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Oregon Organizations, Projects, and People

ICT in education organizations and projects that are located in Oregon or have a significant orientation toward Oregon.

The OTEC Website is hosted by the University of Oregon. Click here for University of Oregon ICT organizations and projects..

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American Electronics Association (Oregon Council). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.aeanet.org/AeACouncils/ORCouncilStart.asp.

AeA Oregon Council. AeA, founded in 1943, is a nationwide trade association that represents all segments of the technology industry and is dedicated solely to helping our 2500 members' top line and bottom line.

Associates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (AWSAEM). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.awsem.com/.

History: Begun in 1994 as a project of the Saturday Academy in Portland, Oregon, Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, or AWSEM, brings together parents, educators and women professionals in science-related fields to kindle and support young women's interest in science, engineering, mathematics and technology (SEMT).

Association for Computer Professionals in Education. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.acpenw.org/.

ACPE has served the educational community since 1965. ACPE provides a forum for educational information system professionals at all levels (Pre-K through Post-secondary) to share knowledge on current and emerging trends and technologies and their potential impact on network and computer services in education; to promote general recognition of the role computer professionals have in educational institutions; and to encourage appropriate use of information technology for the improvement of education. ACPE is a affiliate of ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. ACPE's target audience is located in the states of Oregon and Washington.

Columbia Education Center Portland, Oregon. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.col-ed.org/index.html Quoting from the Website:

The Columbia Education Center (CEC) is a private educational service organization based in Portland, Oregon. It was established in 1972 for the purpose of providing specialized services and resources to schools and education-related agencies, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest. CEC is an Oregon non-profit organization and has been granted IRS not-for-profit status (#23-7448442).

While its range of activities is varied, CEC's principal efforts are directed toward dissemination and staff development projects, frequently those supported financially by federal and private grant programs. During the past twenty-eight years, CEC has designed and successfully conducted teacher training, curriculum development, dissemination, and networking projects for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Commission for the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, and the Northwest Area Foundation. CEC has provided direct services for the personnel of well over one thousand public and private elementary and secondary schools, both in the Pacific Northwest and other regions of the United States.

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.cosa.k12.or.us/. Quoting from the Website:

The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators represents more than 2,000 member school administrators throughout Oregon. These are the leaders of Oregon's public schools and educational service districts.

COSA was founded in 1974 to give Oregon's education leaders a voice in public policy, professional development and shaping the future of Oregon's public education system now serving more than 570,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Cool School. Cyber Oregon Online. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.coolschool.k12.or.us/ Quoting from the Website:

COOLSchool offers a dynamic, easy-to-use selection of online courses. All COOLschool courses are:

  • Useful for complementing local curriculum
  • Accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and Universities
  • Oregon content standards-based
  • Taught by licensed teachers

CyberSisters. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.cyber-sisters.org/.

CyberSisters is a collaborative mentoring program bringing teachers, college mentors, middle school girls and gender equity leaders together. Quoting from the website:

Funding for Cyber-Sisters has expired. Cyber-Sisters is being re-evaluated and may be available again in 2005 as funding and other resources allow. If you are interested in supporting the Cyber-Sisters program or other children's programming through The Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium, please visit www.sciencefactory.org or contact us at 541-682-7888.

Educational Service Districts. Accessed 11/14/05: http://www.open.k12.or.us/oaesd/openesd2.html.

Oregon is divided into 20 Educational service Districts, each serving one on more counties. Each is involved in the area of ICT in education.

English, baby! Accessed 1/13/05: http://www.englishbaby.com.

This is a company located in Oregon and started by three University of Oregon graduates. Quoting from the Website:

English, baby! teaches REAL English. We use fun American movies, music and celebrities to show how Americans speak English. Also, meet friends and practice English in our Member Gallery, Chat and Message Boards. Most of all, have fun!

Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.oregonetic.org/.

