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Coming Soon – An All-New LTC Community Experience

In 2021, the Learning Technology Center remains committed to fostering collaboration within Illinois’ edtech community. That’s why we’re proud to announce our redesigned online Community!

Sam Fishel
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“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.

Christina Ronquest
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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.

Sam Fishel
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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!

Colleen Kaplan
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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

Leadership in the Face of Inequities

Dr. Nick Sutton, Superintendent of Stark County School District, calls educators and leaders to action in this unprecedented situation of technology inequities.

Dr. Nick Sutton

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.

Matt Jacobson

Week in Review

This week in review: LTC EdTech Office Hours, Online Learning Resource Database, and new videos, handouts, and podcasts.

Tim McIlvain

Connecting a Smartphone Hotspot to a Chromebook

Three quick videos on how to utilize a hotspot on a smartphone for remote learning.

Ben Sondgeroth

Find Your Tribe: Connecting with Others During COVID-19

Who are you connecting with during the COVID-19 closures? Read about the supports that Nicole Zumpano finds effective.

Nicole Zumpano

Podcast: Innovation & Self-Care with Jen Leban

Jen Leban talks with the Learning through Leading podcast hosts about her Google Innovator Project and the importance of self-care and checking in on our friends during these unprecedented times.

Matt Jacobson

Learning Online with Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth, a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC, joins the Learning through Leading hosts at a critical time in Illinois’ history to speak about leveraging video in online learning.

Matt Jacobson

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.

Tim McIlvain

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.

Ben Sondgeroth

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?

Matt Jacobson

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!

Matt Jacobson

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.

Matt Jacobson

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.

Matt Jacobson