The Northfield School Board voted 6-1 last night to approve the Transformational Technology proposal.
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.
At 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.
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:
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
Update 2/6, 10 PM: Here the 80-minute video archive of the webinar:
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.
For the next week or more, I’ll be the moderator of a discussion attached to this blog post about the Transformational Technology proposal that’s being considered by the Northfield School Board.
Superintendent Chris Richardson and Director of Human Resources and Technology Matt Hillmann will be the primary panelists. They’ll be regularly checking the comment thread below to read and respond as they see fit.
A blog discussion thread has some advantages over other tools for engagement. For me, it allows the discussion to happen among the audience members, not just between the audience and the panelists. So if you see a comment by someone other than Chris or Matt that you’d like to respond to, you can do so. Likewise, Matt and Chris can respond to comments that aren’t directed at them.
I’ll start things off by asking Chris and Matt to each make an opening comment. Once they’ve done so, I’ll consider asking them a question or two, and then shortly thereafter, I’ll open things up to everyone.
I’ll add a comment shortly with some miscellaneous participation tips.
Hi everyone. I’m Matt Hillmann, Director of Human Resources and Technology for the District and the one leading the charge on this proposal. I’ve been working on and blogging about the project for the past year so I’m pretty excited to get more community feedback on it using some additional online engagement tools.
A little about me. My wife Mary and I live in Northfield and have three children – ages 13, 11, and 8 who all attend the Northfield Public Schools. We love living here – it had been a community we had desired to become a part of for some time! We really enjoy the amenities Northfield has to offer and the commitment to excellence we see throughout the community.
I began my career in public education in 1994 and have worked with students in all grade levels, Pre-K-12, through my roles as a teacher, coach, technology coordinator, building principal, and district administrator. I have taught graduate courses on and off over the past decade in education technology and school leadership as an adjunct faculty member at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I’m currently working on a doctoral degree at MSU as well.
I’m a proud Rotarian and “live and die” with the Minnesota Twins and Vikings!
This online format is the District’s first foray into citizen engagement using the world wide web. We hope that this will provide another vehicle for the community to share their feedback with us on this project in an organized and respectful environment. I encourage you to take the time to review the information on this site and feel free to contact me with questions or comments you have about it.
Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter (@mahillmann) where I tweet about Northfield events as well as educational leadership and other “interesting” topics (at least they are of interest to me!)
Thanks again for visiting the site and I look forward to seeing you engage with it!
I attended last night’s Northfield School Board meeting at which Matt Hillmann, Director of Human Resources and Technology, presented the most recent draft of the Transformation Technology Proposal.
We’ll have a video clip of Matt’s presentation posted here on the blog in a day or two. The 90-minute video is now posted below.
See this PDF of the 6-page PDF of the Transformational Technology Proposal, dated Jan. 21, 2013.
Also see Northfield News reporter Ashley Klemer’s (@AshleyKlemer) article titled Transformational Technology proposal presented to Northfield Board of Education.
Hillmann presented the final recommendations from the technology task forces for the Transformational Technology Project to the board on Monday night saying that the shift to include iPads in classroom instruction is one of the biggest pedagogical shifts in 100 years.