EdTech Office Hours: Computer Science and Remote Learning

Topic-driven EdTech Office Hours with a rotating set of topics

Join education and technology leaders from the Learning Technology Center and elsewhere for informal discussions on a rotating set of topics.

These are NOT traditional webinars — these are small group discussions with your colleagues from around the state on topics that matter to you.

Are you ready for a conversation? Check out our schedule!

How do I register?
Register with the links below. We had an open-door policy and recently changed it to a pre-registration process.

How do I Join? 
When it’s time for the EdTech Office Hours, select the link you receive in you email confirmation.

Monday, March 30

11:00 AM – Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Joe Cipfl, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Tori Engel, Instructional Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Leadership and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jeffery Hoese, Principal, Fulton Elementary

Meeting Notes

3:00 PM – Math and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Heather Brown, Math Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives

Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 31

10:00 AM  – Early Childhood and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Music Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Madeline Wood, Instrumental Music Teacher, United CUSD #304

Meeting Notes

Wednesday, April 1

10:00 AM – Physical Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nik Broekemeier, K-5 PE Teacher, Quincy Public Schools

Meeting Notes

12:00 PM – ELA and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Nicole Stroup, ELA Coordinator, Lake County Regional Office of Education

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Social Studies and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Ben Sondgeroth, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

Thursday, April 2

10:00 AM – Computer Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Steve Svetlik, Founder and President, CS4IL

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

1:00 – Special Education and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jason Wiegel, Information Technology Manager, AERO Special Education Cooperative

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Career and Technical Education

Moderator:
Lisa Schwartz,  EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nick Chatterton, Director, Vermilion Education for Employment
Regional Delivery System

Meeting Notes

Friday, April 3

10:00 PM – Open
Did something come up this week that you want to share? Let’s debrief!

All moderators are invited to join us for this recap of the week. 

12:00 PM – Instructional Coaching

Moderator:
Nicole Zumpano, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Kim Darche, Instructional Coach, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

Meeting Notes

Designing E-Learning Day Activities: Guidance and Best Practices for Educators (Online)

Event Description

As more school districts develop E-Learning Day Plans, it is vitally important that teachers develop strong and meaningful E-Learning Day activities for students. Recent legislation surrounding E-Learning Days requires that classroom activities be inclusive of students with special (IEP/504) needs, as well as students with no or limited Internet connectivity at home. This workshop will explore ways to design engaging instructional activities that will support student learning no matter what the weather brings.

Join us as we explore:
* E-Learning Day legislation and ISBE’s requirements for classroom activities
* Samples of successful E-Learning Day implementation and activities
* Guidance on how to include students with special (IEP/504) needs
* Strategies for including students with limited or no Internet connectivity at home

Presenter

Matt Jacobson is the Online Learning Specialist for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. Matt develops engaging synchronous and asynchronous online and in-person training opportunities for educators and administrators. He also provides coaching, consulting, and training services for schools developing online and blended learning activities for students and staff. Matt provides administration and coaching on a variety of Learning Management Systems and many other online tools.

Matt provides almost three decades of experience in helping students and schools innovate. Prior to working with the LTC, Matt was a middle school consultant and has worked as a teacher, administrator, coach, and trainer for preK-12 schools in central Illinois.

Designing E-Learning Day Activities: Guidance and Best Practices for Educators (Online)

Event Description

As more school districts develop E-Learning Day Plans, it is vitally important that teachers develop strong and meaningful E-Learning Day activities for students. Recent legislation surrounding E-Learning Days requires that classroom activities be inclusive of students with special (IEP/504) needs, as well as students with no or limited Internet connectivity at home. This workshop will explore ways to design engaging instructional activities that will support student learning no matter what the weather brings.