Oregon's ETIC was established in 1997 by the Oregon Legislature through SB504 to establish criteria and measurements that will be used for determining investments made from the Oregon Engineering Education Investment Fund. Quoting from the Website:

The Governor's Recommended Budget invests $21 million in ETIC for the 2005-2007 biennium. These funds support an increase in the number of engineering graduates and degrees to support Oregon's economy and top industries. Details, including summary, investment allocation and proposals are posted at Next Biennium.

Intel. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.intel.com/education/.

Intel has major corporate facilities in Oregon. Go to the Website listed above and use the search box (upper right corner) to search on Oregon.

See also: Intel in Your Community (Oregon). accessed 11/1305: http://www.intel.com/community/oregon/teachdev.htm.

International Society for Technology in Education. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.iste.org/.

The ISTE offices are located in Eugene, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Quoting from the Website:

ISTE is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. We are dedicated to promoting appropriate uses of information technology to support and improve learning, teaching, and administration in K-12 education and teacher education. ISTE's role is leadership—we provide our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of incorporating computers, the Internet, and other new technologies into their schools.

International Technology Education Association (ITEA) . Accessed11/13/05: http://www.iteaconnect.org/index.html. Quoting from the Website:

The International Technology Education Association is the largest professional educational association, principle voice, and information clearinghouse devoted to enhancing technology education through technology, innovation, design, and engineering experiences at the K-12 school levels. Its membership encompasses individuals and institutions throughout the world in over 45 countries with the primary membership in North America.

ITEA’s mission is to advance technological capabilities for all people and to nurture and promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. ITEA seeks to meet the professional needs and interests of members as well as to improve public understanding of technology, innovation, design, and engineering education and its contributions.

ITEA represents more than 35,000 technology educators in the U.S. alone who are developers, administrators, and university personnel in the field representing all levels of education. ITEA corporate members are comprised of leading technology companies.

Lane County Educational Service District (ESD) Technology & Learning Support services. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.lane.k12.or.us/insttech/

Lynn Lary is the instructional technology specialist at Lane ESD. This Website contains links to a number of valuable resources for teachers.

Leahy's Class. Beaverton, Oregon 4th grade. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.beavton.k12.or.us/
jacob_wismer/leahy/leahy.htm

Provides an excellent example of a teacher's use of a Website to represent and support work of elementary school students.

Metropolitan Area Computer Education Professionals. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=+site:www.riverdale.k12.or.us+MACEP

MACEP exists for the purpose of promoting and providing for the sharing of information, resources, leadership, and enthusiasm relative to the positive use of technology in education. The Website and Distribution List serve people in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.

NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.nwacc.org/. Quoting from the Website:

The NorthWest Academic Computing Consortium comprises thirty colleges, universities, and other non-profit organizations in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. Founded in 1987, NWACC's mission is to foster communication and collaboration among its member institutions on the development and use of advanced technology for instruction, research, and administrative operations.

Northwest Center for Emerging Technologies [Online]. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.nwcet.org/. Quoting from the Website:

"Revitalizing IT Education"

The National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET) is an NSF Advanced Technology Education Center in Information Technology located at Bellevue Community College, in Bellevue, Washington.

This year, NWCET celebrates its 10th anniversary as a national leader in IT education and workforce development. Over these past 10 years, NWCET has completed a number of education and technology projects and grants, and has developed several nationally recognized products and services including:

  • IT Skill Standards
  • Standards Based Curriculum Applications
  • IT Program Design and Implementation
  • National IT Faculty Development Outreach
  • IT and Technology Horizon Research

Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.ncce.org/.

The Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) supports and advances the use of educational technology in the Pacific Northwes. NCCE is an Organization Affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education.

Quoting from the Website:

On November 12-14, 1970, a conference for Oregon educators was held in Eugene to assess the needs of mathematics education in Oregon. A planning committee was selected to study the matter and develop an organization plan. A second conference was held April 2-3, 1971 in Salem. The result was establishment of the Oregon Mathematics Education Council. One of the six components was to focus on computer science education. In, July, 1971, a group of 29 people met to determine the desirability of a permanent organization.

The results of this planning committee led to the formation of the Oregon Council for Computer Education (OCCE) and a statewide conference in Eugene, November 4-5, 1971. By May of 1974, when the first issue of The Oregon Computer Teacher was published, membership had grown to more than 250 people.

