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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.