The accessibility features built into EdPuzzle make it an ideal tool for use with students with autism or other special needs. In this presentation, we will explore how to create impactful, personalized learning opportunities and tie them into Common Core standards that meet your students where they are at. We will also look at how you can incorporate EdPuzzle into your student support programs and create videos that allow you to easily track your students’ data and progress.
Teaching in the post-COVID classroom is going to present significant challenges for teachers. In this presentation, we’ll explore how EdPuzzle can help address some of those challenges, including bridging the achievement gap, freeing up time to spend with individual students, and reshaping your classroom routines for more personalized learning. K-12 Teachers, Tech Coaches, and Curriculum Directors are all encouraged to attend and learn new ways to utilize this popular platform in your post-COVID classroom!
If you are looking for ways to make professional learning more meaningful, this webinar is just what you need! You’ll learn how micro-credentials can extend professional growth for yourself and your colleagues. We’ll also examine micro-credentials offered by other groups (Friday Institute, Digital Promise, etc.). Participants in this free webinar will receive a special invitation to participate in the LTC’s pilot micro-credential. Join us as we explore the newest trend in professional learning!
Learn practical strategies for teaching any content area in both synchronous and asynchronous technology-enabled learning environments. Platform-agnostic tools and templates will be shared, along with tips for engaging learners during online instruction.
With remote learning, educators, administrators, and learners are attempting to navigate a new, shifting educational landscape. EVERFI provides digital resources to schools covering topics like social-emotional learning, financial literacy, career exploration and more. The resources are student-driven, standards-aligned and something that will create time for teachers and provide them with a plan for remote learning. The resources, training and ongoing support are FREE due to state and national sponsors.
During this webinar, you will learn about EVERFI’s resources, see the qualitative and quantitative impact the programs had on the 100k+ students in Illinois that used EVERFI’s resources in 19-20, and learn how administrators and educators can use the resources to prepare for next school year. To learn more visit everfi.com/k-12
As teachers begin preparing for the upcoming school year, one thing is certain. The need to connect with students virtually is crucial. Zoom is a videoconferencing tool that can be utilized to help connect teachers and their students in a remote learning environment. During this webinar, we’ll discuss tips and tricks for using Zoom with students in a safe, secure, and manageable environment. We’ll also highlight some best practices for teaching in a remote learning setting.
Brian Bates is the Director of Professional Learning for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC). Brian leads and develops events, programs, and resources in support of digital learning, digital citizenship, emerging technologies, instructional issues and trends, technology integration, and teacher practices for educators across the state.
Prior to joining the LTC, Brian spent nine years at the middle school level as a math and science teacher, integrating technology into his classroom through the use of Chromebooks, flipped/blended learning practices, authentic assessment, and self-paced instruction. He also served one year as a middle school assistant principal. After leaving the classroom, he coordinated and facilitated professional learning activities at the regional level.
Recently Google for Education created an excellent course showing how to leverage GSuite tools for Remote Learning or “Distance Learning.” Google’s Distance Learning for Educators Course is a free online learning course that is available to anyone, anywhere, at any time. The course demonstrates how to use tools like Google Meet, Google Classroom, and others to support student learning. It also includes suggestions for social-emotional learning and ways to keep open the lines of communication with students and families.
The Learning Technology Center is happy to provide Illinois educators with 2.75 hours of Professional Development Credit for license renewal for completing this course.
Here’s how to Receive Free PD Hours from the LTC
- Register through the LTC’s website.
- Complete Google’s Distance Learning for Educators Course.
- Any questions regarding the content of the course should be directed to Google through their website.
- Upon successful completion of this course, Google will generate an onscreen certificate.
- If you have already completed the course, simply go back to the course homepage and click the “View Certificate” button.
- Highlight and copy the URL (or “web address) of your unique certificate.
- Open THIS FORM to request PD and enter the required information.
- Paste the URL for your unique certificate into the space provided.
- Submit the form. Within 5 business days we will email you a link to an evaluation form. After you complete and submit the evaluation form, your PD Credit Evidence of Completion form will be emailed to you within a few days.
Our online courses have become extremely popular for educators interested in learning professional development hours from home. We are expanding our course catalog to include new interactive self-paced, video-based lessons that you can complete on your own schedule. These courses are available now, and they are completely free. Our newest courses include:
Getting Started with Google Hangouts (1 hour)
This course gives participants an overview of the basic features of Google Hangouts. Hangouts is the consumer version of Google Hangouts Meet and Google Hangouts Chat, and has become very popular during remote learning. Having a basic working knowledge of Google Hangouts’ video and chat features will support teachers using these platforms to interact with students through video and text.
Pages for Mac and iPad (1 hour)
Apple’s very popular and powerful Pages application for word processing is free for any Mac or iPad user. This one-hour video-based course will provide the basic knowledge needed to use Pages in your classroom with students. The course covers the basic functions of pages for Mac and shows how these skills can be transferred to an iPad. The course closes with several ideas to help you integrate Pages into your elementary or secondary classroom. Note: the use of a Mac is highly recommended for this course.
Keynote for Mac (2 hours)
Keynote offers an extremely flexible and powerful presentation platform for Mac users. Keynote can also be used on an iPad or even on a PC. This course will help educators learn the basics of Keynote as well as some helpful tips to make your Keynote presentations more engaging for your students. Note: This course does not address the use of Keynote on an iPad. The use of a Mac is required to complete this course.
These courses are offered in addition to our existing free courses:
- Save Time with an Organized Google Drive (2 hours)
- Understanding the Power of Google Docs(2 hours)
- Maximize the Power of Google Classroom (2 hours)
- Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments (2 hours)
- Google Slides: More Than Presenting Content (2 hours)
Visit our Online Learning Courses page to register.
Adam Valencic and Alex Valencic offer some insights into their experiences in remote learning and online learning. Adam Valencic is an instructional designer at Lindenwood University in Missouri. Alex Valencic is the Coordinator for 21st Century Teaching and Learning for the Freeport (IL) School District #145. Together, these brothers discuss their ideas to support learners and educators as they navigate remote learning online.
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Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott was part of the team that created the Illinois Remote Learning Recommendations. In this special episode, Jodi returns to our show to discuss the differences between Illinois’ current Remote Learning Recommendations and the earlier legislation. Listen as Jodi provides critical clarifications and insights. /p>