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ConnectED Learning: 27th Annual Technology & Adult Education Conference

5 April 2015

ConnectED Learning

Friday, May 8, 2015 at Temple University, Tuttleman Learning Center

Featuring Keynote Speaker Louis Giorla, Commissioner of Prisons


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 27th Annual Technology and Adult Education Conference will showcase trends and opportunities for facilitating connected learning in adult education.

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Digital Promise, The Beacon Project: So What Does a Robust Ecosystem for Technology in Adult Ed Look Like? And How Do We Get Ourselves One of Those?

Facilitators: Jeff Carter and Gabe Martinez Cabrera, Digital Promise
What does a national conversation about technology and adult education tell us about what is needed to start closing the digital divide? If we create a space where tech innovators start designing for adult education students, what would those tech folks need to know? What is the Empathy Gap that exists between tech folks and underserved, under-skilled, and under-credentialed adult students? After a year in the field working on the Beacon Project, Digital Promise will share their answers and findings in a lively and interactive discussion.

Circuits, Games and the Interconnections: Playing with New Tools and Technologies in Support of Literacy and STEM
Facilitator: Christina Cantrill, Ron Houston, Henry C. Lea, and Robert Rivera-Amezola of National Writing Project
Literacy is the ability read/write the world. Join us to play with LEDs and simple circuits, online games, and the like and discuss what it means to be literate with new tools and technologies today. From storytelling to systems-thinking to habits of mind that support investigation and discovery, we consider the implications for connected learning.

Not Your Average Webinar: Tools for Creating Interactive, Practically Relevant Webinars
Facilitator: Brittany Campese, Vision Driven Consulting
If you have attended or taught a webinar, you know how hard it is to keep your audience engaged from beginning to end. This workshop will provide practically applicable tools and tips for making your webinars more engaging, interactive, and personally relevant to your participants. This workshop is best for individuals who have at least a basic familiarity with webinar technology. Participants will obtain new tools for interactive teaching, both online and in-person, and will learn about available webinar software options (free and paid).

Google Potpourri: Integrating Free Google Apps Into Your Adult Education Curriculum
Facilitator: Daniel Eliot, University of Delaware
This session will explore how to integrate Google Sites and Google Forms into your adult education curriculum. Examples include: creating a mock online job application, online student websites or portfolios, online project sites, and more.

An Introduction to Web Design
Facilitator: Michael Smith, The 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.

*Regional Talent Pipeline Development
Facilitator: Joseph Kent, WIN Learning
This session will provide participants with a basic understanding of regional labor market information in context with career development efforts. Participants will engage in collaborative discussion and work in applying labor market information for the purpose of career development programming design.

*Edmentum LIVE: Pathways to Learning Hands-On Adult Education Solutions
Facilitator: David Disko, Edmentum
Discover digital solutions with a hands-on exploration of Edmentum’s comprehensive online adult programs.  Experience how these programs assist adult learners in preparation for GED Testing, developing of ESL skills, transition into post-secondary education, and college and career readiness.

How to Turn Pieces of Data into Valuable Information for Adult Education Programs
Facilitator: Monica Santos-Narvaez, The Literacy Center
Data establishes a strong base to build outcome oriented programs. It takes time and internal collaboration to determine what type of data collection is the most valuable for your organization. It seems like an overwhelming task, but the time invested will reap tremendous results.

Technology Supporting Education and Reentry Programs in Corrections
Facilitators: Lieutenant Jalene Brister, Ethelind Baylor, Barbara Wells, Joyce Coleman-Burwell, and Teresa Fulton of the Philadelphia Prison System
The Philadelphia Prison System offers various educational and reentry programs that utilize technology in their instruction with adult learners and the juvenile population. This presentation will discuss in detail how five of these programs assist inmates in obtaining their High School Diploma/GED and the soft-skills needed for gainful employment. Community providers will also be advised on how to successfully work with returning citizens.