Join us as we explore:
* E-Learning Day legislation and ISBE’s requirements for classroom activities
* Samples of successful E-Learning Day implementation and activities
* Guidance on how to include students with special (IEP/504) needs
* Strategies for including students with limited or no Internet connectivity at home

Presenter

Matt Jacobson is the Online Learning Specialist for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. Matt develops engaging synchronous and asynchronous online and in-person training opportunities for educators and administrators. He also provides coaching, consulting, and training services for schools developing online and blended learning activities for students and staff. Matt provides administration and coaching on a variety of Learning Management Systems and many other online tools.

Matt provides almost three decades of experience in helping students and schools innovate. Prior to working with the LTC, Matt was a middle school consultant and has worked as a teacher, administrator, coach, and trainer for preK-12 schools in central Illinois.

EdTech Office Hours: Social Studies and Remote Learning

Topic-driven EdTech Office Hours with a rotating set of topics

Join education and technology leaders from the Learning Technology Center and elsewhere for informal discussions on a rotating set of topics.

These are NOT traditional webinars — these are small group discussions with your colleagues from around the state on topics that matter to you.

Are you ready for a conversation? Check out our schedule!

How do I register?
Register with the links below. We had an open-door policy and recently changed it to a pre-registration process.

How do I Join? 
When it’s time for the EdTech Office Hours, select the link you receive in you email confirmation.

Monday, March 30

11:00 AM – Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Joe Cipfl, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Tori Engel, Instructional Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Leadership and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jeffery Hoese, Principal, Fulton Elementary

Meeting Notes

3:00 PM – Math and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Heather Brown, Math Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives

Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 31

10:00 AM  – Early Childhood and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Music Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Madeline Wood, Instrumental Music Teacher, United CUSD #304

Meeting Notes

Wednesday, April 1

10:00 AM – Physical Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nik Broekemeier, K-5 PE Teacher, Quincy Public Schools

Meeting Notes

12:00 PM – ELA and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Nicole Stroup, ELA Coordinator, Lake County Regional Office of Education

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Social Studies and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Ben Sondgeroth, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

Thursday, April 2

10:00 AM – Computer Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Steve Svetlik, Founder and President, CS4IL

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

1:00 – Special Education and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jason Wiegel, Information Technology Manager, AERO Special Education Cooperative

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Career and Technical Education

Moderator:
Lisa Schwartz,  EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nick Chatterton, Director, Vermilion Education for Employment
Regional Delivery System

Meeting Notes

Friday, April 3

10:00 PM – Open
Did something come up this week that you want to share? Let’s debrief!

All moderators are invited to join us for this recap of the week. 

12:00 PM – Instructional Coaching

Moderator:
Nicole Zumpano, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Kim Darche, Instructional Coach, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

Meeting Notes

EdTech Office Hours: ELA and Remote Learning

Topic-driven EdTech Office Hours with a rotating set of topics

Join education and technology leaders from the Learning Technology Center and elsewhere for informal discussions on a rotating set of topics.

These are NOT traditional webinars — these are small group discussions with your colleagues from around the state on topics that matter to you.

Are you ready for a conversation? Check out our schedule!

How do I register?
Register with the links below. We had an open-door policy and recently changed it to a pre-registration process.

How do I Join? 
When it’s time for the EdTech Office Hours, select the link you receive in you email confirmation.

Monday, March 30

11:00 AM – Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Joe Cipfl, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Tori Engel, Instructional Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Leadership and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jeffery Hoese, Principal, Fulton Elementary

Meeting Notes

3:00 PM – Math and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Heather Brown, Math Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives

Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 31

10:00 AM  – Early Childhood and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Music Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Madeline Wood, Instrumental Music Teacher, United CUSD #304

Meeting Notes

Wednesday, April 1

10:00 AM – Physical Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nik Broekemeier, K-5 PE Teacher, Quincy Public Schools

Meeting Notes

12:00 PM – ELA and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Nicole Stroup, ELA Coordinator, Lake County Regional Office of Education

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Social Studies and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Ben Sondgeroth, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

Thursday, April 2

10:00 AM – Computer Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Steve Svetlik, Founder and President, CS4IL

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

1:00 – Special Education and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jason Wiegel, Information Technology Manager, AERO Special Education Cooperative

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Career and Technical Education

Moderator:
Lisa Schwartz,  EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nick Chatterton, Director, Vermilion Education for Employment
Regional Delivery System

Meeting Notes

Friday, April 3

10:00 PM – Open
Did something come up this week that you want to share? Let’s debrief!

