Welcome to the Digital ATDN Newsletter! - 9/15/2022

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We are very excited to begin our second year exploring technology and continuing to share ways to implement technology within Adult Education agencies in Connecticut. I want to begin this newsletter with a quote from Charles Eames:

"Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose."

As education practitioners, we create activities, support systems, accessibility for students, and much more. Our designs are completed once we see our students reach the goals set, from developing English skills and getting their high school diploma, to going to college or getting hired for a new job. The beauty of education is that we can assist students in bridging any gaps and empowering them with the skills to succeed. As we continue as educators in this new school year, let's focus on being intentional with what we teach our students, so that each step taken takes them closer to reaching their goals as adult learners.


Tech Contract Updates

There are several changes that are taking place this year with the Tech Contract. Below is more specific information about Professional Development opportunities, Tech Support, the Newsletter, and information about your 2022-2023 Digital ATDN team!


Professional Development

Below are Professional Development opportunities available for you and your agency:


Tuesday, September 20, 2022, | 3 PM - 4 PM

Communication is Key! Building a Positive Rapport with Students using Talking Points and Spreadsheets | Click here to register


Thursday, September 29, 2022, | 3 PM - 4 PM

Become a Data-Driven Agency! Use Google Forms and Google Sheets to Deliver Data-Driven Instruction | Click here to register


Summer Institute 2022

The Summer Institute was hosted by Digital ATDN this year! We have 5 recorded sessions with handouts available in Canvas. Click here to register and access the recordings

  • Find What You Need When You Need It with Digital ATDN!

  • Practice Reading, Listening, and Speaking Skills using the Marshall Leveled Reading Program!

  • Navigate the Digital Skills Library using Google Forms as your Compass!

  • Organize Resources using Wakelet

  • Manage a Remote and In-Person Class Like a Pro!


2021-2022 Digital ATDN PDs

PDs offered in the 2021-2022 school year are available through Canvas. You can access the sessions by signing up in ProTraxx. All sessions are grouped by program and include recordings, handouts, and discussion boards. Click here to register and access the recordings


Tech Support

Digital ATDN has two ways to support you with technology:

  • Tech Support Sessions: Free evening Tech Support is available for all staff to participate. The purpose of our sessions is to assist you with any questions regarding navigation and access to features in different tech resources. A list of various programs and times is available for you to choose from. Please make sure you read through the options before making your selection. We are here to support you! Sessions begin September 19, 2022. Click here to book a 20-minute session

  • Digital ATDN On-Demand Videos App: This app provides curated short videos that are less than 5 minutes in length. Videos are grouped by program and alphabetized by tasks to allow easy navigation. A bookmark feature is also available to save videos. Click here to access the app


Newsletter

The newsletter will be released once a month on the second Thursday of each month. The newsletter will still include all the usual features, however, a few exciting projects will be revealed when the time is right - so keep your eyes open!

  • Tech Grant Updates: Be in the know about what's happening with Digital ATDN, from new projects to PDs and tech tools.

  • Resource Spotlight: Each month, read about a featured program and learn ways you can use it in your classroom or agency.

  • Tech Strategies: Explore implementation strategies and skills using technology in your agency.


Meet the 2022-2023 Digital ATDN Team