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Interoperability ROI: Maximize Your Return on Instruction

Friday, March 6 1:15 pm–2:05 pm
TCC - Tahoma 1

States and school districts are investing heavily in educational technology to transform the teaching and learning process and prepare students for college and career. Providing access to a wide variety of learning tools, instructional applications, and online assessments is a critical step in a district's evolution to digital. When easily integrated into daily activities, these resources can help improve student engagement, reduce administrative tasks for teachers, and provide actionable information to improve student outcomes. However, digital transformation can't happen if a district's products don't work well together. Hear from K-12 leaders collaborating—as members of IMS Global Learning Consortium—on interoperability initiatives that are having a learning impact on students across the Northwest and around the globe. Participants will discover practical and sustainable ways to support digital transformation and maximize the return on instruction.

Type: Panel
Focus Area: Assessment, CTO/IT Specialists, Emerging Trends, Leadership, Online/Blended Learning
Skill Level: Beginner

Presented by

Mike Agostinelli Mike Agostinelli, Montana Digital Academy

Mike is currently the Instructional Program Director for the Montana Digital Academy, Montana's state virtual school. Teaching Elementary and Middle school, technology directing, grant writing, presenting, and now managing instruction at a virtual school has given Mike a wide range of experiences in the educational field. Being able to teach and lead technology integration has brought a great pedagogic balance to Mike’s facilitation/instruction. Mike has been honored by receiving recognition as an Outstanding Teacher by the Helena Education Foundation, ISTE “Making IT Happen” award, Blackboard Catalyst for Teaching and Learning, and the recent recipient of the NCCE Eric Jensen Leadership award.


Colet Bartow Colet Bartow, Montana Office of Public Instruction

Colet Bartow is the Director of Content Standards and Instruction for the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Colet is a 2011 recipient of the NCCE Presidential Award for her work with NCCE's Teacher-Librarian Summits. She spent 13 years as a teacher-librarian before joining the OPI in 2007. Ms. Bartow completed her M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction at Montana State University, and B.A. in English with endorsements in secondary English, School Library Media, and English as a Second Language at the University of Montana. Her first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80. Her first job in a library was as a third-grade student.


Bruce Umpstead Bruce Umpstead, IMS Global Learning Consortium

Hi! My name is Bruce Umpstead and I am Director of State Engagement at IMS Global Learning Consortium where I drive adoption of the CASE Network of Academic Standards & Workforce Competencies and State Education Agency membership. I enjoy supporting states, districts, and universities in the important world of data interoperability, regularly sharing my passion for digital credentials and advising EdTech startups in my spare time. I am #grateful for a lifelong career invested in scaling learning innovations in corporate eLearning, higher education, K-12, and nonprofit association management. I hold a B.A. and M.B.A. from Michigan State University.