Schedule

Friday Sessions

Registration/Breakfast   (Friday 7:30am-8:30am)

Registration and Breakfast
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
OTAN Staff
Please stop at the OTAN registration table first to sign in and get your badge and conference bag. Join us for breakfast - enjoy something to eat before you start your conference day. Welcome to TDLS 2024!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: PAC)

Welcome & Keynote   (Friday 8:45am–10:15am)

Save The Mavericks: How to Destroy The Status Quo
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Joe Marquez
Change can be exciting and fearful all at the same time. Doing things out of the norm can make us look different in the eyes of our fellow teachers and senior administrators. But we must not let fear stand in the way of change, we must SAVE the Maverick inside us all and celebrate educators who are willing to push the boundaries of what is possible in education. Join us to see how we can lift the Mavericks within ourselves and others to take our andragogy to new heights.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLF, EEA)

Session 1   (Friday 10:30am-12:00pm)

ChatGPT and AI in the ESL Classroom
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Francisco X Pinedo Jr.
Using ChatGPT and other forms of Artificial Intelligence can help enhance the learners' experience in your classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate AI tools for their AE students in the classroom. Examples of activities include writing simple sentences to letters of intent.
(AUD: STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: DLE, OEA)
Create Video Lessons and Embedded Assignments with ScreenPal
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Nitya Ramanan
ScreenPal (previously Screencast-O-Matic) is a simple yet powerful tool that has multiple uses including screen recorder, video editor, creating storyboards and scripts, capturing and annotating screenshots, and creating video quizzes. This tool would be beneficial to adult educators as they design lessons. ScreenPal’s embedded quizzes and polls allow curriculum and lesson designers to create video lessons with frequent knowledge checks, or short bytes of video lessons followed by a quiz.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, OEA)
Creating Beautiful Canvas Pages
Demonstration (90 minute)
Elaine Pham
In this workshop, instructors will learn designing tips to make your Canvas pages beautiful with different design elements. Effective use of designing elements captures students’ attention and makes it easier for learners to read and retain information. This workshop is for instructors who have experience teaching with Canvas.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: DLE)
Dispel Technology Myths for Adults With Disabilities
Demonstration (90 minute)
Kenya Bratton
This workshop is all about mythbusters for struggling adults and those with specific learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, attention deficit, mild traumatic brain injury, etc.). Attend this knowledge-packed and interactive workshop for on the spot digital tips that require no price tag. Please bring a mobile device. The identified adult learners are those who have known or unknown mild disabilities with a higher level of independence to practice the strategies.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD • CAT: DLE, DLF, EEA, OEA)
Effective Asynchronous Instructional Design in Hybrid Courses
Demonstration (90 minute)
Kristi Reyes (w/ Erica Duran)
Post-pandemic, an increasing number of ESL and CTE courses are now taught in Hybrid format, with some instructional portions synchronous and another portion asynchronous online. Yet, many faculty understand asynchronous teaching as little more than providing time for students to log-into pre-developed curriculum programs. We will provide backward design practices and planning tools so teachers can execute high-quality hybrid adult education courses in ESL and CTE.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA)
Gain Confidence by Practicing your Zoom Skills Including the Latest Updates
Demonstration (90 minute)
Anagit Traganza (w/ Chris Vela Che, Johanna Gleason)
Online instructors need to stay on top of all the Zoom updates while continuing to create interesting, engaging and dynamic lessons. But Zoom keeps coming up with new updates! Come to this session to learn how to get the most out of the updates (including AI) while maintaining fun and exciting online classes (or class components.) Learn how to help your faculty or teaching staff keep their Zoom skills up to date while feeling supported and nurtured by the administration.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ABE, ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC)
See the Latest in AI! Free Online Interactive Resources for Adult Learners
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Debbie Jensen
Looking for quality online resources to stimulate student learning and raise scores? Want to expand your HS/HSE offerings? CK-12 offers free open content including interactive multimedia. An AI based tutor is available for students 24/7. Teachers are given digital assistance to know student activity and needs. More impressively, FlexBooks are customizable, you can adapt what is there, add to it, or even create your own. CK-12 recently partnered with adult education for ABE, HS/ASE, ESL and CTE.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL • CAT: DLE, OEA)
CA Adult Ed Teachers' Views on Using Tech for Differentiated Instruction
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
Susanne Sparks
Presenter will offer examples of the successful use of differentiated instruction using tech with underserved adult learners in CA and their opinions. Experienced* CA non-administration adult ed instructors on-site at the conference will be invited to participate in a facilitated discussion to share their perceptions of the benefits and challenges of using tech for differentiated instruction. *TBD via brief vetting, a participation lanyard will be awarded at presentors' discretion.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: DLE, OEA)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (90 minute)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Lunch   (Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm)

Lunch
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
OTAN Staff
Join us for lunch! Enjoy a meal before heading into more sessions.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: PAC)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Session 2   (Friday 1:00pm-2:00pm)

ENGAGE, ENHANCE, and EXTEND the Learning with the Triple E Framework!
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Debbie Jensen (w/ Susan Coulter, Alisa Takeuchi, Susan Gaer)
In this session, we will look at technology integration and some simple ways to increase student involvement and learning with Liz Kolb’s Triple E Framework. Participants will learn how they can easily add these activities to their current lesson plans. We will stress the importance of focusing on the learning goals first and the technology second. We will share a lesson plan and then show how we can add activities to ENGAGE, ENHANCE, and EXTEND the learning.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, EEA)
HyFlex: Guidance and Discussion on Implementing Innovative Instruction
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Jen Vanek (w/ Destiny Simpson, David Rosen)
The Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) model gives students agency to choose how they engage in learning: in-person, synchronously online, or asynchronously online. This panel discussion begins with a brief intro to HyFlex. Then, expert teachers and PD leaders share insights and answer questions about HyFlex in action. Participants learn about the Guide for Design and Implementation of Hybrid–Flexible (HyFlex) Models in Adult Education and videos showing teachers' set-up and implementation of the model.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLM)
Digital Literacy Meets Student-Written Content, and a Star Is Born!
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Cynthia Peters (w/ Jerry Yamashita)
Come and find out about a source of FREE student-written, social-justice-oriented content that you can use to teach digital literacy. Engaging stories in Google slides with interactive components, compelling online content that includes the option to comment and reply to comments, and interactive Google docs you can copy and adapt for your students -- these are some of the digital tools you will learn about and access during this session.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, OEA)
Transforming and Aligning EL Distance Learning
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Nikki Ross (w/ Jenna Hanson, Barbara Van Dyken, Jennifer Owens)
This presentation highlights our work to transform and align our EL Distance Learning programs to better serve students unable to attend class in person or those waiting for an open spot in our extremely impacted EL program. In addition to Distance Learning as an independent study model, we will explore piloted hybrid options that double capacity in in-person classes. Teacher support in these transitions as well as digital literacy integration will drive our ability to move forward and succeed.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLE, DLM)
Let CASAS Be Your Compass: Navigating Teacher Portal
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Adrian Boggess (w/ Luke Philley)
The CASAS Teacher Portal is a new tool available in TE which helps teachers to access student and classroom data in real-time. Teachers can use the portal to identify areas of strength and growth, inform one-on-one student data chats, and lesson plan to target key areas of need. Come and find out how the how the Teacher Portal can improve your program's performance while saving you time and money!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL, WFP • CAT: PAC)
Gating the Story: Finding the Video Game in Your Computer Lab
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Robert Brian Gomez
Ranging from experimental simulations to the biggest AAA games, the most memorable instruction can be found in digital gaming. How do the best and most classic games effectively guide novices by placing "gates" in the narrative? How can this benefit and create persistence for our ESL learners in computer labs? This demonstration will examine this phenomenon and how this can translate into hybrid and remote learning situations.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM)
From Our Prison to Your Adult School or Have Laptop; Will Travel
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Amy Pattin (w/ Patrick O'Neill)
Persons transitioning from incarceration to the streets face many challenges. With priorities of basic needs taking precedence, going to school can feel like a luxury. Setting these individuals on the right path that includes an education provides the greatest hope for avoiding recidivism. This session will focus on the goals of the CDCR educational programs and provide an opportunity for the participants to voice their needs as the recipients of the recently incarcerated students.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, WFP • CAT: SSS)
How Can AI Help You Personalize ESL Lessons on Any Topic?
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Jarek Janio (w/ Victoria Pu)
Are you teaching English for a specific purpose such as IELCE, career pathways, or IET? Do you teach multi-level classes of adult learners who need English lessons tailored to their level? Rancho Santiago Community College District has partnered with Pace AI to bridge the gap between skills-based training and context-relevant English language education. Spun out of the Allen Institute for AI Research, Pace AI helps teachers generate personalized learning for different student levels.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ABE, ESL, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Session 3   (Friday 2:15pm-3:45pm)

