ESU Coordinating Council
May 02, 2017 9:00 AM
Technology Committee Meeting
1. Call to Order
Rationale

Notice to visitors:  To be heard at this meeting, the "Request to be Heard" form, must be completed and submitted to the Secretary to the Executive Director of ESUCC.  The President of the Board of ESUCC will call upon visitors wishing to address the Board in the order they were submitted or by subject.

Pursuant to Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Statutes, notice of this meeting was given by advertisement on the ESUCC website, NE Public Meeting site, and host site.

Open Meetings Law
: Pursuant to Section 84 - 1412 of the Nebraska Statutes, the public is hereby informed that a current copy of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act is posted in this meeting room. 

2. Roll call
3. Agenda Item
Chair of Committee
3.A. Budget Request Using BlendEd Learning Objects Funds
Committee Chair - TeDurk
Rationale

The purpose of this TLT Special Projects request is to support the creation an online professional learning course fostering best practices in blended learning. The course will include four modules: Getting Started, Offline Space, Online Space, and BlendEd In Action. Each module is further divided into topics which include instructional materials (videos and articles) and discussion board activities. Modules and topics include:  Getting Started; Designing your Online Space: Designing your Offline Space; BlendEd in Action. 

3.B. NVIS Budget Request
Rationale

NVIS Cost Sheet

TLT Budget Form - NVIS Updates 2017

3.C. Draft NETA Proposal for Virtual Field Trips
Committee Chair - TeDurk
Rationale

Background: Several significant nonprofit educational content providers in Nebraska have developed some excellent interactive videoconferencing (IVC) programs that reinforce the Nebraska content standards and provide unique experiences to greatly enrich the curriculum and make topics ‘come alive’ for students. Data suggests that when these programs are free ($0 per program), Nebraska teacher demand is high. Once the programs begin to charge (e.g. $50-$150 per program), the demand from teachers drops dramatically. Inasmuch as nonprofit content providers would like to develop and offer programs at no charge, most operate on modest budgets. A quick search of the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (www.cilc.org) virtual field trip programs revealed that there were approximately 170 IVC programs nationwide that were available for $0, and over 1,000 IVC programs nationwide that were between $50 and $150. Some current Nebraska content providers:

  • Agate Fossil Beds near Harrison
  • Durham Museum in Omaha
  • Henry Doorly Zoo/Aquarium in Omaha
  • Homestead National Monument in Beatrice
  • University of Nebraska State Museum (Morrill Hall) in Lincoln
Solution: In order to fuel additional content development by emerging content providers and create a sustainable source of funding for teachers, a mini-grant program is proposed that would enable teachers to submit a one-page, web-based proposal. The teacher request would be virtually reviewed by a joint committee of ESUCC-TLT, NDLA and NETA Board Members, and return approval/rejection to the teacher within 48 hours. The pilot program would initially be funded by NETA at $20,000 and administered by NETA for a period of two years, 7/1/2017-6/30/2019, or until funds are exhausted, at which time the program would be reviewed for continuation.

3.D. Innovative Grant Update
Executive Director Ludwig
Rationale

The project, “Data-Driven Ecosystem Enhancing Teaching and Learning” is designed to develop a secure, private and data-driven ecosystem for ongoing, sustainable support and resources for teaching and learning.   This ecosystem, organized within structured policies, provides a data platform to access instructional assets, timely communication and information resulting in enhanced evidence-based professional development and instructional practice.  

Project objectives include: 1) development of an integrated technology ecosystem governed by policies and procedures specific to security, privacy, and business continuity; 2) enhancement of comprehensive data tools supporting instruction for at-risk and high needs students; 3) the innovative use of technology in the classroom to support personalized student learning; 4) provide a baseline collection of online digital resources for student access statewide concentrating on college and career readiness; and 5) development of statewide software for the visualization and rapid analysis of data to direct professional development and instructional practices. 

An important outcome is to provide a secure, private and sustainable hosting infrastructure governed by policies to ensure data, tools and resources are available to only authorized users. 

Additionally, software enhancements and development will allow applications and tools to integrate seamlessly with shared data elements.  These enhancements will provide evidence for school districts and ESU’s to track the effectiveness of service delivery within the continuous improvement process. 

