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VI and Technology: A Brief History

The Vermont Institutes, and VISMT before it, has played a significant role in Vermont's educational technology community for many years. Prior to becoming VISMT's executive director, Frank Watson started facilitating the development of school technology plans and promoting the use of computers in classroom instruction. When Frank moved into the VISMT executive director position, he reluctantly had to give up his direct involvement in technology initiatives and the technology planning work was taken up by Bill Romond.

Bill developed the protocol for local technology planning and provided technical support state-wide to schools as they worked their way through those first tech plans. This planning phase laid the all important foundation for schools to qualify for TLCF (Technology Literacy Challenge Fund) grants. This planning process and the subsequent update process continued through the life of the TLCF program.

As the TLCF program was starting to be implemented and the E-Rate program was looming on the horizon, Phil Hyjek was hired through a partnership between the Vermont Department of Education, VISMT and IBM. Phil developed and administered the TLCF grant program for the Departrment of Education, served as the state's E-Rate Coordinator and represented both VISMT and DOE on IBM's Reinventing Education advisory council.

In 2000, VISMT began the development of the Interactive Learning Network http://www.viln.org on behalf of VTDOE. Richard Campbell joined the staff as the VILN technical specialist and soon after Carolyn Jones was hired to direct distance learning initiatives and develop content partnerships.

TLCF departed along with the Clinton administration and was replaced by Bush's Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT). Bill Romond moved to the Department of Education to oversee the development of a new state technology plan and administer the EETT grant program.

Peter Drescher joined VI as Integration Specialist, dividing his time between conducting teacher professional development and ILN initiatives.

Today, VI Technology provides support for many Department of Education Technology initiatives especially EETT competetive grants.

Professional development continues to be an area of focus. In addition to traditional workshops on integration and technology tools, we are partnering with The University of Vermont's College of Education and Social Services to develop an online technology concentration for the M.Ed.

We'll continue to create professional development opportunities to meet the needs of Vermont's educators, whether alone or with partners. More information about our initiatives and offerings can be found throughout our web site.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM CONTACTS

The Information Technology team provides a broad range of support services to Vermont schools. You may contact any of us for assistance or information.

Staff members can be reached by telephone at the numbers below or via e-mail by using the following protocol: first initial, then last name, followed by the symbol for "at" (@) vermontinstitutes.org (no spaces).

Carrie Biggam

Technology Administrative Assistant
Phone: 802-828-0075

cbiggam@vermontinstitutes.org

Peter Drescher

Technology Integration Specialist
Phone: 802-828-1381

pdrescher@vermontinstitutes.org

Philip Hyjek,

Director, Technology Initiatives
Phone: 802-828-0063

phyjek@vermontinstutes.org

 

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Last updated: September 19, 2005

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