Thursday, March 21, 2013

TIMAC March Regional Meeting for Northern California

The TIMAC March Regional meeting for Northern California was held in Fairfield on Wednesday, March 20th, one day after the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education and Finance voted unanimously against Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift responsibility for adult education programs from K-12 districts to community colleges. This was welcome news for TIMAC Mentors Diane Wilson of Fairfield-Suisun Adult School and Leticia Hernandez of Castro Valley Adult & Career Education whose adult education programs are offered through their local K-12 districts.   

The news was particularly meaningful to Diane and the 37 U.S. Government students of hers who had recently sent letters to and visited their local assemblyman, Jim Frazier, to share with him the importance of adult education in their lives. This activity brought the democratic process to life for these high school students in a way few, if any of them, had ever experienced.

In other exciting news, both Northern California TIMAC mentors have been asked to present to their district school boards the technology integration efforts they have implemented as TIMAC mentors.  Diane’s presentation will include a demonstration of Moodle. These presentations will take place before the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Both mentors continue to make tremendous progress on their TIMAC projects. Just last week, Leticia trained 18 Adults with Disabilities (AWD) teachers on the use of Mimio Vote and the morning of our meeting, took a video of this technology engaging AWD students in a lesson on money.  She is currently developing Mimio training for Medical Academy teachers and continues to share the lessons she develops with Mimio’s interactive teaching community. Leticia will begin teaching an iPad course in July with a classroom set of iPads set to arrive soon.

Diane continues to improve the quality and interactivity of the Moodle courses currently used by all the High School and Parent Education teachers. She is also learning about the various reporting tools available in Moodle and generating data needed for WASC accreditation.  The leadership at Fairfield-Suisun Adult School will be receiving iPads soon, a move strongly supported by the district's head of IT who seeks to outfit classrooms with iPads and Apple TV, replacing overhead projectors with their costly bulbs and aging SMARTboards.

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