TDEC is Here to Serve!
Martha Ban, M.Ed.
NAD Director of Technology for Education
Martha Aastrup Ban is a third-generation Adventist educator. While her Masters is in Reading/Language Arts, she's developed a passion for technology and finding ways to help schools with resources to engage their students in learning. She loves helping teachers and will talk with anyone about NAD Resources and Data Rollup for as long as they will listen.
ow many of you know what TDEC is? TDEC stands for Technology and Distance Education Committee. It serves the North American Division PK-12 education system. But - more importantly, do you know who your TDEC rep is? TDEC is co-chaired by Martha Ban, NAD Director for Education and Stephen Bralley, NAD Director for Secondary Education/Accreditation. Membership consists of one representative from each of the nine unions of the North American Division along with a representative from Griggs International Academy, and the North American Division IT Services.
The group meets regularly to discuss new technologies, explore distance education programs and protocols, approve preferred vendors, aggregate technological resources, and create sample technology-related documents for schools - just to name a few of the responsibilities.
Explore what TDEC is doing for you on our Adventist Education technology website (http://tdec.nadeducation.org/). You will find information on Britannica, Visual Thesaurus, technology plan templates, technology discounts, professional development opportunities, and so much more! Reach out to your TDEC rep for more information.
Southern Union Conference
Associate Director for the Library/Information Resources Program at the Southern Union
Andrea currently serves as the Associate Director for the Library/Information Resources Program at the Southern Union and is a member of the TDEC Committee. Andrea is passionate about empowering parents, teachers, and students with the tools needed to bridge the digital divide and ensure we raise responsible digital citizens. Andrea communicates TDEC information to the local conferences in the Southern Union during their school library resources workshops, and principal and teacher’s meetings and then takes their information and concerns regarding technology back to the TDEC Committee.
Southwestern Union Conference
Junior High Vice Principal @ Burton Adventist Academy
I seek to connect schools with resources to facilitate the continual improvement of technology implementation and training, better allowing schools in the SW Union to enrich and support the student learning experience. I also assist schools with technology improvement planning, from equipment selection to phased implementation planning. And for those simply needing a sounding board for technology improvement ideas, I look forward to lending an ear and sharing input as needed.
Columbia Union Conference
Desmond Suarez II
Teacher and Chaplin at Richmond Academy
I enjoy helping schools and teachers to use technology to enable great learning. Technology shouldn't get in the way but enable teachers to deliver instruction in more exciting and effective ways. You can reach out to me for discussions on how best to implement technologies in your classrooms.
Pacific Union Conference
Fernando Lista Oleynick
Superintendent of Education for the Nevada-Utah Conference
I am the TDEC (Technology and Distance Education Committee) representative in the Pacific Union Conference territory. I am responsible for presenting TDEC reports at the Fall Education Council regarding the latest technology trends applicable to education environment. It is also my duty to connect schools with OETC (Negotiated Educational Technology Contracts) in order for them to have access to discounted technology materials (software and hardware).
Rocky Mountain Conference & Mile High Academy IT Director
I help spread the word about AE Tech resources, help with purchasing and supporting our resources. Please contact me with any questions about NAD technology resources and purchasing support.
Lake Union Conference
Ruth Horton, Ed.D
Director of Education
It is my pleasure to assist Lake Union educators in the following ways. Contact me with questions or requests.
Clarifying - the important role TDEC plays in facilitating, supporting, and fostering 21st Century Education, using variety of technologies, in NAD Seventh-day Adventist Schools.
Facilitate - Disseminating information including TDEC initiatives, as well as recommendations, policies, and new user-friendly tech gadgets.
Feedback - Providing feedback from the field to inform recommendations and decisions made by TDEC
Pilot’er’ - Pilots recommended technologies such as Victory VR that support learning
Southern Union Conference
Associate Superintendent, Georgia-Cumberland Conference
At each Southern Union departmental and advisory meeting I give a TDEC report and encourage members to share the information with field in their area. It is a personal privilege to support the Southern Union educators through emails, texts, and calls.
Seventh-day adventist church in Canada
Director Information Technology – Burman University
TDEC Representative for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada
As the SDACC rep. on the NAD TDEC committee I try to ensure that as far as possible any initiatives take our unique Canadian needs or requirements into account, I report to the Education Counsel and take forward to TDEC any questions and concerns they want addressed. I also work with Conference Educational Superintendents on educational technology issues as they request. I also work with any principal or teacher who contacts me to assist in any way possible in their use of educational technology.
North Pacific Union Conference
Associate Superintendent, Upper Columbia Conference
As the NPUC rep, I share the results of our TDEC meetings with Superintendents, Academy Principals, and sometimes the NPUC Board of Education. Teachers from the NPUC can contact me if they have any questions regarding what TDEC does for them, or if they have a product they would like TDEC to look into.
Atlantic Union Conference
Assistant Superintendent for Data & Technology
The Atlantic Union is cognizant of the need to ensure that updated information flows through its field. As such, a TDEC report is given at every Union Advisory. We have additionally developed a Technology Advisory, co-chaired by the Union Director and the TDEC representative, consisting of members from each conference within the Union. I provide support to Superintendents in our Union with responses to questions on resources and, in some cases, training on technology resources is rendered where possible. I also work with principals and teachers on basic EdTech problems.
NAD IT Services
Assoc. Director ITS – NAD
I collaborate with Martha providing the infrastructure to host EDU web services and systems. The NADcloud is at the service of EDU in all of our NAD territory!
NAD Department of Education
TDEC Co-Chair, Director of Technology for Education
My TDEC role is to help with planning of meetings, communication of technology discounts and information, keeping the AE Tech website current - and other tech things! I love to help facilitate getting technology information out to our educators through SLACK, email, and our awesome TDEC reps!
NAD Department of Education
H. Stephen Bralley
TDEC Co-Chair, Director of Secondary and Accreditation for the NAD
I am the Co-Chair of the TDEC Committee, which translates to chief mischief maker. My role is to find complex interrelationships between people, things, and ideas. Deconstructing and rebuilding the ideas of the committee into new applications is a big focus.
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D2L Administrator at Griggs International Academy
I am the TDEC representative for Distance Learning schools whether that’s your only approach, or if you supplement an in-person program with it. I have experience with both hybrid synchronous programs where students are remotely joining an in-person class, and with fully asynchronous programs where students are working through online materials independently. I am happy to serve as an additional support to your Union representative for questions and concerns regarding Distance Learning!
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