EdTech Next

EdTech Next by LTC

Where Next Practice Meets Best Practice

Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, Galena, IL | August 2-3, 2021

Keep your edtech integration momentum moving during this two-day destination learning event for teachers in picturesque Galena, IL!

Across Illinois, classrooms are beginning to offer renewed opportunities for in-person learning. But now’s not the time to slip back into old edtech utilization habits. Now’s the chance to establish a new normal and make today’s digital learning apps, platforms, and best practices part of every classroom’s pedagogy going forward.

EdTech Next by LTC is coming this summer to turn those aspirations into a reality. This two-day destination learning event in Galena, IL, will offer educators a one-of-a-kind professional learning experience geared toward taking the next steps in edtech integration. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network in person and enjoy an assortment of relaxing amenities around scenic northwest Illinois.

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

Date

August 2-3, 2021

Location

Eagleridge Resort and Spa, Galena, IL

Questions

Please contact Ben Sondgeroth at bsondgeroth@ltcillinois.org with questions.

Monday Activities

Golf

Join us for the first-ever LTC golf outing at Eagle Ridge’s premier golf course. We will be playing an 18 hole 4 person scramble. If you don’t have a team of 4, don’t worry! We’ll be able to put people together for an awesome networking opportunity!

Hiking

Surrounded by over 20 miles of wilderness and paved hiking trails, Eagle Ridge is an outdoor lovers’ paradise. Bring your hiking shoes and the LTC will supply water bottles and snacks.

Zip Lining

This 2.5 hour excursion takes you through Tapley woods, near the Galena Territory and Eagle Ridge. The tour begins with a UTV ride through the trees to the first platform. The ziplines will get progressively longer, including three ziplines of over 700 feet! As the tour goes on, you will reach heights of 75 feet and speed up to 40 mph! Before your adventure comes to an end, you will rappel down two platforms and venture across the 140 foot sky bridge to reach the last and longest zipline that is 1,230 feet long!

Shuttle to Downtown Galena

Enjoy everything downtown Galena has to offer! Hop on to the provided shuttle and enjoy the afternoon shopping, eating, and enjoy wandering around downtown. The shuttle will pick you up after a few hours and ensure you are back at the hotel in time for our Monday grill-out dinner.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy trail rides at the Shenandoah Riding Center. With 40 miles of groomed riding trails, Shenandoah offers something for riders of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced.

LTC EdTech Next

Where Next Practice Meets Best Practice

Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, Galena, IL | August 2-3, 2021

Keep your edtech integration momentum moving during this two-day destination learning event for teachers in picturesque Galena, IL!

Across Illinois, classrooms are beginning to offer renewed opportunities for in-person learning. But now’s not the time to slip back into old edtech utilization habits. Now’s the chance to establish a new normal and make today’s digital learning apps, platforms, and best practices part of every classroom’s pedagogy going forward.

EdTech Next by LTC is coming this summer to turn those aspirations into a reality. This two-day destination learning event in Galena, IL, will offer educators a one-of-a-kind professional learning experience geared toward taking the next steps in edtech integration. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network in person and enjoy an assortment of relaxing amenities around scenic northwest Illinois.

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

Date

August 2-3, 2021

Location

Eagleridge Resort and Spa
444 Eagle Ridge Drive, Galena, IL 61036

Cost

$100

Questions

Please contact Ben Sondgeroth at bsondgeroth@ltcillinois.org with questions.

Detailed Schedule

Coming soon!

After the Learning Comes the Fun

Experience the Ultimate Golf Destination

Join us for the first-ever LTC golf outing at Eagle Ridge’s premier golf course. We will be playing an 18 hole 4 person scramble. If you don’t have a team of 4, don’t worry! We’ll be able to put people together for an awesome networking opportunity!

Zip Lining with the LTC

This 2.5 hour excursion takes you through Tapley woods, near the Galena Territory and Eagle Ridge. The tour begins with a UTV ride through the trees to the first platform. The ziplines will get progressively longer, including three ziplines of over 700 feet! As the tour goes on, you will reach heights of 75 feet and speed up to 40 mph! Before your adventure comes to an end, you will rappel down two platforms and venture across the 140 foot sky bridge to reach the last and longest zipline that is 1,230 feet long!

Explore the Trails

Surrounded by over 20 miles of wilderness and paved hiking trails, Eagle Ridge is an outdoor lovers’ paradise. Bring your hiking shoes and the LTC will supply water bottles and snacks.

