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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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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
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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
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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
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E-rate Support for Additional Bandwidth

The FCC and USAC opened a new 471 Window to specifically address requests for financial assistance towards immediate increases in bandwidth for the current school year, July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

Mindy Fiscus

Episode 1: The Impact of COVID-19: Patterns of Stress and Brain

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be feeling a little different from day to day. This episode of the SPARK Parent Podcast will help you and your student learn to recognize and adapt to those new stresses, including those related to remote learning.

Colleen Kaplan

Save Time on Instruction with free Google Chrome extensions

hese twelve Google extensions will help educators save time, deliver their lessons, and ensure students learn no matter where their classrooms are or how they’re instructing this year.

Holly Kelly

New Online Courses: Meet & Docs

We’ve added 2 new free courses to our Online Course catalog: Google Meet & Google Docs! Read more and register today!

Matt Jacobson

Fall Online Courses Are Open!

We are expanding our popular online course catalog to include new interactive self-paced video-based lessons that you can complete on your own schedule.

Matt Jacobson

Back to School on a Budget

Are your kids ready for remote learning, but your house is not? Check out these creative workspace solutions for the at-home, remote learners in your life.

Colleen Kaplan

Teach Better with Chad Ostrowski

Chad Ostrowski of the Teach Better Team joins us to discuss teaching, professional learning, and educator self-care. In this episode, you’ll learn tips that can help you elevate your practice, both in-person and remotely. Check out the episode and the links below to learn more!

Matt Jacobson

Holly Pantle on the Role of Libraries and Technology

Holly Pantle is the incoming Technology Director for the Charleston (IL) school district. In this episode, Holly discusses the changing role of the Library Information Specialist, how she has supported students and teachers during remote learning, and some of the challenges she plans to tackle in her new role.

Matt Jacobson

IETC Merges with LTC

Previously a stand-alone conference without a single organizational lead, IETC will join the LTC as part of our diverse professional learning offerings.

Tim McIlvain

Podcast: LaVonna Roth SHINEs!

Author, brain research expert, consultant, trainer, and teacher LaVonna Roth shares her thoughts on culture and climate in our schools. LaVonna also shares some hands-on minds-on ideas to use during remote learning activities.

Matt Jacobson

Summer Online Courses Start May 11

Summer is a great time to get caught up on professional learning, and these free self-paced online courses are ready to support your technology integration efforts.

Matt Jacobson

Podcast: Transitioning to Remote Learning with Mike Lubelfeld

Mike Lubelfeld discusses his district’s transition from in-person learning to e-learning and then to remote learning. In this candid interview, Mike talks about the things that went well, the things they could have done better, and the phenomenal work that his staff is doing to support learners wherever they are.

Matt Jacobson

Earn PD Hours through the LTC for Google’s Distance Learning Course

Google’s Distance Learning for Educators Course is a free online learning course that is available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. The Learning Technology Center of Illinois is happy to provide Illinois educators with 2.75 hours of Professional Development Credit for license renewal for completing this course. Here’s how…

Matt Jacobson

Podcast: Adapting E-Learning to Remote Learning

Learn how two school districts, one suburban and one rural, are adjusting their existing e-learning plans to a longer-term remote learning situation. In this episode, we discuss the surprising commonalities in their approaches to adapting their existing e-learning plans to our current reality of longer-term remote learning. 

Matt Jacobson

New Online Courses Available

Our online courses have become extremely popular for educators interested in learning professional development credits from home. We are expanding our course catalog to include new interactive self-paced video-based lessons that you can complete on your own schedule. New courses will help educators use Google Hangouts and Apple’s Pages and Keynote applications to support student learning.

Matt Jacobson

Podcast: Remote Learning with Adam & Alex Valencic

Adam Valencic and Alex Valencic offer some insights into their experiences in remote learning and online learning. Adam Valencic is an instructional designer at Lindenwood University in Missouri. Alex Valencic, is the Coordinator for 21st Century Teaching and Learning for t

Matt Jacobson

3 STE(A)M Activities to Do with Your Kids During Remote Learning

Three fun activities for students to do at home that encourage STE(A)M skills!

Ben Sondgeroth

Podcast: Jodi Scott Discusses Remote Learning

Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott was part of the team that created the Illinois Remote Learning Recommendations. In this special episode, Jodi returns to our show to discuss the differences between Illinois’ current Remote Learning Recommendations and the earlier legislation. Listen as Jodi provides critical clarifications and insights.

Matt Jacobson