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Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2016 is on March 11-12

Posted on 03/09/2016

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Around 200 participants are gathering at Fresno Adult School at the end of this week to learn about and share meaningful and relevant techniques and tools in your classroom and celebrate the fun and effectiveness of educational technology!

If you are not attending this premier professional development event in person, there is the opportunity to view live stream of select sessions on two channels. Please note that no technical assistance will be offered with live stream because all OTAN staff will be busy supporting the conference.

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OTAN leaders welcome you with the following messages.

From Joyce Hinkson, Ed.D., Director of OTAN

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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS). We would like to acknowledge Principal Andre Pecina and staff of Fresno Adult School for being exceptional hosts.

This year, we are very pleased to have Dr. Devin Vodicka, Superintendent of Vista Unified School District, as our keynote speaker. Dr. Vodicka is well known for his passion for and support of education technology to enhance teaching and learning. He will share his insights with us about educational transformation and digital learning from his statewide and national perspectives.

Each TDLS session includes knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenters who will provide useful information on a range of pertinent topics. New this year is the APP-mazing Race where participants compete in small teams to create projects using mobile devices.

The popular and fast-paced EdTech Share Slam will be the culminating high-energy event for day one of the Symposium. Be thinking about the tech tip, trick, or shortcut you’d like to show off!

And last, but not least, please take advantage of the many TDLS networking opportunities available throughout the Symposium. Social media hashtags #tdls16, #adultedu, or #edtech can be used to share what you learn with your colleagues at the Symposium as well as with those who were unable to attend this year.

From the Executive Director of OTAN, John Fleischman, Assistant Superintendent Sacramento County Office of Education

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This is an exciting time to be an adult educator in California. With the new California Adult Education Block Grant funding now in place, and with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act poised for full implementation, we have new and expanded opportunities for using technology creatively to improve teaching and learning. But to fully capitalize on these opportunities, it will take time to plan, implement, and evaluate the best ways for using technology to enhance your programs.

OTAN is pleased to be your partner as you move forward. We have been supporting the implementation of technology in California adult education for more than 25 years. OTAN staff offers that support via mentoring academies, face-to-face workshops, online webinars, and a comprehensive array of online resources.

Today and tomorrow we have the pleasure of hosting another Technology and Distance Learning Symposium. Several dozen carefully selected presenters will offer you the best and most current approaches for using and integrating technology for in-class and learning at a distance. The array of planned presentations are designed to inform, improve your skills, and spark new ideas that you may be able to use within your classroom, program, or the emerging consortium in your region.

We hope you benefit from this opportunity to learn from some very talented and knowledgeable adult education and technology experts. Enjoy!