BeConnected: Makerspaces for STEM/STEAM

Curiosity. Creativity. Capacity for Collaboration.

These are just a few of the hallmarks of today’s leaders and innovators. Cultivating these attributes in our students gives them a greater chance of success as adults and Makerspaces can get them started down that path. Join this week’s edition of the LTC’s Be Connected series to learn more about Makerspaces, as well as share your success stories about utilizing them in your classroom.

Be Connected is a new, weekly webinar series from the LTC focused on facilitating open discussions about pertinent topics within Illinois’ edtech community. Hosted by the LTC’s Chris Wherley and Eric Muckensturm, each session will focus on a specific topic and provide space for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each week will feature a different core topic and a fresh opportunity to connect with your peers. So, be sure to check the LTC events calendar routinely so that you can join in the discussion and Be Connected!

BeConnected: Tech Ticket Software

Whether you use a full ticketing system with inventory and tracking capabilities or something as simple as a Google Form, you’ll want the right product to handle your support interactions and documentation efficiently. The LTC is back with another Be Connected session to chat about your tech ticket products, best practices for upgrading, and your questions about efficient, reliable support ticket management.

Be Connected is a new, weekly webinar series from the LTC focused on facilitating open discussions about pertinent topics within Illinois’ edtech community. Hosted by the LTC’s Chris Wherley and Eric Muckensturm, each session will focus on a specific topic and provide space for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each week will feature a different core topic and a fresh opportunity to connect with your peers. So, be sure to check the LTC events calendar routinely so that you can join in the discussion and Be Connected!

Be Connected: Level Up with Gamification!

Game on! Research shows that gamification can increase student engagement in the classroom. From simple math games to Minecraft and even large-scale role playing games (RPGs), gaming in education has transformed how students learn new information and skills. Get ready to level up with this week’s Be Connected, where we’ll chat about how you’ve brought gamification into the classroom. You’ll even have a chance to share your favorite educational games with your peers!

Be Connected is a new, weekly webinar series from the LTC focused on facilitating open discussions about pertinent topics within Illinois’ edtech community. Hosted by the LTC’s Chris Wherley and Eric Muckensturm, each session will focus on a specific topic and provide space for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each week will feature a different core topic and a fresh opportunity to connect with your peers. So, be sure to check the LTC events calendar routinely so that you can join in the discussion and Be Connected!

Be Connected: Student Information Systems (SIS)

Looking for a new Student Information System? Question about your existing SIS? Just want to see what everyone else is using? Gather together for the latest installment of the LTC’s Be Connected series. This week, we’ll open the discussion to you so that you can share your SIS experiences and ask questions about SIS implementation best practices.

Be Connected is a new, weekly webinar series from the LTC focused on facilitating open discussions about pertinent topics within Illinois’ edtech community. Hosted by the LTC’s Chris Wherley and Eric Muckensturm, each session will focus on a specific topic and provide space for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each week will feature a different core topic and a fresh opportunity to connect with your peers. So, be sure to check the LTC events calendar routinely so that you can join in the discussion and Be Connected!

Be Connected: Content Filters

Content filtering – many school districts have been using it for years now. But is content filtering alone enough to keep students from accessing undesirable content on your district’s devices? Join this week’s edition of Be Connected to learn more about the pros and cons of content filtering as well as up-to-date best practices for implementing content filtering. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and describe their own district’s current filtering regimen.

Be Connected is a new, weekly webinar series from the LTC focused on facilitating open discussions about pertinent topics within Illinois’ edtech community. Hosted by the LTC’s Chris Wherley and Eric Muckensturm, each session will focus on a specific topic and provide space for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each week will feature a different core topic and a fresh opportunity to connect with your peers. So, be sure to check the LTC events calendar routinely so that you can join in the discussion and Be Connected!

Be Connected: Incident Response

The first hours, days, and weeks after a security intrusion can be among the most critical. Is your district adequately prepared to respond to a data breach or other acute cybersecurity threat? Join this week’s edition of Be Connected to learn more about the current best practices for mitigating a known cyber attack. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and offer their experiences about this all-important topic.

Be Connected: Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication – chances are, you’ve heard about this latest trend in cybersecurity. Many consumer-oriented platforms are now utilizing it, including Google and most major social media websites. But does 2FA play a role in your school or district’s current cybersecurity portfolio? Regardless of your experience with 2FA, tune into this week’s edition of Be Connected. There, you can ask questions about this new cybersecurity standard and share your experiences utilizing it in the field.

Be Connected is a new, weekly webinar series from the LTC focused on facilitating open discussions about pertinent topics within Illinois’ edtech community. Hosted by the LTC’s Chris Wherley and Eric Muckensturm, each session will focus on a specific topic and provide space for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each week will feature a different core topic and a fresh opportunity to connect with your peers. So, be sure to check the LTC events calendar routinely so that you can join in the discussion and Be Connected!

Be Connected: Backups – Protect Yourself!

Data backups – we know we need them, but far too often, we forget to give them their due attention until it’s too late. Don’t get caught unaware when a sudden data loss strikes your school or district. Join this week’s edition of Be Connected and learn the latest about education data backups. During this session, we’ll cover the kinds of data you should backup, best practices for securing that data, and the most trusted products for creating a reliable data backup solution.

Be Connected is a new, weekly webinar series from the LTC focused on facilitating open discussions about pertinent topics within Illinois’ edtech community. Hosted by the LTC’s Chris Wherley and Eric Muckensturm, each session will focus on a specific topic and provide space for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each week will feature a different core topic and a fresh opportunity to connect with your peers. So, be sure to check the LTC events calendar routinely so that you can join in the discussion and Be Connected!

Be Connected: Phishing – Don’t Get Caught

During this edition of Be Connected, we’ll discuss phishing attacks and the best ways to prevent your district from falling victim to their deceptive tricks. We’ll also open the floor for questions and sharing about your experiences preventing and mitigating phishing attacks.

Be Connected is a new, weekly webinar series from the LTC focused on facilitating open discussions about pertinent topics within Illinois’ edtech community. Hosted by the LTC’s Chris Wherley and Eric Muckensturm, each session will focus on a specific topic and provide space for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each week will feature a different core topic and a fresh opportunity to connect with your peers. So, be sure to check the LTC events calendar routinely so that you can join in the discussion and Be Connected!

Google Level 2 Cohort

Reserve your spot today and come join a Google Level 2 Cohort. We will meet virtually bi-monthly (every other week) from 3:30- 5:00 on Wednesdays. In this cohort, we will break down the Level two exam in smaller workshops and prepare you to take and pass the Level 2 Exam. Learn all the tricks and tips along the way as well. Learn, make new friends, and grow professionally. Each session will cover 2 to 3 different Google Apps: (1) Gmail, Slides, and Drawings, (2) Scholar, Books, Google Arts & Culture, (3) Earth and Maps, (4) Sites and Blogger, (5) Youtube and Classroom, (6) Keep and Trends.
The Level 2 Certification workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 2 certification exam (not included). The Google for Education site states: Level 2 status 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. Participants are required to have a Google account and an internet-connected device to attend.