All moderators are invited to join us for this recap of the week. 

12:00 PM – Instructional Coaching

Moderator:
Nicole Zumpano, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Kim Darche, Instructional Coach, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

Meeting Notes

EdTech Office Hours: Physical Education and Remote Learning

Topic-driven EdTech Office Hours with a rotating set of topics

Join education and technology leaders from the Learning Technology Center and elsewhere for informal discussions on a rotating set of topics.

These are NOT traditional webinars — these are small group discussions with your colleagues from around the state on topics that matter to you.

Are you ready for a conversation? Check out our schedule!

How do I register?
Register with the links below. We had an open-door policy and recently changed it to a pre-registration process.

How do I Join? 
When it’s time for the EdTech Office Hours, select the link you receive in you email confirmation.

Monday, March 30

11:00 AM – Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Joe Cipfl, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Tori Engel, Instructional Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Leadership and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jeffery Hoese, Principal, Fulton Elementary

Meeting Notes

3:00 PM – Math and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Heather Brown, Math Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives

Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 31

10:00 AM  – Early Childhood and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Music Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Madeline Wood, Instrumental Music Teacher, United CUSD #304

Meeting Notes

Wednesday, April 1

10:00 AM – Physical Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nik Broekemeier, K-5 PE Teacher, Quincy Public Schools

Meeting Notes

12:00 PM – ELA and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Nicole Stroup, ELA Coordinator, Lake County Regional Office of Education

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Social Studies and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Ben Sondgeroth, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

Thursday, April 2

10:00 AM – Computer Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Steve Svetlik, Founder and President, CS4IL

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

1:00 – Special Education and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jason Wiegel, Information Technology Manager, AERO Special Education Cooperative

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Career and Technical Education

Moderator:
Lisa Schwartz,  EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nick Chatterton, Director, Vermilion Education for Employment
Regional Delivery System

Meeting Notes

Friday, April 3

10:00 PM – Open
Did something come up this week that you want to share? Let’s debrief!

All moderators are invited to join us for this recap of the week. 

12:00 PM – Instructional Coaching

Moderator:
Nicole Zumpano, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Kim Darche, Instructional Coach, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

Meeting Notes

EdTech Office Hours: Music Education and Remote Learning

Topic-driven EdTech Office Hours with a rotating set of topics

Join education and technology leaders from the Learning Technology Center and elsewhere for informal discussions on a rotating set of topics.

These are NOT traditional webinars — these are small group discussions with your colleagues from around the state on topics that matter to you.

Are you ready for a conversation? Check out our schedule!

How do I register?
Register with the links below. We had an open-door policy and recently changed it to a pre-registration process.

How do I Join? 
When it’s time for the EdTech Office Hours, select the link you receive in you email confirmation.

Monday, March 30

11:00 AM – Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Joe Cipfl, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Tori Engel, Instructional Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Leadership and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jeffery Hoese, Principal, Fulton Elementary

Meeting Notes

3:00 PM – Math and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Heather Brown, Math Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives

Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 31

10:00 AM  – Early Childhood and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Music Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Madeline Wood, Instrumental Music Teacher, United CUSD #304

Meeting Notes

Wednesday, April 1

10:00 AM – Physical Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nik Broekemeier, K-5 PE Teacher, Quincy Public Schools

Meeting Notes

12:00 PM – ELA and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Nicole Stroup, ELA Coordinator, Lake County Regional Office of Education

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Social Studies and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Ben Sondgeroth, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

Thursday, April 2

10:00 AM – Computer Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Steve Svetlik, Founder and President, CS4IL

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

1:00 – Special Education and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jason Wiegel, Information Technology Manager, AERO Special Education Cooperative

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Career and Technical Education

Moderator:
Lisa Schwartz,  EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nick Chatterton, Director, Vermilion Education for Employment
Regional Delivery System

Meeting Notes

Friday, April 3

10:00 PM – Open
Did something come up this week that you want to share? Let’s debrief!