In 1979 the Oregon Computing Teacher became The Computing Teacher , the flagship publicaoitn of a new organization, the Internatoinal Council for Computers ion Educaoitn. TCT eventually became Learning and Leading with Technology and ICCE eventually became the Internatoinal society for Technology in Education. David Moursund started the Oregon Computing Teacher publication in 1974. He served as its and its predecessors Editor-in-Chief until 2001.

Northwest Educational Technology Consortium. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.netc.org.

The mission of the Northwest Educational Technology Consortium is to provide professional development opportunities, access to technical assistance, and support for collegial interaction that allow and encourage educators throughout our region, and especially in K-12 schools, to become informed and fearless users of technology.

Quoting from the Website11/13/05:

This Web site was developed and maintained by the Northwest Educational Technology Consortium. The federal funding for the regional technology consortia program ended on September 30, 2005, and no further updates are planned unless additional funding becomes available. However, much of the content is still useful and NWREL will continue to provide access to this site to support educators and to meet its own technical assistance needs.

Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.nwrel.org/. Quoting from the Website:

The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory improves educational results for children, youth, and adults by providing research and development assistance in delivering equitable, high-quality educational programs. The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) provides research and development assistance to education, government, community agencies, business, and labor. NWREL's primary service area is the Northwest states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Oregon Access Network--Department of Education. Accessed 11/13/05: www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=140. See also: http://www.lane.k12.or.us/distance_ed/video.html. Quoting from the Website:

What is the Oregon Access Network?

A two-way interactive videoconferencing network, the Oregon Access Network links classrooms throughout Oregon (map of videoconferencing sites in Oregon). One of the nation's first comprehensive IP-based video networks, the Oregon Access Network includes over 150 high schools, 20 Education Service Districts (ESD's), and also supports community college and higher education connections.

How does the Network operate?

A VTEL videoconferencing unit has been installed in high schools and ESD's throughout Oregon. Most of these sites are connected through a dedicated video circuit.

A regional hub provides bridging services for multi-point conferences and scheduling software to manage use of the system. Regional ESD hubs are located at the Jackson ESD, the North Central ESD, NW Regional ESD, Clackamas ESD, Douglas ESD, Willamette ESD, and Eugene 4J school district. Centralized network hubbing and scheduling services are provided through the State of Oregon's video hub, Data and Video Services (DVS).

Some of Oregon's ESDs have opted to aggregate video connections using a regional Network approach. This allows use of existing infrastructure with both data and video running over the same circuit, providing a cost savings to all participating sites. Regional connections have the same capacity as sites connected to the state centralized hub, and are now being employed in the Umatilla-Morrow ESD region, Grant ESD, and Crook-Deschutes ESD.

What is the system used for?

The network is used to connect educators throughout Oregon, creating a statewide virtual education community. Administrators meet across the miles, saving dollars, time away from work, and hours behind the steering wheel. Many school leaders are now able to attend meetings that they would not have been able to otherwise. Teachers access workshops and other professional development opportunities, including certification and licensure programs through higher education and community college institutions. Many Oregon students are already accessing critical content, like foreign language and advanced placement science courses that they wouldn't otherwise have had within their reach. Partnerships are being formed with content providers like the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to bring world-class opportunities to all Oregon high school students and teachers.

Oregon Career Information System (ORCIS). Accessed 11/13/05: http://oregoncis.uoregon.edu/.

The CIS elementary career awareness program is designed to teach children in elementary grades about the world of work. Career Trek broadens student career awareness. It's components are easily integrated into existing curriculum, or they can be used to extend career-related learning.

The Middle School Package is designed for 6th through 8th grade students. It supports reading, writing, decision-making, and critical thinking skills while developing self-awareness, career exploration, research, and planning skills. The information components provide concrete connections between school and work.

The High School Package provides comprehensive career information for students developing and updating educational plans. It supports lifelong career planning and promotes career self-reliance. It includes tools that encourage self-assessment, exploration, research, goal setting, and decision-making.