AI and Adult Education! (ChatGPT Named This Panel! jk! But It Could Have!)
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
Barry Bakin (w/ Susan Coulter, Elisia Doonan, Debbie Jensen, Jaemi Naish)
This panel presentation explores the use of AI in adult education. Speakers from various adult education contexts will discuss practical and instructional applications of AI for teachers and administrators, AI as it relates to adults with disabilities, and ethical considerations for all. Learn how AI is shaping the future of adult education and why you should want to know about it.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, EEA)
Why Are Students Struggling? Let's Look at Their Learning Style Inventory
Demonstration (90 minute)
Lila Young
Do you feel frustrated when you go over a concept not once, but twice and some students still do not get it? You ask yourself: "Are they paying attention or listening at all?" One reason is the information presented does not match the students' learning modality. This presentation focuses on the different LSIs and how to incorporate them into a lesson plan.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, OEA, SSS)
Beg. ESL Zoom Breakout Room: Tips and Activities
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Jia Sun (w/ Ruth Wilson)
Have you ever struggled to engage beginning ESL students on Zoom? Do you find it challenging to manage Breakout rooms? Learn effective strategies to engage online ESL students with Jia Sun and Ruth Wilson, experienced online ESL teachers at San Diego Community College District. The presenters will guide you through a comprehensive plan to enhance breakout room management. Learn versatile activities suitable for both novice and experienced Zoom educators, aimed at improving student interaction.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA)
Using Technology to Enhance COAAPs
Demonstration (90 minute)
Denise Douglas
Are your COAAPs stuck in the late 1900s? Are you using technology to make them relevant and accessible? Come learn how the Porterville Adult School has revamped their COAAP assessments to make the experience more meaningful for students and easier for staff to track and grade. This demonstration will focus on implementing Google-based tools, however other options will be shared.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: OEA)
Unite, Inspire, Achieve!! Create an Adult Education Virtual School Fair!!
Demonstration (90 minute)
Josh Eick (w/ Prishay Wilson, Bernadine Gonzalez)
In this session, presenters will share a virtual school fair created by students and staff of the Adult Education Virtual Academy (AEVA), which showcases work done by students, their digital skills, AEVA programs, and staff presentations. The presenters will explain how the virtual fair was created including all templates and forms used. Participants will enjoy a guided tour of the fair and ask any questions they might have about replicating it.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC)
Improve and/or Polish Your Canvas Gradebook Skills
Demonstration (90 minute)
Johanna Gleason (w/ Chris Vela Che)
Is Canvas Gradebook giving you headaches? Come to this session to learn how to group and weight assignments in order to make the gradebook more manageable. Learn additional Canvas features, such as how to annotate student writing assignments, create detailed rubrics, and master the speedgrader. Pick up some extra tips and tricks to save time and stay organized, all while ensuring that you’re meeting ADA accessibility standards.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ABE, ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA)
Strengthening Collaboration & Partnerships: One USD & CCD
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
Adele McClain (w/ Martha Mendez)
Discover the successful collaboration and partnerships between Apple Valley Adult School and Victor Valley College in accelerating learner matriculation and workforce integration. Learn how training and a comprehensive site plan have strengthened team dynamics, improved communication, and utilized individual strengths. Explore accomplishments including tailored ESL orientation, expanded course offerings, and increased student attendance and persistence rates.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: EEA, PAC, SSS)
Use Draw and Slides to Publish - Replace Paper!
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Melinda Holt
Need to create a business card or an online newsletter? How about creating an image that isn’t fuzzy? Or make your own image to insert into any type of document? Attend this session to discover all the voodoo you can do with Google’s Draw and Slides tool beyond presentations!
(AUD: STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, SSS)
Becoming a Prompt Genius Using Generative AI Tools
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Joe Marquez
Learn to craft effective prompts for Generative AI in education in this interactive session. Explore personalized learning and ethical AI use, engaging in hands-on activities with our six-tiered prompting framework. Unleash creativity and discover innovative classroom AI applications. Ideal for educators seeking exciting, practical AI skills.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (90 minute)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Session 4   (Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm)

