Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://ltcillinois.org.

We help teachers, IT staff, librarians, and administrators become comfortable with the technology that will engage and delight students. Empowering educators to make technology their ally in the classroom. The Learning Technology Center is a program of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).


At the learning technology center, we help PK-12 school districts to: 

  • Plan with funding resources, cooperative purchasing, technology coaching, and comprehensive professional development. 
  • Adopt technology with device support, webinars, intensive educational programs, tailored to the needs of your district.  
  • Evaluate new technology and how it might improve outcomes in the classroom and networking with like-minded professionals.  

We provide services to support our districts with technical support, guidance, and resource identification on the topics of:

  • IT processes
  • IT management 
  • STEAM learning
  • Broadband connectivity
  • Data security
  • Cybersecurity
  • Online student safety

Any personal information you provide to us, including and similar to your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

Government and Legal Disclosures

We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others.

External Sites

We are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.

Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet

While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us, and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.  For any other information, please contact us at support@ltcillinois.org

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies

A “cookie” is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc.). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as news-feed.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Email Marketing and Subscription Management

If you would like to opt out of email marketing you may do so here: Opt-Out

You may opt back in at any time. To manage your subscription preferences you may do so here: Manage subscription preferences

If you would like to request your data be deleted, contact us here: Delete my Data

Think Before You Click!

This session will focus on several tools you can use to evaluate your “cyber-hygiene” as well as resources you can use to clean up your personal data sharing habits online. Join us to learn the basics of personal cybersecurity, best practices for keeping your data safe online, tips for becoming more cybersecurity aware, and recommendations for keeping yourself, colleagues, and students protected against new and emerging threats. Don’t be left in the dark!

Google’s Applied Digital Skills

Google’s Applied Digital Skills is an online curriculum that connects teachers and students to the skills they need to be digital problem solvers. The curriculum consists of ready-to-use video lessons with real-life applications for middle and high school classrooms.

In this session, we will explore Applied Digital Skills’ resources and activities and how they can be used to support classroom content connected to real-world skills.

Google Level 2 Certification Test Training

Reserve your spot today in our Google Educator Level 2 crash course! In this session, we will break down the Google Educator Level 2 exam into smaller workshops while preparing you to succeed on the Google Educator Level 2 Certification exam. Each session will cover different Google apps, including Gmail, Slides, and Drawings; Scholar, Books, Google Arts, and Culture; Earth and Maps; Sites and Blogger; YouTube and Classroom; Keep and Trends.

Level 2 certification indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform teaching practices. Educators who pass the certification test (not included) will be able to advertise their status with a personal certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.

**Participants do not have to take the Level 1 Exam to participate in this workshop or take the Level 1 Exam before Level 2, the exams can be taken in any order.

Participants are recommended to bring two devices to the workshop.

**If you would like more information about apps covered on the exam, please visit Google’s training site: https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/educator-level2/?modal_active=none

Participants in this workshop will learn about:
Advanced organizational strategies & skills with Google Drive
Exploration of new learning models to help personalize the learning experience, including Blended Learning, the Flipped Classroom, and Project-Based Learning
Collaboration and HyperDoc lesson building strategies with Google Docs
Research strategies and tools with Google Scholar
Advanced data analysis with Google Sheets
Advanced formative Assessment and data collection with Google Forms
Increasing efficiency with Gmail and Calendar Labs
Organization of information, communication, and collaboration with Google Sites
Utilizing Advanced Search Techniques in the classroom
Research and exploration with Google Maps and Google Earth
Utilizing Chrome Add-ons and Extensions with students

This is a two-day training:

First Day: April 8 8:30am-12:30pm
Second Day: April 22 8:30am-12:30pm

Google Level 1 Certification Test Training

Reserve your spot today for a Google Level 1 Certification workshop. This workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 1 certification exam. Level 1 certification indicates a fundamental understanding of using Google Tools in the classroom and confirms standard technology implementation skills. This workshop is designed for teachers that have a solid base of implementing the Google tools in their classroom and is not designed as an introduction to the Google tools. Participants will learn Google tips and tricks along the way and be able to practice the skills in their own digital life and with their students. Educators who pass the certification test will be able to advertise their status with a personalized certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.
Participants are recommended to bring two devices to the workshop.

**If you would like more information about apps covered on the exam, please visit Google’s training site: https://skillshop.exceedlms.com/student/path/61209-fundamentals-training?locale=en

Participants in this workshop will learn about:
Digital Citizenship
Utilizing Google Drive with efficiency
Creating, sharing, and collaborating with Google Docs
Creating, Formatting, and Analyzing Data with Google Sheets
Developing and Using Google Forms for Quizzes and Data Collection
Design and Edit Google Slides
Set up and Operate Google Classroom
Personalize your Gmail Account
Leveraging Google Chat & Meet
Manage your Google Calendar, Tasks, and Google Keep
Create a Google Site

This is a two-day workshop:

First Day: March 4 8:30am-12:30pm
Second Day: April 1 8:30am-12:30pm

3D Printing FUNdamentals – Hands-On

Is your district interested in adding 3D printing to the curriculum? Does your district currently have a 3D printer that’s not being used effectively or at all?

Join us for an informative session on the basics of 3D printers and 3D printing. We will explore the fundamentals of 3D printing, the best printers for education, the software and apps needed for successful printing, how to plan for a 3D printing space, and some curriculum integration essentials.

3D printing has SO many real-world, practical applications and can be easily integrated across the curriculum. Come see how!

Don’t forget your laptop for a 9-hour deep dive into this amazing technology spread over two days.

