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Prioritizing your Mental Health with Summer Self-Care

With summer starting, now is a great time for all educators to perform a mental health check-in. Along the way, you should also consider adding new self-care routines to your life, both now and for the next school year. Check out this guide to learn more about self-care and the many ways it can help bring balance to your personal and professional life.

Sam Fishel
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NOW OPEN – IETC 2021 Early Bird Registration!

The future of edtech is here. Now’s your chance to harness technology’s renewed classroom potential by learning from and networking with your peers at IETC 2021. Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing!

Sam Fishel
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What Teachers Need to Know about SOPPA

This summer, Illinois’ new SOPPA amendments will come into force, requiring districts to meet new standards for managing and protecting student data. But what role will teachers play in this process? Learn more in this timely guide!

Sam Fishel
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E-Rate Emergency Connectivity Fund – What You Need to Know

On May 11, 2021, the FCC announced a finalized rule set for the administration of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a $7.1 billion appropriation derived from the larger $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package passed in March 2021. Learn more about the ECF, its eligibility requirements, and its E-Rate application process in this new program brief.

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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – What You Need to Know

Starting May 12, 2021, eligible households can apply to receive up to $50 off their monthly home internet bill through the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Read on to learn about how schools and district can utilize this program to increase at-home internet access for their students.

Sam Fishel

Request for Proposals – Share your Voice at IETC 2021!

The 28th annual Illinois Education and Technology Conference (IETC) is on its way, bringing with it an immersive hybrid experience geared toward the professional learning needs of all educators, IT staff, and administrators. Make 2021 the year you share your voice by submitting a proposal for IETC!

Sam Fishel

Choosing the Right Chromebook for Schools and Districts

Many schools in Illinois and around the US are interested in purchasing new Chromebooks. But which Chromebook model is best? Which model offers the best value? You’ll find answers and more in this guide to choosing the right Chromebook for your school or district.

Sam Fishel

Resources and Reminders for 2021 License Renewal

The Illinois State Board of Education opened the window for this year’s teacher license renewal cycle on April 1, 2021. Check out our guide full of important reminders and resources geared toward helping you renew your teaching license in no time.

Sam Fishel

JUST RELEASED – DigLitCon Agenda is Now Live!

Big news! The Digital Literacy Conference agenda has just been released! In it, you’ll find an assortment of engaging sessions on many of the most important aspects of digital literacy. Check out these session previews now and make plans to attend this unique professional learning opportunity!

Sam Fishel

How to Become a Google Certified Coach

This year, Google is premiering a brand-new certification that is geared toward helping schools and districts build and sustain their edtech integration over the long-term. Check out this guide to learn more about the Google Certified Coach program, including its benefits for tech coaches and school districts alike.

Sam Fishel

Google Announces Updates for Classroom, Meet, and More

Recently, Google announced a variety of updates for its suite of education-centered apps and services, including new functionality and accessibility features for Google Classroom and Google Meet. Check out our update digest to learn about Google Workspace for Education, its new pricing structure, and more.

Sam Fishel

Charting a New Frontier in Literacy at #DigLitCon

Digital literacy has been on the tip of the tongue for many educators recently. This summer’s Digital Literacy Conference will help further that discourse and help educators chart a course for teaching digital literacy in their own classroom. Learn more about what #DigLitCon has to offer every educator, including a sneak preview of two popular sessions.

Sam Fishel

3 Keys to Remember While Finalizing your E-Rate Application

The 21-22 E-Rate Form 471 filing deadline is just around the corner on March 25, 2021. Don’t miss these important E-Rate program updates as you put the final touches on your institution’s submission.

Sam Fishel

ISPA Resource Update – February 2021

All February, the LTC team has been hard at work creating new resources to support district-level compliance with SOPPA. Collected here are all of the latest resources provided to ISPA members over the course of the month.

Sam Fishel

Digital Literacy Conference Registration Now Open!

Exciting news! The Digital Literacy Conference is now open for registration. This one-day gathering of educators from around Illinois will offer teachers, administrators, library media specialists, and more an opportunity to engage with one of education’s most relevant topics – digital literacy – in all of its forms.

Sam Fishel

Reflecting on a Year of Digital Learning on Digital Learning Day 2021

The nature of digital learning has changed a lot over the past year. To celebrate Digital Learning Day 2021, we spoke to education stakeholders across Illinois and heard their perspectives on digital learning – both now and in the future.

Sam Fishel

New Updates for Microsoft for Education and Google Chrome Management Licensing

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchasing Program (ILTPP) has announced several updates to two of their most popular contracts. These updates will help your school or district blossom into new learning opportunities this spring and budget more effectively for the 21-22 school year.

Sam Fishel

Now Accepting Proposals for the Digital Literacy Conference

This summer, the Learning Technology Center (LTC) is proud to host the Digital Literacy Conference, a timely virtual gathering centered on one of education’s most relevant topics. We want you to be part of this conference’s team of presenters, so submit a proposal today!

Sam Fishel

Jump Start your Professional Learning with a FREE LTC Online Course

No matter how you look at it, today’s educators are busy people. The LTC understands this dilemma, which is why we offer a variety of free, self-paced online courses covering topics from Google Forms and Google Drive to Microsoft Teams and Keynote for Mac. You can learn more about and participate in these courses over on our Online Courses hub!

Sam Fishel

How to Become a Google Certified Educator

Google Educator certifications are among the most popular today, particularly in this era of remote and hybrid learning. But how exactly do you become “Google Educator Certified”? You’ll find the answer and more in this handy guide to becoming Google Educator Certified.

Sam Fishel

5 Things Students Should Do to Stay Safe and Secure Online

Today is Safer Internet Day, an occasion to recommit to best practices for protecting digital identity. In the spirit of this important celebration, we’re featuring a special collection of resources and recommendation geared toward helping all students grow their digital literacy and master internet safety.

Sam Fishel

Data Privacy Resources for 2021 and Beyond

In recognition of Data Privacy Day, the LTC team has gathered some of our most popular data privacy and cybersecurity resources into one place. Check out each of these overviews, online classes, and more if you’re planning to upgrade your district’s data protection policies to comply with SOPPA.

Sam Fishel