All moderators are invited to join us for this recap of the week. 

12:00 PM – Instructional Coaching

Moderator:
Nicole Zumpano, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Kim Darche, Instructional Coach, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

Meeting Notes

EdTech Office Hours: Technology Coordinators & Remote Learning

Topic-driven EdTech Office Hours with a rotating set of topics

Join education and technology leaders from the Learning Technology Center and elsewhere for informal discussions on a rotating set of topics.

These are NOT traditional webinars — these are small group discussions with your colleagues from around the state on topics that matter to you.

Are you ready for a conversation? Check out our schedule!

How do I register?
Register with the links below. We had an open-door policy and recently changed it to a pre-registration process.

How do I Join? 
When it’s time for the EdTech Office Hours, select the link you receive in you email confirmation.

Monday, March 30

11:00 AM – Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Joe Cipfl, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Tori Engel, Instructional Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Leadership and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jeffery Hoese, Principal, Fulton Elementary

Meeting Notes

3:00 PM – Math and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Heather Brown, Math Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives

Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 31

10:00 AM  – Early Childhood and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Music Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Madeline Wood, Instrumental Music Teacher, United CUSD #304

Meeting Notes

Wednesday, April 1

10:00 AM – Physical Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nik Broekemeier, K-5 PE Teacher, Quincy Public Schools

Meeting Notes

12:00 PM – ELA and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Nicole Stroup, ELA Coordinator, Lake County Regional Office of Education

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Social Studies and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Ben Sondgeroth, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

Thursday, April 2

10:00 AM – Computer Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Steve Svetlik, Founder and President, CS4IL

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

1:00 – Special Education and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jason Wiegel, Information Technology Manager, AERO Special Education Cooperative

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Career and Technical Education

Moderator:
Lisa Schwartz,  EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nick Chatterton, Director, Vermilion Education for Employment
Regional Delivery System

Meeting Notes

Friday, April 3

10:00 PM – Open
Did something come up this week that you want to share? Let’s debrief!

All moderators are invited to join us for this recap of the week. 

12:00 PM – Instructional Coaching

Moderator:
Nicole Zumpano, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Kim Darche, Instructional Coach, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

Meeting Notes

EdTech Office Hours: Early Childhood and Remote Learning

Topic-driven EdTech Office Hours with a rotating set of topics

Join education and technology leaders from the Learning Technology Center and elsewhere for informal discussions on a rotating set of topics.

These are NOT traditional webinars — these are small group discussions with your colleagues from around the state on topics that matter to you.

Are you ready for a conversation? Check out our schedule!

How do I register?
Register with the links below. We had an open-door policy and recently changed it to a pre-registration process.

How do I Join? 
When it’s time for the EdTech Office Hours, select the link you receive in you email confirmation.

Monday, March 30

11:00 AM – Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Joe Cipfl, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Tori Engel, Instructional Specialist, Washington University in St. Louis

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Leadership and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jeffery Hoese, Principal, Fulton Elementary

Meeting Notes

3:00 PM – Math and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Heather Brown, Math Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives

Meeting Notes

Tuesday, March 31

10:00 AM  – Early Childhood and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Music Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Brian Bates, Digital Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Madeline Wood, Instrumental Music Teacher, United CUSD #304

Meeting Notes

Wednesday, April 1

10:00 AM – Physical Education and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nik Broekemeier, K-5 PE Teacher, Quincy Public Schools

