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NAMTC Newsletter
  May, 2014  


NAMTC Newsletter
In This Issue...


President's Message

by Dr. Sally Lindgren, Great Prairie AEA

~~Although there have been many books published around the topic of crowdsourcing, the concept has taken root into business practices, marketing analysis and even education!  As I think about the notion of using the many cloud-based, and social networking tools that exist today, I think about how ideas and information are tweeted around the globe at exponential rates or how breaking news happens on Facebook.  The power of crowd sourcing provides nearly instant data that is transformed into new ideas, and further learning for all.

As an example, take a look at www.kickstarter.com. This is a site that clearly uses crowd sourcing as a way to raise money toward the development of an idea or production of a product. Here you will find potential start-up companies taking shape, new ideas and innovations taking form, and even contributions by students that push all of us further into the 21st Century. 

Imagine the use of these tools as they are integrated into our Redesigned Learning (RDL) efforts to transform the classroom into a real-time development lab- of knowledge, innovation and application. The notion that these online tools and interactive web sites bring rigorous and relevant meaning to every day learning become the new way of doing “education”.

I recently attended a training of a new data collection tool from the Grandview Group. The tool known as Visdom Technology also uses crowd sourcing as a means to convey both opinion and expert judgment to evaluate ideas, programs, curriculum, digital and online resources, policy, student projects and just about anything you want to review. This type of crowd-sourcing tool could easily be adapted to provide formative feedback in any number of educational situations. This digital tool collects data similarly to the way Amazon and others use online customer feedback.  While it doesn’t necessarily change what is important in education, it does influence the delivery and engagement of content to create more meaningful learning experiences.

As my term of NAMTC President comes to a close, I continue to look forward to the 21st Century redesign of our educational system, and the power of technology to engage, improve, and personalize learning for a lifetime.  I also look forward to continuing the conversation with the great partnerships and friends through the NAMTC community.  I welcome all to come and “crowd source” with us in San Diego, at NAMTC’s Annual Leadership Summit next December! See you then! 



NAMTC Shared Conversation, June 4, 10 a.m. EST

Communications and Marketing of Media and Technology Services
by Valerie Taylor Hill, Grant Wood AEA

NAMTC Shared Conversation:  The Communications and Marketing of Media and Technology Services: Strengthening Information Channels

Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. EST

Valerie Taylor Hill from Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Rachel Morrison of PBS and Courtney Uebinger representing Greenbush - Southeast Kansas Education Service Center

Looking for new ways to share information about your ESA’s media and technology services? Three communications professionals will share communications and marketing strategies they use to strengthen organizational information for the public and staff.

You are invited to participate in this free Shared Conversation.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to start or join. https://gwaea.zoom.us/j/594351705
Or, go to https://gwaea.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 594 351 705

Join from dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788
Meeting ID: 594 351 705
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International numbers available: https://gwaea.zoom.us/zoomconference

Join from a H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: (US East) or (US West)
Meeting ID: 594 351 705

This session is the third in the series of Shared Conversations, sponsored by NAMTC as a member service.  www.NAMTC.org



2014 NAMTC Leadership Summit

December 2-3, San Diego Bayfront Hilton
by Beth Kabes, ESU #7
Where will you be on December 2, 2014? Will you remember where you are on this date? I am looking forward to extending the conversations from NAMTC Leadership Summit 2013 to this year’s NAMTC Leadership Summit - Opportunity Collaboration. The beautiful location of San Diego, CA will be the place for partnerships, relationships and connections building with national influencers and leaders all attending NAMTC Leadership Summit. The Open Spaces concept used at the 2013 Summit will again be utilized to bring highly engaging conversations around the topic of collaboration. NAMTC members will be present from educational institutions across the nation and NAMTC corporate... Full Article >>


A Solution for eBooks

by Diane Jackson, Prairie Lakes AEA
Seven of the nine area education agencies (AEAs) in Iowa are providing 24/7 access to quality non-fiction eBooks through Mackin VIA.   In a statewide effort to increase literacy skills for all students, the eBook consortium is working together to provide high quality books, with  the focus on non-fiction books titles, and many with unlimited simultaneous access rights. Using the Mackin VIA platform, students and teachers have access to eBooks, audio books, and Iowa AEA Online databases such as Book FLIX, True FLIX, Britannica, CultureGrams, Gale resources and SIRS. Every student and teacher in Iowa has access to these... Full Article >>


Rethinking Teacher Professional Learning

by Bill Menousek, ESU #3
The Nebraska Department of Education has recently provided a clear direction for improving conditions across the state to support learning. This direction involves three initiatives upon which the Department and the Educational Service Units will focus their work. The initiatives include Use of DATA, Teacher/Principal Evaluation, and Blended Education. In preparation for supporting the BlendEd initiative, I recently participated in an online Intel Teach Elements: Designing Blended Learning course. The course was well organized and contained worthwhile information on all the components of BlendEd. I learned a great deal and enjoyed the asynchronous communication and... Full Article >>


