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NAMTC Newsletter
  November, 2015  


NAMTC Newsletter
In This Issue...


Members Recognized for Contributions to NAMTC and Education

by Beth Kabes, NAMTC President, BlendEd Director for Nebraska ESUCC

As my presidential reign continues to be speeding past, I want to thank the NAMTC board and members for their knowledge, support and encouragement. The NAMTC organization and the leadership roles that have been awarded to me have been the most impactful in my work and career.

When I first became a NAMTC  member, I made a personal goal to become part of the leadership team of NAMTC. I began as a state representative board member from Nebraska. After serving for three terms, I was asked to run for the office of President-Elect and was elected. By achieving this goal, I have been part of a team that has provided me with relationships I can contact and lean on regularly. You too can find a group of “job alikes” to provide support and input into your work and organization by agreeing to represent your state or region or serving on the executive board as an officer.

At the annual Leadership Summit, I will be presenting our NAMTC recognition awards to two long-term members and executive board members. The Herb Braselman Award is being presented to Dr. Sally Lindgren, Director of Innovation and Technology, from Great Prairie AEA in Bloomington, Iowa. Recognized as a leader, “She has always stayed on the cutting edge of technology integration and her expertise in this area is certainly well respected across Iowa and the nation,” said Jon Sheldahl, Chief Administrator, Great Prairie Area Education Agency. Congratulations Sally for a well deserved recognition.

The second award is the Partner in Excellence Award. This year the recipient is Dr. Clifford Ehlinger, retired Executive Director of Learning Support for Grantwood AEA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since his retirement, he has provided support and leadership for a number of organizations in educational, business and service. He served as the President for two terms in addition to By-Laws Committee Chair and Membership Chair. He has devoted his time, energy, expertise and leadership to NAMTC. Please share my congratulations with Cliff in receiving this award.

An organization is dependent on the contributions of its members. Institutional, Corporate and Retired Members of NAMTC have the opportunity to expand personal and professional relationships as they learn and share together.  Please consider volunteering to serve with your colleagues as we explore innovative ways to network, communicate and learn.



2015 Leadership Summit Speakers

Hyatt Regency, New Orleans. December 1-2
by Doreen Bergman, OCM BOCES
We are very excited to have two nationally recognized keynote speakers at this year’s Leadership Summit in New Orleans. A keynote address will kick off each day of the summit. We are certain that these speakers will present ideas that will drive the collaborative conversations that will take place throughout each day. Day one features Dr. David Reese, Chief Academic Officer for Defined STEM. Dr. Reese has served K-12 students as a science teacher, Curriculum Specialist, and Central Office Administrator. He has taught Master's and Doctoral courses in all areas of curriculum and professional development leadership. His work has focused upon providing students... Full Article >>


2015 Herb Braselman Award

Presented to Dr. Sally Lindgren
by Betty Ehlinger, NAMTC Executive Director
When reflecting on NAMTC’s highest award, one must think of past, current and potential future traits of an individual who personifies the nature of this award.  Based on evidenced strength of character, talent and willingness to serve, Dr. Sally Lindgren is the 2015 recipient of the Herb Braselman Award. Dr. Lindgren currently serves as the Director of Technology and Innovation at Great Prairie AEA in Burlington, Iowa.  She holds her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Illinois State University.  Dr. Jerry Schnabel, a former Braselman Award winner, writes: I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Lindgren at our... Full Article >>


2015 Partner in Excellence Award

Presented to Dr. Clifford J. Ehlinger
by Betty Ehlinger, NAMTC Executive Director
Clifford J. Ehlinger began his educational career as a seventh grade social studies teacher in Villa Park, Illinois, after graduating from Elmhurst College in Illinois.  He received his master’s and Doctor of Education degrees in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. After graduation with his final degree,  Dr. Ehlinger took a position as Director of Media with the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His role was expanded as Executive Director of Learning Support, including the administration of the Technology Center of the Grant Wood AEA, Human Resources Office, Business Office, and Building and... Full Article >>



Join the Conversation
by Valerie Taylor Hill, Grant Wood AEA

The social media presence for NAMTC continues to grow and evolve as a reflection of the organization’s mission, goals, and objectives.

