These are my notes from Drew Edmondson’s closing presentation during the OU K-20 Center’s MidWinter Conference in Norman, Oklahoma, on 29 January 2009. MY REFLECTIONS ARE IN ALL CAPS. The conference Ning is http://k20center.ning.com, and is open to anyone.

Drew Edmondson is the current Oklahoma Attorney General

OETT was the brainchild of Drew Edmondson
– created when a report came out showing how Oklahoma students were lagging because of lack of access to technology
– $30 million endowment was created with money from SBC

“we wanted to insulate this money from legislative entanglement”

2007 report for OETT (Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust)
– trust created in 2001
– have reached 1072 administrators in Oklahoma
– administrators have to buy into it

“OETT has reached thousands of students now, providing smartboards to get students more excited about learning and raise test scores across our state”

“The best thing is the excitement in the kids faces, their attitude toward learning, the joy they have in working with these programs”
– “that is what raises the test scores”

“You are truly doing the Lord’s work”

[MY THOUGHTS: I’M WONDERING IF THERE IS ANY EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH SUPPORTING THIS CLAIM THAT OETT-PURCHASED SMARTBOARDS ARE RAISING TEST SCORES?]

Later comment (not by Drew):
– Management team of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma administers OETT
– through BancFirst

From Jean Cate
– in 2001 OETT matched funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
– Oklahoma legislature has also provided leadership

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