This is a two-day session:
March 31 – 11:00-4:00pm
April 1 – 9:00am-1:00pm

Virtual E-Rate 471 Workshop

As part of the E-Rate application process, all applicants must submit FCC Form 471 every year for services, both new and ongoing. Form 471 is a request for discounts on eligible products and services. Acceptable Form 471 submissions must include information on the recipients of services, discount calculations, costs of service, dates of service, and service provider(s). Applicants must have Form 470 filed at least 28 days before filing Form 471. After that 28 day window, contracts may be signed, and additional details needed for the application can be discussed with the chosen providers.

This virtual workshop will walk participants through filling out and submitting Form 471, beginning at 9 AM. Hands-on demos of Form 471 will be provided, along with guidance from a seasoned E-Rate expert.

Participants are asked to come prepared with detailed descriptions of desired services in order to certify compliance with program rules. To fully participate, participants will also need the following:

· An internet-ready device
· Your EPiC login and password
· A copy of this year’s Form 470
· A copy of last year’s Form 471
· Electronic copies/scans of any new contracts or signed/dated chosen bids
· Bidding matrix (if you haven’t evaluated bids already)
· a general understanding/description of the equipment you are asking for (each item/service must be categorized, so please have a quick conversation with your local ‘geek’ or chosen provider before joining the workshop)

More workshop dates are being offered virtually throughout the Form 471 filling window. Learn more and find further E-Rate support at https://ltcillinois.org/services/funding-and-access/

Virtual E-Rate 471 Workshop

As part of the E-Rate application process, all applicants must submit FCC Form 471 every year for services, both new and ongoing. Form 471 is a request for discounts on eligible products and services. Acceptable Form 471 submissions must include information on the recipients of services, discount calculations, costs of service, dates of service, and service provider(s). Applicants must have Form 470 filed at least 28 days before filing Form 471. After that 28 day window, contracts may be signed, and additional details needed for the application can be discussed with the chosen providers.

This virtual workshop will walk participants through filling out and submitting Form 471, beginning at 9 AM. Hands-on demos of Form 471 will be provided, along with guidance from a seasoned E-Rate expert.

Participants are asked to come prepared with detailed descriptions of desired services in order to certify compliance with program rules. To fully participate, participants will also need the following:

· An internet-ready device
· Your EPiC login and password
· A copy of this year’s Form 470
· A copy of last year’s Form 471
· Electronic copies/scans of any new contracts or signed/dated chosen bids
· Bidding matrix (if you haven’t evaluated bids already)
· a general understanding/description of the equipment you are asking for (each item/service must be categorized, so please have a quick conversation with your local ‘geek’ or chosen provider before joining the workshop)

More workshop dates are being offered virtually throughout the Form 471 filling window. Learn more and find further E-Rate support at https://ltcillinois.org/services/funding-and-access/

Virtual E-Rate 471 Workshop

As part of the E-Rate application process, all applicants must submit FCC Form 471 every year for services, both new and ongoing. Form 471 is a request for discounts on eligible products and services. Acceptable Form 471 submissions must include information on the recipients of services, discount calculations, costs of service, dates of service, and service provider(s). Applicants must have Form 470 filed at least 28 days before filing Form 471. After that 28 day window, contracts may be signed, and additional details needed for the application can be discussed with the chosen providers.

This virtual workshop will walk participants through filling out and submitting Form 471, beginning at 9 AM. Hands-on demos of Form 471 will be provided, along with guidance from a seasoned E-Rate expert.

Participants are asked to come prepared with detailed descriptions of desired services in order to certify compliance with program rules. To fully participate, participants will also need the following:

· An internet-ready device
· Your EPiC login and password
· A copy of this year’s Form 470
· A copy of last year’s Form 471
· Electronic copies/scans of any new contracts or signed/dated chosen bids
· Bidding matrix (if you haven’t evaluated bids already)
· a general understanding/description of the equipment you are asking for (each item/service must be categorized, so please have a quick conversation with your local ‘geek’ or chosen provider before joining the workshop)

More workshop dates are being offered virtually throughout the Form 471 filling window. Learn more and find further E-Rate support at https://ltcillinois.org/services/funding-and-access/

Virtual E-Rate 471 Workshop

As part of the E-Rate application process, all applicants must submit FCC Form 471 every year for services, both new and ongoing. Form 471 is a request for discounts on eligible products and services. Acceptable Form 471 submissions must include information on the recipients of services, discount calculations, costs of service, dates of service, and service provider(s). Applicants must have Form 470 filed at least 28 days before filing Form 471. After that 28 day window, contracts may be signed, and additional details needed for the application can be discussed with the chosen providers.

This virtual workshop will walk participants through filling out and submitting Form 471, beginning at 9 AM. Hands-on demos of Form 471 will be provided, along with guidance from a seasoned E-Rate expert.

Participants are asked to come prepared with detailed descriptions of desired services in order to certify compliance with program rules. To fully participate, participants will also need the following:

· An internet-ready device
· Your EPiC login and password
· A copy of this year’s Form 470
· A copy of last year’s Form 471
· Electronic copies/scans of any new contracts or signed/dated chosen bids
· Bidding matrix (if you haven’t evaluated bids already)
· a general understanding/description of the equipment you are asking for (each item/service must be categorized, so please have a quick conversation with your local ‘geek’ or chosen provider before joining the workshop)

More workshop dates are being offered virtually throughout the Form 471 filling window. Learn more and find further E-Rate support at https://ltcillinois.org/services/funding-and-access/