I am a middle school science teacher and have also taught Computer Classes. This year, I am teaching Computer Science for the first time. I could not be doing this class without the help and direction by Learningtech.org. I appreciate the expertise and direction provided by Dr. Miller and his team. The students enjoy their lessons. And the students are producing projects that meet standards set by CSTA, and Common Core in math and language arts. Students are also producing projects that cross the silos into science curriculum. Furthermore, the support provided to me includes that I will be self-directed and leading the Computer Science classes in the near future. This is awesome!
Learningtech uses a hands-on approach to teach computer science. They reach out to at-risk kids and provide aid when needed.
I've had a long-standing interest in the MIller Institute, partly driven by my own preofessional insterests in the connections between developing technologies and their impact on, and usefulness for improving education. In short, this Dr. Miller and his colleagues continue to achieve the highest level results for the students whom they help. More generally, their work provides path-breaking examples of approaches that can be used by others interested in using advanced technology to improve education.
I am very pleased to say that I have had a very positive 5+ year relationship with the Miller Institute for Learning with Technology partnering with them in all levels of grant funded STEM program delivery. I have the upmost respect for Mark, Len and their staff, and can only say good things about them!
The Miller Institute offers programs and camps to teach coding for modding Minecraft and controlling robots. While they're having fun, kids are learning real-world technology skills like programming and building circuits. My sons have attended their summer camps and have really enjoyed them!
Mark Miller and his organization, The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology represents the very highest standards in all realms. The immense help that his org has delivered to students, teachers and admin to get and use technology for learning is worthy of a Nobel Prize. The tirelessness of Mr. Miller with the single minded focus on helping stakeholders in the educational milieu use technology to improve learning is truly phenomenal. It has been my honor to witness some of the varied work that Mr. Miller's organization has performed in schools and have to say its nothing short of miraculous. Seeing children light up as they successfully program a robot, build their own computer or really have one of those AHA moments with technology that is life changing and helps set them on a STEM path demonstrates how much we need MORE organizations and increased funding for organizations such as The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology!
Mark Miller and the word integrity are synonymous for me. He is one of the most honorable people that I know and also one of the most brilliant. His work helping schools with technology through the Miller Institute is well known. The list of what he has accomplished within the field of Educational Technology is significant but he is humble and self deprecating about it. Mark is one of the few people I would characterize as a true genius because not only does he have a remarkably high IQ, but he has harnessed that intelligence into helping others and making the world a better place. Mark was a mentor for me when I was a classroom teacher back in the 90's in Daly City California. He helped me to see what was possible with technology in education. He helped my school come into the 21st century. The kids loved him because he had so much knowledge but was very approachable. Later on I was lucky to be able to for Mark for some time. I can truly say that anyone who has the chance to use the Miller Institute for Learning will be very happy that they did.
I have had outstanding experiences working with Learning Tech over the course of the past 10+ years. I would recommend them to any school or institution looking to add enrichment programs or for general support in technology implementation.
Mark and his staff are very compassionate about increasing student's academic self-efficacy using STEM. Great program!
As an elementary Technology Specialist I heard Dr. Miller speak at a conference and was impressed with the extent of the program and focus on deep learning and rigor. I visited a camp over the summer to see the work in action, and frankly to 'borrow' some of their ideas, and came away even more impressed. Students were engaged in serious study in a variety of challenging technical activities. There was also a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. I particularly enjoyed the class designed to encourage girls which included making a 'technified' stuffed animal. I've since implemented the same program at my own school to great success. Lots of people are talking about extending technology to younger students - these people are actually doing it effectively.
Hi Dr. Miller:
Thanks very much for planning this final session, it sounds like kids are getting the opportunity to develop skills as well as have some fun. Although I was not able to make it to the party during the day, my son demonstrated his game to me at night, I think they take pride on what they do in this class and they really enjoyed the learning. As a parent I feel they are really lucky to have you, and I'd like to thank you for what you have done.
As for the next year, I'm confident that you have the age appropriate material for them to continue the development. One thing I know for sure is that my son is going to this class as long as it is offered. Have a great summer!
C.Z., Parent of 4th grader
Thanks for your thoughtful comments!