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