Be Connected: Technology Certifications

Professional growth is key to staying at the top of your game, including for IT professionals working in educational settings. Summer is a great time to tuck in to some high-quality professional learning, so let’s discuss which IT certifications are right for you and your team on this week’s Be Connected. Tune in to learn who offers the most worthwhile certifications, as well as what topics are worth investing your valuable professional learning time on, including cybersecurity, Google, Amplified IT, project management, ITIL, CETL, and more.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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: eSports – Technical Setup

Each year, eSports becomes a larger and more lucrative part of the world sporting ecosystem, with leagues offering major cash prizes and opportunities for fulfilling careers. Your students may have aspirations of participating in one of these leagues, and if your district is supporting those goals with an eSports team, you may be asked to get them off the ground technically.

Whether your district is starting a new eSports team or already has a fledgling eSports club in place, this week’s Be Connected is for you! Join host Chris Wherley to learn about the types of hardware, peripherals, networks, and setups needed to operate a successful eSports squad. Participants are also encouraged to share their questions, stories, and experiences so that we can all work towards being an ally to our district’s eSports athletes.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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: IT End of Year/Summer Projects

The end of the school year is upon us! What’s left on your school year to-do list? What types of summer projects are on your radar?

Let’s discuss both on this week’s edition of Be Connected! From common tasks to projects that might have slipped your mind, host Eric Muckensturm will make sure you’re in the driver’s seat for a successful start to summer.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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: Ask Yoda Anything About Technology

In the spirit of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” threads and “May the 4th”, this week’s Be Connected will be devoted to your technology questions and stories. Tune in to share your experiences with peers and get answers to your nagging IT questions from the little green Jedi master himself.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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 Campaigns and Training

While there are plenty of cyber threats facing today’s schools, few pose the omnipresent danger of phishing. One wrong click from an unsuspecting end user and your entire district’s network could be opened to malicious activity. There’s a lot you can do to mitigate these intrusions after they occur, but stopping them before they start might be the wisest course of action for your district’s long-term cybersecurity strategy.

That’s why on this week’s Be Connected, we’re zooming in on best practices for teaching your district staff how to avoid phishing scams. Host Eric Muckensturm will outline several readily-available training opportunities as well as highlight the types of campaigns you can run to keep your district’s staff on alert for legitimate phishing attempts.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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: Vape Detectors

To ensure their buildings remain safe, healthy environments in which all students can learn, some districts are turning to tech-based solutions like vape detectors. Implementing these devices is easier said than done, though, and more often than not, responsibility for their implementation falls to the building or district tech department.

If you’re in that boat now, this week’s Be Connected is for you. Tune in to learn from your peers’ experiences when it comes to operating these types of healthy and safety hardware. Attendees are also encouraged to share their experiences as we collaborate on best practices for making these devices meet their districts’ goals.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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: CIS Endpoint Security Services (ESS)

In partnership with CrowdStrike, the Center for Internet Security (CIS) has begun offering Endpoint Security Services (ESS), a robust solution deployed on endpoint devices to identify, detect, respond to, and remediate security incidents and alerts. This level of device-level protection can be a major asset to districts large and small, especially as complex cyberattacks against educational institutions become increasingly common.

This week’s Be Connected is devoted entirely to discussing CIS ESS and its numerous use cases in educational environments. Tune in to discover how your district can utilize a selection of Crowdstrike’s Falcon modules to protect servers and computers while also streamlining how you detect, analyze, and respond to emergent malicious activity.

More information on CIS ESS can be found at https://www.cisecurity.org/services/endpoint-security-services.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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: Chrome OS Flex (formerly Cloud Ready)

Looking for a quick way to modernize your existing fleet? Chrome OS Flex (formerly Cloud Ready) might be the solution you’ve been searching for. Not only does Chrome OS Flex allow you to install Chrome OS on PCs and Macs, but it also provides you all of the benefits of the Admin Console.

If you’re curious about making Chrome OS Flex work for your district, tune into this week’s Be Connected. The LTC’s Chris Wherley will be on hand to highlight the system’s top features and provide use cases for districts large and small. Chris will also be available to answer questions and compare Chrome OS Flex to other fleet management solutions.

More information on Chrome OS Flex is available at https://chromeenterprise.google/os/chromeosflex/.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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: Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor Authentication (MFA) has become an industry-standard, with both individuals and institutions alike using it to keep their data more robustly secured. Many insurance providers have even made it a requirement for obtaining a certified cyber insurance policy. But what is MFA and how can it be used to protect a school’s network and data from unauthorized access?

We’ll dig into the answers on this week’s edition of Be Connected. Tune in to learn how MFA works and how to set it up, particularly in a Google environment, from the LTC’s Eric Muckensturm. Participants are also encouraged to bring their questions and share their experiences about getting end-user to implement MFA, either on their own or through an institutional policy.

Be Connected is a 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/or 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: Security Camera Options

Do you like your current security camera system? If not, are you interested in upgrading or adding more units to your system? Regardless of where you stand on one of your district’s primary security tools, there’s a lot more that you could be doing when it comes to optimizing security camera utilization. This week’s Be Connected will take you through the possibilities, including options for hardware upgrades, management systems, planning, and placement.

Be Connected is a 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.