Enhancing Classroom Learning with Technology: Grab-and-Go Lesson Plans
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Susan Coulter
Immerse yourself in the world of educational innovation through this presentation on the Teaching with Technology database. Discover a wealth of lesson plans that expertly weave technology, College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), and the Triple E Framework into your teaching methods, resulting in an enhanced and transformative learning experience.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE)
Creative Ways to Engage All Levels of Online Learners
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Elisia Doonan
Keep your skills current and relevant with education technology, blended learning, distance learning, communications and more. In this session we will take a quick look at the tools, techniques and tips specifically created for busy adult ed teachers.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, AWD, ESL • CAT: DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA)
Co-Designing Community Digital Navigation Services to Close Digital Divides
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Jerry Yamashita (w/ Jeana Davis, Justine Schade)
World Education, in partnership with AT&T, is leading the co-design, development, and integration of digital navigation services at five diverse community-based organizations throughout the United States. Join our session to learn more about how we worked with each site to identify their needs and strengths, implement programming to provide individualized assistance for access to devices, the internet, and digital skills, and design sustainable solutions targeted to decrease the digital divide.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: EEA, PAC)
Got Canva? You Got AI!
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Audrey Dierdorff
Do you use Canva for designing flyers, creating presentations, and other projects? Whether your answer is yes or no, come learn what Canva is, how to get a free account, and how AI technology, now embedded in Canva, can make designing and creating easier. During this session, you will create a Canva For Education account, learn some basic uses of Canva, and how to use Canva's Magic Studio (AI Tools). Bring a device so you can follow along. Let's learn how Canva and AI can work for us!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, PAC)
Digital Whiteboard Options to Replace Google Jamboard
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Cindy Wislofsky
With Google Jamboard being phased out soon, what will you use instead? Digital whiteboards have a multitude of collaborative uses such as brainstorming, group work, vocabulary building, reviewing, sharing feedback, and more. Even if you haven’t used a virtual whiteboard before, learn about some exciting options moving forward without Jamboard, especially FigJam. Whiteboards shared all have free versions. Bring your tablet or laptop to get the full experience in this interactive session.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: OEA)
Best Practices for Multi-Modality Instruction
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Karyn Ruiz (w/ Mitch Rosin)
Can 40+ students forge their way to academic success with only 9 hours of scheduled class-time each week? Yes! This session will review the instructional strategies Karyn Ruiz uses with her current students, including the 3 “Golden Rules” that are a part of all her classes.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC)
ELL Writing - Read Out Loud to AI, Receive Feedback, Revise
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Ryan Detwiler
ELLs can read their writing assignments out loud to AI chatbots, practicing pronunciation and fluency, then revise their writing to include AI-suggested vocabulary, collocations, and linking phrases. Bring a laptop to follow along from the perspective of a hybrid-ESL student. We’ll use eslvideo.com's commercial "chattybots" in this workshop, though other listening/speaking chatbots are available. The presenter will share how these tasks were set up in Canvas along with student work and feedback.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: OEA)
The Googles
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Melinda Holt
Google Workspace has a treasure trove of apps to use in education. Those apps are also always updating! Features, functions, and other fantastical stuff is added and, unless users know where or what to look for, the cool stuff remains hidden. This session will uncover Google goodies including the new, hidden, and forgotten features in Drive, Draw, Sites, Art Institute, Labs, Translate, Keep and more!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)
Effective Practices for High Quality Online Teaching
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Chris Vela Che (w/ Katrina Tamura)
Some agencies and teachers are hesitant to offer and teach hybrid courses for beginning and intermediate ESL students out of the misguided belief that this population lacks the prerequisite language proficiency or digital skills to study online. The presenters outline high-touch practices that onboard students effectively, engage students, and motivate them to complete online work and persist in their hybrid classes, walking away with new levels of self efficacy and skills.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Saturday Sessions

Registration/Breakfast   (Saturday 8:00am-9:00am)

Registration and Breakfast
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
OTAN Staff
Please stop at the OTAN registration table first to sign in and get your badge and conference bag. Join us for breakfast - enjoy something to eat before you start your conference day. Welcome to TDLS 2024!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: PAC)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Session 5   (Saturday 9:15am-10:15am)

Harnessing the Power of Digital Teaching with the Digital Learning Guidance
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Christina Hyatt (w/ Renee Collins, Francisco X Pinedo Jr.)
In this panel discussion, discover practical strategies to enhance your agency's digital presence and empower teachers, staff, and students. OTAN has launched the Digital Learning Guidance Canvas course, Facilitators' Guides with PowerPoints, video summaries, and Readers' Guides to accompany the Digital Learning Guidance document. Hear how the Digital Learning Guidance resources can help you unlock the power of digital learning at your site.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, SSS)
EdTech & Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Karin de Varennes
EdTech & UDL complement one another providing equitable environments for all learners. How to do them both? Join this session for an interactive approach to creating a UDL lesson with technology in collaborative groups.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: EEA)
CampGPT Showcase
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Rachel Riggs
In CampGPT, California adult educators collaborated in a hands-on, AI-focused learning experience. Join us to hear about their experience learning about the use of AI tools. What materials did they create using generative AI tools? What scary stories can they tell? Don't miss this chance to hear from your fellow educators about the potential and drawbacks of using AI in your practice.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE)
Mastering Canvas: Tips and Resources for Success
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Chun Hee McMahon (w/ Amalia Pizano, Yecsenia Delgado, Hannah Gandy)
Learn the ropes of a successful Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) implementation in your Adult Education Program. Our team will share practical tips, student resources, and teacher training materials acquired through their own Canvas transition. Join us for a concise session packed with insights to streamline your digital teaching experience and elevate your CTE program to new heights.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)
CommonLit! - What Every Academic (ABE & GED) Teacher Needs!
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Rosa Leon Blanco
CommonLit is a highly effective and free online reading program. Since my integration of CommonLit in the class, students are increasing CASAS and GED scores!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL • CAT: DLF, EEA, OEA)
Navigating Resistance to Technology Implementation at East Side Adult Edu.
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Maricel Manglicmot (w/ Michelle Chuang, Michael Delaney)
In this presentation, the facilitators will describe a technology implementation project at East Side Adult Education. The three-part project includes Canvas support for teachers in all departments, a Canvas professional development course for ASE teachers who are unable to participate in meetings, and new ESL classes with blended learning approaches. Participants in this presentation will gain ideas on how to incorporate technology on their own campuses.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC)
Revolutionize Data Driven Decision-Making with AI Tools
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Matthew Rhoads
Using AI tools has resulted in the time required to make data-driven decisions to decrease dramatically. We will demo the Advanced Data Analysis tool within ChatGPT to outline how pertinent adult education data can be extracted and analyzed within this AI tool. Then, after the demonstration, we will discuss how AI can be utilized within decision-making scenarios teachers and school leaders experience to improve student outcomes and programs at our schools.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: EEA, PAC, SSS)
Ensuring All Have Access
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Geoff Belleau (w/ Kristina Mattis)
A panel discussion. Focus on available connectivity programs and a discussion of how to engage and utilize the CA Digital Equity Plan.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD • CAT: DLM, EEA)
Formative Assessments: Engaging Digital Tools for Adult Learners
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Laura Waterman (w/ Mariana Silva, Chris Vela Che)
How often do you check students’ comprehension of the material taught? This session delves into the transformative role of digital formative assessments in various types of instruction. Discover innovative approaches to lower the affective filter and enhance the educational experience for adult learners. Join us in an exploration of strategies at the intersection of technology and meaningful feedback to inform your instruction. Share insights and unlock the potential of formative assessments.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ESL • CAT: OEA)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Session 6   (Saturday 10:30am-11:30am)