Giddy Up, EdTechers!

Enjoy trail rides at the Shenandoah Riding Center. With 40 miles of groomed riding trails, Shenandoah offers something for riders of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced.

Zip Lining with the LTC

This 2.5 hour excursion takes you through Tapley woods, near the Galena Territory and Eagle Ridge. The tour begins with a UTV ride through the trees to the first platform. The ziplines will get progressively longer, including three ziplines of over 700 feet! As the tour goes on, you will reach heights of 75 feet and speed up to 40 mph! Before your adventure comes to an end, you will rappel down two platforms and venture across the 140 foot sky bridge to reach the last and longest zipline that is 1,230 feet long!

Cookouts and Smoors

Enjoy everything downtown Galena has to offer! Hop on to the provided shuttle and enjoy the afternoon shopping, eating, and enjoy wandering around downtown. The shuttle will pick you up after a few hours and ensure you are back at the hotel in time for our Monday grill-out dinner.

What does it mean to attend a virtual conference?

We take virtual conferences seriously, and we have worked hard to create an engaging multi-day experience that allows attendees to learn and connect with colleagues from around the state. During the conference, you will attend multiple sessions with live presentations, talk with attendees and presenters through chat, and participate in live one-on-one networking during lunch. We’re looking forward to having you join us!

Have more questions? Here are our answers!

  • I registered and now what?

    Registrants will receive information during the month of June and will not have access to the conference platform until the week of the conference. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at events@ltcillinois.org.

  • Will sessions be recorded?

    Yes! All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for a limited time after the conference. Professional development hours will not be issues for watching recorded sessions.

  • Do I have to attend the whole conference?

    Not at all! We know that attendees have busy schedules and invite you to attend for as long as possible. Recordings of sessions will also be made available the week following the conference.

  • How do I pay?

    The Learning Technology Center, care of our fiscal agent Regional Office of Education #9, will invoice attendees or districts after the event. We unfortunately cannot accept credit cards at this time.

  • I don’t work at an Illinois public school. Can I still attend?

    Absolutely! Sign up! If you don’t see your organization name on the registration form, send an email to events@ltcillinois.org. 

  • I would like to someone to work specifically with my school districts on remote learning. What do I do?

    We work with hundreds of districts each year to provide support and customized in-person and virtual professional learning. More information is available on the Customized In-District Professional Learning page, or you can contact one of our Regional Educational Technology Coordinators to schedule a consultation.

  • What is the Learning Technology Center?

    The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is an Illinois State Board of Education program that supports all public K-12 districts, schools, and educators through technology initiatives, services, and professional learning opportunities. Learn more about the LTC, our mission, and our history on our “About Us” page.

Student Data Privacy Tech Tools Panel

Are you trying to decide what tech tools your institution needs to comply with new and existing student data privacy laws? Join us to hear from districts around the state that are using a variety of tech tools – including the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), CatchOn, Learn Platform, and EdPrivacy: K-12 Privacy Compliance Framework – to meet this important and legally-mandated goal. There will also be time for a Q & A during this session.

2021 Summer IT Summit and Showcase

Splash into summer with several half-days of networking and professional learning for IT staff! Join technology leaders, support staff, and colleagues in June for the LTC’s IT Summer Summit and Showcase. Session and workshop topics have been carefully to meet the needs of today’s education IT staff – including Google, Microsoft, cybersecurity, imaging, inventory, patching, backup, recovery, open-source solutions, firewalls, content filters, eSports, and more.

This is your opportunity to explore new tools and strategies needed to support and improve your district’s technology infrastructure. Best of all, you can get an early start on summer technology projects by networking with others who may be undertaking similar projects in their districts.

Register now for 3 half-days of virtual presentations on June 15, 16, and 17 from 8:45 AM to 12:15 PM!

IT Summer Summit and Showcase Proposals

IT Summer Summit and Showcase

Online | June 15, 16, 17 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

FORM: FY21 IT Summer Summit and Showcase

Proposal

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350 Word Maximum.
To help bring the content to life and make it actionable, please clearly define how your session will support attendees in implementing and applying the knowledge learned during your session. Complete this sentence: “By attending this session, attendees will be able to….”
Describe the flow of the session. What is the format, how will you include interactivity and participation, and what are the main components?
Strand *
Session Type *

Presenter Information

Co-Presenter

If you are presenting with a co-presenter, please add their information below.
I certify that this presentation will not endorse specific products/services other than to explain what solutions are used. *

IT Summer Summit and Showcase

IT Summer Summit and Showcase

Online | June 15, 16, 17 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Splash into summer with several half-days of networking and professional learning for IT staff!

