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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
Podcast

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
Podcast

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
Announcement

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
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Computer Science Week

During CS Week, K-12 students are encouraged to participate in an “hour of code’ as part of the Hour of Code initiative to help students realize that they, too, can learn the basics of coding.

Lisa Schwartz
Announcement

Girls Who Code

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois has partnered with Girls Who Code (GWC) to bring free computer science learning opportunities to our community. Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world.

Tim McIlvain
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From Consumption to Creation: Inspire Creativity in Your Classroom!

In many of today’s classrooms, we see students that have been learning in a consumption system their entire school career. How can we leverage the consumption mindset to our advantage?

Ben Sondgeroth
Event

Do You Understand the Legal Implications of Using Technology in Schools?

On October 30, 2019, more than 100 administrators, school personnel and educators came together at the DuPage Regional Office of Education to discuss the Legal Implications of Using Technology in Schools. This administrator’s academy was led by Joshua Herman and Katherine Swise of Miler, Hall & Triggs, LLC located in Peoria, Illinois.

Nicole Zumpano
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The How and Why of Becoming Google Certified

Google Education offers teachers the ability to pass two different certification exams that recognize users skills using G Suite Applications and the ability to implement them into the classroom. Google provides free online training to help educators learn G Suite Apps designated as Fundamental and Advanced. The Fundamental content is geared towards the Level 1 exam and the Advanced training focuses on the Level 2 exam. To complete both levels, expect to set aside 12 hours to complete 1 and 10 hours to complete 2 training.

Lisa Schwartz
Event

Next Round of Google Online Courses Begin in November

Technology-enabled teaching options are plentiful and powerful, and quality professional learning relating to its use is in high demand. In response to this, the LTC has created a number of self-paced online courses to help you integrate Google tools into your classroom.

Matt Jacobson
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Reflective Journal for Coaches

As an Instructional Coach in a role without many others, all of my professional personal growth came from opportunities I sought outside of my district, and on my own: volunteering, serving on boards, Twitter chats, conferences, etc.

Nicole Zumpano
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Digital Citizenship Resources for Every Classroom

Today’s students have access to more information than ever before. Many students enter the data-rich world with few skills to manage the myriad of opportunities and pitfalls they might encounter. This is when the concept of Digital Citizenship becomes relevant and evermore important.

Matt Jacobson
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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year the theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” Learn 5 ways we can all take collective responsibility and protect ourselves.

Chris Wherley
Event

Learning Tours: Seeing Change In Action

Site visits allow educators, especially those responsible for leading change, with the opportunity to learn from others who have navigated the challenge already. School site visits provide three major benefits to all educators.

Brian Bates
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Checking the Checkboxes: NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Checklists are widely recognized as important tools for many professions, including K-12 cybersecurity.

Chris Wherley
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Learn Online On Your Own Time

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is happy to announce its Fall 2019 Online Course Catalog.

Matt Jacobson
Event

The LTC EdTech Webinar Series Returns for the 2019-2020 School Year

The Learning Technology Center’s EdTech Webinar Series is back for another exciting year of anytime, anywhere learning.

Brian Bates
Blog

Tech Check: Get Your Digital Life Organized

Get ready for summer, by checking in on your digital life!

Nicole Zumpano
Blog

LTC Monthly Tech Tips! – April 2019

Every month our staff will be publishing a post sharing some of their favorite tech tips! This month we focus on everything from managing your Google Drive to great new PBL ideas!

Ben Sondgeroth
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Dupo CUSD 196 Bridges the Homework Gap

Dupo School District in Southern Illinois is addressing the homework gap head-on.  District leaders have decided to narrow the gap for their students by deploying a mobile hotspot lending program.  It has been a collaborative effort bringing together district administrators, technology staff, teachers, and library staff.

Tim McIlvain
Blog

Teachers Talking Tech Recap

Recapping an amazing mini-conference!

Ben Sondgeroth
Blog

Is it a Snow Day or an eLearning Day?

We’ve gathered some of the best practices from districts implementing eLearning days.

Nicole Zumpano