CIS provides comprehensive information for students of all ages. The tools in CIS encourage self-assessment, goal setting, decision-making, and evaluation, creating the foundation skills for lifelong career self-management. The College and University Options include campus-wide and career center licensing.

Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.consistentimage.com/ocate/about.htm. Quoting from the Wewbsite:

The Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education (OCATE) is a cooperative educational program established in support of Oregon's high technology community. It operates under the aegis of the Oregon University System (OUS).

Graduate technology education through OCATE is packaged specifically for the working professional and delivers advanced practical knowledge from engineers at: Oregon State University; Portland State University; University of Oregon; Oregon Graduate Institute; and private industry.

Oregon Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Education (OCEPT). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.mth.pdx.edu/OCEPT/.

OCEPT is a statewide collaboration of institutions of higher education dedicated to strengthening the math and science preparation of future teachers and encouraging greater involvement of underrepresented groups in the teaching profession. College science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) faculty are developing effective learning opportunities for future teachers. Model programs to recruit, encourage, and support outstanding prospective K-12 teachers of mathematics and science are being developed. Funding for this project is from a $5 million 1997-2002 grant.

The federal funding for this project has ended, and the last update of the Website in November 7, 2003. As of 11/13/05, much of the content of this Website is still of use to students and faculty interested in Math Education in Oregon.

Oregon Content Standards & Technology [Online]. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/edtech/faq.aspx.

  1. What are Oregon's technology standards for students? The state of Oregon has not established specific content standards and benchmarks in technology, but districts are encouraged to develop their own standards in technology as some already have. However, the state believes that technology plays an essential role in a student's education and to that end Common Curriculum Goals (CCG's), which define the instructional requirements of all school districts, have been established for technology. These CCG's can be found on the Instructional Technology page of the office of Curriculum, Instruction and Field Services under Content Standards.
  2. Can students use computers to participate in the Oregon Statewide Assessments? Yes, but on a limited basis. There are currently 20 high schools involved in a study to determine the feasibility of doing computer adapted testing. We hope to expand the number of students involved in this project, called Technology Enhanced Student Assessment (TESA), next year and it is our hope that within 3 years all high schools in the state will be able to offer TESA. More information about TESA can be found in "The TESA Times", a monthly newsletter. Find it at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=164/.
  3. What are the national technology standards? National technology standards for students were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in collaboration with the US Department of Education, NASA, the Milken Exchange on Education Technology, Apple Computer and a wide variety of curriculum and educational organizations. These standards can be found on ISTE's web site at http://cnets.iste.org/students/ . This site also offers technology standards for teachers.

Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.octm.org/.

The mission of the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics is to promote a comprehensive math education community and to support educators in implementing the vision of the standards set forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Oregon Council of Computer Chairs. Accessed 11/13/05: http://cs.bmcc.cc.or.us/occc/.

This is an organization of the Chairs of Computing in the Community Colleges in Oregon. Its goal is the promotion and coordination of computer curriculum among the community colleges and four year colleges/universities in Oregon. Quoting from the Website:
The purpose of this web site is to provide a means for sharing information among members of the OCCC and other interested parties. Although the OCCC is primarily concerned with computer related course offerings, programs, and degrees at public community colleges in Oregon, our membership also includes representatives from the Oregon public universites.

Oregon Education Association (OEA) [Online]. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.oregoned.org/oea/. Quoting from the Website:

The Oregon Education Association mission works to assure quality public education for every student in Oregon by providing a strong, positive voice for school employees. OEA has five goals for assuring quality public education: to promote educational excellence for all students and be a leader in establishing and evaluating decisions on education issues; to build support for public education and education employees; to secure and expand personal, professional, legal and human rights for all school employees; to help members achieve professional excellence and meet the demands and stresses of their jobs; and to pursue organizational excellence, including systematic communications with members and involvement of members in decision-making.

Oregon Educational Media Association. Accessed 11/14/05: http://www.OEMA.net/.