Join technology leaders, support staff, and colleagues in June for the LTC’s IT Summer Summit and Showcase. Session and workshop topics have been carefully to meet the needs of today’s education IT staff – including Google, Microsoft, cybersecurity, imaging, inventory, patching, backup, recovery, open-source solutions, firewalls, content filters, eSports, and more.

This is your opportunity to explore new tools and strategies needed to support and improve your district’s technology infrastructure. Best of all, you can get an early start on summer technology projects by networking with others who may be undertaking similar projects in their districts.

Register now for 3 half-days of virtual presentations on June 15, 16, and 17 from 8:45 AM to 12:15 PM!

Dates

Proposal Deadline: April 23
Schedule Published: May 3
Conference: June 15, 16, 17 from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Location

Online

Cost

$25

Questions

Please contact Chris Wherley at cwherley@ltcillinois.org with questions.

Detailed Schedule

Coming soon!

What does it mean to attend a virtual conference?

We take virtual conferences seriously, and we have worked hard to create an engaging multi-day experience that allows attendees to learn and connect with colleagues from around the state. During the conference, you will attend multiple sessions with live presentations, talk with attendees and presenters through chat, and participate in live one-on-one networking during lunch. We’re looking forward to having you join us!

Have more questions? Here are our answers!

  • I registered and now what?

    Registrants will receive information during the month of June and will not have access to the conference platform until the week of the conference. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at events@ltcillinois.org.

  • Will sessions be recorded?

    Yes! All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for a limited time after the conference. Professional development hours will not be issues for watching recorded sessions.

  • Do I have to attend the whole conference?

    Not at all! We know that attendees have busy schedules and invite you to attend for as long as possible. Recordings of sessions will also be made available the week following the conference.

  • How do I pay?

    The Learning Technology Center, care of our fiscal agent Regional Office of Education #9, will invoice attendees or districts after the event. We unfortunately cannot accept credit cards at this time.

  • I don’t work at an Illinois public school. Can I still attend?

    Absolutely! Sign up! If you don’t see your organization name on the registration form, send an email to events@ltcillinois.org. 

  • I would like to someone to work specifically with my school districts on remote learning. What do I do?

    We work with hundreds of districts each year to provide support and customized in-person and virtual professional learning. More information is available on the Customized In-District Professional Learning page, or you can contact one of our Regional Educational Technology Coordinators to schedule a consultation.

  • What is the Learning Technology Center?

    The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is an Illinois State Board of Education program that supports all public K-12 districts, schools, and educators through technology initiatives, services, and professional learning opportunities. Learn more about the LTC, our mission, and our history on our “About Us” page.

  • I registered and now what?

    Registrants will receive information during the month of June and will not have access to the conference platform until the week of the conference. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at events@ltcillinois.org.

  • Will sessions be recorded?

    Yes! All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for a limited time after the conference. Professional development hours will not be issues for watching recorded sessions.

  • Do I have to attend the whole conference?

    Not at all! We know that attendees have busy schedules and invite you to attend for as long as possible. Recordings of sessions will also be made available the week following the conference.

  • How do I pay?

    The Learning Technology Center, care of our fiscal agent Regional Office of Education #9, will invoice attendees or districts after the event. We unfortunately cannot accept credit cards at this time.

  • I don’t work at an Illinois public school. Can I still attend?

    Absolutely! Sign up! If you don’t see your organization name on the registration form, send an email to events@ltcillinois.org. 

  • I would like to someone to work specifically with my school districts on remote learning. What do I do?

    We work with hundreds of districts each year to provide support and customized in-person and virtual professional learning. More information is available on the Customized In-District Professional Learning page, or you can contact one of our Regional Educational Technology Coordinators to schedule a consultation.

  • What is the Learning Technology Center?

    The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is an Illinois State Board of Education program that supports all public K-12 districts, schools, and educators through technology initiatives, services, and professional learning opportunities. Learn more about the LTC, our mission, and our history on our “About Us” page.

ISPA Resource Update – March 30, 2021

Each week, the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) produces a variety of new resources that may be useful to schools across the state. Here are a few of our newest SOPPA-related resources, as well as complete listings of all of the new originating data privacy agreements added to the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) database over the course of this past week.

