Schedule

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Wednesday Sessions

General Session   1:00–2:30 PM

TDLS Welcome & Keynote: Impassioned in Your Profession
Demonstration (90 minute)
Brooks Harper
Welcome to the 2021 Virtual TDLS! Join our state and county adult education directors and conference co-chairs for our welcome message and the introduction of our keynote speaker, Brooks Harper! We are excited to hear his message: Investing in yourself and the return into others
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Session 1   2:45–4:15 PM

Choice Boards - Giving Students a Voice
Demonstration (90 minute)
Alisa Takeuchi
The presenters will introduce, explain, and demonstrate how to create choice boards for classroom assignments and assessment. Just as we teach with mulitple methods, by giving students the freedom to decide how they want to demonstrate their skills, it leads them down the path of success.
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Connecting the Community: Introducing the Digital Navigator
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jerry Yamashita
The shift to remote learning due to COVID-19 forced many adult learners into unfamiliar territory. Learn how Digital Navigators can help your agency support a 1:1 initiative, elevate digital literacy, reach instructional technology objectives, and provide equitable internet access to every student.
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Create an interactive Google Slideshow and get your students googly for Google Slides
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Stephanie Thomas
Interactive slides are a great way to share your syllabus or introduce / review class content. Learn how to create interactive Google Slideshows using links and layers, no prior Google Slides experience necessary. Also explore resources that provide fresh themes for your slides.
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The Triple E Framework for Technology Integration
Demonstration (90 minute)
Susan Gaer
Remote learning is here to stay. Are you interested in learning a quick and easy way to identify if your instruction with technology is meeting your learning objectives? The Triple E Framework will help you do that. Learn how to engage, enhance and extend your students' learning with this framework
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To blend or not to blend, that’s the question: Focus group discussion about the future of learning
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Penny Pearson
Over the years there is a marked decline in distance learning in California. This session uses a research focus group format to discuss opportunities and challenges for blended and distance learning in California. Teachers and administrators are welcome to participate.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ALL • CAT: BL, DEA)

Networking Opportunity   4:15–5:00 PM

Thursday Sessions

Session 2   8:30–10:00 AM

Meet Learners Where They Are in Math and English
Demonstration (90 minute)
Dani Pedrotti
Educators are redoubling efforts to meet learners where they are—streamlining paths to further education and boosting employment prospects. Adaptive technologies can support those efforts with tools that empower students to refresh their academic foundations and take ownership of their learning.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE • CAT: DEA)
Introducing the Technology Integration Program Support (TIPS) Moodle Course!
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jennifer Gagliardi
Are you interested in using the Triple E Framework in your classroom? Triple E refers to engaging, enhancing, and extending learning. OTAN is piloting a Moodle course and would love to have you participate. Find out more about the course and how you can join.
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Vision-Revision and Redefining the Dynamics of Learning
Demonstration (90 minute)
Gordon Richiusa
Vision-Revision is an online FREE education site that has been made available to all students and teachers in a multitude of subjects. This presentation will be conducted by Gordon Richiusa, the Director of Heroes' Hearts Inc to demonstrate and explain how this wiki-website directly relates to OTAN.
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Session 3   10:30–12:00 PM

Back to Basics Tutorials: Student Readiness for Online Learning
Demonstration (90 minute)
Monica Cueva
Do you teach low literacy, limited learner, or older adult students who struggle with technology? Presenters will share tips for creating simple, clear, effective print and video tutorials to prepare your learners for online success.
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Getting Started with Computers Sessions
Demonstration (90 minute)
Ruzanna Hernandez
Learn how you can begin a brief, 2.5-week course at your school site to give students who have major gaps in computer skills not only to learn computer hardware and software basics, but also boost CASAS scores in a short period of time.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE, ESL • CAT: DEA)
Three Teachers and a Techie - A Panel Discussion of Best Practices for Successful Online Learning
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
Renee Ramig
Teachers will share their path of moving from Face to Face (F2F) to distance learning followed by a discussion inviting others to share their journey.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: CTE • CAT: BL)
Using North Star Digital Assessment and Curriculum
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Diane Wilson
Napa Valley Adult Education school (NVAE) use of NorthStar Digital in CTE and ESL classes. We will share how our institution is integrating the Northstar Digital Literacy sources in a variety of ways.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, CTE, ESL • CAT: BL, DEA)

