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Recap: 29th Annual Technology & Adult Education Conference

20 June 2017
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The Office of Adult Education in partnership with Temple University’s Center for Social Policy & Community Development, hosted the 29th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference on May 19, 2017. Over 120 adult educators and practitioners came out to learn about new technology to incorporate into adult education in Philadelphia.

“This conference is about the practitioners. It’s an opportunity for them to refresh, to get together to network, to reconnect,” said Naomie Nyanungo, Director of Professional Development & Community Engagement at the Office of Adult Education. “Practitioners need to know new tools, new strategies for doing what it is that they do “This conference is about helping them get those tools.”

Jordan Shapiro, Ph.D., senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, was this year’s Keynote Speaker and talked about the future of jobs and “how to prepare adults for sustaining work.”

OAE executive director Diane C. Inverso discussed the change in technology and how it impacts adult learners in Philadelphia.

“Many of these adults need jobs and to have these jobs, they need to know how to use computers and they need to know how to have digital literacy skills,” she said. “Education is important, tech is important and to have a strong workforce these are components that are very important.”

Director of myPLACE℠ & Digital Initiatives Jen Korbin talked about the new Digital Literacy Tutor Training, which will launch this year.

“There is a huge part of Philly that has been left behind,” she said. The training will be used to connect interested tutors who have tech skills with adults who need to develop these 21st century skills.

Volunteer Programs Manager Catalina Gonzalez said the conference reiterates the importance of technology for everyday tasks.

“Digital Literacy is becoming important today because new jobs require those skills, applying for jobs requires access to computers and be able to send info online,” she said.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the conference a success. A special thank you goes to our keynote speaker, Jordan Shapiro and guest interviewer, Tony Abraham.

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