Learningtech.org has been our E-Rate consultant since the untimely passing of our first Technology Coordinator, Doug Bean. E-Rate was a new and totally unknown federal program with seemingly unlimited potential, but neither Joe Lucente nor Irene Sumida knew exactly how to access the plan to its fullest potential.Mark Miller and his team at Learningtech.org, including his sister Eileen Miller, have provided exceptional service at an exceptionally low cost to first Fenton Avenue Charter School, then Fenton Primary Center (while the school was still a concept without a location or any hope of construction), then Santa Monica Boulevard, immediately upon divestiture, and finally Fenton STEM and Fenton Charter Leadership. For over twenty years, federal funding has been leveraged to the maximum extent to ensure Fenton students have enjoyed high speed Internet access that other schools only hoped for. The cost for the nearly daily consulting work has been minimal reflecting the commitment of Learningtech.org to support its partners to bring the highest level of technology access to schools across California.
Learningtech.org has been our E-Rate consultant since the untimely passing of our first Technology Coordinator, Doug Bean. E-Rate was a new and totally unknown federal program with seemingly unlimited potential, but neither Joe Lucente nor Irene Sumida knew exactly how to access the plan to its fullest potential.
Mark Miller and his team at Learningtech.org, including his sister Eileen Miller, have provided exceptional service at an exceptionally low cost to first Fenton Avenue Charter School, then Fenton Primary Center (while the school was still a concept without a location or any hope of construction), then Santa Monica Boulevard, immediately upon divestiture, and finally Fenton STEM and Fenton Charter Leadership. For over twenty years, federal funding has been leveraged to the maximum extent to ensure Fenton students have enjoyed high speed Internet access that other schools only hoped for.
The cost for the nearly daily consulting work has been minimal reflecting the commitment of Learningtech.org to support its partners to bring the highest level of technology access to schools across California.
The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology has worked with Fenton Avenue Charter School and the Fenton Primary Center, two charter schools in the Lake View Terrace, a suburb of Los Angeles. The institute has assisted us in writing and receiving approval for E-Rate (Education Rate) plans that allow our schools to provide a level of technology to our 1,450 students far and above anything seen or available at a typical school within our authorizing district (Los Angeles Unified). The Miller Institute is more than knowledgeable,they are true experts in the field of educational technology and their recommendations and insight have allowed our schools to remain competitive and successful, while serving our community well.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Learningtech.org appealed an erroneous USAC decision to recover $9K of FY2017 funding on our school’s behalf!
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.
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!
I just wanted to thank you one more time for including Bobby in your class. He had a great time and learned a lot, in fact, he used his compass to help direct us back home after Friday's class! We all really enjoyed looking at all the projects, and you could tell the kids were having a great time.
I'm glad we got to meet, even if it was just to say hello, and it was easy to see how much you and all the other teachers care about the students.
Take care and keep up the excellent work.
I have worked with them and delivered some technology for them to let the kids build and create. I have found the team to be top notch and very good with the kids and enjoy their confidence. This allows the kids to explore, fail, fix and learn.
Honored to come across this unsolicited review by one of the greats in our field.
The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology has had such positive impact for students throughout the region. From technology infrastructure to hands-on learning, this NGO has opened doors for students and inspired our young learners.
As a 6th grade teacher, I can't say enough about Learning Tech. I started working with this organization 5+ years ago. They are the organization that helped us run a truly innovative math/STEM curriculum throughout the district. The curriculum was developed using SketchUp.org and my students couldn't get enough of this program.
Additionally, I have been working with Learning Tech this past year with their after school Makers Space program here at Ingrid B. Lacy Middle school. This program started out small, but has deservedly grown over these past months! Learning Tech started the program small, all the while listened to the students, asking them repeatedly what they wanted from this program. They let the students shape this program, gave them a voice, let them determine what they wanted to invent, investigate, build, etc. As a result, students started to join our little after school program. We are now up to 20 students, and we are growing!
Learning Tech not only brings years of STEM knowledge and field experience to my students, but they also bring an infectious energy to learn and build.
