“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.
12 Days of Resources for Parents and Caregivers
During this holiday season, the SPARK program wants to offer you a gift – 12 great resources for facilitating successful remote learning in your home. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to check back daily for new resources!
Podcast: Luxblox with Mike Acerra
Heather and Mike Acerra are the educational entrepreneurs behind Luxblox, allowing students to explore science, engineering, and design in almost any setting. In this episode, Mike tells us about how Luxblox can be used in classrooms to support science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics in almost any learning activity.
LTC Updates – Coronavirus
The Learning Technology Center is committed to remaining open as we support Illinois school districts, staff, and students. First and foremost, this decision is based on the understanding of what school system leaders and staff are facing in their own community, including preparation for remote learning.
Remote Learning Tools
We are in a period of time where school closings due to Covid-19 are severely disrupting our academic calendar. Districts are scrambling to find useful resources for teachers to use in developing e-learning plans to continue education for an extended time away from school.
E-Learning in Illinois
E-Learning is often thought of as a way to maintain the momentum of learning when students are unable to be in the classroom due to “Snow Days,” or other unexpected reasons. Recently, concerns about school closings due to possible virus outbreaks have a lot of school leaders talking about E-Learning in a new light. What do Illinois schools need to know about implementing E-Learning Days?
Tech With Heart Book Study
Academic-related anxiety is common in high-achieving and struggling classrooms alike. So how can teachers calm students’ fears and empower them as learners? Educator Stacey Roshan found the answer with technology. In Tech with Heart, Stacey shares that the fight to be first, the pressure to be right, and the stress surrounding test scores were just a few of the many reasons she chose to flip her class.
During this five-week online book study, we’ll explore how Stacey flipped her classroom to help reduce student anxiety and increase student efficacy. We’ll practice using some of the tools that Stacey used and reflect on how our new skills can help our student increase their academic skills and social-emotional learning.
Visit ltcillinois.org/online to register! We look forward to learning with you!
Podcast: Technology Trends and Services through ILTPP with Courtney Fleeger
Speak with Courtney Fleeger from the Illinois Learning Technology Purchasing Program, a free program that helps schools and districts find more affordable options to support learning through a wide variety of technology tools.
Podcast: Tim McIlvain Talks Cyber-Security, SOPPA, and how LTC can help
Tim McIlvain discusses some of the many services provided by the LTC. Tim shares his knowledge of recent legislation, some cybersecurity tips, and a preview of the array of upcoming LTC professional learning opportunities for educators, administrators, and IT professionals.