Steamboat schools technology director new president of statewide association
Steamboat Springs — When Colorado legislators earlier this year were wrestling with a new bill to protect student data privacy, Tim Miles and other education technology leaders across the state were there to provide input.
Miles, technology director of the Steamboat Springs School District and South Routt School District, said some parents wanted to know exactly what information about their children might be collected through applications used in schools.
At the same time, software companies didn’t want privacy to get in the way of educational innovation.
In May, a detailed House bill passed that prevents educational software and app makers from collecting data that can be linked back to individual students, while still allowing those companies to collect information needed for them to improve software that benefits education.
“We found a compromise,” Miles said. “It’s a big legislative change.”
Miles offered input on the process through his work with the Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology, a 12-member board that represents educational technology leaders across the state.
Miles on July 1 assumed the role of CALET’s president, after serving as president-elect during the 2015-16 school year.
Miles said CALET board members are from across the state, and at monthly meetings, the members discuss issues related to educational technology important to their region.
“We’re rural, so what keeps us awake at night is different than in Denver,” Miles said.
CALET is one of seven departments under the Colorado Association of School Executives, or CASE, a statewide association that provides advocacy, professional learning and networking opportunities for school executives who join.
As president of the association’s educational technology arm, Miles also serves on CASE’s governing body, the Coordinating Council.
In the upcoming year, Miles expects CALET to begin discussing the possibility of a statewide broadband internet contract — an idea that would mean all school districts purchase internet services together.
Miles is studying the idea as part of his work with another organization called Colorado Education Broadband Coalition, but he believes CALET will be interested in joining the conversation.
Miles helped lead a similar charge locally with his work as co-founder of Northwest Colorado Broadband, a group of local entities well on their way to improving redundancy and reducing costs for local broadband internet services.
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