“Even stepping out of education for the two school years I did with School Connect, in the end I was able to affect over 600 districts across the United States, which is something along the lines of two million students.”
Working for School Connect, a company that provides web-based platform for schools to create their own mobile applications, Migliorino gained an additional perspective on the education system.
“I got to visit some of the leading schools and administrators across the United States and there are some great things going on. But the coolest thing was the affirmation that Oklahoma, whether we’re publicized or not about it, are leading the way. I saw things that were touted as new and great and I thought, ‘We’ve been doing that. We are innovative,’” he said.
As chief of technology, Migliorino will continue to push forward Norman Public Schools’ thriving innovation.
“Dr. Siano has always said, and it’s stuck with me, that we’re not going to make the use of technology an event,” Migliorino said. “It just needs to be what we’re doing. Going to a computer lab is an event. Let’s make technology and the integration of that something that’s part of every day.
“This community supports innovation. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that and help bring the right people together and make these opportunities a reality?”
Migliorino’s top technological goal is identifying what the district has in place so a strong infrastructure can support future advances. Teachers and students should not have to think about technological hang-ups, he said, and he is always thinking five years ahead.
“Getting the tools in people’s hands is the cool part, but for them to function correctly, the behind-the-scenes part that no one thinks about until it’s not working right, that’s where my focus is right now,” he said.