USA Learns: Take a Tour of This FREE Resource for ESL, Citizenship, and CTE
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Alisa Takeuchi
Welcome to USA Learns! Come join this session to learn more about this FREE website developed by a division of the Sacramento County Office of Education enabling ESL students to practice basic English, immigrant integration, Citizenship, and CTE! There is something for everyone. Bring your device and follow along with the tour or just sit back, relax, and take notes.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLF, OEA)
Developing EL Civics COAAP Instruction and Assessment Tasks with AI
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Lori Howard (w/ Portia La Ferla)
Many EL Civics COAAP instruction and assessment tasks require agency-created scenarios or histories. Artificial Intelligence tools can assist curriculum developers and teachers in writing multiple versions of these scenarios and/or histories, making the process much less time consuming. Presenters will model the use of ChatGPT in creating scenarios, lead participants through the process and then assist participants in using ChatGPT to write a scenario on their own. Links and resources provided.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL, WFP • CAT: DLE)
Election and Voting Resources for Adult Learners
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Empower students to participate in the democratic electoral process! Participants identify the latest resources in the form of pdfs, videos, online courses, with emphasis on the electoral process, voting rights, and voting responsibilities. By adapting and incorporating these resources, participants can implement learning strategies appropriate for ESL, EL/Civics, HiSet, ABE, IELCE/IET, or Citizenship classrooms, political campaigns, and voting booths.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF)
Empowering Teacher Leaders through a Professional Development Academy
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Yecsenia Delgado
Join us to explore the transformative journey with our two-year Professional Development Academy, empowering teacher leaders. This program offers coaching, aids agencies in achieving tech goals, and equips educators to foster innovation, enhancing student learning. Learn how the academy can empower teachers to unlock technology's potential in education.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)
Schoolwide Northstar Digital Literacy Integration for Staff & Students
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Meredith Tait (w/ Hilary Estes, Ryan Whetstone)
In order to address the digital literacy gap, Torrance Adult School partnered with OTAN to bring the Northstar Digital Literacy program to our school. We started by building staff capacity through professional development sessions using the Northstar lessons and assessments. In Fall 2023, we are focused on assessing and building students’ digital literacy skills by incorporating a digital skills screener in some classes and incorporating the Northstar curriculum in others.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL, WFP • CAT: DLF, EEA, OEA)
BEST Course Informational and Show-and-Tell Finale Session
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Kristi Reyes (w/ Susan Gaer)
Attend this session to learn about the Building an EdTech Strategy Toolkit (BEST) course, developed through a partnership between OTAN and the EdTech Center @World Education. The course is offered two times per year and focuses on effective technology integration strategies of meeting learners’ needs with evidence-based strategies by creating replicable routines. Participants from the spring course will present their routines.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, EEA)
Students Engaging with Video Creation in Language Courses
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Abram (Avi) Jones
The EEE framework has taught us that technology in instruction should be a means rather than an end. Beyond the idea of the medium (fully online instruction) lies the possibility of extending student engagement through novel ways of teaching and learning that students are truly comfortable with. In this experimental instruction, we asked many students to participate in group projects involving the target language (English or French) and saw engagement flourish.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLM, EEA, OEA)
Soft Skills: What Are They? How Are They Incorporated into a Classroom?
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Lila Young (w/ Courtney Urdesich-McMahon)
Today’s students and future job seekers are comfortable with using technology (hard skills); however, soft skills are also important. In today’s job market, employers are looking for an applicant that has both skills. This session discusses how to achieve a balance between soft and hard skills in the Classroom/Hybrid online environment to prepare students for the work environment.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)
Revolutionizing Education: A Deep Dive into the World of Generative AI
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Joe Marquez
Join our session to explore Generative AI (ChatGPT, Claude, Bard,) in education. Discover its potential to transform teaching methods, create engaging content, and personalize student learning. Focus on equity and ethics in AI use. Perfect for educators eager to integrate AI into their strategies.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Lunch   (Saturday 11:45am-12:45pm)

Lunch
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
OTAN Staff
Join us for lunch! Enjoy a meal before heading into more sessions.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: PAC)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Session 7   (Saturday 1:00pm-2:00pm)

Streamline Planning with AI: Craft Custom Lessons
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Susan Coulter
Discover how AI can transform lesson planning. Learn to create custom lesson plans with generative tools, saving time and ensuring quality. Perfect for educators of all levels and subjects.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: DLE)
Supporting Lifelong Learners – The Path from Prison to Adult School
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Lynne Ruvalcaba
At any given time, there are 53,000 people on parole in California needing academic or vocational education to obtain employment. Rehabilitative programs in CDCR have created lifelong learners who hope to continue learning once they are released. In this session, you will learn what to expect from a student returning from prison, how to best support their success, and what steps you can take towards building a connection between the education and justice systems.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL, WFP • CAT: CRR, PAC)
Using AI Tools in Citizenship Preparation and Civics Education
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Leverage the power of AI tools such as ChatGPT to target and tailor the creation of level-appropriate English language and U.S. civics course material for the Naturalization interview. Re-apply these prompts to highlight and connect the language and civics content in IECLE classroom to facilitate student leadership in the workforce and the community-at-large.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ABE, PAA, WFP • CAT: DLE, DLF)
Using Online Platforms with Low-Literacy Students
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Wendy Okada (w/ Tatiana Dutra E Mello)
As various platforms have become an excellent tool to facilitate second language acquisition, a unique set of challenges arise when using such platforms with low-literacy learners. In this presentation and facilitated discussion, we will share our best practices, tips and tools for using Canvas and Ellii.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLF, EEA)
Maximize Technology for Effective Instruction: Using the Triple E Framework
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Aaron Mendelson (w/ Victoria Bian, Danielle Silverman)
Join us as educators from Culver City Adult School share how they use technology to enrich instruction based on the Triple E Framework. First, the presenters will highlight key elements of the Framework. Then, they will delve into how they incorporate these elements into Burlington English. In closing, the presentation will culminate with samples of how they use Microsoft’s Flip to promote and extend work skills beyond the classroom.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, OEA)
Teaching Writing to ESL Students in the AI Age
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Chris Vela Che (w/ Ingrid Bairstow)
We all know that AI is here whether we like it or not, but many of us don’t know where to begin or how to incorporate AI into our teaching. This presentation will share a few AI tools and strategies to teach writing to ESL students at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. We will also discuss strategies, challenges, and questions about AI.
(AUD: TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, EEA, OEA)
Cyber High, Changing Lives One Future at a Time
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Susanne Sparks (w/ Rob Cords)
Cyber High is one of the originators of asynchronous online coursework, circa 1998; although our roots date to 1978 via the Pass Program put forth in the service of California’s Migrant student population (whom we still serve in large percentage today). It is owned and operated by one of the largest county offices of education in California, the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. It offers 79 online courses, 7 in Spanish, 47 courses are appropriate for A-G, and one CTE course.
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, PAC)
California Adult Ed Technology and Distance Learning – A Look at the Data
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Matthias Sturm (w/ Anthony Burik)
The Technology and Distance Learning for California Adult Education report provides an overview of distance learning in WIOA-funded adult schools and noncredit community college programs. We present preliminary findings from the 2022-2023 report and invite participants to discuss online and blended learning as well as the impact of technology adoption in the delivery of program offerings as we look at the data. We also will reflect on the challenges and opportunities in a post-pandemic world.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, ESL • CAT: DLF, DLM, EEA, PAC)
EL Civics on Canvas
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Alisa Takeuchi
The EL Civics shared courses have moved to Canvas! These courses are geared for High Intermediate through Advanced ESL students to be used in class as whole group instruction, blended for both in class and at home instruction, or as a distance learning component. They are available for California adult educators in the Canvas Commons. Come join this session to learn which COAAPs are available and how to get your own copy of the course.
(AUD: ADM, TEA • PGM: ESL • CAT: DLE, DLF, DLM)
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Close/Tech Slam   (Saturday 2:15pm-3:15pm)

TDLS Tech Slam! and Closing
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
OTAN Staff
Join us to celebrate the end of a great conference and to participate in the TDLS 2024 Tech Slam! The Tech Slam is a fast-paced session intended to share and learn about educational technology tips with colleagues. Walk away with even more great ideas and tips!
(AUD: ADM, STF, TEA • PGM: ABE, ASE, AWD, ESL, PAA, STE, WFP • CAT: CRR, DLE, DLF, DLM, EEA, OEA, PAC, SSS)

Schedule

Friday Sessions

Registration/Breakfast   (Friday 7:30am-8:30am)

Registration and Breakfast
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
OTAN Staff
Please stop at the OTAN registration table first to sign in and get your badge and conference bag. Join us for breakfast - enjoy something to eat before you start your conference day. Welcome to TDLS 2024!

