OETC News

See the latest news from OETC, including recent solicitations, new contracts, and event announcements.

OETC Community Interview: Trudy Ludwig

“My mission is to recruit more #KindnessWarriors in school and neighborhood communities.” Trudy Ludwig is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children’s books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world. She has received rave reviews for her passion and compassion in addressing friendship, bullying, and …

OETC Community Interview: Dr. Jordan Shapiro

Filling the gaps in education to create the world that we want Jordan Shapiro is a full-time father of two little boys. He teaches in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts where he’s also the Associate Director for Digital Innovation. He is a Forbes leading columnist on global education, game-based learning, kids and culture. He …

We’ve Moved!

OETC’s Office Move to Salem In September 2015 OETC’s headquarters moved one hour down the I-5 corridor from Sherwood, OR to Salem, OR. Salem, Oregon’s capital city, offers the new office a more central and visible location, surrounded by businesses, Willamette University, and the state capitol buildings. New Location Our headquarters is located in the …

OETC Community Interview: Dr. Mimi Ito

Mining the intersection of interest-driven learning and online youth culture Dr. Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of digital culture and an advocate for connected learning—learning that is youth-centered, interest-driven, hands-on and social. Decades of research on geeks, gamers, fans, activists, and artists has convinced Ito that kids learn best when they are pursuing things …

Request for Proposals (RFP) – Classroom Visual Equipment

Classroom Visual Equipment Request for Proposals (RFP) The Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Classroom Visual Equipment as a Joint Cooperative Procurement on behalf of its public K-20 member institutions. The purpose is to identify and award a contract to provide volume price agreement and fulfillment …

Schoology Contract Now Available for K-12 and Hi-Ed Members

Schoology LMS Competitive bids, lower costs, and extensive pricing options: members can now purchase Schoology LMS through the OETC store. OETC has negotiated a RFP-backed contract with Schoology, an award-winning Learning Management System platform. This contract allows your K-12 or Higher Education institution to benefit from the service and support that OETC provides to all …

New OETC FY16 Board Members

FY16 OETC Board Members Last week our membership elected three new representatives to serve on OETC’s FY16 Board. We are pleased to announce the new board members below. David Roberts – Boise School District, ID David Roberts serves the Boise School District as the Administrator of Technology. David has worked in public education across the …

Purchasing Deadlines for FY15

If you are making hardware purchases through OETC that must be received by year end (June 30, 2015), purchase orders must be submitted by close of business on June 15, 2015. For software purchases that must be received by year end, purchase orders must be submitted by close of business on June 20, 2015. Purchases …

Request for Proposals – Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Learning Management System (LMS) Request for Proposals (RFP) The Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Learning Management System (LMS) providers as a Joint Cooperative Procurement on behalf of its public K-20 member institutions. The purpose is to identify and award a contract to provide volume price …

Adobe Announcement: Phasing Out CS6

As of today Adobe no longer supports Creative Suite 6 (CS6). Adobe upgraded CS6 to Creative Cloud in 2013, but up until now institutions could still purchase CS6 on a CLP license. There are still multiple ways to license the Creative Cloud applications. OETC has worked hard to bring the value and savings the consortium …

On Technology, Music, and the Complex Relationship Between Them

Interview with Will Magid Will Magid is a trumpeter, producer and DJ based in San Francisco, California. His musical performance blends and blurs the lines between technology and art, and he has toured and collaborated with many talented artists from diverse genres of music, such as Afrolicious, Bonobo, Solomon Burke, Erykah Badu, Pretty Lights, Kenny …

IntegratED and AcceleratED PDX 2015 are Sold Out

Sold Out Events We are pleased to announce that both IntegratED and AcceleratED Portland 2015 are now sold out. Tickets went even faster than we expected this year, and we regret the limited space—we know there were many people looking forward to the events that couldn’t get tickets. If that’s you, you can contact us …

Opportunities for Continuing Education at IntegratED Portland 2015

IntegratED PDX 2015 provides high-quality professional development credits for Oregon and Washington educators as well as two Portland State University graduate-level courses. For full information, visit our Continuing Education webpage. PSU College Credit At IntegratED PDX a 1-credit course and a 2-credit course are offered cooperatively by Portland State University and OETC. Educators have the …

Juniper One-day Oregon EX Bootcamp: Medford and Eugene

PNW Security & Juniper Networks are offering a Juniper EX Bootcamp in Medford and Eugene, OR. This course provides an overview of JUNOS and an introductory preview of the Juniper EX Switching products including configuration, management, and implementation in a typical network environment. Students will gain experience in configuring and monitoring the JUNOS OS and …

OETC Community Interview: Leigh Graves Wolf

We can use the technologies around us to help everyone achieve their potential Leigh Graves Wolf is a teacher-scholar, innovator, and a staunch believer in the power of community and collaboration. She has been a network administrator, a teacher, an instructional technologist, and a professor, and has worked across the spectrum from K12 to Higher …

OETC Community Interview: DK

Less about the technology, more about the curiosity—especially for grown-ups DK is an advisor, speaker, producer and blogger with a resume that spans professions as well as the globe. He is the current producer of TEDxWellington, founded the social media consulting agency MediaSnackers, and has worked with a vast clientele including BBC, The Gates Foundation …

OETC Holiday Hours for 2014

OETC will be closed the following days in observance of our winter holidays: December 24, 25, 26 and 31. January 1 and 2. Our online store will still process orders and distribute license keys for certain products. Have a safe and happy holiday season! …

Webinar: Cisco UCS Mini

This live webcast will feature Cisco expert Dan DeBusschere as he explains the ins and outs of the Cisco UCS Mini and the solutions it offers to meet the needs of IT departments in government or education. Thursday, December 11 10 a.m. (PT) Register for the Webinar …

Recap: SPARK Seattle 2015

Recap by Darren Hudgins Last week in Seattle, Washington I was given the amazing opportunity to plan, organize (along with a great team at OETC) and participate in an event called SPARK. In less than a school day educational leaders discussed a myriad of complex topics that impact the future of education every single day. …

Announcing AcceleratED PDX 2015

AcceleratED PDX 2015 February 25, 2015 Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel Portland, Oregon Walk away with knowledge, not just a to-do list. AcceleratED is a one-day, hands-on conference that addresses the challenges faced by administrators integrating technology into education. It offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with facilitators and other leaders, develop practical strategies for technology integration, and even bring …

Announcing IntegratED PDX 2015

IntegratED PDX 2015 February 25–27, 2015 Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel Portland, Oregon Building community. Empowering educators. IntegratED is a two-day teaching and learning conference focused on technology integration strategies. Its mission is to improve education by offering educators the time and support to develop practical strategies in a collaborative environment. Reserve your spot and join the IntegratED community. Learn More …

Technology in Transition: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be

Corin Richards, an Administrator for Instructional Technology in the Beaverton school district, describes herself as “an educator-mom-cyclist promoting 21st century skills, knowledge and tools in today’s educational system.” Richards’s influence in the world of technology integration branches out across the web, promoting and discussing the use of technology in Oregon classrooms; but whether in the …

OETC Community Interview: Ramsey Musallam

Technology is not just a tool; it’s a catalyst. Ramsey Musallam’s students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School know him as a chemistry teacher who sends his class videos of himself launching objects across the room or setting things on fire. The education world knows him as a TED speaker, an independent ed-tech blogger, and …