Learn Safer and Easier with Updates for Google Classroom, Workspace & Chrome OS
Back on June 22, 2021, Google revealed a roadmap of its upcoming product and software updates during its The Anywhere School online event. That roadmap featured a cornucopia of exciting developments, including useful enhancements for Google Classroom, Google Workspace for Education, Chrome OS, and more. Check out our update digest to learn about how your classroom can utilize these fresh upgrades during the upcoming school year.
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.
LTC Receives State Achievement Award from SETDA
The Learning Technology Center of Illinois is proud to announce that it has been awarded the State Achievement Award for Professional Learning by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). This award recognizes the LTC’s ongoing efforts to serve all Illinois schools and educators as part of its Professional Learning Statewide System of Support.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
“A New Outlook” – Takeaways from the Remote Learning Conference
Back on Friday, January 15, the Learning Technology Center wrapped up a first-of-its-kind conference centered on education’s most recent evolution. The Remote Learning Conference marked a major leap forward for collaboration in Illinois’ edtech community, with educators from around the Prairie State gathering to share their hard-earned knowledge from the past year of distance learning.
“A Big Year Ahead” – Takeaways from SecurED Schools 2021
The 4th annual SecurED Schools conference concluded back on Thursday, January 14. Though this year’s gathering was held virtually, technology leaders from around Illinois still participated in plenty of insightful conversations about the future of cybersecurity and data privacy.
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!
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”.