Welcome & Keynote   (Friday 8:45am–10:15am)

Save The Mavericks: How to Destroy The Status Quo
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Joe Marquez
Change can be exciting and fearful all at the same time. Doing things out of the norm can make us look different in the eyes of our fellow teachers and senior administrators. But we must not let fear stand in the way of change, we must SAVE the Maverick inside us all and celebrate educators who are willing to push the boundaries of what is possible in education. Join us to see how we can lift the Mavericks within ourselves and others to take our andragogy to new heights.

Session 1   (Friday 10:30am-12:00pm)

ChatGPT and AI in the ESL Classroom
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Francisco X Pinedo Jr.
Using ChatGPT and other forms of Artificial Intelligence can help enhance the learners' experience in your classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate AI tools for their AE students in the classroom. Examples of activities include writing simple sentences to letters of intent.
Create Video Lessons and Embedded Assignments with ScreenPal
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Nitya Ramanan
ScreenPal (previously Screencast-O-Matic) is a simple yet powerful tool that has multiple uses including screen recorder, video editor, creating storyboards and scripts, capturing and annotating screenshots, and creating video quizzes. This tool would be beneficial to adult educators as they design lessons. ScreenPal’s embedded quizzes and polls allow curriculum and lesson designers to create video lessons with frequent knowledge checks, or short bytes of video lessons followed by a quiz.
Creating Beautiful Canvas Pages
Demonstration (90 minute)
Elaine Pham
In this workshop, instructors will learn designing tips to make your Canvas pages beautiful with different design elements. Effective use of designing elements captures students’ attention and makes it easier for learners to read and retain information. This workshop is for instructors who have experience teaching with Canvas.
Dispel Technology Myths for Adults With Disabilities
Demonstration (90 minute)
Kenya Bratton
This workshop is all about mythbusters for struggling adults and those with specific learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, attention deficit, mild traumatic brain injury, etc.). Attend this knowledge-packed and interactive workshop for on the spot digital tips that require no price tag. Please bring a mobile device. The identified adult learners are those who have known or unknown mild disabilities with a higher level of independence to practice the strategies.
Effective Asynchronous Instructional Design in Hybrid Courses
Demonstration (90 minute)
Kristi Reyes (w/ Erica Duran)
Post-pandemic, an increasing number of ESL and CTE courses are now taught in Hybrid format, with some instructional portions synchronous and another portion asynchronous online. Yet, many faculty understand asynchronous teaching as little more than providing time for students to log-into pre-developed curriculum programs. We will provide backward design practices and planning tools so teachers can execute high-quality hybrid adult education courses in ESL and CTE.
Gain Confidence by Practicing your Zoom Skills Including the Latest Updates
Demonstration (90 minute)
Anagit Traganza (w/ Chris Vela Che, Johanna Gleason)
Online instructors need to stay on top of all the Zoom updates while continuing to create interesting, engaging and dynamic lessons. But Zoom keeps coming up with new updates! Come to this session to learn how to get the most out of the updates (including AI) while maintaining fun and exciting online classes (or class components.) Learn how to help your faculty or teaching staff keep their Zoom skills up to date while feeling supported and nurtured by the administration.
See the Latest in AI! Free Online Interactive Resources for Adult Learners
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Debbie Jensen
Looking for quality online resources to stimulate student learning and raise scores? Want to expand your HS/HSE offerings? CK-12 offers free open content including interactive multimedia. An AI based tutor is available for students 24/7. Teachers are given digital assistance to know student activity and needs. More impressively, FlexBooks are customizable, you can adapt what is there, add to it, or even create your own. CK-12 recently partnered with adult education for ABE, HS/ASE, ESL and CTE.
CA Adult Ed Teachers' Views on Using Tech for Differentiated Instruction
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
Susanne Sparks
Presenter will offer examples of the successful use of differentiated instruction using tech with underserved adult learners in CA and their opinions. Experienced* CA non-administration adult ed instructors on-site at the conference will be invited to participate in a facilitated discussion to share their perceptions of the benefits and challenges of using tech for differentiated instruction. *TBD via brief vetting, a participation lanyard will be awarded at presentors' discretion.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (90 minute)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Lunch   (Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm)

Lunch
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
OTAN Staff
Join us for lunch! Enjoy a meal before heading into more sessions.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Session 2   (Friday 1:00pm-2:00pm)