The continued expansion of social media reflects NAMTC’s mission: “...promoting leadership among its membership through networking, advocacy, and support activities that will enhance the equitable access to media, technology, and information services to educational communities. …”
Join the conversation by following @NAMTC10 and #namtc10. And, watch for reflections shared during the annual NAMTC Leadership Summit, Dec. 1-2, 2015, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans.



2015 Leadership Summit Corporate Sponsors


Bright Bytes

BrightBytes is improving the way schools learn through individualized, research-based analysis. BrightBytes gathers ideas from the best experts in the world and creates evidence-based frameworks that are combined with world-class research and analysis from your school or region, giving you the tools to understand and quickly improve student learning outcomes. Our solutions are specifically designed to address the unique needs of educational leaders globally. Our flagship platform, called Clarity, makes analysis simple, fun and actionable.

CoSN…a NAMTC strategic partner

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. For over two decades, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 10 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.


Eduporium is a mission-driven reseller bringing exciting modern technology to K-12 communities. We seek and select only the best cutting-edge technologies to boost creativity and foster students’ 21st century skills. We engage school communities with hands-on technology experiences and empower them with resources to bring innovative learning to their classrooms. Our offerings range from Tech Petting Zoos to a customizable portal to academic discounts and a custom-tailored online store for member schools. We strive to support STEAM education, broaden students’ minds and further their desire to pursue discovery and creativity through innovative technology.

JDL Horizons

JDL Horizons presents Skoolbo

Skoolbo is a great new program to help with reading and math. Children are immersed in an incredible game based learning world and are highly motivated by the inbuilt rewards. Parents and teachers are equipped with an array of tools to help achieve wonderful educational outcomes for their children. Its powered by Eduvision and best of all – it’s free!


LightSail is the adaptive reading platform that helps students, classrooms, and school districts exceed their literacy goals. LightSail students get access to personalized libraries filled with thousands of engaging, just-right texts to choose from. Our award-winning solution embeds in-text assessments that motivate students to increase the volume of their reading along with the difficulty of the texts they choose. LightSail teachers get real-time access to meaningful data about student reading behavior, comprehension, and growth so they can provide the necessary guidance to enhance learning and encourage a love of reading.

MindShine Technologies

MindShine offers 15 years of K12 experienced development services to service agencies and school districts.  We can build whatever is on your mind.  We can augment your own development team or build something for you from design to implementation.  No project is too small or too big.  Quality work for less.  Contact us at: www.mindshine.com.


As America’s largest classroom, teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia Custom, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.5 million teachers have registered access to more than 87,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.

Pear Deck

At Pear Deck, we believe students learn best when the entire classroom is engaged. When the teacher poses a question to the app, every student is prompted to grapple with it. Teachers can design lessons that gather actionable formative assessment data and encourage inquiry-based learning, critical thinking, and metacognition. Visit us at peardeck.com and our NAMTC booth to find out more.

Rosen Digital

Rosen Digital publishes award-winning K-12 nonfiction — Interactive eBooks and eBooks powered by the new epointplus enhanced reading experience; apps; games; and interactive databases. All are tablet, smartphone, and Chromebook compatible and support STEM/STEAM, Digital Literacy and Citizenship. Empower all students to Explore, Learn, Create at rosendigital.com.

The luncheon on December 1 is being sponsored by MindShine Technologies.  Pear Deck is assisting with the Summit evaluation.  We appreciate the willingness of our Corporate Members to support NAMTC beyond Summit sponsorship!





Free mini-EdCamp

December 2 following the NAMTC Leadership Summit

NAMTC is hosting a FREE mini-EdCamp on Wednesday, December 2 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency!

The EdCamp will allow educators from across the United States to learn from and with each other in an “un-conference.” The EdCamp experience will provide the opportunity to participate in some hands-on learning activities, Collaborative Conversations and a Technology Smack Down to share some favorite tech tools!

