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.
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.
The Miller Institute helps us navigate the murky waters of Erate which helps Valley Preparatory Academy obtain funding for technology for staff and students.
Mark and his staff are very compassionate about increasing student's academic self-efficacy using STEM. Great program!
Our organization has partnered with the Miller Institute for Learning with Technology (aka Learning Tech) for over a year to offer technology camps to elementary and middle school students during school breaks and summer.
Learning Tech staff are knowledgable and easy to work with. They are well-prepared for each day of class and able to work with kids at whatever level they are currently in their technology know-how. Students experience "success" at the end of camp and can demonstrate their knowledge with their notes and actual demos. The staff are friendly and able to explain technology in such a way that students without prior knowledge to coding or robotics can get started and demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge at the end of each day.
My son attended a summer STEAM camp with this organization. He had a great experience learning how to build Minecraft mods. I'd definitely recommend it.
Learning Tech has been a great resource for STEM education! My boys have attended the summer camps for the past 2 years. They have participated and learned Scratch programming, Java, building Canary Mode applications (in Minecraft) and programmed in Robotics.
Learning Tech has gone above and beyond with help outside of the classroom. They have answer coding questions and helped with troubleshooting!
Highly recommend this company.
Fenton Avenue Charter School has benefited from the Miller Institute's expertise and excellent service. They have assisted with E-Rate approvals and reviews, advice on technology integration, and internet and web-based learning. The Miller Institute has been a fabulous organization in helping integrate technology into the classroom. They are very passionate about their mission and vision. The Miller Institute has always been highly recommended and continues to provide excellent service. They are extremely hard working and dedicated.
We have worked with the Miller Institute for years and they are truly dedicated to the education of students through the use of innovative technology. They have been a valuable resource for our school and have helped us meet the needs of our students. They are wonderful!
Does a great job in working with our students in a team-teaching model in Computer Science. We have great feedback from our students and they thoroughly enjoy the expertise and knowledge!
i met Mark when visiting his office for a school project that I was volunteering my computer expertise. I am extremely impressed with his commitment to learning through the use of technology.
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!
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.
Our school district has been working with The Miller Institute for over five years. They saved the day when we got into some E-rate trouble awhile back and have helped keep us in the safe-zone ever since. These days, we actually do not have to rely on them as often as we did in the past because they have us so well-trained! (That should be the goal of any good consultant, right?) Since they are such a tremendous/valuable resource, we continue to contract with them for E-rate consulting and recommend that you do the same.
What a great resource for schools! The Miller Institute is a first class business that focuses on children first. Thanks for everything you have provided for students with the most need.
The Miller Institute is an amazing group of people genuinely helping to educate students through innovative technology. They have been a great resource in helping my school provide a great learning environment with the latest technology in a neighborhood that is under served.
Thank you for advocating for us with E-rate! You have helped us greatly with our technology implementation.
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!
I worked with Mark Miller at Apple, and his institute is continuing his excellent work from those days. When done correctly, technology can be a really aid to learning, and Mark does it right.
I've known the folks at Learningtech for several years. I knew of Mark Miller from his years at Apple and that he was revered as a 'righteous individual'. I worked with the Miller Institute at Campbell Elementary School District and was thrilled and impressed by their competence, kindness and ability to really understand our needs and deficits. They did a great job and continue to work with that district.
When I came to East Side Union, I had a year remaining on an existing contract for the services that the Miller Institute offers, when the year was up, we issued an RFQ for those services and the Miller Institute was the best value by a good margin. In the time we have used Miller Institute, my staff (all new to working with MI) have commented on the professionalism, competence and just goodness and thoroughness of the entire team. Our representative, Josh, is fantastic and we have been able to maximize savings, discounts and bring advantages to our students and staff we have not achieved in the past.
So many vendors offer a lot of promises and struggle to convert that into results. The Miller Institute delivers and delivers and delivers... and the best part is that I trust the advice, I trust the guidance because I know it is with long term viability and compliance in mind. Thank you for the opportunity to sing some praises that are well deserved!
My son had the opportunity to attend the summer camps with Learningtech (Miller Institute) . Not only was I pleased with the program but my son was excited to attend each and every session. The staff and volunteers were very professional and courteous. My son was able to participate in fun technology classes with fellow future "techie" students, learned the importance of teamwork and came away with a fun experience. I would highly recommended the Learningtech programs.
