LTC Microsoft Master – Spring 2022 Cohort

Is your Microsoft school looking for new ways to utilize the learning tools at its disposal? Are you interested in earning a brand-new certification geared toward helping educators like you fully utilize Microsoft’s education offerings? Either way, the LTC is proud to announce a brand new program that’ll help you blaze a new professional learning trail and raise the flag as a newly minted Microsoft Master!

Starting January 2022, the LTC will launch the Microsoft Master certification, a first-of-its-kind program designed with Microsoft schools and educators in mind. Over the course of this 22-week cohort, participants will grow their understanding of Microsoft’s current educational offerings, starting with Microsoft Office 365 basics and continuing all the way through Microsoft Teams’ most advanced features. By the end, participants will walk away with the knowledge and expertise needed to reach even higher in their Microsoft learning journey, including the option to apply to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) through Microsoft EDU.

In total, participants will have the chance to earn up to 30 PD credit hours as well as a verified credential that can be publically displayed to further their professional careers. Seats in this spring 2022 cohort are limited, though, so don’t wait to join this program and take the first step toward becoming the kind of Microsoft Master your students and your district deserve.

Back to School with Microsoft Tools

Ready to make this the year your Microsoft school levels up and utilizes everything Microsoft EDU has to offer? Then get ready for a one-day summit that’ll open your eyes to Microsoft EDU’s renewed potential!

Join Mike Tholfson and extraordinary Microsoft trainers Heather Wenzler, Lisa Schwartz, Ana Moreno, and Nelann Taylor as they cover everything new from Microsoft EDU for the 2021-2022 school year. Along the way, you’ll be able to participate in live demonstrations of new tools and apps as well as ask questions from some of Illinois’ brightest Microsoft educators.

Get energized! Get inspired! This is going to be a great year for your Microsoft school and it all starts here!


9:00-9:50 – What’s New in EDU with Mike Tholfson
10:00-10:50 – Teams Updates for Back to School with Heather Wenzler
11:00-11:50 – Everyone Can Code with Microsoft MakeCode with Lisa Schwartz
12:00-12:50 – Gamifying your Classroom with Office 365 with Ana Moreno
1:00-1:50 – Office 365 – Collaboration with PPT, Word, and Excel. I didn’t know they did that! with Nelann Taylor
1:50-2:00 – Closing remarks


In this session, educators can learn about MakeCode and how it can be utilized to bring computer science to life for all students. With fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels, this is one CS resource you won’t want to miss.

Minecraft: Education Edition

Time to take your classroom’s favorite game to the next level! This session will cover readily available worlds, lessons, and professional development resources for Minecraft: Education Edition. With these resources, you’ll be able to confidently and successfully teach STEM and coding in your classroom.

Microsoft MSIA Overview

Looking to earn a Microsoft certification? Interested in helping your students do the same? This session can help you take the first step! In it, you’ll learn about the curriculum content from Microsoft that can equip teachers and students with the knowledge needed to pass the Microsoft MOS and MTA certification exams.

Microsoft Intune

Modern Management with Endpoint Manager (Intune)

Join this session to learn how you can modernize the management of your Windows devices with Endpoint Manager and Provisioning packages. We will cover enrolling devices via provisioning packages and AutoPilot and managing applications, device settings, and more.

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.

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.

New Updates for Microsoft for Education and Google Chrome Management Licensing

As we all look forward to warmer days ahead, the Illinois Learning Technology Purchasing Program (ILTPP) has announced several updates to two of their most popular contracts. These updates will help your school or district blossom into new learning opportunities this spring and budget more effectively for the 21-22 school year.

Imagine Academy Included in Microsoft for Education Contract

First, ILTPP is excited to announce an upgrade to their current Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) Microsoft contract. Specifically, participants in these contracts can now look forward to accessing top-quality technology teaching and professional learning materials through Microsoft’s Imagine Academy program.

That’s because, going forward, all ILTPP ESS contract participants will receive access to Imagine Academy for FREE.

Through Imagine Academy, teachers can find lesson plans and other curricular materials that cover a wide range of subjects, from computer and data science to IT infrastructure and productivity. These materials are all aligned to current, in-demand tech industry certifications, ensuring that students walk away with career-ready skills.

Imagine Academy also provides educators access to Microsoft-specific certifications and other professional development resources that can help them stay at the top of their game. This includes the ability to add certification exam vouchers to an existing licensing agreement, thus reducing the cost of certification for both individuals and teams.

Interested in learning more about how you can utilize Imagine Academy through a new or existing ESS Microsoft contract? Check out ILTPP’s new blog post for more information.

Upcoming Price Increase for Google Chrome Management Licenses

Last year, Google announced that it would be increasing the price of its Chrome Management license. Though this price hike has been delayed until March 9, 2021, ILTPP wants to remind districts to plan ahead when it comes to edtech budgeting for the 21-22 school year.

As before, ILTPP members will continue to receive a discount on these licenses. However, this price increase will result in a noticeable change in per license costs, even with the discount.

New licenses may be purchased prior to this increase, but they must be invoiced before March 9. To learn more about this fee increase, visit ILTPP’s website.

Always Prepared to Meet Your EdTech Purchasing Needs

Whether you’re looking for great pricing on edtech hardware or software, ILTPP has you covered with its vast catalogue of pre-negotiated contracts. Schools and districts across Illinois can save time and money by utilizing ILTPP’s competitive pricing options on everything from Chromebooks and wi-fi hotspots to cybersecurity and LMS software.

Most importantly, ILTPP is FREE to join. To learn more about ILTPP and the benefits of membership, visit their website or contact the ILTPP team at


The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) is a statewide cooperative of Illinois educational entities that aggregate buying power and expertise to procure technology products and services from quality vendor partners while providing valued communication and collaboration.

ILTPP is an initiative of the Learning Technology Center (LTC) and contributes to the LTC’s mission of building statewide capacity for educational change through technology-related professional learning, programs, initiatives, and support.

New Online Course: Keep It All Together with OneNote

Are you looking for an innovative way to enhance student note-taking capabilities? If you’re like many educators, remote and hybrid learning has revealed your classroom’s need to change up this important learning activity.

OneNote from Microsoft might be the versatile tool you’ve been searching for. This platform, which is already available to many educators, can create classroom notebooks and student-centered texts that help keep all learners on the right track.

Keep It All Together with OneNote (2.0 PD Credits)

OneNote has a lot to offer, which is why the LTC has created a brand new online course designed to help educators make the most of its potential. In this free, self-paced course, participants will learn how to get started with OneNote, as well as how to apply the program’s built-in tools to a variety of classroom environments.

You can register for “Keep It All Together with OneNote” over on the LTC’s Online Courses page. Participants who complete all of the coursework on time are eligible to receive 2 PD hours. Sign up today so that you’re ready to learn when this course opens on November 23, 2020.