Math, Science and STEM teacher
Pacifica School District
Excellent... I only have wonderful things to say about the Miller Institute this organization has provided foster children from San Mateo County with generous scholarships so that they can attend STEM camps enriching their lives as they learn and enjoy it! . I have nothing but positive feedback after the camp and staff . I have social workers making sure their kids get that opportunity to go. Please continue your excellent work
Such a great camp that they put on for children. The STEM camp taught the kids I work with so much and has increased their interest in technology.
I work with foster youth. Stem Camp really inspired one young man that I work with. I watched him blossom and laugh and become very intellectually inspired while at the camp. On the last day, when all the parents come, he ran around the room showing me his mechanical arm that picked up candy when he pressed a button. He was so proud and his smile was huge. It was amazing to watch my foster youth demonstrate his creative invention with confidence and I believe it helped his self esteem as well.
I’m a Middle School teacher and was looking for STEM related Robotics Kits for my robotics Elective Course. I was grateful that I was able to check out EV3 Mindstorms Kits and Cubelets from our San Mateo County of Education Office STEM Center, free of charge for our student instruction. I later found out that it was made possible by The Miller Institute of Technology, a.k.a The Learningtech.org. Dr. Erickson and Dr.Miller are very passionate about providing equitable digital access to all students. With their valuable partnership, our students were able to work with Stanford Professors in an innovative NSF Grant project. By their generous scholarships, our students were able to attend and learn Coding and robotics through their high-tech, STEM-oriented summer camps. We’re so fortunate to have the support of non-profit organization like the Miller Institute that help and motivate our students and educators. I wish and hope they’ll continue to support our community for many more years!
As a Board member, I can't say enough about the work that Miller Institute does for Education.
The provide opportunities to bring additional, much needed funding into the classroom & have directed programs that focus on the under-served student population in technology education.
I'm proud to be a Board member of this organization!
This is a quality organization that does great work! They saved our school when in turmoil due the sudden death of of Technology Director and have been exceptional partners since 1999. When asked to join their Board of Directors, I considered it an honor. I recommend The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology without reservation and with great enthusiasm!
I have known Miller Institute staff for several decades now, having worked with them on previous projects, and supported their work in various capacities over the years. Miller Institute staff are exceptional in their services and highly dedicated to the mission of engaging youth and schools in meaningful technology use in education.
Mark and the rest of the crew have great STEM programs for kids and really care about schools and non-profits making the best possible use of technology.
We have known of Mark Miller's ground-breaking work with young people for almost two decades. His methodology, his insights, and his vision motivate us to want to continue our collaborative work with him, so that through media, his templates can reach a far wider audience.
Led by Dr. Mark Miller, the Miller Institute for Learning with Technology has been a pioneering innovator in helping K-12 school set up affordable internet access. We look forward to a continuing relationship in expanding computer science curricula to all students.
They have worked hard to ensure that foster youth are included in summer enrichment programs for STEAM, notably computational thinking, making, and robotics. I admire their passion for bringing these skills to ALL kids.. I have known them for a long time, and I am impressed how they have dedicated their lives and careers to helping kids and furthering education
The Miller Institute has lots of expertise and passion to get children excited about (Lego) robotics.
Wonderful program for my CASA youth. He learned so much and loved going to the program. This was all made possible by the grant he was given to attend.
Thank you so much.
A double-barrel provider of technology support for education from e-Rate support to successful computer science programs for students. Proud to support this great organization.
The Institutes work with school districts has in most cases exceeded their expectations. On top of that, the Institutes work on providing opportunities for targeted youth to gain experience with technology provides a mind-opening for them to realize there is a world out there it which they an succeed both now and in their adult futures. What more can you ask for?
Mark and the skilled, passionate and intellectual team at Learningtech are amongst the best in tech education. They are always looking to find the best methods of education and refreshing their toolkit to provide the most meaningful and relevant experiences for their students. These are people who care and work hard to create positive impact.
Miller Institute has been of great help in assisting my efforts to develop and introduce a new STEM device for learning digital logic.
My kids go to many camps but this was by far their favorite! They love learning, utilizing creativity and cannot wait until next year’s camp.
