Return to the Classroom with New LTC Online Courses
To kick off the back-to-school season, we’ve just launched an assortment of new online courses on Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, and more. We’ve also refreshed several previous favorites, so now’s a great time to check out the LTC’s growing collection of free, self-paced online courses.
ISPA/SDPC Update – July 1, 2021
Happy New (Fiscal) Year! Despite SOPPA compliance day arriving on July 1, numerous schools throughout the state are still in the process of getting their new data privacy frameworks up and running. ISPA is still here to support your efforts. Check out this month’s update summary to learn more!
Navigating Copyright and Fair Use as an Educator
Copyright, fair use, public domain – these are all terms that may sound familiar to you as an educator. But do you fully understand their impact on how you share physical and digital resources with your students and colleagues? Our guide to navigating copyright in the education sphere can bring you up to speed on this important legal topic.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.