ENGAGE, ENHANCE, and EXTEND the Learning with the Triple E Framework!
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Debbie Jensen (w/ Susan Coulter, Alisa Takeuchi, Susan Gaer)
In this session, we will look at technology integration and some simple ways to increase student involvement and learning with Liz Kolb’s Triple E Framework. Participants will learn how they can easily add these activities to their current lesson plans. We will stress the importance of focusing on the learning goals first and the technology second. We will share a lesson plan and then show how we can add activities to ENGAGE, ENHANCE, and EXTEND the learning.
HyFlex: Guidance and Discussion on Implementing Innovative Instruction
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Jen Vanek (w/ Destiny Simpson, David Rosen)
The Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) model gives students agency to choose how they engage in learning: in-person, synchronously online, or asynchronously online. This panel discussion begins with a brief intro to HyFlex. Then, expert teachers and PD leaders share insights and answer questions about HyFlex in action. Participants learn about the Guide for Design and Implementation of Hybrid–Flexible (HyFlex) Models in Adult Education and videos showing teachers' set-up and implementation of the model.
Digital Literacy Meets Student-Written Content, and a Star Is Born!
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Cynthia Peters (w/ Jerry Yamashita)
Come and find out about a source of FREE student-written, social-justice-oriented content that you can use to teach digital literacy. Engaging stories in Google slides with interactive components, compelling online content that includes the option to comment and reply to comments, and interactive Google docs you can copy and adapt for your students -- these are some of the digital tools you will learn about and access during this session.
Transforming and Aligning EL Distance Learning
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Nikki Ross (w/ Jenna Hanson, Barbara Van Dyken, Jennifer Owens)
This presentation highlights our work to transform and align our EL Distance Learning programs to better serve students unable to attend class in person or those waiting for an open spot in our extremely impacted EL program. In addition to Distance Learning as an independent study model, we will explore piloted hybrid options that double capacity in in-person classes. Teacher support in these transitions as well as digital literacy integration will drive our ability to move forward and succeed.
Let CASAS Be Your Compass: Navigating Teacher Portal
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Adrian Boggess (w/ Luke Philley)
The CASAS Teacher Portal is a new tool available in TE which helps teachers to access student and classroom data in real-time. Teachers can use the portal to identify areas of strength and growth, inform one-on-one student data chats, and lesson plan to target key areas of need. Come and find out how the how the Teacher Portal can improve your program's performance while saving you time and money!
Gating the Story: Finding the Video Game in Your Computer Lab
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Robert Brian Gomez
Ranging from experimental simulations to the biggest AAA games, the most memorable instruction can be found in digital gaming. How do the best and most classic games effectively guide novices by placing "gates" in the narrative? How can this benefit and create persistence for our ESL learners in computer labs? This demonstration will examine this phenomenon and how this can translate into hybrid and remote learning situations.
From Our Prison to Your Adult School or Have Laptop; Will Travel
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Amy Pattin (w/ Patrick O'Neill)
Persons transitioning from incarceration to the streets face many challenges. With priorities of basic needs taking precedence, going to school can feel like a luxury. Setting these individuals on the right path that includes an education provides the greatest hope for avoiding recidivism. This session will focus on the goals of the CDCR educational programs and provide an opportunity for the participants to voice their needs as the recipients of the recently incarcerated students.
How Can AI Help You Personalize ESL Lessons on Any Topic?
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Jarek Janio (w/ Victoria Pu)
Are you teaching English for a specific purpose such as IELCE, career pathways, or IET? Do you teach multi-level classes of adult learners who need English lessons tailored to their level? Rancho Santiago Community College District has partnered with Pace AI to bridge the gap between skills-based training and context-relevant English language education. Spun out of the Allen Institute for AI Research, Pace AI helps teachers generate personalized learning for different student levels.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Session 3   (Friday 2:15pm-3:45pm)

AI and Adult Education! (ChatGPT Named This Panel! jk! But It Could Have!)
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
Barry Bakin (w/ Susan Coulter, Elisia Doonan, Debbie Jensen, Jaemi Naish)
This panel presentation explores the use of AI in adult education. Speakers from various adult education contexts will discuss practical and instructional applications of AI for teachers and administrators, AI as it relates to adults with disabilities, and ethical considerations for all. Learn how AI is shaping the future of adult education and why you should want to know about it.
Why Are Students Struggling? Let's Look at Their Learning Style Inventory
Demonstration (90 minute)
Lila Young
Do you feel frustrated when you go over a concept not once, but twice and some students still do not get it? You ask yourself: "Are they paying attention or listening at all?" One reason is the information presented does not match the students' learning modality. This presentation focuses on the different LSIs and how to incorporate them into a lesson plan.
Beg. ESL Zoom Breakout Room: Tips and Activities
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Jia Sun (w/ Ruth Wilson)
Have you ever struggled to engage beginning ESL students on Zoom? Do you find it challenging to manage Breakout rooms? Learn effective strategies to engage online ESL students with Jia Sun and Ruth Wilson, experienced online ESL teachers at San Diego Community College District. The presenters will guide you through a comprehensive plan to enhance breakout room management. Learn versatile activities suitable for both novice and experienced Zoom educators, aimed at improving student interaction.
Using Technology to Enhance COAAPs
Demonstration (90 minute)
Denise Douglas
Are your COAAPs stuck in the late 1900s? Are you using technology to make them relevant and accessible? Come learn how the Porterville Adult School has revamped their COAAP assessments to make the experience more meaningful for students and easier for staff to track and grade. This demonstration will focus on implementing Google-based tools, however other options will be shared.
Unite, Inspire, Achieve!! Create an Adult Education Virtual School Fair!!
Demonstration (90 minute)
Josh Eick (w/ Prishay Wilson, Bernadine Gonzalez)
In this session, presenters will share a virtual school fair created by students and staff of the Adult Education Virtual Academy (AEVA), which showcases work done by students, their digital skills, AEVA programs, and staff presentations. The presenters will explain how the virtual fair was created including all templates and forms used. Participants will enjoy a guided tour of the fair and ask any questions they might have about replicating it.
Improve and/or Polish Your Canvas Gradebook Skills
Demonstration (90 minute)
Johanna Gleason (w/ Chris Vela Che)
Is Canvas Gradebook giving you headaches? Come to this session to learn how to group and weight assignments in order to make the gradebook more manageable. Learn additional Canvas features, such as how to annotate student writing assignments, create detailed rubrics, and master the speedgrader. Pick up some extra tips and tricks to save time and stay organized, all while ensuring that you’re meeting ADA accessibility standards.
Strengthening Collaboration & Partnerships: One USD & CCD
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
Adele McClain (w/ Martha Mendez)
Discover the successful collaboration and partnerships between Apple Valley Adult School and Victor Valley College in accelerating learner matriculation and workforce integration. Learn how training and a comprehensive site plan have strengthened team dynamics, improved communication, and utilized individual strengths. Explore accomplishments including tailored ESL orientation, expanded course offerings, and increased student attendance and persistence rates.
Use Draw and Slides to Publish - Replace Paper!
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Melinda Holt
Need to create a business card or an online newsletter? How about creating an image that isn’t fuzzy? Or make your own image to insert into any type of document? Attend this session to discover all the voodoo you can do with Google’s Draw and Slides tool beyond presentations!
Becoming a Prompt Genius Using Generative AI Tools
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Joe Marquez
Learn to craft effective prompts for Generative AI in education in this interactive session. Explore personalized learning and ethical AI use, engaging in hands-on activities with our six-tiered prompting framework. Unleash creativity and discover innovative classroom AI applications. Ideal for educators seeking exciting, practical AI skills.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (90 minute)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Session 4   (Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm)

