Holly Pantle on the Role of Libraries and Technology

Holly Pantle is the incoming Technology Director for the Charleston (IL) school district. During much of her career, Holly spent time supporting students, teachers, and administrators as a Library Information Specialist. In this episode, Holly discusses the changing role of the Library Information Specialist, how she has supported students and teachers during remote learning, and some of the challenges she plans to tackle in her new role.

Contact Holly via email.

Podcast: LaVonna Roth SHINEs!

Author, brain research expert, consultant, trainer, and teacher LaVonna Roth shares her thoughts on culture and climate in our schools. LaVonna also shares some hands-on minds-on ideas to use during remote learning activities. Learn how LaVonna’s ideas can help educators stretch their comfort zones and recognize the value that each of us can bring to the world.

Contact LaVonna Roth
Twitter Handle: @igniteyourSHINE @LaVonnaRoth
Facebook: @igniteyourSHINE
Instagram: @LaVonnaRoth
Website: www.igniteyourSHINE.com

Summer Online Courses Start May 11

We are excited to announce our Spring 2020 Online Learning Courses for education professionals! These free courses can be taken on your own schedule in the comfort of your home. These learning opportunities will support your professional growth in the areas of classroom technology integration throughout your career. Plus, we can also provide you with Illinois Professional Development Credits to help you renew your Professional Educator’s License.   

Summer 2020 Online Learning Courses

Join us for these FREE Online Courses:

  • Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (1.5 PD credits) 
  • Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (1.5 PD credits) 
  • Understanding the Power of Google Docs (1.5 PD credits) 
  • Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (1.5 PD credits) 
  • Google Slides: More Than Presenting Content (1.5 PD credits) 
  • Getting Started with Google Hangouts (1.0 PD credit)
  • Pages for Mac and iPad (1.0 PD credit) 
  • Keynote for Mac (2.0 PD credits) 

You can start on these free self-paced courses when you’re ready, take breaks and complete what you want when you have a few minutes, and come back to finish them whenever you’d like. When you’re done you can register for another course and complete that one at any time during the summer. Registration for any of these courses opens May 11, and all courses will close August 14, 2020. 

Get all the details and register at ltcillinois.org/online. We’re looking forward to learning with you!

Podcast: Transitioning to Remote Learning with Mike Lubelfeld

Mike Lubelfeld discusses his district’s transition from in-person learning to e-learning and then to remote learning. In this candid interview, Mike talks about the things that went well, the things they could have done better, and the phenomenal work that his staff is doing to support learners wherever they are.

Contact Mike Lubelfeld
Twitter: @mikelubelfeld
Podcast: Lighthouse 112 on Anchor
Blog: https://mikelubelfeld.edublogs.org/
School Website: www.nssd112.org

Earn PD Hours through the LTC for Google’s Distance Learning Course

Recently Google for Education created an excellent course showing how to leverage GSuite tools for Remote Learning or “Distance Learning.” Google’s Distance Learning for Educators Course is a free online learning course that is available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. The course demonstrates how to use tools like Google Meet, Google Classroom, and others to support student learning. It also includes suggestions for social-emotional learning and ways to keep open the lines of communication with students and families. 

The Learning Technology Center is happy to provide Illinois educators with 2.75 hours of Professional Development Credit for license renewal for completing this course.

Here’s how to Receive Free PD Hours from the LTC

  • Register through the LTC’s website.   
  • Complete Google’s Distance Learning for Educators Course. 
    • Any questions regarding the content of the course should be directed to Google through their website. 
  • Upon successful completion of this course, Google will generate an onscreen certificate. 
    • If you have already completed the course, simply go back to the course homepage and click the “View Certificate” button.
  • Highlight and copy the URL (or “web address) of your unique certificate.
  • Open THIS FORM to request PD and enter the required information.
  • Paste the URL for your unique certificate into the space provided.
  • Submit the form. Within 5 business days we will email you a link to an evaluation form. After you complete and submit the evaluation form, your PD Credit Evidence of Completion form will be emailed to you within a few days. 

