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ISPA/SDPC Update – July 1, 2021

Happy New (Fiscal) Year! Despite SOPPA compliance day arriving on July 1, numerous schools throughout the state are still in the process of getting their new data privacy frameworks up and running. ISPA is still here to support your efforts. Check out this month’s update summary to learn more!

Sam Fishel
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JUST RELEASED – DigLitCon Agenda is Now Live!

Big news! The Digital Literacy Conference agenda has just been released! In it, you’ll find an assortment of engaging sessions on many of the most important aspects of digital literacy. Check out these session previews now and make plans to attend this unique professional learning opportunity!

Sam Fishel
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How to Become a Google Certified Coach

This year, Google is premiering a brand-new certification that is geared toward helping schools and districts build and sustain their edtech integration over the long-term. Check out this guide to learn more about the Google Certified Coach program, including its benefits for tech coaches and school districts alike.

Sam Fishel
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Google Announces Updates for Classroom, Meet, and More

Recently, Google announced a variety of updates for its suite of education-centered apps and services, including new functionality and accessibility features for Google Classroom and Google Meet. Check out our update digest to learn about Google Workspace for Education, its new pricing structure, and more.

Sam Fishel
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Girls Who Code

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois has partnered with Girls Who Code (GWC) to bring free computer science learning opportunities to our community. Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world.

Tim McIlvain

From Consumption to Creation: Inspire Creativity in Your Classroom!

In many of today’s classrooms, we see students that have been learning in a consumption system their entire school career. How can we leverage the consumption mindset to our advantage?

Ben Sondgeroth

Do You Understand the Legal Implications of Using Technology in Schools?

On October 30, 2019, more than 100 administrators, school personnel and educators came together at the DuPage Regional Office of Education to discuss the Legal Implications of Using Technology in Schools. This administrator’s academy was led by Joshua Herman and Katherine Swise of Miler, Hall & Triggs, LLC located in Peoria, Illinois.

Nicole Zumpano

The How and Why of Becoming Google Certified

Google Education offers teachers the ability to pass two different certification exams that recognize users skills using G Suite Applications and the ability to implement them into the classroom. Google provides free online training to help educators learn G Suite Apps designated as Fundamental and Advanced. The Fundamental content is geared towards the Level 1 exam and the Advanced training focuses on the Level 2 exam. To complete both levels, expect to set aside 12 hours to complete 1 and 10 hours to complete 2 training.

Lisa Schwartz

Next Round of Google Online Courses Begin in November

Technology-enabled teaching options are plentiful and powerful, and quality professional learning relating to its use is in high demand. In response to this, the LTC has created a number of self-paced online courses to help you integrate Google tools into your classroom.

Matt Jacobson

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