Enhancing Classroom Learning with Technology: Grab-and-Go Lesson Plans
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Susan Coulter
Immerse yourself in the world of educational innovation through this presentation on the Teaching with Technology database. Discover a wealth of lesson plans that expertly weave technology, College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), and the Triple E Framework into your teaching methods, resulting in an enhanced and transformative learning experience.
Creative Ways to Engage All Levels of Online Learners
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Elisia Doonan
Keep your skills current and relevant with education technology, blended learning, distance learning, communications and more. In this session we will take a quick look at the tools, techniques and tips specifically created for busy adult ed teachers.
Co-Designing Community Digital Navigation Services to Close Digital Divides
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Jerry Yamashita (w/ Jeana Davis, Justine Schade)
World Education, in partnership with AT&T, is leading the co-design, development, and integration of digital navigation services at five diverse community-based organizations throughout the United States. Join our session to learn more about how we worked with each site to identify their needs and strengths, implement programming to provide individualized assistance for access to devices, the internet, and digital skills, and design sustainable solutions targeted to decrease the digital divide.
Got Canva? You Got AI!
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Audrey Dierdorff
Do you use Canva for designing flyers, creating presentations, and other projects? Whether your answer is yes or no, come learn what Canva is, how to get a free account, and how AI technology, now embedded in Canva, can make designing and creating easier. During this session, you will create a Canva For Education account, learn some basic uses of Canva, and how to use Canva's Magic Studio (AI Tools). Bring a device so you can follow along. Let's learn how Canva and AI can work for us!
Digital Whiteboard Options to Replace Google Jamboard
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Cindy Wislofsky
With Google Jamboard being phased out soon, what will you use instead? Digital whiteboards have a multitude of collaborative uses such as brainstorming, group work, vocabulary building, reviewing, sharing feedback, and more. Even if you haven’t used a virtual whiteboard before, learn about some exciting options moving forward without Jamboard, especially FigJam. Whiteboards shared all have free versions. Bring your tablet or laptop to get the full experience in this interactive session.
Best Practices for Multi-Modality Instruction
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Karyn Ruiz (w/ Mitch Rosin)
Can 40+ students forge their way to academic success with only 9 hours of scheduled class-time each week? Yes! This session will review the instructional strategies Karyn Ruiz uses with her current students, including the 3 “Golden Rules” that are a part of all her classes.
ELL Writing - Read Out Loud to AI, Receive Feedback, Revise
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Ryan Detwiler
ELLs can read their writing assignments out loud to AI chatbots, practicing pronunciation and fluency, then revise their writing to include AI-suggested vocabulary, collocations, and linking phrases. Bring a laptop to follow along from the perspective of a hybrid-ESL student. We’ll use eslvideo.com's commercial "chattybots" in this workshop, though other listening/speaking chatbots are available. The presenter will share how these tasks were set up in Canvas along with student work and feedback.
The Googles
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Melinda Holt
Google Workspace has a treasure trove of apps to use in education. Those apps are also always updating! Features, functions, and other fantastical stuff is added and, unless users know where or what to look for, the cool stuff remains hidden. This session will uncover Google goodies including the new, hidden, and forgotten features in Drive, Draw, Sites, Art Institute, Labs, Translate, Keep and more!
Effective Practices for High Quality Online Teaching
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Chris Vela Che (w/ Katrina Tamura)
Some agencies and teachers are hesitant to offer and teach hybrid courses for beginning and intermediate ESL students out of the misguided belief that this population lacks the prerequisite language proficiency or digital skills to study online. The presenters outline high-touch practices that onboard students effectively, engage students, and motivate them to complete online work and persist in their hybrid classes, walking away with new levels of self efficacy and skills.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Saturday Sessions

Registration/Breakfast   (Saturday 8:00am-9:00am)

Registration and Breakfast
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
OTAN Staff
Please stop at the OTAN registration table first to sign in and get your badge and conference bag. Join us for breakfast - enjoy something to eat before you start your conference day. Welcome to TDLS 2024!
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Session 5   (Saturday 9:15am-10:15am)

Harnessing the Power of Digital Teaching with the Digital Learning Guidance
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Christina Hyatt (w/ Renee Collins, Francisco X Pinedo Jr.)
In this panel discussion, discover practical strategies to enhance your agency's digital presence and empower teachers, staff, and students. OTAN has launched the Digital Learning Guidance Canvas course, Facilitators' Guides with PowerPoints, video summaries, and Readers' Guides to accompany the Digital Learning Guidance document. Hear how the Digital Learning Guidance resources can help you unlock the power of digital learning at your site.
EdTech & Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Karin de Varennes
EdTech & UDL complement one another providing equitable environments for all learners. How to do them both? Join this session for an interactive approach to creating a UDL lesson with technology in collaborative groups.
CampGPT Showcase
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Rachel Riggs
In CampGPT, California adult educators collaborated in a hands-on, AI-focused learning experience. Join us to hear about their experience learning about the use of AI tools. What materials did they create using generative AI tools? What scary stories can they tell? Don't miss this chance to hear from your fellow educators about the potential and drawbacks of using AI in your practice.
Mastering Canvas: Tips and Resources for Success
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Chun Hee McMahon (w/ Amalia Pizano, Yecsenia Delgado, Hannah Gandy)
Learn the ropes of a successful Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) implementation in your Adult Education Program. Our team will share practical tips, student resources, and teacher training materials acquired through their own Canvas transition. Join us for a concise session packed with insights to streamline your digital teaching experience and elevate your CTE program to new heights.
CommonLit! - What Every Academic (ABE & GED) Teacher Needs!
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Rosa Leon Blanco
CommonLit is a highly effective and free online reading program. Since my integration of CommonLit in the class, students are increasing CASAS and GED scores!
Navigating Resistance to Technology Implementation at East Side Adult Edu.
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Maricel Manglicmot (w/ Michelle Chuang, Michael Delaney)
In this presentation, the facilitators will describe a technology implementation project at East Side Adult Education. The three-part project includes Canvas support for teachers in all departments, a Canvas professional development course for ASE teachers who are unable to participate in meetings, and new ESL classes with blended learning approaches. Participants in this presentation will gain ideas on how to incorporate technology on their own campuses.
Revolutionize Data Driven Decision-Making with AI Tools
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Matthew Rhoads
Using AI tools has resulted in the time required to make data-driven decisions to decrease dramatically. We will demo the Advanced Data Analysis tool within ChatGPT to outline how pertinent adult education data can be extracted and analyzed within this AI tool. Then, after the demonstration, we will discuss how AI can be utilized within decision-making scenarios teachers and school leaders experience to improve student outcomes and programs at our schools.
Ensuring All Have Access
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Geoff Belleau (w/ Kristina Mattis)
A panel discussion. Focus on available connectivity programs and a discussion of how to engage and utilize the CA Digital Equity Plan.
Formative Assessments: Engaging Digital Tools for Adult Learners
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Laura Waterman (w/ Mariana Silva, Chris Vela Che)
How often do you check students’ comprehension of the material taught? This session delves into the transformative role of digital formative assessments in various types of instruction. Discover innovative approaches to lower the affective filter and enhance the educational experience for adult learners. Join us in an exploration of strategies at the intersection of technology and meaningful feedback to inform your instruction. Share insights and unlock the potential of formative assessments.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Session 6   (Saturday 10:30am-11:30am)

