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Resources and Reminders for 2021 License Renewal

The Illinois State Board of Education opened the window for this year’s teacher license renewal cycle on April 1, 2021. Check out our guide full of important reminders and resources geared toward helping you renew your teaching license in no time.

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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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

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