Drones in the Classroom

As drones continue to grow in both popularity and functionality, businesses are rapidly expanding their uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. As we look for new ways to prepare our students for the ever-changing workforce, we should explore adding drones to our curriculum. Among other benefits, unmanned aerial vehicles can provide an engaging opportunity to teach our students real-world skills. With a drone in hand, your students’ STEM learning can truly take flight; all it takes is the right preparations and the right equipment.

Come discover what it takes to bring drones into the classroom as a part of this hands-on workshop. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and learn about essential drone terminology, safety issues, legal concerns, operational requirements, and drone model options. Participants will also walk away a DJI Trello EDU drone of their own to make implementing their newfound drone knowledge even easier.

CS Fundamentals – Lake County ROE

CS Fundamentals is an introductory workshop for elementary educators new to teaching computer science who want to explore teaching Code.org‘s CS Fundamentals curriculum. Join your peers and experienced facilitators to get a hands-on intro to computer science basics, pedagogy, and Code.org‘s teacher dashboard, as well as an overview of the online curriculum and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.

Scholarships are available to help first-time attendees affordably attend and help their districts grow their CS teaching capacity.

At the end of the workshop, teachers will walk away with:
– A plan of action for teaching CS Fundamentals
– An implementation framework for utilizing two CS Fundamentals lessons
– Strategies for teaching intro-level CS lessons
– A curriculum guide with pedagogy tips, and best practices
– Connections to the larger CS teaching community, including other educators teaching CS Fundamentals

All attendees must bring a laptop in order to fully participate in this workshop.

EdTech Next

Join the LTC in picturesque Galena for a two-day kick-off to the new school year. Designed for teachers, principals, instructional coaches, and technology integrationists, EdTech Next offers a one-of-a-kind professional learning experience to help attendees take technology integration to the next level. 

During the conference, we take a deep dive into the 4 Shifts Protocols, a discussion protocol intended to help facilitate educator conversations about deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion. Through the lens of the 4 Shifts Protocol, we will help make lessons, units, and instructional activities richer, more robust, and more relevant for the global innovation society in which we now live. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network in person and enjoy an assortment of relaxing amenities around scenic northwest Illinois.

Across Illinois, classrooms are beginning to offer renewed opportunities for in-person learning. Now is the time to establish a new normal and make today’s digital learning apps, platforms, and best practices part of every classroom’s pedagogy going forward.

Spaces for this intimate event are limited, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

Google Tools for Office Professionals

In this workshop, we will explore how administrative assistants can get the most out of Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Calendar in relation to their specific roles within a school. This will be a hands-on workshop designed for participants to learn and practice the skills needed to become proficient with the Google tools. Participants should bring a laptop or Chromebook to the workshop and a USB mouse is also encouraged.

CS Fundamentals – Charleston

CS Fundamentals is an introductory workshop for elementary educators new to teaching computer science who want to explore teaching Code.org‘s CS Fundamentals curriculum. Join your peers and experienced facilitators to get a hands-on intro to computer science basics, pedagogy, and Code.org‘s teacher dashboard, as well as an overview of the online curriculum and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.

Scholarships are available to help first-time attendees affordably attend and help their districts grow their CS teaching capacity.

At the end of the workshop, teachers will walk away with:
– A plan of action for teaching CS Fundamentals
– An implementation framework for utilizing two CS Fundamentals lessons
– Strategies for teaching intro-level CS lessons
– A curriculum guide with pedagogy tips, and best practices
– Connections to the larger CS teaching community, including other educators teaching CS Fundamentals

All attendees must bring a laptop in order to fully participate in this workshop.

 

Venue Details: Buzzard Hall- Room 2160

LTC Google Certified Coach Cohort – 6 Month Program

Are you an instructional coach looking to deepen your expertise and grow professionally? Do you want to strengthen your coaching cycles and show your teachers how technology can support learning? If so, the Google Certified Coach Mentor program is for you! This program empowers instructional coaches to drive impactful technology use in their schools using Google’s structured, year-long curriculum, and research-based 5-step coaching model.

Let the LTC help you on your journey! The Learning Technology Center is offering three cohort choices to fit your schedule, with synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. This section is for the 6-month program, which will run from August 2022 to January 2023.

Program benefits include:

-Participation in a 1-hour online kick-off meeting to introduce the certification process, resources, and support structures
-Timely support throughout the self-paced curriculum in a closed, growth-focused environment
-Admission to a private online professional learning community of other instructional technology coaches
-Invitations to attend up to 6 online office hours and speak with current Google Certified Coaches, who can help guide you through the certification process
-Earn up to 30 PD hours (quantity of PD hours varies depending on participation in program opportunities like office hours and meetings)

Questions? Learn more on our Program home page (https://ltcillinois.org/services/googlecertifiedcoach/) or contact Nicole Zumpano, Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, at nmzumpano@ltcillinois.org

LTC Google Certified Coach Cohort- 8 Month Program

Are you an instructional coach looking to deepen your expertise and grow professionally? Do you want to strengthen your coaching cycles and show your teachers how technology can support learning? If so, the Google Certified Coach Mentor program is for you! This program empowers instructional coaches to drive impactful technology use in their schools using Google’s structured, year-long curriculum, and research-based 5-step coaching model.

Let the LTC help you on your journey! The Learning Technology Center is offering three cohort choices to fit your schedule, with synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. This section is for the 8-month program, which will run from August 2022 to March 2023.

Program benefits include:

-Participation in a 1-hour online kick-off meeting to introduce the certification process, resources, and support structures
-Timely support throughout the self-paced curriculum in a closed, growth-focused environment
-Admission to a private online professional learning community of other instructional technology coaches
-Invitations to attend up to 6 online office hours and speak with current Google Certified Coaches, who can help guide you through the certification process
– Opportunities to earn Google Level 1 and Level 2 certifications through LTC-hosted trainings (exam fees included)
-Earn up to 40 PD hours (quantity of PD hours varies depending on participation in program opportunities like office hours and meetings)

Questions? Learn more on our Program home page (https://ltcillinois.org/services/googlecertifiedcoach/) or contact Nicole Zumpano, Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, at nmzumpano@ltcillinois.org