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School Board approves Transformational Technology proposal 6-1

The Northfield School Board voted 6-1 last night to approve the Transformational Technology proposal.

 Karleen Sherman and Paula BaragaryMatt Hillmann Rob Hardy

Left: Sibley Special Education teacher Karleen Sherman and Sibley Grade 5 teacher Paula Baragary spoke in favor of the proposal at open mic.

Center: HR and Technology Director Matt Hillmann reviewed the proposal for the Board and summarized the online engagement activities and stats that I blogged about yesterday.

Right: Board member Rob Hardy raised concerns about the proposal, expressing his preference for a scaled back pilot project approach (which he has blogged about here,) and wondering if a BYOD (bring your own device) approach might be more cost-effective and sustainable (he blogged about this here and here.)

Update noon: Here’s the video of last night’s Board meeting. The Technology Transformation discussion begins at the 18:20 mark.

Online engagement stats and transcripts for the Northfield School Board

I’ve sent these PDF’s of the online engagement stats and transcripts to the District office to be considered for inclusion in the School Board members’ packets for tonight’s meeting. (‘TransTech’ is my shorthand for Transformational Technology.)

School Board to consider Transformational Technology proposal at Feb. 11 meeting: another opportunity for public comments

School Board mtg agenda Feb. 11, 2013At Monday night’s School Board meeting (agenda here), the Board will discuss the Transformational Technology proposal and may vote on it.

If you’d like to comment on the proposal, be sure to be there at the start of the meeting, as public comments are first on the agenda.  The guidelines:

This is an opportunity for members of the school district to address the Board. You are requested to do so from the podium. After being recognized by the chair, each individual will identify himself/herself and the group represented, if any. He/She will then state the reason for addressing the Board. To insure that all individuals have a chance to speak, speakers will be limited to one three-minute presentation. Please know that this is not a time to debate an issue, but for you to make your comments.

Supt. Chris Richardson has asked me to prepare a document for the Board that summarizes the online engagement activities and includes all the comments and straw poll results.  I’ll be working on it today and will post it here when it’s done.

Transformational Technology proposal straw poll and blog discussion closing Feb. 9

I need to compile an update for the District of all the online comments and straw poll results so that they can be included in the packet for School Board members on Monday prior to their 7 pm meeting.

transformationaltech staw poll  online engagement

I’ll close the online straw poll and the blog discussion thread around midnight on Saturday, Feb. 9 so that I have time to put it all together on Sunday.

So if you’ve not taken the straw poll, now’s the time.  And if you’ve got comments or want to discuss any aspect of the proposal, chime in with a blog comment ASAP!

Video archive of Transformational Technology webinar and transcript of live chat are now available

live chat replay webinar archive

Left: The transcript of today’s live chat with Director of HR and Technology Matt Hillmann can be viewed in the CoverItLive app that’s embedded in the blog post, Live chat with Matt Hillman, Wed. Feb 6, noon. Just click the replay button and then use the scroll bar.

Right: The video archive of yesterday’s webinar with Matt and Superintendent Chris Richardson is now embedded in the bottom of the blog post, Live webinar with Matt Hillman & Chris Richardson scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 5, 8 PM.

Live chat with Matt Hillman, Wed. Feb 6, noon

Matt HillmannAt noon on Wednesday this week, I’m going to do a live-chat with Matt Hillmann, Director of Human Resources and Technology. We will take questions via text chat from area citizens about the Transformational Technology proposal.

If you can’t attend but would like to submit a question, attach a comment to this blog post and I’ll make sure to submit it during the live chat on your behalf.

The live chat will take place right here inside this blog post at the bottom.

Opportunities for citizen feedback on the Transformational Technology proposal (week of Feb. 3)

Lots happening this week. I’ll keep this blog post up for now to make it easy to find out what’s going on.  These links are also in the right sidebar.


Live webinar with Matt Hillman & Chris Richardson scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 5, 8 PM

Trans Tech Webinar

On Tuesday, Feb 5, 8 PM, we’re hosting a live webinar (also known as a web conference) on the Transformational Technology Proposal.

Matt Hillmann, Director of Human Resources and Technology and Superintendent Chris Richardson will take questions from area citizens about the proposal after a short presentation.   You’ll be able to submit your questions via text chat or audio.  If you can’t attend but would like to submit a question, attach a comment to this blog post and I’ll make sure to submit it during the webinar on your behalf.

If you register now/ahead of time for the webinar, you’ll receive some email alerts reminding you of the start time as it approaches.

What’s required to participate?  We’ll be using the GoToWebinar platform and their system requirements are:

gotowebinarPC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Update 2/6, 10 PM: Here the 80-minute video archive of the webinar:

Photos, Powerpoint, video: Matt Hillman’s community presentations on the Transformational Technology proposal

Matt Hillman's presentation on the Technology Transformation proposal Matt Hillman's presentation on the Technology Transformation proposal
I wasn’t able to be there yesterday for Matt Hillman’s presentation on the Technology Transformation proposal to a small group of interested citizens at the Northfield High School auditorium.  Matt’s going to do the presentation again on Monday at 7 pm, same place. I’ll be there and will likely add photos of that session to this blog post. (See the Northfield News article by Jerry Smith on the presentation: Public meeting helps Northfielders understand iPad proposal. He live-tweeted the meeting using the @NewsNorthfield Twitter feed, starting with this tweet.)

He publicized these face-to-face meetings with Skylert messages to all parents in the District on December 26, January 29, and February 1. There were also notices on Northfield Patch, in the Northfield News, and on KYMN Radio. They’ve also been posted on the home page of District web site since late December. See the Dec. 27 new item and the Jan. 29 news item.

Here’s his Powerpoint.  Below it is the 90-minute video of his presentation to the School Board on Jan. 28 that I blogged about earlier last week.