Achieve your 2021 Edtech Goals with an Instructional Technology Coach
This year, the Learning Technology Center is expanding its popular Instructional Technology Coaching Program. Learn more about this program and its cost-effective benefits for district-wide technology integration.
Micro-Credentials: New Horizons for Professional Learning
The old “sit-and-get” method of professional development isn’t suited to the needs of today’s educators. Micro-credentials are the solution because their offer teachers greater agency while they grow their competency in classroom-ready skills. Read on for a special opportunity to join the LTC’s micro-credential pilot program!
Coming Soon – An All-New LTC Community Experience
In 2021, the Learning Technology Center remains committed to fostering collaboration within Illinois’ edtech community. That’s why we’re proud to announce our redesigned online Community!
2020 Words That Will Never Be The Same
2020 has brought a lot of unexpected changes, from the way we learn to the way we speak. We’ve rounded up some of the words that took on new meaning for remote learners and educators alike this year.
Start your Professional Learning Journey with the LTC’s New Education Certification Collection
Certifications have become an increasingly popular option for professional learning in the education field. The LTC has scoured the internet for the best certifications and collected them here, in our new Educator Certification Collection.
Episode 7: Talking Toddlers with Susie Allison
In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan sits down with Susie Allison, creator of the popular Busy Toddler Instagram account, to talk about all things toddlers and preschool. Susie, an early childhood education expert and advocate, focuses on bringing hands-on, play-based learning back to families and classrooms using simple activities.
“That’s a wrap!” – Highlights from IETC 2020
The 27th annual Illinois Education and Technology Conference (IETC) wrapped up on Saturday, November 21. This year marked the conference’s first venture into the virtual realm, with all sessions, workshops, and networking held online. Read on for highlights from this first-of-its-kind professional learning experience.
Promoting #CSforSocialJustice During Computer Science Education Week 2020
In recognition of this year’s renewed focus on social justice, Computer Science Education Week 2020 has centered its annual celebration of computer science learning on helping students build a more just society using their CS skills. These resources can help your classroom join in this celebration, with free materials available for primary- and secondary-level students.
Episode 6: Exploring “Sharenthood” with Leah Plunket
In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan sits down to discuss the intersection of parenting and social media with Leah Plunkett, law professor and author of “Sharenthood: Why we should think before we talk about our kids online”.
New Online Course: Keep It All Together with OneNote
Are you looking for an innovative way to enhance student note-taking capabilities? OneNote from Microsoft can make that happen. Sign up for this free, self-paced online course to learn about this versatile app and all it can do for your remote or hybrid classroom.
Special Education During Remote Learning – Insights from Today’s Educators
Many educators in the field today can attest to the challenges of facilitating remote learning. However, special education teachers in particular have faced a steep learning curve when it comes to planning and carrying out instruction that meets the individualized needs of their students.
Episode 5: The Principles of Well-Being during Remote and Hybrid Learning
Well-being can take time and practice to foster for parents and children alike. In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan and special guest Sara Bates discuss how to prioritize well-being in the home, even during remote learning.
Episode 4: The Importance of Reading During Remote Learning
In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan digs into the second chapter of “The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents”. Special guest Holly Kelly also joins this week’s discussion to highlight the continued importance of reading during remote learning, as well as several free online reading resources available to families.
Episode 3: “The Basics” of Remote and Hybrid Learning
In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan tackles the first chapter of “The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents”. Along with Jillian Pettenuzzo, the pair endeavor to answer some of the most pressing remote learning questions posed by today’s parents and caregivers.
Building on Digital Citizenship Week 2020
Digital Citizenship Week 2020 may have come and passed, but that doesn’t mean that your students have missed out on an opportunity to grow their 21st century skillset. Check out these tools and resources for instilling digital citizenship year-round.
Episode 2: Social-Emotional Learning: What is it and why is it important?
Now more than ever, a student’s SEL skills are crucial for participating in a changing world. In this episode, SEL Coach Abby Lyons leads a a discussion on SEL development and highlights several ways parents can model SEL skills in an at-home learning environment.