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March 20, 2013

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March 20, 2013

The Learningtech.org camps are great fun with robust learning environment. Our son has attended the STEM camps for five summers now and is pursuing engineering and computer programming in high school now. The instructions make it fun and offer a valuable learning experience with engaging competitions in Troubleshooting 101 and robotics. The kids are all charged up after camp and talk a mile a minute when explaining all they do. We highly recommend the Learningtech.org summer camps.

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 7, 2012

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January 7, 2012

The Miller Institute and in particular Dr. Mark Miller and Loren Parkhurst were hired as consultants to help our schools with our first ever E-Rate application. Unlike most consultants, they charged a very reasonable rate based upon time spent on our application not the amount of money we were being funded. They also did such a good job explaining the process and involving me in the application that the next year I was able to complete the application all by myself (however, I did hire them as an independent 3rd party bid reviewer). I was so impressed with how they conducted the e-rate process that I hired them to conduct some leadership & technology professional development for all of our school leadership teams. They again did an excellent job, were very prepared and tailored our training to match the skills and desires of our leadership team.

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A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 2, 2011

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November 2, 2011

The Miller Institute has been tremendously helpful to us over the past several years as we have applied for e-rate funding. Given the unique nature of our school, the process has been daunting and the folks at the Miller Institute have been diligent, good-natured and extremely patient! Thanks Mark & Eileen!

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they are the consultants we hire to help us jump through the myriad complexities of applying for e-rate funding.

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I don't know the intricacies of the Miller Institute well enough to provide this type of input

October 4, 2011
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October 4, 2011
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Mark and his organization were extremely helpful to our students during the 12 years I was on the San Carlos school board. He got our district well started with technology in the early nineties and then effectively supported the district for a while in all its technology needs. His work and enthusiasm were a major reason our teachers became comfortable using computers in their classrooms. His Institute then helped us develop in house capability and aided us in bringing some support in house.

All along he worked with students (our district is K-8) in seminars in school and in the summer programs. These were very popular because of the skills taught and the fun enjoyed. His dedication and enthusiasm for kids and their education is infectious making it very enjoyable to work with him and his group.

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On school board of a district he helped & had a child learn about computers from him

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Get them more resources

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Definitely

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Very Well

October 2, 2011
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August 20, 2010

This is the 3rd summer my now 13 year old son has attended the Miller Institute Summer camp. My son loves the technical content and depth and highly respects the knowledge of the camp leaders. As ... more

October 2, 2011
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Our son has gone to the Miller Institute of Leaning summer camps for four summers now. Although our son has been to a number of camps, including the ID Tech which is much much more expensive, The Miller Institute camp is his favorite by far. He loves the Troubleshooting 101 and has invited several of his friends to join him. The boys are now 13 and very computer savvy. The camp leader always can challenge and engage as they skills grow. We moved across the country and the one request our son made was to come back the summer 2012 and go to the Miller Institute camp.

The Troubleshooting camp is perfect for pre-teens and teenagers. The activities include disabling something on a computer, and having another student figure out what is wrong. The kids are so inventive and have a great time tricking each other. I recommend a group of techie friends take this class together and use their brain power to out-do each other. While all the fun is going on, there is a tremendous amount of learning about computers, how they work, and how to problem solve. Priceless

Our son also enjoyed the robotics camps and his all time favorite was build a computer camp which is wants to do every summer - but he already has his computer. As a result of what he learned in the class, four years ago, he has since upgraded his computer and he helped a friend build a computer, and many friends upgrade their operating systems.

the MIller Institute camps leaders are very knowledgable with years and years of industry experience, they can adjust and change the class based on where the kids are at - which makes for an interesting and meaningful camp each time. It there is a wide range of skills, they pair the appropriate kids together and more seasoned kids help the newbies - which is very empowering for all.

As a parent I appreciate the integrity and values that are modeled and taught from turning off the computers, finishing projects, and making it fun. The camp leaders are inspirational and the kids respect them.

In addition, there is a value of community service which permeates the organization which influences the campers.

We will be returning to California for another week of the Miller Institute camp.

