Exploring Three Online Tool Resources for Adult Educators: OTAN, MARTI, and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection-Technology and Distance Learning Discussion List
Among the various challenges instructors face in bringing technology into the classroom is keeping up with the latest online tools available to them and to their students and research that supports the use of technology in education. This discussion will explore three online tool resources that can support instructors in this work: OTAN, the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators; MARTI, the Maine Adult Rural Technology Initiative; and the LINCS Technology Resource Collection. Learn what these tool resources offer and how they help you with your practice.
Bob McIntire is the Director of Special Projects for Adult Education at the Maine Department of Education. He and colleague Marcia Cook created MARTI three years ago modeled on the Maine Learning Technology Initiative Regional Training Project. MARTI is now funded for four years by a Broadband Capacity grant through the ConnectME Authority. He also directs the State’s Even Start program and serves as the liaison to adult corrective education association and volunteer literacy projects. He was previously am member of the Department’s Learning Technology Team coordinating the competitive grants under NCLBA Title IID Enhancing Education Through Technology for eight years and in Special Services for eight years coordinating Maine’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development funded under IDEA.
Jim Burke (MARTI) After 32 years as a k-12 classroom teacher and another 7 years as a regional technology integrator, for the past couple of years Jim has worked as a mentor in the Maine Adult Rural Technology Initiative, working closely with adult education teachers and students in developing learning models that are empowered by the use of digital technologies.
Nancy Dionne began her service as Coordinator for Maine’s Adult Education Programs in July. Nancy earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. She began her career in education teaching first grade at Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor in 1972. Her pathway in the field of education has lead her from Public School, to Day Care, to Substitute Teaching, to Private School Teaching, to Head Start, to Family Literacy, to College Transition and to her current position as a distinguished educator for the Maine Adult Education Programs serving as Coordinator for Professional Development.
Tim Ponder has been in the adult literacy field, with a focus on technology, since 1994. Tim co-directs the LINCS Region 1 Resource Center, providing resources and professional development to partner states, and works with the Technology topic area of the LINCS Workforce Readiness Collection. He also coordinates distance learning in Ohio as well as working in the state on other technology projects designed to increase the use of technology in the classroom and online professional development.
Marian Thacher is Director of the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), an adult education leadership project in California. OTAN provides support and training for technology integration, electronic collaboration, and distance learning to adult educators in California. She developed and led OTAN’s Technology Integration Mentor Academy for several years before becoming the project director. She has taught adult ESOL in Illinois and California, and written and participated in many grant-funded projects related to adult education, distance learning and technology integration. Ms. Thacher is a frequent presenter at national, state and local conferences on topics related to technology in adult education.
- LINCS Technology Resource Collection
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