Mark has made many great contributions to educating children. It is his life's passion and there are very few knowledgeable tech gurus who are as committed to education as Mark.
Our daughters attended a week at the Miller Institute in summer 2012, learned a lot, and had a great time! Thanks to Mark Miller and team!
Teachers from Learning Tech conducted a Computer Science course at our high school. As a student of Learning Tech, I had the pleasure to tour large companies such as IBM and Google.
Mark Miller and his team are top notch all the way. We have chosen The Miller Institute to help our clients face the complex tech infrastructure issues inherent in becoming a 21st century school. Their tech plans and recommendations are relevant, actionable and effective because they focus on supporting the organization’s instructional needs, not chasing the tech fad of the hour. These are techies who understand what educators need because they listen to the educator! This group is responsive, deeply ethical and highly collaborative. Mark's expertise, experience and results are extraordinary, but don't be scared off by his training, accomplishments and long resume; time and time again, I see Mark bring his expertise to bear with genuine respect and deep humility that puts the most tech-worried administrator at ease. He approaches each engagement eager to help, inform and be a guide. And Mark has built a team that is as passionate and knowledgeable as he is. It is a delight to work with folks who are so passionate, and good, at what they do. -Rebecca Tomasini, Founder and CEO of The Alvo Institute, Oakland, CA
Our Director of Technology unexpectedly passed away and all our E-Rate knowledge went with him. After two costly and useless tech vendors, I found the Miller Institute. Mark quickly handled the errors created by others and got us back on track. I was so impressed by his ability and vision that I became a Miller Institute board member. Our association began over 16 years ago when I was E.D. of Fenton Avenue Charter School. I am now retired and Chairman of the Board of Fenton Charter Public Schools, a CMO with three charters of 2500 students (soon to be five schools). Over the years our students have benefited by over $4million in E-rate awards facilitated by the Miller Institute. They are trustworthy, loyal, knowledgeable, supportive and responsive - one of a few truly outstanding organizations.
LearningTech camps are outstanding in quality hands-on summer camps which motivate kids of different backgrounds to learn about latest development in modern technology which is available for children. This camp has very small students to teachers ratio such that no kids get behind and everyone is learning at a comfortable speed. Projects are challenging, but kids friendly and entertaining which motivates kids to be creative and learn an impressive amount of technical material just in one week. I also like that LearningTech camps are offered as all-day camps and their price is much lower than comparable camps in our area. My kids are always looking forward to the LearningTech summer camps. Thank you for offering outstanding tech camps to our kids which they keep talking about all year long!
Brilliant; passionate; genuine. Just a few of the words that describe The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology.
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.
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.
We are proud that we were able to help these wonderful schools in New Orleans. One of our fond hopes is to find enough sponsorship to enable us to return to the Big Easy and offer a multi-week summer tech camp for their high school students, leading to CompTIA A+ certification and career options.
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.
The Miller Institute for Learning has always made kids their top priority. They want all children to have an opportunity to learn cutting edge technology that will help them achieve success in the future. They have wonderful rapport with students and strive to make learning fun. Kids walk away feeling better about themselves and are better equipped to function in our technological world.
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.
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.
I have known the Miller's for over 10 years. I worked for The Miller Institute for a time. They are completely dedicated to enriching the learning of K-12 kids through the use of modern technology. They and those who assist them work tirelessly to provide computer technology to schools. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who might wish to assist their endeavors.
I am currently volunteering as a videographer for Mark and his team as they start the year's robotics classes and apply for grants...every second so far has been a delight, and their passion comes through beautifully on camera. I can't wait to work more with them and assemble the footage I have into a mini-feature showcasing their work.
I've known the folks at the Miller Institute for many years, as colleague and client. The offer a broad range of services including infrastructure consultation, installation, and administration. What is especially cool about them are their hands on tech oriented camps, including camps targeting the under-served. The Miller Institute has a deep knowledge of technology, excellent communication skills with both technical and non technical folks, and a "do it right" ethic.