USA Learns: Take a Tour of This FREE Resource for ESL, Citizenship, and CTE
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Alisa Takeuchi
Welcome to USA Learns! Come join this session to learn more about this FREE website developed by a division of the Sacramento County Office of Education enabling ESL students to practice basic English, immigrant integration, Citizenship, and CTE! There is something for everyone. Bring your device and follow along with the tour or just sit back, relax, and take notes.
Developing EL Civics COAAP Instruction and Assessment Tasks with AI
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Lori Howard (w/ Portia La Ferla)
Many EL Civics COAAP instruction and assessment tasks require agency-created scenarios or histories. Artificial Intelligence tools can assist curriculum developers and teachers in writing multiple versions of these scenarios and/or histories, making the process much less time consuming. Presenters will model the use of ChatGPT in creating scenarios, lead participants through the process and then assist participants in using ChatGPT to write a scenario on their own. Links and resources provided.
Election and Voting Resources for Adult Learners
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Empower students to participate in the democratic electoral process! Participants identify the latest resources in the form of pdfs, videos, online courses, with emphasis on the electoral process, voting rights, and voting responsibilities. By adapting and incorporating these resources, participants can implement learning strategies appropriate for ESL, EL/Civics, HiSet, ABE, IELCE/IET, or Citizenship classrooms, political campaigns, and voting booths.
Empowering Teacher Leaders through a Professional Development Academy
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Yecsenia Delgado
Join us to explore the transformative journey with our two-year Professional Development Academy, empowering teacher leaders. This program offers coaching, aids agencies in achieving tech goals, and equips educators to foster innovation, enhancing student learning. Learn how the academy can empower teachers to unlock technology's potential in education.
Schoolwide Northstar Digital Literacy Integration for Staff & Students
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Meredith Tait (w/ Hilary Estes, Ryan Whetstone)
In order to address the digital literacy gap, Torrance Adult School partnered with OTAN to bring the Northstar Digital Literacy program to our school. We started by building staff capacity through professional development sessions using the Northstar lessons and assessments. In Fall 2023, we are focused on assessing and building students’ digital literacy skills by incorporating a digital skills screener in some classes and incorporating the Northstar curriculum in others.
BEST Course Informational and Show-and-Tell Finale Session
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Kristi Reyes (w/ Susan Gaer)
Attend this session to learn about the Building an EdTech Strategy Toolkit (BEST) course, developed through a partnership between OTAN and the EdTech Center @World Education. The course is offered two times per year and focuses on effective technology integration strategies of meeting learners’ needs with evidence-based strategies by creating replicable routines. Participants from the spring course will present their routines.
Students Engaging with Video Creation in Language Courses
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Abram (Avi) Jones
The EEE framework has taught us that technology in instruction should be a means rather than an end. Beyond the idea of the medium (fully online instruction) lies the possibility of extending student engagement through novel ways of teaching and learning that students are truly comfortable with. In this experimental instruction, we asked many students to participate in group projects involving the target language (English or French) and saw engagement flourish.
Soft Skills: What Are They? How Are They Incorporated into a Classroom?
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Lila Young (w/ Courtney Urdesich-McMahon)
Today’s students and future job seekers are comfortable with using technology (hard skills); however, soft skills are also important. In today’s job market, employers are looking for an applicant that has both skills. This session discusses how to achieve a balance between soft and hard skills in the Classroom/Hybrid online environment to prepare students for the work environment.
Revolutionizing Education: A Deep Dive into the World of Generative AI
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Joe Marquez
Join our session to explore Generative AI (ChatGPT, Claude, Bard,) in education. Discover its potential to transform teaching methods, create engaging content, and personalize student learning. Focus on equity and ethics in AI use. Perfect for educators eager to integrate AI into their strategies.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Lunch   (Saturday 11:45am-12:45pm)

Lunch
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
OTAN Staff
Join us for lunch! Enjoy a meal before heading into more sessions.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Session 7   (Saturday 1:00pm-2:00pm)

Streamline Planning with AI: Craft Custom Lessons
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Susan Coulter
Discover how AI can transform lesson planning. Learn to create custom lesson plans with generative tools, saving time and ensuring quality. Perfect for educators of all levels and subjects.
Supporting Lifelong Learners – The Path from Prison to Adult School
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Lynne Ruvalcaba
At any given time, there are 53,000 people on parole in California needing academic or vocational education to obtain employment. Rehabilitative programs in CDCR have created lifelong learners who hope to continue learning once they are released. In this session, you will learn what to expect from a student returning from prison, how to best support their success, and what steps you can take towards building a connection between the education and justice systems.
Using AI Tools in Citizenship Preparation and Civics Education
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Leverage the power of AI tools such as ChatGPT to target and tailor the creation of level-appropriate English language and U.S. civics course material for the Naturalization interview. Re-apply these prompts to highlight and connect the language and civics content in IECLE classroom to facilitate student leadership in the workforce and the community-at-large.
Using Online Platforms with Low-Literacy Students
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Wendy Okada (w/ Tatiana Dutra E Mello)
As various platforms have become an excellent tool to facilitate second language acquisition, a unique set of challenges arise when using such platforms with low-literacy learners. In this presentation and facilitated discussion, we will share our best practices, tips and tools for using Canvas and Ellii.
Maximize Technology for Effective Instruction: Using the Triple E Framework
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Aaron Mendelson (w/ Victoria Bian, Danielle Silverman)
Join us as educators from Culver City Adult School share how they use technology to enrich instruction based on the Triple E Framework. First, the presenters will highlight key elements of the Framework. Then, they will delve into how they incorporate these elements into Burlington English. In closing, the presentation will culminate with samples of how they use Microsoft’s Flip to promote and extend work skills beyond the classroom.
Teaching Writing to ESL Students in the AI Age
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Chris Vela Che (w/ Ingrid Bairstow)
We all know that AI is here whether we like it or not, but many of us don’t know where to begin or how to incorporate AI into our teaching. This presentation will share a few AI tools and strategies to teach writing to ESL students at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. We will also discuss strategies, challenges, and questions about AI.
Cyber High, Changing Lives One Future at a Time
Follow-along Workshop (60 Minutes)
Susanne Sparks (w/ Rob Cords)
Cyber High is one of the originators of asynchronous online coursework, circa 1998; although our roots date to 1978 via the Pass Program put forth in the service of California’s Migrant student population (whom we still serve in large percentage today). It is owned and operated by one of the largest county offices of education in California, the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. It offers 79 online courses, 7 in Spanish, 47 courses are appropriate for A-G, and one CTE course.
California Adult Ed Technology and Distance Learning – A Look at the Data
Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)
Matthias Sturm (w/ Anthony Burik)
The Technology and Distance Learning for California Adult Education report provides an overview of distance learning in WIOA-funded adult schools and noncredit community college programs. We present preliminary findings from the 2022-2023 report and invite participants to discuss online and blended learning as well as the impact of technology adoption in the delivery of program offerings as we look at the data. We also will reflect on the challenges and opportunities in a post-pandemic world.
EL Civics on Canvas
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Alisa Takeuchi
The EL Civics shared courses have moved to Canvas! These courses are geared for High Intermediate through Advanced ESL students to be used in class as whole group instruction, blended for both in class and at home instruction, or as a distance learning component. They are available for California adult educators in the Canvas Commons. Come join this session to learn which COAAPs are available and how to get your own copy of the course.
TDLS Tech Playground
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
Farzana Cassim (w/ Penny Pearson)
Come visit the Tech Playground where you can play with some cool tech tools that you can use with others in the classroom, in the program, and at the school. Experience augmented and virtual reality in a safe and fun way. You can also stop by to recharge your devices and chat with others about using technology in the classroom and the adult education program. Try something new at the Tech Playground!

Close/Tech Slam   (Saturday 2:15pm-3:15pm)

TDLS Tech Slam! and Closing
Demonstration (60 Minutes)
OTAN Staff
Join us to celebrate the end of a great conference and to participate in the TDLS 2024 Tech Slam! The Tech Slam is a fast-paced session intended to share and learn about educational technology tips with colleagues. Walk away with even more great ideas and tips!