We came upon this camp while visiting The Maker Faire Bay Area - couple of years ago and we wonder why we waited so long to send our kids. We will definitely be back next summer!
Great non-profit who works with foster youth and at risk students teaching robotics, STEM and coding. Caring, dedicated staff!
I have worked with Miller Institute over the last 8 years helping charter schools utilize the federal e-rate program. Navigating thru the requirements and documentation can be truly challenging and a full time job in itself. Miller Institute has provided me with peace of mind and ensured we received the maximum value from the program each year. They are indispensable to many of us in the charter world and I couldn't say enough about their service.
The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology has assisted our District greatly. The first step that we took with the Millers was to provide guidance and consultation about our current practices and assist us in developing a plan for the future. The fresh eyes that the Millers brought to our District facilitated communication and led to large C2 ERATE projects. The Millers not only provided guidance to our team, they also took the time to educate us along the way. Both Mark and Eileen, ensured that we understood the procedures. However, the decisions were always ours to make and now they were more informed decisions. Mark and Eileen provided all of this and more, in a charming and personable way. Our district has accomplished much in a short time with the Miller's help.
LearningTech has been a most excellent consultancy not only by educating me in all things eRate related but also as a resource of seeing the way forward to the best possible outcomes for my School District. Their expertise, patience & understanding has paved the way towards success for us. Everyone at LearningTech but especially Tom Wilkerson has been wonderful! Often Tom is one step ahead of me, helping to lead me where I need to go before I even know the way - he guides me, teaches me how to consider our options & providing great clarity in an eRate process of unknown murkiness. LearningTech & Tom keep me afloat so well! Thank you!
I am so thankful to you guys for what you did for my son. He loved the class and still remembers everything he has learned and still wants to go back. I am happy to help another child, as you did for us. I hope to be able to keep supporting your program because I know the impact it had on my son. Thank you!
The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology is a five-star organization dedicated to providing superior services and positive outcomes for their clients. In working with Mark and Eileen Miller and other member of their staff, I've seen first-hand the fruits of their work ethic and awesome knowledge in the fields of E-Rate and technology. Their professionalism is top-notch and, perhaps most significantly, they are truly invested in their clients' success.
As a model in educational space, Learningtech has been instrumental in serving the needs of children in Puerto Rico. I had the privilege to work with them and their professionalism and dedication has been exceptional
I have interacted with this team, both personally and as a business owner, for many years. They demonstrate great dedication to their mission and I hope they continue to serve their community for many more years.
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!
I have worked with Mark Miller and Learningtech for a number of years now and they are very honest people who work hard and are passionate about education and the quality of their program delivery. I have been very impressed by Mark and the rest of the staff.
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.
The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology (Learning Tech) is a great organization that I am proud be associated with and to recommend to others.
Learning Tech has a great deal of expertise, is easy to work with and is a great value to Education.
They keep students first and have helped many non-profit organizations receive much needed services and federal funding to sustain their educational goals.
My son has attended several tech-related camps and programs. Learning Tech has been his best experience. He always feels comfortable, the technology he's learning is aligned with the descriptions (that's not always the case with many of these programs), and at the few times he is advanced, they adjust his program to challenge him.
My son has attended the summer camp for the past two summers. He never wants to repeat a summer camp but he enjoyed learning tech so much he returned. I like the many different subject options and all the cool perks like the 3D printer.
The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology (LearningTech.org) has provided several engaging 2-week Robotics & Engineering workshops for our 9th and 10th grade students. Their workshops are organized in such a way that novice students can engage in the class and successfully complete programing and engineering challenges. The class curriculum was also flexible enough for advanced students to pursue more difficult challenges. Our students reported appreciation for the instructors deep knowledge of computer science and their ability to provide timely advice and support while working to solve programming and engineering challenges.
We have worked with the Miller Institute for many years as consultants on our e-rate applications each year. They have helped us save thousands of dollars in telecommunications, etc. which we have been able to redirect into the classrooms. We would not have been able to manage the e-rate process without them.
Everyone at the Miller Institute is a pleasure to work with - patient, tenacious, and detail oriented. Thanks for the help!
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!