Our mission is to provide progressive leadership to ensure that Oregon students and educators are effective users of ideas and information, and to pursue excellence in school library media programs by:
  • advocating information literacy for all students
  • supporting reading instruction and enjoyment of literature
  • supporting the highest levels of library media services in schools
  • strengthening member professionalism through communications and educational opportunities
  • promoting visibility in education, government and the community

Oregon Educational Technology Consortium. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.oetc.org/. Quoting from the Website:

The Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC) is dedicated to providing lowest-cost purchasing programs, professional development, and influence dedicated to the integration of technology in education.

We work with staff and educators throughout the greater Northwest to provide students and instructors with the software, hardware, and professional development they need and request to keep pace with the speed of technology and maintain high-tech classrooms. We pursue our goal relentlessly, valuing leadership, service, diversity, partnerships, and a balance between evolution and revolution as we support the education of future generations.

Oregon Geographic Alliance. Accessed 11/13/05: http://geog.pdx.edu/oga/. Quoting from the Website:

Alliance Mission: To increase public awareness of the importance of geographic education. To increase the emphasis on geography in grades K-12. To improve geographic teaching methods and materials.

In conjunction with the Oregon Department of Education, OGA works cooperatively with public and private educational institutions throughout Oregon. The Alliance receives support from the National Geographic Society, Portland State University, and corporate and individual donors.

Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology: Computer Science and Technology. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.gradprofiles.com/oregongrad.html. Quoting from the Website:

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering integrates the science of computation with the engineering skills needed to build systems that provide real solutions. CSE's goal is to give its students the knowledge and intellectual discipline needed to be innovators and leaders within their professional communities.

Courses are designed to prepare students for creative work in this diverse, rapidly developing field. The foundations of computer science are explored in depth, emphasizing how theory applies to practical problems. Theory and practice are taught with an emphasis on team projects. Students learn skills that transfer immediately to the work place, conceptual knowledge that is valuable throughout their careers, and an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying all computer systems.

Oregon Math Education Council (OMEC). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.omec.org/. Quoting from the Website:

It is the purpose of the Oregon Mathematics Education Council (OMEC) to propose, through intersegmental collaboration and deliberation, recommendations to improve the learning environment for mathematics in Oregon schools at all levels, early childhood through college, and to sponsor activities and proposals to enhance the preservice and inservice training of teachers, classroom instruction, and articulation of the curriculum at all levels.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.omsi.edu/. Quoting from the Website:

Founded in 1944 and one of the nation's top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that puts the "WOW!" in science for the kid in each of us. Five exhibit halls and eight science labs offer 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun through hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. OMSI's multi-attraction complex features a big screen OMNIMAX® Theater, the Northwest's largest planetarium, and the USS Blueback, the last fast-attack, diesel-powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy and after serving for 31 years, the last of its kind to be decommissioned.

In addition to enjoying one of the featured exhibits at temporary display at OMSI, you can touch a tornado, uncover a fossil, surf the internet, enter the world of virtual reality, experience an earthquake, or simply experiment on your own in one of our many hands-on labs. OMSI also offers a variety of camps and classes as well as one of the largest outreach programs in the nation, taking innovative science and technology education "on the road" to students, teachers and the public in seven Western states. OMSI is located on the east side of the scenic Willamette River in downtown Portland.

Oregon Network Education. Accessed 11/13/05: http://oregonone.org/ORmap.htm. Quoting from the Website:

The Oregon Network for Education (ONE) is a one-stop marketplace for K-12, college, and university distance education courses, programs, and services. All courses and degree programs are offered by Oregon K-12 schools, colleges, and universities accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

Oregon Online Leaders Group (OOLG). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.skonline.org/support/oolg/default.htm. Website was last updated July 16, 2004.

The following information about the May 5, 2001 OOLG conference provides a quick overview of the purpose of the group. This is quoted from their Website.
Multiple endeavors are under way in K-12 districts throughout Oregon and southwest Washington to design and deliver online instruction. If you are involved in these efforts, or considering the possibilities, you will be interested in this one-day gathering in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The purpose of this conference is to facilitate statewide or regional collaboration in the development of online instruction as a specific component of distance education. Teachers and administrators across the state are investigating possible avenues for delivery and organization of online instruction, and those already involved are growing together in their expertise in course design.

