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The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Nonprofit Management, Technology

Mission: To help people use technology more effectively for learning.

Results: Recently awarded grant for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] enhancement after school for San Mateo County area with Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, San Carlos and Coastside STEM. Helped dozens of schools obtain E-Rate funding, in the tens of millions of dollars total, affecting many tens of thousands of students.

Target demographics: Under-served schools and children, K-12 primarily.

Geographic areas served: California, Arizona, Hawaii, Tennessee and other U.S. states/territories

Programs: Workshops for Students and Teachers in K-12 Consulting (technology planning, grant application assistance (including E-Rate), technical support, staff development.

Community Stories

119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Dr. Miller is a living legend. He studied under Seymour Papert who created Logo and the Turtle teaching robot at the beginning of (computer education ) time. Dr. Miller teaches with a huge smile showing his caring. His camp curricula is so much more ambitious than others giving kids access to several languages, approaches to controlling and sensing things and getting them to build something real ... in a short class. His expertise and experience makes him great at teaching teachers, students, setting up IT for schools and be a scientist too.These are the reasons I joined his board of directors

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology has continued to be our school district's ERATE consultants. Mark and Eileen started with our district by giving feedback to our administration and it has turned into a long term relationship. Learningtech is not only knowledgeable but honest and reliable. They get the job done at a reasonable cost and do the extra to make sure we have all the documentation needed and that no dollars are left on the table. Learningtech helped us leverage nearly every dollar of our Category 2 budget - over $1.2M!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dr Miller is an expert on Computer Science education and we are glad that he shares his knowledge and passion for this subject through his work with Learning Technology. He is able to use engaging hands-on activities to explain difficult concepts - and keep his programs fun yet rigorous. He has been and continues to be a leader for other computer science educators.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The team at LearningTech is filled with extremely knowledgeable, respective, and hard working individuals. They have helped us build new servers and have been there every step of the way to ensure we are successful. Any question we had was thoughtfully answered and we felt we were always in much capable hands.

Client Served

Rating: 5

While working with The Miller Institute I’ve learned that the entire team truly believes in what they do. They fully embrace the desire to help schools, students and their customers. I personally feel the level of expertise and dedication they bring to the table strengthens any team. They will always go above and beyond to help. It’s been an honor and a privilege to work along side such knowledgeable and down to earth people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with Learning Tech for the last (3) Three years. During this time i've learned that Learning Techs team members are some of the most knowledgeable people that I have had a chance to work with. The produce the highest quality work products and deliverables all the time. The best part is that they are still very humble and appreciative individuals and are always willing to help by sharing what they have learned from their past experiences to make the entire team better and stronger.

Robert F.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was Director of Technology for the Sequoia Union High School District, we contracted with Learning with Technology (specifically Mark Miller) as we embarked upon writing our new technology master plan. I found Mark to not only be professional at all times, but his knowledge, passion, and organizational skills made our process nearly seamless. The committee we facilitated with Mark was well received by all and we ended up with an authentic, measurable, and actionable Technology Master Plan for the district.

Client Served

Rating: 4

STEM Preparatory Schools has worked with Learningtech since 2013. When we initially contracted with LT, (aka the Miller Institute for Learning With Technology), our organization looked for ways to save on internet costs. The consultants at Learningtech educated me while ensuring that there were making the best decisions for our organization. E-Rate is complex, but our longstanding relationship with Andree, (our Account Representative), makes this process bearable. We have seen significant cost savings since we started using E-Rate. I don't know that we would ever be able to apply for and receive funding without Andree and the team at LT. Thanks for all you do on our behalf.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Dr. Miller and Eileen for the past several year!! They are extremely professional, extremely honest, extremely supportive. i have felt not only have they invested, in our school! But they have invested in me personally!! They are the real deal!!! Thanks for all your support and input!!! It has been so comforting to know we have such a awesome group to ensure we stay in compliant, in all Erate function, as well as Technology plan, as well as awesome support for WIFI input on our current system!!! I would have no problem encouraging others to invest in the Miller's!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ilead schools has worked with Learningtech since 2011. When we initially contracted with LT, (aka the Miller Institute for Learning With Technology), our organization was not as complex as it has grown to be today. These complexities pose a growing challenge to the E-Rate application process, yet our consultants have calmly navigated all the E-Rate rules and nuances to ensure maximum funding. E-Rate is complex, but our longstanding relationship with Andree, (our Account Representative), makes this process bearable. I don't know that we would ever be able to apply for and receive funding without Andree and the team at LT. Thanks for all you do on our behalf.

