Description of the Academy
Participation in TIMAC is a one-year commitment. For 2015-16, 10 new participants will be selected, and up to five more may be added if the agency pays the tuition of $800. During this year, participants will attend trainings in Sacramento on the following dates:
- October 22-23, 2015
- January 29, 2016
- May 19-20, 2016
Additionally, participants will meet face-to-face, one-on-one or in smaller groups in November and March, and will participate in online meetings in November, February, March and April.
Travel costs will be reimbursed by OTAN, but not participant salary. The training and additional support throughout the year will be provided by experienced adult education technology mentors from across the state and will include:
- Mentoring theory and practice
- Technology integration philosophy
- Technology skills
During the training, participants will plan and implement a project in consultation with their colleagues at their school, to be implemented during the spring. In addition to the training days in Sacramento, each participant will be assigned a support mentor, and will receive support via email, phone, site visit, and online meetings. Support mentors are educators of adult learners throughout the state who have had significant experience both in peer mentoring, professional development and technology integration. The support mentor will offer technical assistance to the TIMAC participant, as well as provide modeling for interpersonal professional relationships.
The Participant's Commitment
Participants in TIMAC should be committed to the integration of technology into instruction in their own classrooms and in their program. They will be, or already are, taking a leadership role in their program in relation to technology. In addition to attending training sessions in Sacramento, they will be communicating with their support mentor and with other academy participants throughout the year as they work towards accomplishing a specific project. Participants make a significant time commitment to the work of technology integration, and how this is accomplished needs to be agreed upon between the participant and their program administration.
The Adult Education Agency's Commitment
The adult education agency nominating an individual for TIMAC will need to meet the following requirements:
- Have a technology plan in place
- Be in a position to focus on technology integration
- Have the capacity to provide equipment and technical support for an instructional program and technology integration projects
- Commit to providing release time for participants to attend training
- Agree to support and accomplish agreed-upon goals within the program
- Enable participants in TIMAC to attend at least one appropriate statewide or regional professional conference, such as CCAE or CATESOL.
Benefits of Participation
Individuals participating will have an opportunity to take part in an exciting training opportunity and to expand their skills in a variety of areas, including:
- Mentoring Skills
- Teaching Skills
- Technical Skills
Agencies will benefit by having a highly skilled technology mentor on-site who will be able to offer training, mentoring and support to faculty, staff and students. Research and experience has shown that mentoring is one of the most effective models for staff development. Participants will also become part of a growing network of technology mentors throughout the state whose mission is to assist teachers in using technology as an effective instructional tool.
- New Perspectives on Mentoring, by Sandra Kerka, http://www.otan.us/timac/pdf/newPerspectivesMentoring.pdf
What Is the Difference between TIMAC and OTAC?
Online Teaching Academy (OTAC) started in 2010-11 to meet the growing need in adult education field for training and support for the initiation and development of online instruction in a variety of delivery models. Projects can include complete stand-alone courses, supplemental materials to support classroom instruction or support for an existing online curriculum such as GED Connection or Crossroads Cafe. Specific focus is on Moodle, a learning management system, as a platform for the content delivery. The other major focus is on effective practices in online teaching and learning.
TIMAC continues to focus on technology integration in the classroom, such as increased effective use of interactive whiteboards or document cameras, or using software, whether computer- or internet-based. Most recently, TIMAC participants have been creating Web-based resources such as Web sites, wikis, and blogs to extend learning beyond the classroom.