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How to Become a Google Certified Coach

This year, Google is premiering a brand-new certification that is geared toward helping schools and districts build and sustain their edtech integration over the long-term. Check out this guide to learn more about the Google Certified Coach program, including its benefits for tech coaches and school districts alike.

Sam Fishel
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Digital Literacy Conference Registration Now Open!

Exciting news! The Digital Literacy Conference is now open for registration. This one-day gathering of educators from around Illinois will offer teachers, administrators, library media specialists, and more an opportunity to engage with one of education’s most relevant topics – digital literacy – in all of its forms.

Sam Fishel
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Reflecting on a Year of Digital Learning on Digital Learning Day 2021

The nature of digital learning has changed a lot over the past year. To celebrate Digital Learning Day 2021, we spoke to education stakeholders across Illinois and heard their perspectives on digital learning – both now and in the future.

Sam Fishel
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New Updates for Microsoft for Education and Google Chrome Management Licensing

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchasing Program (ILTPP) has announced several updates to two of their most popular contracts. These updates will help your school or district blossom into new learning opportunities this spring and budget more effectively for the 21-22 school year.

Sam Fishel
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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

5 Tips for Leading Professional Learning Virtually

Are you switching to leading professional learning in a virtual environment? It is a new experience for many. Here are 5 tips for people entering this new world of online professional learning.

Ben Sondgeroth