If you are arriving early for AESA, please plan on joining us and remember to bring your enthusiasm, some   creative ideas to share, and be willing to participate in some fun and innovative activities that will ignite your curiosity and creativity!

No need to pre-register.  Just plan to join us for a FREE creative sharing experience in Celestin F-G at the Hyatt Regency!



The Value of a NAMTC Membership

by Molly Aschoff, ESU #8
In an ever-changing world, where technology is advancing at an amazing pace and it is allowing most all aspects of our world to change along with it, it is very difficult to stay ahead of the game. I see great value in belonging to an organization of people that are out in the field seeing and experiencing this change first hand.  NAMTC offers you the platform to connect and interact with others that share your same philosophy, or your same challenges, or provide the same services as you.  Through your membership to NAMTC not only do you have access to these individuals or other service agencies, but also through the Leadership Summit you can join together to share and learn... Full Article >>


New York State Report

by Marla Yudin, Oswego County School Library System
Every year the Educational Media Technology Association of New York State offers a grant to schools for outstanding Media Literacy projects. The 2015 winners involved a math and an English teacher with 35 years of teaching between them as well as the high school principal.  At the June meeting of the NYS EMTA, the winners presented a video montage of their project as well as a Power Point. The project consisted of supporting students and faculty members in developing a professional video projection lab. Students learned to film, edit and create videos of the morning announcements. Previously morning announcements had been made over the schools PA... Full Article >>


The Future of our Media/Tech Centers

a Shared Conversation, January 19, 2016, 2:00 p.m. CENTRAL
by Betty Ehlinger, NAMTC Executive Director

The next NAMTC Shared Conversation (originally scheduled for November, but now January 19 at 2:00 p.m. CENTRAL) will be focused on the media/library centers run by many of our NAMTC institutional members.  They are facing many challenges as the focus is turning from print/hard copy to electronic distribution.  However, many centers still have circulating collections of hard copy books and DVDs.  Many still have van delivery of materials to individual schools.  Many have statewide contracts for online resources and streaming rights.  Many do not.  Many ESAs provide maker spaces, technology devices and support, as well as consultants for various school district needs.  This should be a great discussion opportunity.

An experienced NAMTC member panel will open the discussions.  Included will be conversations about maker spaces, technology devices and integration, use and promotion of online resources, current use and the future of hard copy collections, and the guiding influences for transformation of media/library centers.  If you have questions you’d like discussed during the Conversation, please direct them to the NAMTC office, bettyge@NAMTC.org

To connect:  https://collaborative.zoom.us/j/368287158



SETDA Conference

NAMTC and SETDA are Partnered
by Angela Burke, Collaborative for Educational Services
I was fortunate to represent NAMTC at the SETDA conference in Arlington, VA.  The conference took place on October 25 - October 28.  SETDA was founded in 2001 and is made up of state education leaders from across the country.  The SETDA mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. 76 representatives from 41 states were in attendance.  The conference began with an interesting keynote by James Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media.  He highlighted CSM K-12 Digital Literacy Curriculum and discussed how we need to partner with our students and give their... Full Article >>


Consider Serving on the NAMTC Board of Directors

by Betty Ehlinger, NAMTC Executive Director

Nominations for the NAMTC Board of Directors are now open.  The positions of President-Elect, Treasurer, At-Large Central and Mountain Representatives, and Corporate Representative expire in 2015.  Eastern and Pacific At-Large Board positions are also open.   If you are interested in being placed on the ballot for any of these positions, please contact the NAMTC office before December 30 for details, bettyge@NAMTC.org .




2015-2016 NAMTC Corporate Members


490 2nd St., Suite 302
San Francisco, CA 94107  Ph:   415 636 0831
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
57 Warren St., Flr 4
New York, NY 10007  Ph:   914 953 3210
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
Pear Deck
316 E Court St
Suite #4
Iowa City, IA 52240  
Rosen Digital
29 East 21st St.
New York, NY 10010  
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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