Be Connected: District/School Websites

District and School Websites can be built and hosted on a variety of platforms. There are all kinds of options: Self-Hosted, Cloud-Hosted, Company Hosted, WordPress, Joomla, SchoolInSites, Apptegy, SchoolMessenger Presence, SchoolBlocks, Blackboard, and even Google Sites to name a few.
Be Connected is a new, bimonthly 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 open the floor for participants to ask and answer questions in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Each month will feature two sessions, each with 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: Understanding the ISPA and SDPC Database Tools

With the SOPPA legislation going into effect on July 1, 2021, start learning how to manage and display your data agreements and other pertinent information using the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) and Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) database tools.

Reasonable Security Practices for Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in IL K-12

Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) requires Illinois school districts to maintain reasonable security procedures and practices. Chris Wherley, Director of Technology Services for the Learning Technology Center, identifies practices that schools should adopt to meet SOPPA legislation.

This webinar will also feature the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls and the use of the CIS Controls Implementation Groups (IG), specifically IG 1, to help guide securing and protecting our schools. Participants will experience a demonstration of the CIS Controls Self-Assessment Tool (CSAT), a tool to help track what has been done and what else can be done. For more information, visit

Remote Connectivity and Mobile Hotspots

The hottest topics in education technology right now are Remote Connectivity and Mobile Hotspots. Please join us and our guests to discuss the various hotspot options available, along with ordering, implementation, and features. We’ll have time for Q&A after the presentation.

Tech Q&A: Google Meet – Technical

Event Description

Google Meet is being used everyday in many Districts by teachers, students and administrators. We will be discussing technical features and functionality of Meet in G Suite for Education as well as those available in the Enterprise version. Anne Nash from Google will join us for Questions and Answers and will be available to answer additional questions from the attendees. If you have questions that you would like answered, you can submit them ahead of time to Chris Wherley at or Eric Muckensturm at

Upcoming Features for Google Meet Edu
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Tech Q&A: Onboarding of Students/Staff and Rostering

Event Description

Onboarding of student and staff accounts in Microsoft and Google as well as the rostering of education technology applications are on every technology staff’s task list at the beginning of the year and as the year goes on. The Learning Technology Center will visit with Curtis McKay, Director of Technology from Belleville Township High School District No. 201 about what he has learned from his experiences over the years.

Format of this event is 20 minutes of prepared questions and answers followed by opportunity for you to get your specific questions answered.

Google Admin Console Walk-Through and Q&A

Event Description

This 2 hour virtual event is an opportunity to explore the Google Admin Console with a 45 minute walk-through. The rest of the time will be used to collectively answer your questions.

Holly Pantle on the Role of Libraries and Technology

Holly Pantle is the incoming Technology Director for the Charleston (IL) school district. During much of her career, Holly spent time supporting students, teachers, and administrators as a Library Information Specialist. In this episode, Holly discusses the changing role of the Library Information Specialist, how she has supported students and teachers during remote learning, and some of the challenges she plans to tackle in her new role.

Contact Holly via email.

Q&A for Technology Staff and Leaders

Event Description

Q&A with Technology Staff and Leaders – Ask questions and share experiences with colleagues from around the State. Topics may include remote learning support, upcoming 2020-21 technology purchase planning, video conferencing, and anything that is important to you at this moment.


Chris Wherley
Network and Technology Services Coordinator
Learning Technology Center of Illinois