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Background

The Instructional Technology Strategies Conference is put on by OETC

The Organization for Educational Technology & Curriculum (OETC) is an incorporated not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to maximizing the value of educational technology to its members by working with software and hardware vendors to procure the most effective and appropriate technological resources at the lowest possible price. Schools rely on us for quality assurance and low-cost certainty for technology purchasing. OETC membership is comprised of more than 800 educational institutions, school districts, colleges, and other non-profit educational organizations throughout the U.S.

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OETC Goals

  • Actively gather, analyze and disseminate information and other materials pertaining to the uses of computer related technology in education.
  • Promote and facilitate the integration of computers and related technology into the classroom and curriculum.
  • Organize and coordinate cost effective, cooperative purchases and partnerships related to the application of educational technology.
  • Support professional development of educators’ skills for utilizing technology effectively.

The History of the OETC

OETC began 26 years ago in 1983 as the Oregon Video Consortium. We quickly evolved into the Oregon Educational Computer Consortium in 1986 and then became the Oregon Educational Technology Consortium in 1995. In 2004 we changed our name to reflect our expanding services. We are now the Organization for Educational Technology & Curriculum.

Beginning in 1990, we expanded our interests from software and hardware purchases to offering training and professional development to teachers and school administrators. The level of annual purchasing has grown from $100,000 per year to more than $10 million dollars per year.

OETC’s history includes establishment of formal relationships with manufacturers and vendors for a wide variety of technology products that are used in schools to enhance the delivery of services to students. We now list products and information on our web site and produce a quarterly newsletter that reaches all teachers and administrators in member districts and organizations.

OETC sponsors training events, conferences and symposiums for further exposure of product lines, using vendor representatives and evaluation center staff for presentations. In 2008, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary of providing customer service, lowest-cost technology, and professional development.