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NAMTC Newsletter
  September, 2015  


NAMTC Newsletter
In This Issue...


President's Message

by Beth Kabes, ESUCC of Nebraska

Prior to the annual NAMTC board retreat last April, a biennial survey was sent to all members. The results of the survey were analyzed at the retreat. From the analysis, five goals were identified that would provide guidance for the upcoming year. The results of the analysis and the respective goals is the basis for this article.

Analysis of the survey identified five items of concern for members: physical circulation of resources, technology integration and professional development, video conferencing, video streaming of online resources and support of 1:1. The executive committee identified these as Level I concerns and are concentrating efforts to address these items throughout the year.

The first concern to be addressed is that of technology integration and professional development. With the increase of research and journal submissions on Blended Learning in K12 schools, members are discussing personalized learning spaces. In response to the concern, Shared Conversations have returned to NAMTC. Additional conversations will address other concerns identified. The list of conversations and the dates are below (All conversations will be at 2 p.m. CT)
November 10 - Designing Next Generation Libraries
January 9 - Addressing the Digital Divide
March 15 - Virtual Tours
May 17 - Expanding Printshop Services

Join the conversations by using your zoom.us room. https://goo.gl/4DKc8J or use http://bit.ly/NAMTC_Conversation. Registration is not required, simply access the zoom room during the scheduled time and JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

The NAMTC board will be meeting in December to further review goals and determine an action plan of strategies to meet these concerns. Please give your state or regional representative a call or email with your concerns and suggestions.




2015 NAMTC Leadership Summit and Free EdCamp

December 1-2 in New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency
by Doreen Bergman, OCM BOCES

“Meaningful and Authentic Learning with Digital Resources & Devices: Helping Schools Make the Transition”

Featuring the Open Spaces concepts with Blended learning experts Dr. David Reese and Marcia Kish.

Registration fee for ESA attendees: $275 (includes two breakfasts, one luncheon, breaks, and registration materials).

Participants attending the AESA conference can sign up for the Leadership Summit on the AESA Conference registration form at http://www.AESA.us or contact Betty Ehlinger, NAMTC executive director, bettyge@NAMTC.org, to be invoiced.

As of September 17, corporate sponsors for the Summit include JDL Horizons, BrightBytes, PBS Distribution, MindShine Technologies and Rosen Digital.  MindShine Technologies will also be sponsoring the luncheon on December 1.

FREE Mini-EdCamp “Un-conference”
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 • 1:00-3:00 p.m. • Hyatt Regency, New Orleans
Educators will learn from each other during this “un-conference.” New Orleans educators and Maker groups have been invited. Join us for hands-on learning activities, Collaborative Conversations and a technology “smackdown.”
No registration is required for the “un-conference,” just plan to drop in and join a group or activity that sparks your interest.
For information about the 2015 NAMTC Leadership Summit, contact Betty Ehlinger, NAMTC executive director, bettyge@NAMTC.org.



Call for Nominations

NAMTC Board and Awards
by Dan Berger, Tuscarora IU
It's that time of year again. Time to pay special thanks to our current leaders as well as inviting members to take over new leadership roles. First, the thank yous. Please consider submitting a nomination for one of the two NAMTC awards.   The Herb Braselman Award, named after the late Herb Braselman who served as the first president of NAMTC, is presented in recognition of exemplary service and leadership for regional media centers and for outstanding contributions to the field of educational media and technology.  The nomination form can be found on the website, www.NAMTC.org, in the ‘About NAMTC’... Full Article >>


2015-2016 Budget Overview

by Geoff Craven, NAMTC Treasurer
The 2015-2016 annual budget reflects a slight increase of $10 to both our institutional and corporate members.  As a small organization, the majority of operational costs are derived from its annual membership dues.  Without the support of our corporate partners, it would be impossible to hold our annual Leadership Summit and we are very grateful for their support.  Below is a brief summary of the 2015-2016 budget: INCOME  Total Membership Fees 17,635.00 (Institutional, Corporate, Retired)  TOTAL INCOME 17,635.00 EXPENSES  TOTAL Assoc Office Expenses 16,598.00  (Exec... Full Article >>


Update on Work of the Transformation Committee

by Cliff Ehlinger
With only a few months before the NAMTC Board of Directors meet in New Orleans, the Transformation Committee continues to draft potential activities and changes that move the association into the future. The Transformation Steering Committee developed specific topics and questions for each of the six subcommittees.  Each subcommittee was asked to develop specific components or draft potential activities that would be implemented after approval by the board in late November.  At this time the following has been completed. Organizational Concepts Subcommittee: They have developed the following drafts for the mission and vision... Full Article >>


What's Happening in Iowa

by Diane Jackson, Prairie Lakes AEA 8
The 2015-16 school year will be exciting for the Iowa AEA Media Directors as we move forward with our statewide AEA media redesign. Earlier this summer we began our redesign work with Susan Leddick by envisioning what our ideal media center could be as well as what digital resources should be included in Iowa AEA Online, our statewide online databases and digital resources (which are provided free to all districts in Iowa). We knew we wanted our next generation of Iowa AEA Media and Technology Services to make a demonstrable positive impact on instruction and the learning experience. The question then became, what do we need to do to make this a reality? First, we needed to... Full Article >>


Engaged Learner Classrooms Shared Conversation

held September 15, 2015

Interested in seeing the Shared Conversation on Engaged Learning Classrooms that was held September 15, 2015?  Stacy Behmer, Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology, Grant Wood AEA, Jason Everett, Technology Integration Coordinator, ESU 10, and Dr. Sally Lindgren, Director of Technology and Innovation, Great Prairie AEA were the panelists.  Here’s the link:



NewsWorthy Links

by Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution







NAMTC Corporate Members


Defined Learning
900 Skokie Blvd. #100
Northbrook, IL 60062  Ph:   224 220 3595
Fax: 847 483 1259
372 Main St.
Watertown, MA 02472  Ph:   617 600 7230
Fax: 617 977 0980
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  iboss.com 
JDL Horizons, LLC
8200 Kingslee Road
Bloomington, MN 55438  Ph:   952 697 0555
Fax: 952 697 0551
MindShine Technologies
19800 N. 7th St.
Apt. 1069
Phoenix, AZ 85024  Ph:   602 369 4011
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
2150 S. Country Club Drive #12
Mesa, AZ 85210  Ph:   480 924 8661
Fax: 623 321 7815
Weston Woods/Scholastic
90 Old Sherman Tpke.
Danbury, CT 06816  Ph:   203 797 3545
Fax: 203 797 3541


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