NewsWorthy Links

by Denise Grasso, Southeast Kansas ESC
I have been perusing some interesting web-sites (in preparation for this article) and have found some that are very informative and helpful. Please see below. eSchool News  How Teachers Use Technology   http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/05/15/infographic-teachers-technology-659/?ps=55867-0013000000j0CyC-0033000000q5XWm  Four Mobile Deployment Tips from Chief Technology Officers   ... Full Article >>


2014-2015 NAMTC Budget

by Geoff Craven, Central Susquehanna IU 16
Like many membership organizations, the majority of NAMTC’s operational costs are derived from its membership dues and corporate partner support.  Over the past few years, the membership at both the corporate and institutional level has dropped off resulting in a deficit budget. It is critical that all NAMTC members continue to reach out to our peers in other states as well as corporate partners and encourage them to join.  .  The 2014 - 2015 NAMTC budget takes this shortfall into consideration and includes adjustments to individual categories as needed.     As of May 1, 2014 – NAMTC had a combined Net Worth (Checking... Full Article >>


NAMTC Membership Renewals

by Betty Ehlinger, NAMTC Executive Director

It’s NAMTC membership renewal time!  Invoices were sent out electronically in early May for those of you who would like to renew your membership during this current fiscal year.  For those who have not renewed by July 1, another invoice will be sent out with a July date so that you can pay your dues in the 2014-2015 academic year.  Institutional dues remain the same, $175.  Retired Members pay only $30.  Corporate dues also remain the same, $360.  Our Corporate Members also have the opportunity to register their sponsorship for the NAMTC Leadership Summit by making one payment that will include their dues.  If you have any questions, please contact the NAMTC Executive Director, Betty Ehlinger, bettyge@NAMTC.org



Online AP in New York

by Barbara Siemaszko, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
At the end of 2012, the New York State Education Department put out an RFP for grant applications.  Districts and BOCES across the state were invited to submit proposals to develop online courses for Advanced Placement content.   Many schools in New York State due to size and/or budget constraints have been unable to provide AP classes to their students.   Here at Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES we have a number of districts who fall into that category.  An additional challenge is that not all students have internet access at home or if they do, have very slow or limited access.   We proposed to develop AP courses for... Full Article >>


Professional Development: A Vital Service With All Our Members

by Dr. Clifford J. Ehlinger, NAMTC Membership Chair
While many educators look for a more relaxed, peaceful time during the summer months, our NAMTC members gear up to provide professional development activities for teachers and administrators.  Through the years, the content of these professional development activities has changed, but the focus on providing educators with the latest strategies and education on evolving technologies has been of primary importance to our member agencies. Following are samples of some of the professional development activities that are being hosted by our members. Instructional strategies • Moodle Summer Camp- Two day... Full Article >>


NAMTC Corporate Members


490 2nd St., Suite 302
San Francisco, CA 94107  Ph:    415 636 0831
Canvas by Instructure
6330 South 3000 East
Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84121  Ph:    801 869 5040
Fax: 888 213 3894
Cytek Media Systems, Inc.
126 N.W. Jackson St.
Topeka, KS 66603-3310  Ph:    800 255 0064
Fax: 785 295 4290
Film Ideas, Inc.
308 North Wolf Rd.
Wheeling, IL 60090  Ph:    847 419 0255
Fax: 847 419 8933
Human Relations Media, Inc. (HRM Video)
41 Kensico Dr.
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549  Ph:    914 666 9151
Fax: 914 244 0485
iBoss Network Security
9950 Summers Ridge Rd. #160
San Diego, CA 92171  Ph:    858 568 7051
International Telecommunication Services (ITS)
2492 Freetown Dr.
Reston, VA 20191  Ph:    703 476 4468
Fax: 703 476 2860
JDL Horizons, LLC
9955 W 69th St.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344  Ph:    612 669 1130
Fax: 952 697 0551
L4U Library Software
1632 Dickson Ave.
Suite 400
Kelowna, BC V1Y 7T2 CANADA  Ph:    250 712 4644
Fax: 800 856 4036
Mazzarella Media, LLC
90 Applegate, Unit 11
Southington, CT 06489  Ph:    800 583 1988
Fax: 877 327 1671
4601 DTC Blvd., Suite 500
Denver, CO 80237  Ph:    303 337 0990
Fax: 303 337 3005
Medianet/Dymaxion Research Ltd.
5515 Cogswell St.
Halifax, NS, B3J IR2 CANADA  Ph:   9024221973x182
Fax: 902 421 1267
NBC Learn
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Office 2771E-2
New York, NY 10112  Ph:    203 716 1231
Fax: 646 202 5123
PBS Distribution
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202-3785  Ph:    703 739 8693
Fax: 703 739 5085
Tek Data Systems Co.
1111 West Park Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048  Ph:    847 367 8800
Fax: 847 367 0235
Visual Learning Co.
25 Union St.
Brandon, VT 05733  Ph:    802 247 3214
Fax: 802 247 6951
Weston Woods/Scholastic
90 Old Sherman Tpke.
Danbury, CT 06816  Ph:    203 797 3523
Fax: 203 797 3531


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