Oregon PTA. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.oregonpta.org/. Quoting from the Website:

We are the largest network of parents in Oregon, and we work at the local, state and national levels to support and improve Oregon schools.

Just as we have for over 100 years, Oregon PTA partners with educators to be a powerful voice for children, an important resource for parents and a strong advocate for public education.

Oregon PTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, consisting of 9 regions, 4 councils, approximately 240 local PTAs, with a total of more than 23,000 members statewide.

Oregon Pre-engineering and Applied Science Strategic Planning Summit. Accessed 11/13/05: http://opas.ous.edu/link.htm. The Website contaains links top a large number of organizations in Oreogn. Quoting from the Website:

Leverage the expertise of a wide variety of organizations in Oregon to create a statewide pre-engineering strategy that

  • sets measurable goals including those that address increasing the motivation and academic preparedness of students who are pursuing or might pursue engineering or technology careers;
  • improves coordination and cooperation among organizations;
  • increases the amount that can be accomplished with limited resources;
  • identifies ways of recruiting more resources;
  • promotes efficient and seamless transfer of credit among education sectors;
  • provides input to the Engineering & Technology Industry Council (ETIC) including criteria for possible future funding of pre-engineering and pre-college grants; and
  • complements the work of the State Board of Education and the State Board of Higher Education and its Excellence in Delivery and Productivity Workgroup.

Oregon Public Education Network (OPEN). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.open.k12.or.us/.

Oregon Public Education Network was founded as a grass roots effort and formalized as an Oregon Associated Education Service District-sponsored (OAESD) project in 1995. OPEN's mission is to enable all of Oregon's K-12 schools to participate in a coordinated information network. And to establish ongoing web-based curriculum development and professional development resources for teaching and learning through the OPEN Web site. OPEN builds on successful regional networks to offer a wide range of networks and educational services targeted for Oregon students and educators. 

Oregon Research Institute. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.ori.org/.

We are researchers using behavioral science to make the world a better place. ORI is an independent behavioral science research center established as a corporation in Eugene, Oregon, in 1960.

Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program. Accessed 12/3/01: http://www.ortop.org/. Quoting from the Website:

The FIRST LEGO League Oregon Tournament was held on December 1, 2001 at Wilsonville High School. By 2005 the event had grown so that the organizers scheduled 16 local tournaments.

See also: Logo League International. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/sitemod/
design/layouts/default/index.asp?pid=0

Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/. Quoting from the Website:

OSLIS is a gateway to the Internet designed for Oregon students and teachers while maintaining the school library at the heart of student research. OSLIS was established and has operated since 1998 with a variety of partners.

Currently OSLIS is a partnership between:

OEMA (Oregon Educational Media Association)
OSL (Oregon State Library)
ODE (Oregon Department of Education)
UW (iSchool at University of Washington)

The vision of OSLIS is to provide an appealing, useful Internet portal to licensed databases accessed within an information literacy curriculum structure. Whether students are from an affluent suburban school or an isolated rural school, they deserve access to high quality, authoritative resources via licensed databases.

OSLIS was developed with two goals:

1. provide low-cost access to high quality information resources

2. provide information literacy curriculum for students, teachers, librarians, and other educators

Oregon School Improvement (LSI) Listserv [Online[. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.openc.k12.or.us/jitt/stw.html.

Here is some helpful information about a unique resource that many people are finding to be a great tool--the Oregon School Improvement Listserv. This listserv was originated in 1996 to provide a FREE, quick and easy medium for communication, information exchange and support among those interested in school-to-work and other school improvement issues and topics. It has recently been re-named as the Oregon School Improvement Listserv in an attempt to be a bit more inclusive and broader in appeal.

Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.oregonscience.org/.

The purpose of OSTE is to encourage, promote and assist science educators and interested lay persons in improving teaching of science instruction in the State of Oregon.

Oregon Technology Access Program. Accessed 11/13/00: http://www.douglasesd.k12.or.us/otap/.