Announcements

The April 6 session of “All Things SOPPA” has been canceled. The next webinar in this series will be held the following Tuesday, April 13.

Resources

Resources for your SOPPA Workflow

All of these resources and a calendar of upcoming SOPPA-related events can also be found on the LTC’s ISPA homepage.

All Things SOPPA – March 30, 2021

A recording of the March 23, 2021, All Things SOPPA webinar can be found on the LTC’s YouTube channel.

Select How-To’s by Subject

  • 28:55​ View All State DPAs to Find Agreements
  • 31:20​ Reviewing an Originating Agreement
  • 35:06​ Using Automatic Exhibit E Creator
  • 38:00​ Prepare Exhibit E for someone else to sign
  • 43:33​ Using Resource Listing on your District Website

Full Webinar by Chapter

  • 0:00​​​ Introduction
  • 3:52​ What is SOPPA?
  • 7:01​ Statistics
  • 8:16​ New Originating Agreements
  • 8:42​ Tips and Suggestions – IL-NDPA v1.0a
  • 12:00​ Tips and Suggestions – Compression and Naming of Agreements before upload
  • 14:02​ Tips and Suggestions – Feature Enhancement – http://bit.ly/MakeISPABetter​​
  • 15:10​ ISBE Update for IASB Press Policies and Procedures
  • 15:56​ SOPPA for Teachers Resources Slide Deck and On-Demand Webinar Information
  • 16:37​ Resources – https://ltcillinois.org/services/ispa​​​ 
  • 17:53​ Resources – New Videos – Using the ISPA/SDPC Database by Sean Mullins
  • 21:47​ Questions, Experiences, Comments
  • 28:55​ How To – View All State DPAs to Find Agreements
  • 31:20​ How To – Reviewing an Originating Agreement
  • 35:06​ How To – Using Automatic Exhibit E Creator
  • 38:00​ How To – Prepare Exhibit E for someone else to sign – View Prepared Exhibit Es
  • 41:15​ More Questions
  • 43:33​ How To – Using Resource Listing on your District Website
  • 46:19​ More Questions

Stay Up-to-Date with SOPPA

One of the keys to SOPPA compliance is staying on top of the latest recommendations and suggestions from seasoned experts. The LTC makes that easy through our weekly “All Things SOPPA” webinar series.

Each Tuesday, join the LTC’s Chris Wherley for a focused discussion on the process and procedures of achieving SOPPA compliance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences with peers around Illinois, as well as receive the latest SOPPA updates as July 1 approaches.

The next edition of “All Thing SOPPA” will take place on Tuesday, April 13 at 2:00 pm. Recordings of previous sessions can be found on the LTC YouTube channel.

Be sure to bookmark the LTC’s Data Privacy hub, as well. There, you’ll find regular updates about the latest best practices for protecting student data – including new resources for achieving SOPPA compliance.

Join ISPA

Many of the resources and updates above are provided regularly to Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) members. ISPA is a free consortium that allows school districts to access tools and resources for managing data privacy agreements. When used in conjunction with clear policies and procedures, ISPA allows districts to comply with Illinois’ new Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).

All Illinois school districts are invited to join ISPA. Membership is free and can offer districts access to resources through the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a collection of 31 states working collaboratively to address similar data privacy concerns and legislation.

To learn more about ISPA and its benefits to all Illinois school districts, visit the group’s homepage on the LTC website. Questions about joining ISPA can be directed to Angela Veatch at aveatch@ltcillinois.org.

Creating Interactive Learning Experiences with Google Drawings ROE 4

Google Drawings is one of the more versatile tools in the G Suite lineup. With Drawings, you can create interactive learning experiences for your students that utilize images, drawing tools, text, and more! Join us as we explore how to leverage this amazing Google tool in the classroom!

Get to Know Google Sheets ROE 4

Google Sheets allows users to create powerful spreadsheets that can transform the way we look at and analyze data. In this session, we will explore how teachers can use Google Sheets to look at data from their classes, as well as how they can leverage Google Sheets with their students.

Flip Your Classroom

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model where the traditional lecture and homework elements are reversed. Pre-recorded video lectures are viewed before class. In-class time is repurposed so students can inquire about lecture content, apply their knowledge, and participate in hands-on activities. Hear from Stephanie Hodgson and Brian Sullivan on how they flipped their classrooms and key takeaways on how you can flip your classroom, too!