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 …


Spotlight: The triumphs of 2020

The Triumphs of 2020 CIOs reflect back on their proudest accomplishments and moments from a spring that no one saw coming Since schools closed in March, tech departments across the country faced challenges unimaginable only a month prior. We asked OETC members what accomplishments they were most proud of during a spring that no one …


OETC Spotlight: How to Survive a Budget Cut

Six things they wish they’d known Veteran CIOs talk about how to survive a budget cut, strategic communication and the advice they would give to their past selves As school districts across the country begin to make major budget cuts, technology directors face the same old challenge: how do we fight for ourselves when most …


WATCH: OETC Spotlight Panel on Security and Support

Panelists include: David Roberts, CTO at Boise School District Kevin Johnson, Director of Technology at Fife Public Schools Ryan Gravette, Director of Information and Technology at the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance Robert Silva, Director of Technology and Information Services at Salem Keizer Public Schools Topics include: What is your top security concern right now? What, …