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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.

Sam Fishel
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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!

Matt Jacobson
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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!

Sam Fishel
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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.

Colleen Kaplan
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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.

Holly Kelly

LTC Joins Google Cloud Partner Program

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) is proud to announce its recent acceptance into the Google Cloud Partner Program.

Sam Fishel

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.

Colleen Kaplan

“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.

Christina Ronquest

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.

Sam Fishel

12 Days of Resources for Parents and Caregivers

During this holiday season, the SPARK program wants to offer you a gift – 12 great resources for facilitating successful remote learning in your home. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to check back daily for new resources!

Colleen Kaplan

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”.

Colleen Kaplan

2021 Remote Learning Conference – Registration Now Open

It’s time to design, engage, and enhance remote and hybrid learning in Illinois! Registration for the LTC’s Remote Learning Conference is now open.

Sam Fishel

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.

Sam Fishel

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.

Sam Fishel

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.

Colleen Kaplan

Learn, Connect, and Explore at IETC 2020

Classrooms across Illinois and the world look different this year. As educators and students alike work to accept and embrace this change, IETC 2020 has also transformed into an immersive, digital experience.

Christina Ronquest

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.

Colleen Kaplan

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.

Colleen Kaplan

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.

Sam Fishel

10 tips for getting the most out of a virtual PD event

With this new style of virtual professional development, there is a clear learning curve. Here are the top 10 tips to help you make the most of your next virtual conference.

Nicole Zumpano

Achieving SOPPA Compliance with Reasonable Security Practices

The Learning Technology Center selected 43 security best practices that all districts should implement to comply with new SOPPA legislation.

Tim McIlvain

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.

Colleen Kaplan