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TIMAC Application Due May 16th

Posted on 04/03/2008

Ryan De La VegaThe online application for the Technology Integration Mentor Academy (TIMAC) is open now through May 16, 2008. In 2008-09, ten new participants will be selected and will participate for one school year. Up to five more participants may be added if the agency covers tuition and travel costs. The application includes an administrator questionnaire, and only one person may apply from each agency. Admission to TIMAC in the past has been very competitive, so apply now!

The philosophy of TIMAC is that positive changes in teacher behavior are most likely to happen if the teacher is given ongoing support by a peer mentor. TIMAC participants will come to Sacramento three times over the course of the year, and receive training not only to upgrade their technology skills but also to be a successful mentor and set goals effectively. The new TIMAC participant will become a mentor at her/his agency to one or more fellow teachers and help them formulate, realize, and evaluate their technology integration goals. Each TIMAC participant is assigned a support mentor – one out of the growing number of enthusiastic, technology-savvy adult educators with significant experience in both professional development and technology integration. Their mentor will be in contact with them through a site visit and regional meeting, as well as online, throughout the year.

Some examples of projects undertaken by TIMAC members so far include:

  • upgrading hardware,
  • selecting and implementing educational software,
  • establishing computer labs 'from the ground up',
  • promoting better use of existing technology, such as LCD/data projectors,
  • using emerging technologies such as interactive whiteboards, student response systems, document cameras/digital presenters, PC tablets,
  • establishing online presence by creating Web sites or using Internet-based course management systems, and Web 2.0 tools such as blogs & wikis,
  • trainings on a number of software programs in order to create worksheets, flyers, slide show presentations, and videos.

All of these exciting projects have a long term goal – to improve the technology literacy and basic skills of the adult learners we serve in California.

For further information, contact Branka Marceta at 916 228 2580 or bmarceta@otan.us.