conference

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