Meeting Notes

12:00 PM – ELA and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Nicole Stroup, ELA Coordinator, Lake County Regional Office of Education

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Social Studies and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Ben Sondgeroth, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

Thursday, April 2

10:00 AM – Computer Science and Remote Learning

Moderators:
Lisa Schwartz, EdTech Coordinator,  Learning Technology Center
Steve Svetlik, Founder and President, CS4IL

11:00 AM – Technology Department and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Chris Wherley, Network and Tech Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Meeting Notes

1:00 – Special Education and Remote Learning

Moderator:
Tim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center
Jason Wiegel, Information Technology Manager, AERO Special Education Cooperative

Meeting Notes

2:00 PM – Career and Technical Education

Moderator:
Lisa Schwartz,  EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Nick Chatterton, Director, Vermilion Education for Employment
Regional Delivery System

Meeting Notes

Friday, April 3

10:00 PM – Open
Did something come up this week that you want to share? Let’s debrief!

All moderators are invited to join us for this recap of the week. 

12:00 PM – Instructional Coaching

Moderator:
Nicole Zumpano, EdTech Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Kim Darche, Instructional Coach, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A

Meeting Notes

5 Tips for Leading Professional Learning Virtually

If you are a professional development provider like I am, you get into the profession to make a personal connection with people. There is nothing I enjoy more about my job than getting into a room with a group of educators and getting to know them in the often too short time that we are together. With the current reality of the situation we are living in, the prospect of getting back into a room with people seems a long way off. This means that many of us will have to shift toward delivering our content virtually via a platform like Zoom or Google Meet.

Leading professional development in this manner can be a challenge. It is much different than having everyone’s attention in one room. Teachers are probably at home, distracted by kids, pets, or spouses. As the presenter, it is up to us to make sure our delivery methods are enough to keep our audience engaged and learning with us. 

To that end, I have my five tips for leading professional learning online. I have had vast experience leading groups of educators through online training, and with that comes quite a few ups and downs. While the process is never as smooth as in-person delivery, these five tips can assist in making the experience better for you and your audience!

Outline of Tips in the Video

  1. Be prepared
    • Have your presentation ready and well prepared.
    • Have questions and discussion prompts available to start conversation with your audience.
    • Be prepared for silence, you might have to talk the whole time
    • If you are using Zoom and want discussion to occur, use the breakout room feature.
  2. Have your system set up for delivering quality content
    • Have your camera placed on an elevated surface or use a webcam that is eye level.
    • Have a quality microphone, this might not mean headphones, some of those mics are worse that the one on your computer! Test your audio quality with someone ahead of your presentation.
    • Be in a room with good lighting so people can see you better.
    • Turn off your notifications on your computer and phone. These can be distracting to you and your audience.
    • If possible use two monitors, or at least a second device like an iPad. This can be helpful in looking up information while your presentation is on the screen.
  3. If possible, have a co-host
    • They are great for assisting in moderating the chat for you.
    • They can listen more closely to discussions for things you might have missed.
    • They are helpful to talk to in times of silence.
    • When the session is over they are someone to debrief with.
  4. Know Your Platform
    • Whether it is Zoom, Google Meet, or something else understand it’s basic features
    • Know how to share joining information with audience members that are attempting to join late
    • Know how to start and moderate the chat
    • Sharing your screen is of utmost importance. You will most likely have a presentation, make sure people can see it.
    • Know how to mute your rouge audience microphones. It might not be their fault but mics turn on sometimes, know how to shut them off.
  5. Have empathy for your participants
    • Don’t force them to sit and listen for long periods of time, keep sessions reasonably short and give breaks if needed.
    • This is a new experience for many, if they leave their mic on don’t be mad about it, understand they didn’t mean to interrupt you.
    • Silence from the group doesn’t mean they don’t understand, sometimes silence is just how video instruction goes.