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After Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015

Posted on 03/30/2015

Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2015

OTAN's annual Technology and Distance Learning Symposium (TDLS15) was held at San Leandro Adult School March 13-14, 2015. Participants chose from more than 40 separate sessions with something for everyone. Attendees looking for ways to increase their knowledge of blended or online learning were able to choose from "Orienting Students to Online Learning", "Blended Learning in Family Literacy/ESL Classrooms", "Distance and Blended Learning and Teaching" or "Access to Learning through Online Education". Those wanting to increase their personal tech skills attended "Tech Tips for All", "Using One Note as an Educational Tool", or "Google Tools and Drive".

Keynote speaker Merve Lapus, from Common Sense Media, provided a presentation on Digital Literacy and Citizenship for adult Learners and Their K12 Students. He shared free digital citizenship curriculum and resources to help engage adult learners and families in activities that promote critical thinking, and using the Internet safely, respectively and responsibly as a connected citizen.

There were several "firsts" at TDLS15. First time for a keynote to present online in real time from another city; first time that an AdultEdu "Tech Slam" was included in the Symposium; first time for all evaluations to be collected electronically; and first time a QR code on attendee badges was used to link directly with the online schedule and to view live Tweets (#tdls15 External link opens in new window or tab).

Thank you to all who attended TDLS15. You made it a fun, collaborative, and collegial event! OTAN would also like to acknowledge and thank the administration and staff from San Leandro Adult School who hosted this year's Symposium for their gracious hospitality. Kudos to Superintendent Mike McLaughlin, San Leandro Adult School Principal Brad Frazier, and the San Leandro Unified School District Board of Education.

Handouts and presentation materials are available to view and download at the TDLS15 Web site at http://www.otan.us/tdlsymposium.