The Oregon Technology Access Program provides information, training and referral regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities, birth to 21 years of age. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

Pacific Software Research Center. Accessed 11/13/05 http://www.cse.ogi.edu/PacSoft/.

The Pacific Software Research Center is a software research organization consisting of faculty, professional staff, post-doctoral associates and graduate students at Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology. The Center promotes collaborative research focused on the development of innovative methods to solve software problems. A key emphasis is the transition of technology from the academic community to industrial and government organizations through partnerships and joint projects.

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3). Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.pt3.org/.

A number of the PT3 grants have been received by Oregon groups since the program began in 1999:
  • International Society for Technology in Education, Catalyst Grant, 1999-2002
  • University of Oregon, Capacity Building Grant, 1999
  • Western Oregon University, Capacity Building Grant, 1999
  • Chemeketa Community College, Implementation Grant, 1999-2002
  • Portland State University, Implementation Grant,1999-2002
  • University of Oregon, Implementation Grant, 2000-2003. Website: http://interact.uoregon.edu/pttt
  • Western Oregon University, Implementation Grant, 2000-2003

Professional Library: Curriculum and Professional Development Support—Portland Public Schools. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/district/depts/
edmedia/profhome.shtml.

The Professional Library is a resource for the educational and research needs of Portland Public Schools' staff, containing a wide variety of material to support and enhance the broad interdisciplinary needs of all staff.

Proficiency-based Admissions Standards System. Accessed: 11/13/05: http://pass.ous.edu/.

The Oregon University System (OUS) has adopted new admission requirements for students to be admitted to Oregon's public universities. These new requirements will be phased in beginning with the fall term of 2001.

Quoting from the Website:

The Proficiency-based Admission Standards System (PASS) is designed to align admission to Oregon University System schools with the standards and performance measures for K-12.

Created through a partnership between the Board of Higher Education and the Board of Education, PASS gives students better preparation for college by making sure they have the required knowledge and skills.

New! The PASS Transitions documents, which show Oregon standards for Grade 8,CIM/CAM, and PASS in a side-by-side format, are now available for English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science.

2005-2006 Standards are now available for Math, English, Science, Arts, and Social Science.

Responsible Netizen. Accessed 11/13/05: http://responsiblenetizen.org/.

The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use has been established to provide outreach services addressing issues of the safe and responsible use of the Internet. Our goal is to provide guidance to parents, educators, librarians, policy-makers, and others regarding effective, empowerment strategies to assist young people in gaining the knowledge, skills, motivation, and self-control to use the Internet and other information technologies in a safe and responsible manner.

The following document, Responsible Netizen Philosophy and Approach, provides more information about the underlying philosophy and approach of the Institute.

Sabin Skills Center. Accessed 11/13/05: http://sabin.nclack.k12.or.us/. Quoting from the Website:

Description

The Sabin Skills Center is an "area" professional-technical school. The Sabin Center is owned and operated by North Clackamas School District #12 (NC12), in Milwaukie, Oregon. The students that attend the Sabin Center are area high school students. They attend one of the three district high schools, Clackamas, Milwaukie, or Rex Putnam or other local high schools, Gladstone, Oregon City or West Linn.

Goal

To expand the Sabin Skills Center as an Oregon model for regional professional technical education and training.

Salem-Kaiser (SK) Online. Salem, Oregon. Accessed 11/13/05: http://skonline.salkeiz.k12.or.us/. Quoting the Website:

SK Online is an alternative program centrally delivering web-based curriculum to students living in the Salem-Keizer Public School District (24-J) as well to students in Oregon and beyond.  Our purpose is to provide online learning 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any school-aged student who needs acceleration or remediation, is credit deficient, has scheduling conflicts at his/her regular school, medical considerations, has limited English-language skills or is home schooled.

SK Online first launched online courses in July of 1999.

Saturday Academy, Oregon State University. Accessed 11/13/05: http://osu.orst.edu/precollege/academy/. Quoting from the Website:

Saturday Academy is dedicated to providing the practical, hands-on, intellectual learning experiences that young people increasingly require to succeed in today’s world. Our organization is founded on the firm belief that students benefit from forms of education that go beyond conventional classroom instruction. We create meaningful and challenging experiences for inquiring young minds, by placing students in direct contact with accomplished and successful professionals in the students’ own community, and by giving them the opportunity to investigate real-life problems and issues.

