EdTech Center – Distance Ed Strategy Sessions
Join the EdTech Center and partners on these webinars scheduled Fridays at 10:00 Pacific, 12:00 Central, 1:00 Eastern. Each webinar will feature: lightning talks, breakout discussions and group Q&A.
Webinar #1 March 20, 2020: The first webinar, designed for administrators, professional development leaders and other practitioners, will cover a preview of the Tips for Distance Learning site. We will feature lightning talks about LINCS resources and guidance on choosing online curricula. We will offer break out discussion on these and other topics participants have about getting started with distance education. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #2 March 27, 2020: This webinar, designed for administrators, professional development leaders and teachers, will feature lightning talks about using WhatsApp as a central instructional tool and a description for how one state is using the Teacher Verification Model for proxy contact hour counting. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #3 April 3, 2020: Ashly Winkle from the Literacy Council of Tyler (TX) will explain how teachers can use Hyperdocs (linked Google Docs) as a way to structure lessons delivered at a distance. Judy Mortrude from World Education will walk through the newest guidance document from OCTAE on policy that supports distance education. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #4 April 10, 2020: Join us for three lightning talks and breakout discussions on a virtual workplace ESOL training developed by National Immigration Forum (The Forum) with support from the EdTech Center. Jennie Murray from The Forum will talk about finding employer partners in this challenging time; Ana Negoescu from The Forum and Victoria Neff from the EdTech Center will share the process the project used for completely virtual on-boarding and orientation. Susan Gaer, EdTech Center Advisor, will share strategies for moving usual classroom instruction and activities to an online format. Read about the project in this report: Upskilling New Americans: Innovative English Training for Career Advancement. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #5 April 17, 2020: Join us for two lightning talks and breakout discussions addressing strategies for meeting with students at a distance. Jennifer Kleupmen, an Education Specialist with the Community Education and Training Department at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ, will talk about her experience using Zoom to support synchronous meetings. Anthony Tassi from Literacy Partners will describe strategies for using their free ESL curriculum, We Speak NYC, as part of virtual learning circles. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #6 April 24, 2020: Resources and Strategies for Supporting Learners- our strategy session this week will feature resources especially helpful for learners who need extra support and alternatives to traditional online learning. First we’ll feature Joselyn Marte, program coordinator and advisor at the Lawrence Adult Learning Center, in Lawrence, MA. Joselyn will describe how to provide wrap around support and navigation services using technology. Next, Dr. Jessica Rothenberg-Aalmi from Cell-Ed will describe how Cell-Ed curricula and personalized coaching can be accessed on a range of devices – including flip phones. One featured resource is a free COVID-19 info course in multiple languages to help youth and adult learners stay safe during the pandemic.Jessica will also discuss the launch of a major initiative April 30th to reach the most vulnerable learners with free programming. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #7 May 1, 2020: Please join us for in our Friday webinar on 5/1 for a view of how one state is tackling the need to rapidly scale distance education. This Friday we’ll feature two lightning talks from Texas. First, Texas State Adult Education Director Anson Green will share the critical steps that the Texas Workforce Commission made to make it possible for programs to serve more learning at a distance. Then Ashly Winkle from the Literacy Council of Tyler will walk you through how to use Wakelet to support instruction – making it possible for teachers who don’t have a website to organize digital resources. As always, following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #8 May 8, 2020: Our webinar on Friday May 8th, 2020 features two lightning talks. First, Lori Looney and her colleagues from Kentucky Skills U will share their innovative approach to providing resources and professional learning to help their teachers deliver quality distance education. Then, Tamara Thompson from Mockingbird Education will share strategies she has found useful for supporting learner engagement in synchronous online instruction. As always, following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #9 May 15, 2020: Our strategy session on Friday May 15th will feature innovations to help states, programs, and teachers that are working to make it easier for teachers to create or curate their own developed curricula. First Jeff Goumas from CrowdED Learning will share a new tool—SkillBlox—designed to make it easy for instructors to quickly find free resources aligned to the College & Career Readiness Standards, as well as a current initiative supporting teacher collaboration in OER content curation and delivery to students. Then, Corina Avila and Kyle Boyson from the Arizona Department of Education will describe their state’s process for training and certifying teachers to assign proxy hours (using the teacher verification model) for online content they have created. A 30-minute discussion follows the presentations. Watch the recording here.
Webinar #10 May 29, 2020: Our webinar on Friday May 29th, 2020 features two lightning talks. First, teachers Kristin Klas and Laura Tamali from St Paul Adult Basic Education (MN) will share strategies for using multiple google applications integrated on a weebly site to support distance education. Then, Jessica Wabler from the YWCA – National Capital Area will present resources she has created to make possible the online screening needed to fully understand learners’ needs and the resources required to support persistence in distance education. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. This webinar marks the beginning of our summer schedule – when we’ll move to sharing presentations every other week.