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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

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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mlmiller 10/25/2016

Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute helps us navigate the murky waters of Erate which helps Valley Preparatory Academy obtain funding for technology for staff and students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mark and his staff are very compassionate about increasing student's academic self-efficacy using STEM. Great program!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The best STEM camp I've ever seen. Instructors truly care about teaching!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for advocating for us with E-rate! You have helped us greatly with our technology implementation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Regards
C.Z., Parent of 4th grader

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mlmiller 06/10/2015

Thanks for your thoughtful comments!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!