Podcast: Adapting E-Learning to Remote Learning

This podcast episode focuses on how two school districts, one suburban and one rural, are adjusting their existing e-learning plans to a longer-term remote learning situation. Shannon Duling is the superintendent of Princeville Community Unit School District 326 in rural central Illinois. John Connolly is the Chief Technology Officer in suburban Consolidated Community High School District 230. Together we discuss the surprising commonalities in their approaches to adapting their existing e-learning plans to our current reality of longer-term remote learning. 

This episode was recorded just before the State of Illinois had released their guidelines supporting remote learning. The approaches taken by each of these very different school districts aligns nicely to the state guidelines and provides valuable insight into the process of adapting e-learning plans, which were designed for just a day or two of instructional support, into longer-term remote learning plans.  

Contact Info
Shannon Duling: District Website Contact Info | Twitter: @sduling
John Connolly: District Website Contact Info | Twitter: @JohnEConnolly

New Online Courses Available

Our online courses have become extremely popular for educators interested in learning professional development hours from home. We are expanding our course catalog to include new interactive self-paced, video-based lessons that you can complete on your own schedule. These courses are available now, and they are completely free. Our newest courses include:

Getting Started with Google Hangouts (1 hour)

This course gives participants an overview of the basic features of Google Hangouts. Hangouts is the consumer version of Google Hangouts Meet and Google Hangouts Chat, and has become very popular during remote learning. Having a basic working knowledge of Google Hangouts’ video and chat features will support teachers using these platforms to interact with students through video and text. 

Pages for Mac and iPad (1 hour)

Apple’s very popular and powerful Pages application for word processing is free for any Mac or iPad user. This one-hour video-based course will provide the basic knowledge needed to use Pages in your classroom with students. The course covers the basic functions of pages for Mac and shows how these skills can be transferred to an iPad. The course closes with several ideas to help you integrate Pages into your elementary or secondary classroom. Note: the use of a Mac is highly recommended for this course.

Keynote for Mac (2 hours)

Keynote offers an extremely flexible and powerful presentation platform for Mac users. Keynote can also be used on an iPad or even on a PC. This course will help educators learn the basics of Keynote as well as some helpful tips to make your Keynote presentations more engaging for your students. Note: This course does not address the use of Keynote on an iPad. The use of a Mac is required to complete this course. 

These courses are offered in addition to our existing free courses: 

  • Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (2 hours) 
  • Understanding the Power of Google Docs(2 hours) 
  • Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (2 hours) 
  • Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (2 hours) 
  • Google Slides: More Than Presenting Content (2 hours) 

Visit our Online Learning Courses page to register.

Podcast: Remote Learning with Adam & Alex Valencic

Adam Valencic and Alex Valencic offer some insights into their experiences in remote learning and online learning. Adam Valencic is an instructional designer at Lindenwood University in Missouri. Alex Valencic is the Coordinator for 21st Century Teaching and Learning for the Freeport (IL) School District #145. Together, these brothers discuss their ideas to support learners and educators as they navigate remote learning online. 

In this episode: 

Contact Information
Alex Valencic – Twitter
Adam Valencic – GMail

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. /p>

Connect with Jodi Scott:
Mail: jscott@roe33.net
Website: www.roe33.net
Twitter: @ROE33_HKMW

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. Luxblox are non-digital high-tech learning tools that enable teachers to approach a multitude of subjects with a hands-on and creative approach. Lux Blox are used in schools, STEAM labs and maker spaces around the globe. Lux Blox are especially popular in Finland and HungaryLux Blox are the featured exhibit at museums around the nation and are part of the permanent exhibit on structures and math at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City.

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.

Learn about Luxblox by visiting:
Luxblox Website
Luxblox on Instagram