“Marie Kondo” Your Remote Learning Classroom

The new year often brings a desire to get rid of clutter. Even a virtual classroom deserves a clean-out every now and then.

But once your classroom returns to in-person instruction, what new teaching strategies will you keep? What processes will you discard? Have you really taken the time to question if every new app you’ve utilized this past year sparks joy?

Join us as we revisit best practices for teaching today’s students and compare them to our own current classroom strategies. From there, you’ll be empowered to reorganize your remote classroom around your students’ needs, both now and in the future. This conversation will leave you feeling invigorated and ready to face remote learning’s latest challenges with confidence.

Applying The Flipped Classroom Model to Remote Learning and the Hybrid Schedule

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model where the traditional lecture and homework elements are reversed. Pre-recorded video lectures are viewed before class. In-class time is repurposed so students can inquire about lecture content, apply their knowledge, and participate in hands-on activities. By reversing the traditional lecture and homework elements and integrating engaged-learning activities, educators can transition their class from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered environment. Making this transition will completely change the dynamics of the classroom and make students more responsible for their own learning. Student engagement, participation, and understanding increase too! Come discover how you can use digital tools to apply The Flipped Classroom model to remote learning and the hybrid schedule many school districts are implementing this year.

Micro-Credentials: New Horizons for Professional Learning

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!

Remote Learning Conference

Districts and educators have months of experience with remote learning. Together, we will explore ways to better design and enhance impactful learning experiences that engage students and caregivers. Sponsored by the Learning Technology Center and the Illinois State Board of Education, the Remote Learning Conference highlights the best practices, pedagogy, apps, and tools that allow us to leverage remote and hybrid learning to reach all learners.

2020 Words That Will Never Be The Same

2020 has brought a lot of unexpected changes, from the way we learn to the way we speak. Words like “meet,” “synchronous,” and even “zoom” have taken on new meanings this year, making it hard to remember a time before we used sentences like “We are meeting for a synchronous class over Zoom” on a regular basis.

To help you look back on this “unprecedented” year, our team has rounded up some of the words used most by remote learners and educators alike.

Click through the slide deck below to see what words have become commonplace in the education community during 2020:

This collection was created by the LTC’s Colleen Kaplan and Holly Kelly.

Colleen Kaplan (@cmostyn) is the Remote Learning Outreach Specialist at the Learning Technology Center. She can be reached at ckaplan@ltcillinois.org.

Holly Kelly is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator with the Learning Technology Center. She can be reached at hkelly@ltcillinois.org.

Designing Remote Learning Activities for Educators

Event Description

As more school districts develop E-Learning & Remote Learning Day Plans, it is vitally important that teachers develop strong and meaningful Remote Learning Day activities for students. Recent legislation surrounding E-Learning Days, & new guidance for Remote 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.

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

Free Turnkey Resources for E-Learning and Advisory

Leverage your homeroom advisory time or e-learning days to equip students with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom. EVERFI’s digital resources focus on these essential skills, including financial literacy, college and career readiness, social skills, mental wellness, bullying, substance abuse prevention, and more. They are pre-prepped, standards-aligned, and student-directed, with assessments built-in – making them perfect for e-learning days, advisory, or any time! The online lessons are aligned to state standards. Best of all? They’re available at absolutely NO COST to schools, thanks to local sponsors.

Gaming Culture, Distance Learning, and Student Engagement

How can we borrow from video games to build meaningful distance learning experiences? As an emergency response, educators made a shift to distance learning almost overnight with mitigated success: all over the country, districts report participation rates in distance learning to be as low as 50%. Meanwhile, engagement with video games is at an all-time high. Together, we’ll learn what we can borrow from video games to rethink distance learning, motivate students and develop standards to make them better distance learners.

Google Tools to Support your Students in Remote Learning Part 2

In part one we explored how to leverage Google Classroom, Docs, and Forms in a remote learning situation. During this session we will dive into how teachers can leverage Google Slides and Google Drawings to create engaging learning experiences for their students. Join us to dive deeper into the Google world! Part I is workshop #12016 on November 17 look for that one as well. If you attend both sessions the cost is only $25.00.

Using an iPad to Assist in a Hybrid Teaching Situation

Hybrid learning has become a necessity for teachers teaching students that are both in the classroom and joining via Zoom or Google Meet. There are many challenges that a situation like this can present a teacher and in this session, we will explore how a single teacher iPad can make the experience better for all. We will explore best practices for using the iPad as a Zoom or Meet host, native tools on the iPad that offer presentation options, and other tips and tricks that will support all of your learners.