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ConnectED Learning: 28th Annual Technology & Adult Education Conference

28 April 2016

ConnectED Learning

Friday, May 13, 2016 at Temple University, Tuttleman Learning Center

Featuring Keynote Speaker Shlomy Kattan, Senior Director, XPRIZE

Adult learners today require educational opportunities that help fulfill a wide variety of technology, social, educational and workforce goals. These goals can be achieved through connected learning, an approach to teaching and learning that promotes the use of technology to connect adult learners to peers, interests, academic and workforce opportunities. The 28th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference will showcase trends and opportunities for facilitating connected learning in adult education.

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A Hunt for Career Pathways!

Facilitator: KayLynn Hamilton, Penn State University

Career pathways strategies have become an important part of adult education planning and delivery. This interactive session will introduce participants to multiple career pathways components, strategies and sources for information.  The culminating activity will introduce a scavenger hunt for participants to become familiar with local labor market information. Other than ability to navigate the Internet, no additional prior knowledge is required.

Your Guide to HiSET®: the New High School Equivalency Test

Facilitator: Gladys E. Recinos, Educational Testing Services (ETS)

The HiSET® exam, an affordable, more accessible high school equivalency test option, gives out-of-school youth and adults an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and earn a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. Participants will gain an understanding of the HiSET® program, preview the web-based reporting portal and other free instructional resources.

Digital On-Ramps ePortolio: Preparing Learners & Job Seekers for Opportunities

Facilitators: Taj Brown, Yuri Seung, Mike Eleey & Liz Gibbons, Digital On-Ramps

Digital On-Ramps (DOR) will hold an interactive session with a discussion and demonstration of its ePortfolio tool.  DOR will convey how the ePortfolio can be utilized by adult and youth training providers, provide an opportunity for participants to explore the system, and seek feedback for improvements.

Integrating eLearning & Workforce Innovation for ESL learners in the Classroom and Beyond

Facilitator: Melanie Fox, Burlington English

Adult ESL instructors know the importance of age-appropriate, relevant, just-in-time content. Administrators must align curricula with workforce innovation and report progress. Learn how BurlingtonEnglish empowers schools to provide an eLearning solution that includes:

(1) dynamic WIOA-aligned classroom learning
(2) self-study
(3) comprehensive reporting. Learn how you can implement BurlingtonEnglish in your program.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, but they are not required.

ESL Distance Learning with Mobile Devices – From the Basics to the Workplace

Facilitator: Paul Rogers, Program Developer 

The presentation is on the use of mobile devices in an ESL Distance Learning program and its application to the workplace and career readiness. Participants will learn how to use PUMAROSA, Cell-Ed and other programs on mobile phones, plus Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp, and how to adapt these programs to the workplace.

An Introduction to Database Management Systems Using Microsoft Access

Facilitator: Michael Smith, Center for Technology Access and Training

This session will teach participants how to create and manage a database management system using Microsoft Access.  This session will cover the creation and manipulation of tables, forms, queries and reports

Using Technology to Improve Outcomes for Adult Learners & GED® Test-Takers

Facilitator: Brian Smith, GED® Testing Services

This session will focus on how technology has improved the learning experience for adult learners and GED® test-takers. We will look at the new tools available to adult learners and instructors and discuss future plans for using technology to improve outcomes.

Using ‘Kahoot’, An Internet Based Learning Game, to Motivate Adult Learners

Facilitator: Dorothy Taylor, Educational Opportunity Center, University of Buffalo

Participants in this session will be introduced to Kahoot, a free internet-based learning game that adult learners can use on any mobile or desktop device. You will learn how and why to play the game, in addition to exploring games that are available and creating games targeted to adult learners.

Creating Safe Pathways for Adult Learners through Technology

Facilitators: Dana Covert, Robert Hurley & Yamalia Marin, Hopeworks ‘N Camden

Relationships with caring adults allows learners to reestablish safety and trust while providing a framework for individuals to develop academic and workforce related skills. This workshop will demonstrate how trauma informed tools, together with innovative uses of technology, combine to create the safe, caring environment that leads to academic excellence.

Using Media Literacy as a Tool to Empower Marginalized Communities

Facilitator: LaTierra Piphus, Media Literacy Now

This session shares tips on using media literacy to develop counter-narratives for marginalized communities. This could be considered a Media Literacy 101 course centering on marginalized populations and largely interactive, hands-on for folks new the concept of critical media analysis.

TWO FOR ONE: Using Internet Resources to Enhance Adult Learning (Math and RLA) and Class Management

Facilitators: Charlotte Mulvihill & Jeremy Tinsley, Community Center at Visitation

One presentation – “fractured by fractions” will focus on why fractions are so confusing to learners and what measures can be taken to help learners master fraction math. The second presentation will showcase the role of a Learning Management System to create a technology-rich environment for adult learners.

How to Bring Technology into the Classroom

Facilitator: Kim Ramirez, FactSumo

We will demystify the process of bringing technology into the classroom. From identifying what your organization actually needs to on-boarding your colleagues with ease, this session covers it all. No previous experience or knowledge needed.

Bridging the Digital Divide – Creating Your Online Work Profile via Smart Phones

Facilitator: Bernard David Miller, Career Educational Pathways

Despite the fact that many low income job seekers do not have regular access to computers should not be a major impediment in the job search. The majority of low-income job seekers access the internet via their cellular phones. This session is designed for teachers to help them understand what an asset the mobile devices is for jobseekers.

Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills: Health and Fitness through Technology

Facilitators: Jennifer Kobrin, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy & Claudia Setubal, Indego

Learn about an innovative pilot that is increasing safe and healthy bike riders on Philly streets, while simultaneously increasing digital literacy. This session will cover tips for embedding digital skills within high interest topics such as biking. Participants will receive resources they can use in their program, and free Indego swag.

An Introduction to Web Design

Facilitator: Michael Smith, Center for Technology Access and Training

This workshop will provide participants with a basic introduction to web design. Participants will learn to create a web page using HTML. They will also learn about the capabilities of other web design tools, such as Dreamweaver, WordPress and Joomla. No experience is necessary.


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