The Hams of EdTech

The Hams of EdTech OETC members use the radio waves on behalf of their schools, communities … and sled dogs OETC’s Spotlight is a series of stories, interviews and Q&As highlighting news and ideas from across the Northwest EdTech community. Read more stories here. If it wasn’t for the tree that nearly crushed his truck …


Lessons from the Time of Hybrid

Lessons from the Time of Hybrid As Washington and Oregon schools get ready to return to classrooms, Idaho CIOs who have been doing it all year weigh in on challenges, ideas and strategy OETC’s Spotlight is a series of stories, interviews and Q&As highlighting news and ideas from across the Northwest EdTech community. Read more …


Spotlight: So What Now?

So What Now? As 2021 dawns, CIOs and educational technologists face a landscape less settled than ever. OETC’s Spotlight is a series of stories, interviews and Q&As highlighting news and ideas from across the Northwest EdTech community. Two days before Christmas, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown surprised educators across the state by announcing that schools should …


2020 Year in Review

The Seven Stages of 2020 — Spotlight 2020 Year in Review —CIOs and the edtech community reflect on a year like no other On the sixth day of 2020, a small item ran in the Asia Pacific section of the New York Times, headed ‘China Grapples With Mystery Pneumonia-Like Illness’. 59 patients were experiencing “high …


Tech departments have big plans for bonds, levies

Voters Say Yes to EdTech Across Oregon and Washington, approved bonds and levies give CIOs new opportunities School districts across Oregon and Washington have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, as voters overwhelmingly approved bonds and levies on November’s ballot. In Oregon, voters approved 14 of the 17 bonds and levies on the ballot, …


Tales of Tech Terror

True Tales of Tech Horror Behold, the four categories of spooky technology happenings! After exhaustive research that took upwards of three afternoons, the OETC Technology Horror Department has been able to successfully categorize terrifying stories into four principal buckets: The Meltdown: Think thousands of Tier 1 tickets, or a server that is literally underwater. The …


How to Survive a Wildfire

Tech in the Time of Wildfires How the CIOs most affected by the September wildfires are dealing with yet another 2020 disruption The first sign came when the power started flickering on and off. The second was the smoke a few minutes later, creeping over the southern horizon. Then, two hours later, an urgent message …


Coronavirus Survey Results

‘I don’t think we’ll return this year to in-person learning,’ CIOs and IT share predictions on the coming school year An OETC survey of dozens of CIOS, IT staff and teachers across the northwest reveals vast differences in timelines and attitudes, apprehension and the biggest concerns they face. With nearly 70 respondents, the survey provides …


Spotlight: Q&A with CoSN CEO Keith Krueger

“It is in times of crisis when you most need innovation.” A conversation with CoSN CEO Keith Krueger CoSN CEO Keith Krueger has been advocating for technology in the classroom for three decades — and watched a revolution happen overnight. He discussed the greatest opportunities he sees in this time of crisis, the problems that …