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Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 20, 2010

This is the 3rd summer my now 13 year old son has attended the Miller Institute Summer camp. My son loves the technical content and depth and highly respects the knowledge of the camp leaders. As a result, we donated funds to enable another child to attend the Miller Institute camp for the 2nd year in a row. This is why: In the computer troubleshooting camp, the kids were in teams, and asked to create several problem on the computer for another team to figure out - this could have gone forever and the kids loved every minute of it. Very creative. The kids also were ask to purposefully download a virus on a contained computer and see what happens and troubleshoot. What a great learning experience. The instructors are very knowledgable and excellent with all ages of kids. They have the presence of mind to ask the older kids to assist the younger kids - which is a non-technical and very meaningful learning experience for all. My son wants to take the camp again next summer. They also offer several levels of robotic classes which my son has enjoyed for two summers in a row. The kids work together on projects - so there is an added level to the learning. My sons all time favorite was to build a computer from scratch. He would take this class every year if he could. I highly recommend The Miller Institute. They offer financial aid scholarships. Plus they are nice people as they show great respect for each individual child and have strict boundaries on acceptable group behavior which benefits all.

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a great summer camp experience for our son.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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Mark Miller and his organization spent two months teaching my child an array of technology. His organization was brought in to teach a tech class at my son's charter high school located in Redwood City. It was a resounding success. He taught hands-on technology that made it all real for the kids. The program was not about the bells and whistles to impress the parents but the nuts and bolts of what makes technology exciting. The kids could not help but to become engaged because of Marks incredible enthusiasm, dedication to the Miller Institute and his own life long love of the subject. He is quite an inspiration and obviously a mentor ro many successful people the field. BRAVO Miller Institute of Learning!

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Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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The founder of The Miller Institute for Learning was a founding parent at our school, the San Carlos Learning Center. From the beginning, Dr. Miller had a profound influence on the use of technology by our educators, learners, and parents. He is the rare "techie" that understands learning theory, educational organizations, and how to use technology as a tool to improve and enhance learning. The Miller Institute has continued to help our school grow and change with the times. They supported us as one of seven school in the San Carlos School District. They did an excellent job understanding our individual needs and different culture, and worked with us to individually to accommodate these needs. They held our hand when we needed it, and kept at a distance when we didn't.

My biggest rave is that the education of children is at the heart of the Miller Institute for Learning. Using technology to engage learners is their passion. They do this through workshops and by encouraging the learners to play an active role in maintaining and troubleshooting the technology they use. We are fortunate to have organizations like this that are fostering our future innovators.

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several capacities. The founders of the Miller Institute of Learning were key in building the technological infrastructure of our school, the San Carlos Charter Learning Center. Dr. Miller is also a tremendous resource in helping educators understand how to effectively use technology as a tool to enhance and improve learning. The Miller Institute has also provided our school with valuable support in completing e-rate applications.

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encourage them to expand their learner classes.

September 29, 2011
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September 29, 2011
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The Miller Institute has served school districts and charter schools for the past 20 years. From their initial volunteer support for the first Net Day in the San Carlos School District to the testimonials I've heard from charter school operators who received their first introduction to instructional tecnology and the infrastructure and learning plans that Mark Miller facilitated.
The Miller Institute has pioneered ed tech support and innovation from initial hardware infrastructure to youth computer clubs to high quality professional development for teachers and school leaders.
Learning has been aided and the opportunity equation has changed as a result of the Miller Institute's commitment to youth and education.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2011
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September 28, 2011
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The energy and skill the Miller Institute have brought to their long years of work with administrators, teachers and students in the San Carlos School District deserve commendation. Vision, integrity and superb content knowledge are the hallmarks of Mark Miller and his people.

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over 18 years of technology investment in San Carlos schools.

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add staff to extend its reach.

September 27, 2011
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September 27, 2011
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The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology is an amazing organization. They do so much for schools, and ask for so little in return. I have had the pleasure of working with the team there for several years, and my experience has always been positive and inspiring. Thank you so much!

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the difference they make with my client schools.

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Spread their reach to a national audience - more schools should work with them!

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