As a final outcome, the core of this innovative ecosystem will include quality tools, resources and data provided to classrooms statewide designed to meet the personalized learning needs of every teacher, every student, every day.  

3.D.I. Project Plan
Scott Isaacson
Attachments
3.E. LMS Study and Review
Executive Director Ludwig/Scott Isaacson
Rationale

A meeting with David Ludwig, Scott Isaacson, Craig Peterson, Brent Gaswick, SuAnn Witt, and Tom Rolfes was scheduled Monday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m. at NDE.  The purpose of the meeting was to review progress of the LMS Support System and input from Tom Rolfes regarding conversations with Canvas.  It was decided to begin the RFP Process for the LMS in the near future due in part to the contract ending June 2018.  

3.F. Approve Nebraska Licensed Titles Update
Committee Chair - TeDurk
Rationale

In March, TLT members voted to recommend the use of Learning Objects funds to purchase a 2-year extension of digital rights for the Nebraska licensed titles, Weston Woods-Scholastic’s Magic School Bus (30 titles) and Disney’s Billy Nye (32 titles). These titles are set to expire in 2018. With the extension, the new date would be 08/31/2020. ESUs participating in the MSA 2016-17: Instructional Materials: Learning Objects are ESUs 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19. ESUs 4 and 9 indicated that they would opt in to share the cost since they are part of the original licenses. ESUs 2 and 6 did not participate in the original purchase of rights for these titles.

Disney’s Bill Nye (32 titles) - total statewide cost = $8,512; cost per ESU = $567.50

Weston Woods-Scholastic’s Magic School Bus (30 titles) - total statewide cost = $11,250; cost per ESU = $750

 

Recommended Motion

Recommend to approve Nebraska Licensed Titles as presented

3.G. NOC Meeting on April 19, 2017
Committee Chair - Tedesco
Rationale

NOC Meeting Mintes

Attachments
3.G.I. Approve NOC ByLaws
Committee Chair - Tedesco
Rationale

NOC ByLaws

3.G.II. Appprove Safari Books Online
Rationale

Motion from NOC meeting:
  • Safari Books Online $399 per user per year

    • Moved by Gary N, Seconded by Jim H, to authorize Brent to negotiate a two year subscription to as many NOC members as he can to Safari Books Online.

      • Motion Passed

Quote from O'Reilly: (Waiting for formal quote)

As promised, I was able to speak with my manager and explained your situation and the need for 30 subscriptions. So here is what we can offer:

  • 30 subscriptions x $392 = 11760 - $392 (one complimentary license) = $11368
  • $11368 x 2 (5% discount for 2 year agreement) = $21600
  • $21600 - $750 (managers discount) = $20850
 

So, we will agree to $20850 for 30 subscriptions for 2 years. 

Attachments
Recommended Motion

Motion to approve the purchase of NOC O'Reilly Safari Books Online two year quote

3.H. Staff Reports
Chair of Committee
3.H.I. Scott Isaacson
Scott Isaacson
3.H.II. Beth Kabes
Beth Kabes
3.H.III. Rhonda Eis
Rhonda Eis
4. Next Meeting Agenda Items
5. Executive Session
Rationale

The ESU Coordinating Council is authorized by state statute to enter into executive session. Executive session may be held when clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual. Reasons that meet this standard include but are not limited to: (a) strategy sessions with respect to collective bargaining, real estate matters, pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body; (b) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices; (c) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; (d) evaluation of the job performance of a person when necessary to prevent needless injury to the reputation of a person and if such person has not requested a public meeting; and (e) legal advice.

Explanation

At this point, it is appropriate for the Board to meet in closed session for one of the stated matters and/or any other permissible closed session matters in compliance with the law.

PROPOSAL:

That the Board hold a closed session:

1. For strategy session with respect to negotiations/collective bargaining clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

2. For strategy session with respect to property/real estate matters clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

3. For strategy session with respect to pending litigation, or litigation which is imminent as evidenced by communication of a claim or threat of litigation to or by the public body clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

4. For discussion regarding deployment of security personnel or devices clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

5. For investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. For personnel and the evaluation of job performance clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

7. For discussions of the legal consequences of specific action and legal advice clearly necessary for the protection of the public interest or for the prevention of needless injury to the reputation of an individual in compliance with the law.

6. Adjournment