NCCE Launches New

“Tech-Savvy Teacher” Blog 


Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – December 10, 2013– Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) is proud to announce the launch of its new Tech-Savvy Teacher blog. The purpose of the Tech-Savvy Teacher blog is to provide a platform to share, collaborate and increase engagement with NCCE members, educators and the greater Educational Technology community as we collectively work to progress instruction.

“Highlighting excellence in the effective uses of technology in classroom instruction, or ‘tech-savvy teaching’ is yet another one of the many resources that NCCE provides to lead, engage and assist educational communities to reach higher levels of student and educator success”, stated Heidi B. Rogers, NCCE CEO and Executive Director.  Regular contributions to the blog will be made on a weekly basis by NCCE’s Tech-Savvy Teachers in Residence, Mike Agostinelli and Jason Neiffer.   Postings made every Tuesday and Thursday will cover a variety of topics including current Ed Tech trends, how-to’s, hardware/software/app reviews, and interviews with tech-savvy teachers from across the United States.


About the Tech-Savvy Teachers in Residence

Mike Agostinelli is a 6th Grade teacher at CR Anderson Middle School in Montana. His education career has taken him from teaching 1st grade to a school district technology coordinator. After a short stint in the business side of the world, Mike returned to the classroom in 2007 to implement the vast amount of technology integration he had been teaching over the past decade. The ability to teach and live technology integration has brought a great pedagogic balance to Mike’s facilitation/instruction. With degrees from Carroll College (Elementary Education) and Boise State University (Educational Technology), he is well versed in both content and technology integration in the elementary setting.  Mike has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Helena Education Foundation and winner of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) “Making IT Happen” award.

Jason Neiffer is the first curriculum director of the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), Montana's state virtual school.  Since MTDA's start in 2010, he has led a team of over 100 teachers delivering more than 100 course titles to tens of thousands students across the State of Montana. Jason is veteran classroom teacher with experience in two large high schools building diverse, successful programs in social studies, debate, speech, newspaper production, and computer science. He is a leader in educational technology integration and popular speaker and trainer with experience working with thousands of teachers from all levels to improve their tech-savvy teaching.  A doctoral candidate at the University of Montana, Jason is studying open education resources, online learning and the impact of internet filtering on classroom technology integration. He has been honored as a Distinguished Educator, Most Inspirational Teacher, Outstanding Teacher and winner of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) “Making IT Happen” award.

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About NCCE

NCCE is a professional learning organization for educators and hosts the largest education conference in the Northwest.  With a membership base from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, NCCE provides resources and professional learning opportunities to our members throughout the year.





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