Illinois Education & Technology Conference

For 29 years, IETC has focused on leading the conversation around technology integration, engaging instructional practices, and emerging trends.

This year, we’re committed to continuing those conversations at a brand-new location that will help Midwest educators like you build the present and future of educational technology – together. At the heart of our event, we focus on technology integration strategies, engaging instructional practices, digital tools and resources, and emerging trends. In other words, IETC is the best place to learn about both the present and future of educational technology.

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.

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!

Drones in the Classroom ROE 1

As drones continue to grow in both popularity and functionality, businesses are rapidly expanding their uses of these unmanned aerial vehicles. In turn, districts looking for new ways to prepare their students for the changing workforce economy can add drones to their curriculum and watch their students’ engagement with real-world content take flight!

Come learn how in this hands-on workshop! Drone expert and enthusiast Ben Sondgeroth will be on hand to offer an introduction to drone terminology, safety issues, legal concerns, and drone options, as well as best practices for implementing drones into the curriculum. Participants will also have the chance to explore the setup and operation of a drone using one of today’s most popular models. As an added bonus, participants who attend this workshop will walk away with a Tello drone of their own to bring back to their classroom.

Drones in the Classroom ROE 28

As drones continue to grow in both popularity and functionality, businesses are rapidly expanding their uses of these unmanned aerial vehicles. In turn, districts looking for new ways to prepare their students for the changing workforce economy can add drones to their curriculum and watch their students’ engagement with real-world content take flight!

Come learn how in this hands-on workshop! Drone expert and enthusiast Ben Sondgeroth will be on hand to offer an introduction to drone terminology, safety issues, legal concerns, and drone options, as well as best practices for implementing drones into the curriculum. Participants will also have the chance to explore the setup and operation of a drone using one of today’s most popular models. As an added bonus, participants who attend this workshop will walk away with a Tello drone of their own to bring back to their classroom.

Drones in the Classroom ROE 17

As drones continue to grow in both popularity and functionality, businesses are rapidly expanding their uses of these unmanned aerial vehicles. In turn, districts looking for new ways to prepare their students for the changing workforce economy can add drones to their curriculum and watch their students’ engagement with real-world content take flight!

Come learn how in this hands-on workshop! Drone expert and enthusiast Ben Sondgeroth will be on hand to offer an introduction to drone terminology, safety issues, legal concerns, and drone options, as well as best practices for implementing drones into the curriculum. Participants will also have the chance to explore the setup and operation of a drone using one of today’s most popular models. As an added bonus, participants who attend this workshop will walk away with a Tello drone of their own to bring back to their classroom.

Drones in the Classroom ROE 49

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 changing workforce economy, we can look at adding drones to our curriculum. Bringing unmanned aerial vehicles into our schools and classrooms can provide an engaging opportunity to teach our students real-world skills.

This workshop will provide: an introduction to drone terminology, safety issues, legal concerns, requirements, and drone options.

The workshop will be a hands-on experience as participants explore the set-up and operation of a drone. We will also explore ways that participants can bring drones into their own curriculums.

Day 1 workshop time 8:30-3:00 and Day 2 will run from 8:30-12:00.