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Learn, Connect, and Explore at IETC 2020

Classrooms across Illinois and the world look different this year. As educators and students alike work to accept and embrace this change, IETC 2020 has also transformed into an immersive, digital experience.

Christina Ronquest
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E-rate Support for Additional Bandwidth

The FCC and USAC opened a new 471 Window to specifically address requests for financial assistance towards immediate increases in bandwidth for the current school year, July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

Mindy Fiscus
LTC Spark Podcast/Podcast

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
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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
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Learning Tours: Seeing Change In Action

Site visits allow educators, especially those responsible for leading change, with the opportunity to learn from others who have navigated the challenge already. School site visits provide three major benefits to all educators.

Brian Bates

Checking the Checkboxes: NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Checklists are widely recognized as important tools for many professions, including K-12 cybersecurity.

Chris Wherley

Learn Online On Your Own Time

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is happy to announce its Fall 2019 Online Course Catalog.

Matt Jacobson

The LTC EdTech Webinar Series Returns for the 2019-2020 School Year

The Learning Technology Center’s EdTech Webinar Series is back for another exciting year of anytime, anywhere learning.

Brian Bates

Tech Check: Get Your Digital Life Organized

Get ready for summer, by checking in on your digital life!

Nicole Zumpano

LTC Monthly Tech Tips! – April 2019

Every month our staff will be publishing a post sharing some of their favorite tech tips! This month we focus on everything from managing your Google Drive to great new PBL ideas!

Ben Sondgeroth

Dupo CUSD 196 Bridges the Homework Gap

Dupo School District in Southern Illinois is addressing the homework gap head-on.  District leaders have decided to narrow the gap for their students by deploying a mobile hotspot lending program.  It has been a collaborative effort bringing together district administrators, technology staff, teachers, and library staff.

Tim McIlvain

Is it a Snow Day or an eLearning Day?

We’ve gathered some of the best practices from districts implementing eLearning days.

Nicole Zumpano

Oak Grove School focuses on Digital Learning

Dr. Jason Meltzer, 6th–8th media production teacher and district technology coach, has played a major role in supporting the teachers at Oak Grove and teaching digital arts to students.

Tim McIlvain

Data and Security Summit

The Learning Technology Center hosted their second annual Data and Security Summit on January 16 in Tinley Park and January 17 in Effingham. Over 190 people came together to learn about security policies and best practices.

Tim McIlvain

3 Tech Tips to Kick Off 2019!

Start your new year off with three great tips from the LTC staff!

Ben Sondgeroth

Recapping the Redesigning Learning Spaces Summits

Many schools are changing the environments in which our students are learning. The LTC recently hosted two summits at schools doing just that.

Ben Sondgeroth

Illinois Student Privacy Alliance

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) formed the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA). The ISPA is a collaboration of Illinois school districts that share common concerns around student privacy. The goal of the ISPA is to set standards of both practice and expectations around student privacy such that all parties involved have a common understanding of expectations.

Tim McIlvain

State Board to host Q&A events on new flexibility for school districts to define instructional days

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced opportunities for educators, parents, families, and school and district leaders to learn more about recent changes to the definition of instructional days. School districts now have flexibility to define instructional days locally based on what will improve student outcomes.

Tim McIlvain

Learn How to Use Google Classroom!

Learn how to use Google Classroom with this great video playlist!

Ben Sondgeroth

What is media literacy and why should you teach it in your classroom?

How many advertisements do you come across in one day- ten, fifty, hundreds, thousands? How can you teach your students to navigate this stream of information effectively?

Nicole Zumpano

Digital Citizenship Week Recap

Bring digital citizenship to your classroom with these resources!

Ben Sondgeroth