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How to Become a Google Certified Educator

Google Educator certifications are among the most popular today, particularly in this era of remote and hybrid learning. But how exactly do you become “Google Educator Certified”? You’ll find the answer and more in this handy guide to becoming Google Educator Certified.

Sam Fishel
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Start your Professional Learning Journey with the LTC’s New Education Certification Collection

Certifications have become an increasingly popular option for professional learning in the education field. The LTC has scoured the internet for the best certifications and collected them here, in our new Educator Certification Collection.

Holly Kelly
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LTC Joins Google Cloud Partner Program

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) is proud to announce its recent acceptance into the Google Cloud Partner Program.

Sam Fishel
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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.

Colleen Kaplan
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Reflective Journal for Coaches

As an Instructional Coach in a role without many others, all of my professional personal growth came from opportunities I sought outside of my district, and on my own: volunteering, serving on boards, Twitter chats, conferences, etc.

Nicole Zumpano

Digital Citizenship Resources for Every Classroom

Today’s students have access to more information than ever before. Many students enter the data-rich world with few skills to manage the myriad of opportunities and pitfalls they might encounter. This is when the concept of Digital Citizenship becomes relevant and evermore important.

Matt Jacobson

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year the theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” Learn 5 ways we can all take collective responsibility and protect ourselves.

Chris Wherley

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