My Dream, My Career: Using Technology to Strengthen Work Ready Skills
Facilitator: Nia Eubanks-Dixon, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund
Using a dialogue focused and experiential learning approach, this workshop will walk participants through the Training Fund’s hands-on technology driven process developed to teach youth about possible career pathways. Using and other work ready web sites, youth at the Training Fund are able to showcase their mastery of career ready skills while simultaneously creating an online portfolio to share with employers and post-secondary institutions. Participants will not only learn about the websites, apps, and other technology driven devises to enhance the learning environment, but will also have time to utilize some of the technology discussed in the workshop.

Digital Literacy Education for Job-Seeking Adults
Facilitators: Scott Pinkelman, Free Library of Philadelphia; Harry Fishburn, Office of Innovation and Technology
The session will examine the difficulties of teaching digital literacy to adult job seekers and explore models and techniques for effective instruction.

Smart Phone Technology and Media Literacy in Today’s Job Hunt
Facilitator: Bernard David Miller, Career Educational Pathways
Being an effective job seeker today means being able to sell ones skills via a variety of formats. Companies are requiring applicants to apply online and submit cover letters via e-mail. This workshop will show educators ways to improve these necessary skills within the frameworks of their curriculum. Participants will be asked to use their smart phones during the hands on section of workshop. This workshop will show educators ways to incorporate modern factors in increasing work readiness skills. Note: Bring Your Own Smart Phone

Learning by Design: A Game-Based Approach to Staff Training for Creating 21st Century Classrooms
Facilitator: Lindsey E. Dixon, Try-State Training
In this session, participants will learn instructional design techniques through the playing of games (on any mobile device). Participants will apply their new skills to a lesson/unit of their own to transform it into an authentic 21st century learning experience. Prior knowledge of gaming is not required.

Digital On-Ramps: Building Tools to Connect Adult Learners to the Workplace
Facilitators: Michael Eleey, Andy Stutzman, and Joanne Ferroni of Drexel University
Digital On-Ramps will hold an interactive session that includes both a demonstration and discussion of its ePortfolio and career pathways tools. Digital On-Ramps will discuss how these tools can be used by adult and youth training providers and will be seeking feedback from participants to help improve these systems.

Using PowerPoint and Cloud Storage to Create and Present Audio/Video Lectures and Tutorials for Learners
Facilitator: Christopher Hopson, Syngetics Inc.
On-demand tutorials and lectures can help to deliver information to learners—especially those with complex work or family obligations.  This workshop will demonstrate the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to create tutorials/ lectures and a simple cloud storage solution, such as or, to give learners access to those recordings.

Using Technology to Increase Accessibility to Learning for Adult ESOL Learners
Facilitator: Bahiya Cabral-Johnson, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Make lifelong learning a meaningful option for working adults learning English as a second language.  Learn how to use technology in blended classroom models that facilitate the participation of working students whose schedules do not permit a traditional classroom experience.

MOOCs:  A New Way to Prepare Adults for College Preparation and/or Alternative Professional Development Possibilities
Facilitator: Erich Smith, Project HOME
More adults are realizing that life-long learning is fast becoming the gas pedal that speeds up gaining employment, staying employed, and promotion potential. College and/or skills training programs were traditionally the next logical step, but the landscape has changed and a new viable answer has emerged in the form of MOOC offerings from a variety of institutions.

Using Technology to Enhance Adult Literacy with myPLACE℠ Online
Facilitator: Jennifer Kobrin, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy; Denise Brunker, Congreso de Latinos Unidos; Nita Jalivay, Community Learning Center
As the lines between technology and literacy blur, how can we teach digital skills and help low-literate adults make academic gains at the same time? Participants will learn about myPLACE℠ Online; background on the digital divide in Philadelphia; and gain tips and resources for integrating technology and learning in fun and engaging ways.


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*Registration will close once event capacity is reached. Lunch, conference materials, and raffle tickets are not guaranteed for those who have not pre-registered. If you have registered but have not received a confirmation to the email address you provided within 48 hours, please contact Christopher Strenge at or 215-686-5256.

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