Saturday Academy is a non-profit, extracurricular, precollege education program hosted by Oregon State University.  The program, chartered at OSU since 1986, enlists community professionals to share their facilities, equipment, and expertise through hands-on classes, workshops, and mentorships to extend and augment the science curriculum of the school systems.  Saturday Academy places special emphasis on the sciences, math and technology.  Scholarship assistance is available.

Science Factory, Eugene, Oregon. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.sciencefactory.org/

The Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium is dedicated to playful learning, scientific exploration and hands-on/minds-on activity for each and every visitor. We provide thousands of children the opportunity to explore their curiosity and creativity through our ever-changing exhibit hall, innovative educational programming, planetarium, computer laboratory, thematic special events, field trips and summer adventure science camps.

Society for Technical Communication (STC). Accessed 11/13/05 http://www.stc.org/.

STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. It is the largest organization of its type in the world. Its 18,000 members include technical writers and editors, content developers, documentation specialists, technical illustrators, instructional designers, academics, information architects, usability and human factors professionals, visual designers, Web designers and developers, and translators - anyone whose work makes technical information available to those who need it. There are three Chapters in Oregon:

Software Association of Oregon. Accessed 11/13/05: http://sao.org.

Formed in 1989, the Software Association of Oregon (SAO) fosters an environment that fuels the explosive growth of Oregon's software industry. Our members enjoy exceptional networking and educational opportunities, critical workforce development programs, and valuable company benefits.

Quoting from the Website on 11/13/05: The SAO has a newly energized board, a new management team, a renewed interest from volunteers, an improving technology economy, and a growing base of potential members. The time is right to “juice up” our identity to capture the potential of the industry and communicate excellence in Oregon’s software technology. We think the look is fresh without being trendy and hope you agree. But the change is more than cosmetic. Watch for new initiatives in economic development, advocacy and other topical areas of interest.

South Salem High School: Computer Science Fair. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.salkeiz.k12.or.us/NewsHighlights/2005/10-05TechFair/

The Fair is an all-day program, featuring a host of student led workshops, involving a wide range of technology subjects. It is free to students and their parents. In addition, it offers a chance to meet college representatives, as well as a panel of industry experts to discuss career options, and methods used in hiring prospective employees.

Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) [Online]. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.oregonstrut.org/.

Students Recycling Used Technology. StRUT is a program incorporated into schools where students take donated computers and computer components and upgrade them for the use in schools.

Students involved in StRUT evaluate, repair and refurbish donated computers and in turn donate those computers to local schools.

Students involved in StRUT are a part of an e-waste recycling program that keeps technology waste from the landfill.

Telemedicine Research Center (TRC). Accessed 11/13/05: http://trc.telemed.org/.

Telemedicine Research Center is a non-profit public service research organization located in Portland, Oregon.

Vernier Software and Technology. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.vernier.com/index.html. Vernier is a "home grown" Oregon company focusing on Microcomputer-based Laboratory in science education. Quoting from the Website:

Twenty-four years ago, David Vernier was teaching high-school physics and writing Apple II software for use with his students. We sold our first programs that year after placing an ad in a physics teaching journal. A lot has changed since then. We now have over 70 employees at Vernier. The technology has come a long way, and you have more choices in data-collection products. Some things, however, have remained constant. Vernier has always produced high-quality products at prices schools can afford. You can count on us for extraordinary customer service, innovative technology, and an unwavering commitment to science education.

Worksite 21. Accessed 11/13/05: http://www.worksite21.org/.

Worksite 21 is a program of the Oregon Business Council (OBC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan and independent organization of 43 top Oregon business leaders. Worksite 21 is providing direct consulting assistance to help OBC companies develop individual plans for participating in Oregon's education transformation and school-to-work. In addition to direct consulting, Worksite 21 provides a variety of tools and resources for employers.