2021 Summer IT Summit and Showcase

Splash into summer with several half-days of networking and professional learning for IT staff! Join technology leaders, support staff, and colleagues in June for the LTC’s IT Summer Summit and Showcase. Session and workshop topics have been carefully to meet the needs of today’s education IT staff – including Google, Microsoft, cybersecurity, imaging, inventory, patching, backup, recovery, open-source solutions, firewalls, content filters, eSports, and more.

This is your opportunity to explore new tools and strategies needed to support and improve your district’s technology infrastructure. Best of all, you can get an early start on summer technology projects by networking with others who may be undertaking similar projects in their districts.

Register now for 3 half-days of virtual presentations on June 15, 16, and 17 from 8:45 AM to 12:15 PM!

Making Microsoft Work for Modern Education

Come learn from Amy Grigsby, a Microsoft Licensing Specialist, about the Microsoft solutions that are available to help you with collaboration, security, data analytics and more. She will add clarity to the differences in Microsoft’s cloud offerings and how they are licensed. You will leave with a better understanding of what you currently own or where you should start your digital transformation with Microsoft.

Be Connected: Wireshark

Have you used Wireshark before? Are you considering utilizing this open-source packet analyzing software in your school or district’s network?

Whether you’re a Wireshark newcomer or veteran, don’t miss this chance to learn more about this useful piece of software on this week’s “Be Connected.” Participants will have a chance to discuss their own Wireshark setup, their experiences with the product, the benefits of using Wireshark in different settings, and more. Afterwards, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of why this has become one of the most popular and widely-used IT management tools today!

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!

Microsoft M365 and Google

Did you know that Microsoft Teams and Google can actually play nice together? Join us for a webinar focused on how these two widely-used systems can be utilized in tandem. Presented by Eric Orman, Technical Specialist on the USA Education Team at Microsoft, this session will outline how people using Gmail can also use Microsoft Teams, create Teams for classroom workspaces, integrate Google files with Teams, and how to maintain a single login identity for both Google and Microsoft.

Be Connected: Virtualization

Virtualization has all kinds of use cases today. But might virtualization have a place within your school or district’s network? Tune into this week’s edition of “Be Connected” to learn about virtualization’s benefits, as well as a variety of best practices for implementing virtualization on educational devices.

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!

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: 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: 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: 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.