Lunch   12:00–1:00 PM

Session 4   1:00–3:00 PM

AutoTutor: Learning Literacy with an Intelligent Tutoring Aid
Demonstration (2 hours)
John Hollander
Learn to support your learners with evidence-based reading comprehension strategy instruction using AutoTutor which features conversational agents. With thirty literacy lessons, this is a tool that can be used remotely for teaching literacy to adults.
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Building a Culture of Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning to Support Student Success
Demonstration (2 hours)
Nasreen Rahim
How do you provide an atmosphere of best practices to support success of online students? See how Evergreen Valley College created sustainable resources, training & courses to develop a culture of best practices in online teaching by providing necessary training for faculty during COVID challenges.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE, ASE, CTE • CAT: BL, DEA)
Four Dimensional Education: Delivering Online Learning to Incarcerated Juveniles and Adults
Demonstration (2 hours)
Greg Ludwa
On March 13 CA went to SIP. While nearly all incarceration facilities closed for instruction, the Monterey COE (MCOE) continued to deliver online, virtual instruction to the MC Jail. The MCOE staff will discuss technology, curricula, and how we transitioned to virtual instruction during 2020-2021.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ASE, CTE • CAT: BL, DEA)
How to get Techie! Using free online technical applications to make virtual learning personal, engaging, and effective.
Demonstration (2 hours)
Tiffany Paynton Silveira
Google Slides provides a free easy-to-use platform for educators and adult education students. Using this building block, you will be shown how to use a Bitmoji, virtual voice recorder, image editor, and Screencastify to build an engaging and interactive virtual classroom.
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Networking Opportunity   3:15–4:00 PM

Friday Sessions

Session 5   8:30–10:00 AM

Empowering through Video Connections: A Video Is Worth More Than A Thousand Words
Demonstration (90 minute)
Bijal Varia
The focus will be on skills to gain confidence while enhancing self video presentations in order to connect with a wider audience. Demonstrations, hands on practice, feedback to others, a lesson plan for ESL, and video self assessment will be part of this. Please have a device to record yourself!
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Organizing and Accessing Consortium Documents with Wakelet
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Peggy Raun-Linde
Our Consortium's new system for curating and accessing important information uses Wakelet. It is an amazing interface that houses our staff development opportunities, live documents, strategy work, and Work Group documents. It's AMAZING!
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Tips, Demos, & Learner Strategies (TDLS at TDLS)
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Diana Batista
Want to destress and stay ahead of your workload? Join me in a session with tools you may already know and how to put them to work for you. Learn about new strategies to streamline your work day and keep resources at your fingertips.
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Technology and Distance Learning: A Discussion of State-of-the-Art Innovations, Advances, and Their Applications in Adult Learning
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (90 minute)
John Sabatini
Doctors Art Graesser, John Sabatini, Andrew Olney, and Xiangen Hu lead a panel discussion considering the role technology plays in adult education. They continue to explore what technologies may help or hinder the evolution of adult education.
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Tracking Distance Learning Hours Using TOPSpro Enterprise (TE)
Follow-along Workshop (90 minute)
Janice Fera
Flexibility is the key! Teachers are delivering instruction using a variety of synchronous and asynchronous methods, and TOPSpro Enterprise (TE) is ready and able to record student attendance to capture this. Learn the options for Classes and Reports to reflect our ever-changing DL environment.
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Session 6   10:30–12:00 PM

Interactive Desktop Simulations: Digital Literacy Skills Tutorials for Instructors and Students.
Demonstration (90 minute)
Colin Carmon
The digital literacy skills module aims to bring a target population of struggling adult readers to a baseline proficiency in digital literacy skills. Further, instructors should receive guidance in scaffolding students towards their learning goals. Interactive simulations may accommodate these aims
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ABE • CAT: BL)
Teaching EL Civics in a Distance Learning Environment
Demonstration (90 minute)
Lars Guntvedt
Covid-19 has challenged our school to adapt, innovate, and create new ways to provide meaningful instruction to our students online. The EL Civics COAAP: Telemedicine (289C) was written by our EL Civics Curriculum Specialist. We will demonstrate the strategy and tools we used to implement this unit.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL)
Welcoming Students and Teachers Online: Creating Collaborative Online Learning Communities
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Joey Lehrman
Exploring strategies for how to create a sense of belonging and community in fully online and blended classrooms.
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Lunch   12:00–1:00 PM

Session 7   1:00–2:30 PM

Student Voices about Online Learning
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
Maren ANTON
Asking for students' opinions, advice, and experiences about online learning provided a treasure trove of information for our ESL coordinating team and staff. Join our discussion as we look at our ESL students' responses to EL Civics COAAP 48.1 Task 3 and what we plan to do with this bounty.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ESL • CAT: DEA)
SARA: Remotely Assessing, Supporting, & Diagnosing Adult Learners’ Literacy Skills
Demonstration (90 minute)
Halle Smith
Audience members will receive training for using SARA, a literacy assessment designed for adult learners. Currently hosted on CaptiVoice, SARA offers six subtests and provides immediate scoring once a student has completed a test.
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Engaging Faculty in Pandemic Remote Learning
Demonstration (90 minute)
Jill Wright
Presenters will detail a step-by-step process used by Oxnard Adult School to encourage and engage faculty to embark on remote learning in the pandemic.
(AUD: ALL • PGM: ESL • CAT: BL, DEA)

Closing General Session - Tech Slam   2:30–3:30 PM

TDLS Close, Thank you, and TECH SLAM
Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)
OTAN Staff
Join us for an hour to close TDLS with our famous TECH SLAM. Come teach us what you learned or share with us your favorite tech tool. Use http://bit.ly/tdls21techslam to sign up and present. Copy link and paste into browser.
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