I was a volunteer system/network administrator for my kids school. The Miller Institute was contracted by the local school district for tech infrastructure support. Which resulted in our frequent collaboration. The Miller Institute helped us install network infrastructure (including racks, routers, switches, servers, power, air conditioning, cable, fiber, and on and on), move server rooms, move our MPOE, configure our servers, and debug and fix failed wiring, and help set up and educate the staff on the school administration software. In short, they were indispensable.
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!
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.
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.
The Miller Institute for Learning is an unbiased organization whose goals are to help Education clients with fairness, openness and great understanding of the multiple changes of governmental rules/regulations that govern these clients funding. The Miller Institute knows the regulatory laws and do not sidestep the processes to ensure complete compliance. Best of all they are vendor agnostic, never showing favoritism. When I meet a client in need, I never fail to refer a customer to them. I know that the clients need will be individually analyzed and resolved. This is done, whether or not our firm wins the business or not
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.
It is truly an honor to serve people and organizations who themselves have done so much to help our schools. Sincerely, Mark Miller (E.D.)
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!
The Miller Institute for Learning has been an invaluable partner for the California Charter Schools Conference. The institute has run our Cyber Cafe for many years and has provided an extraordinary level of customer service to our attendees. In addition, we rely heavily on the institute to present sessions each year that are vital to charter schools in California. The leadership and staff at the institute have a fantastic ``can do'' attitude and elevate every project where they are involved.
Thank you so much! We're working on that growing thing!
We are a small business who's computer systems were all set up by The Miller Institute for Learning. For years they handled our growth and IT needs with full responsiveness and a concern towards saving us money. We highly recommend them for schools and non-profits which is their area of expertise especially with security.
Thanks for the thoughtful review! Nowadays, for clients where there is interest, we set up a shared repository for relevant documentation such as inventories of equipment. This probably would be ideal for what you have in mind. Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Sincerely, Mark (Mark L. Miller, Ph.D., Executive Director)
The Miller Institute for Learning hosted a demonstration booth at the State Fair last year in the Industrial & Technology Education Building. Visiting fair-goers loved playing with, and learning about, the robots! Their organization is very professional and efficient to work with and their booth was so much fun.
Our family LOVES the Mark Miller Institute. I think it is now 3 years that my grandson has been attending the Institute's summer camp. My grandson has learned so much. For me personally, what stands high above everything is how my grandson 'feels' about himself. I believe his relationship to Mark and the other camp leaders helped my grandson know he has a place in the world- He was able to freely communicate his thoughts and ideas about technology and robotics and be received with warmth, interest and encouragement. THIS is key to everything. Thank You- Mark Miller Institute. My grandson loves all of you and you'll be one of the remembered highlights of his childhood. SForte
Wow, thank you, you truly made my day!
My son attended their summer class in 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed it. He's been into Lego robotics ever since and is in a robotics after-school program this Fall. I wish the Learning Institute would partner with local schools to make the schools' robotics programs more robust.
We are always very appreciative when someone takes the time to write a few kind words about our programs. We are also happy to note that we are offering many after school programs in the Bay area, in partnership with local schools as well as cities. We are excited to share that we just learned that our team, the San Mateo County Community STEM Alliance (a partnership with Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and San Carlos as well as our colleagues at Coastside STEM) has been selected for a grant, reaching out to under-served students in several areas of the County. We would welcome the chance to collaborate with our friends in RWC, such as North Star Academy, as well.
We started our relationship with The Miller Institute on recommendation from some charter school associates in California. They did such a wonderful job showing me the ropes of dealing with the E-Rate process, that I didn't require much assistance applying in our second year of successful funding. However, I so thoroughly enjoyed working with them, that I invited them to develop a technology leadership training institute for our 4 charter schools' administrators. It worked out wonderfully, our school administrators have increased their buy-in to the strengths of technology integration in both classroom teaching and teaching evaluation. We even have an administrator now recording lesson delivery and using the recordings to coach and mentor his teachers.
Miller Institute has been instrumental in getting our plans in place so that we could submit fundable applications for E-Rate. After several years of failed attempts, Miller Institute has help us to develop tech plans and to develop an internal protocal to ensure that our "steps to E-Rate success" are in place. Mark and his crew are very knowledgable and responsive. There are also very nice individuals and are a pleasure to work with!