OD A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LearningTech.org is the very best in what they do-- they are super professional, as well as super thoughtful and proactive. They manage a very technical space (e-rate, which combines IT architecture + heavy state regulation), and do it in a way that makes it easy for laypeople like the rest of us to make informed, painless decisions. I can't say enough how wonderful they are, I recommend them to any school looking for IT support, no matter how big or small the project might be.

Thank you, LearningTech team!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are incredibly knowledgeable about a very mess, technical field. There is no way we could navigate the e-rate process without this organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The team at Learningtech has been great to work with. They listen, develop solutions that take all factors into account, and implement a solution that works. Their team worked collaboratively with ours, which provided a way for our staff to build essential new skills and a positive knowledge transfer of all new systems, policies, and practices.

I unfortunately cannot give a 6 star review, but if I could, I would.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the work The Miller Institute does with Hack the Future. I have volunteered on and off for the last few years, and brought my own kids to learn from tech industry legends, and have benefitted greatly from their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Hack the Future, which is sponsored project of The Miller Institute, since 2011. I have great respect for Dr. Miller and the services and volunteer time he provides.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2017, Hack the Future became an official program of Learningtech.org. This partnership has dramatically improved our fundraising velocity, helped instate up-to-date practices to protect children and volunteers, supplied loaner laptops at every ensuing Hack the Future event, and brought the expertise of Mark Miller and other Learningtech volunteers to introduce new engaging stations such as the BBC micro:bit. The list goes on.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology or Learningtech.org has a well trained staff that is able to work with youth of all ages and able to adjust the project difficulty to align with a youth's current knowledge of technology. Staff are excited about coding, robotics and Making so their passion engages youth and their interest in what they are learning and what they can create.

They have taken time to design coding projects that appeal to girls which are very effective. Their attention to designing programs that give everyone the opportunity to learn about technology is what gives them a 5 star rating.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute has been a crucial ally in putting on Hack the Future events. They have provided loaner laptops to kids who would not otherwise be able to participate in our hack-a-thons, and have helped organize and run many events. Mark is a pleasure to work with, and is always engaged with our participants.

Mike R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute has been worth their weight in platinum. They have helped our tiny public charter school to navigate the complex world of Federal E-Rate Funding for many years now, and they are knowledgeable, efficient, and above all responsive. I recommend them without reservation to anyone in need of support with school funding.

Beyond their worth as a business, the Miller Institute is that rare company that allows the humanity of its staff and leaders to shine through. Throughout banking errors and mixups on our school's end, endless questions and change requests -- and even a battle with a vendor who seemed unable to deliver promised services -- Eileen, Andree, and even Executive Director Mark Miller remain patient and kind. I am indescribably more confident in our E-Rate funding work knowing that they have our backs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Learningtech.org appealed an erroneous USAC decision to recover $9K of FY2017 funding on our school’s behalf!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the only summer camp in the Bay Area that I know where kids get real experience programming microprocessors to run complex experiments.

After just two seasons at the San Carlos campus my son is now very comfortable programming motors and collecting data from various sensors. This is so useful if you are going to be working in industry.

The staff is extremely helpful, with experts on had to help them whenever they get confused; and for those who are not so comfortable programming electronics, they use simpler code language.

I really can't say enough about this place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are very impressed with the Learning Tech camps! The leaders and interns are truly knowledgeable and are excellent mentors, and the resources available to the kids are superb. The camps provide an environment that foster exploration, learning, team work and communication, in addition to providing a strong foundation in coding and making. My son attended all four weeks that the camp was offered and loved it! This is his second year attending the camp and he wants to sign up again next year. I think the camps have definitely sparked a passion for the field. Thank you Learning Tech!