AA #3853 Framework for Successful Technology Integration in Schools ROE 28

Districts that have success with technology integration have done so through planning and alignment to district goals. To ensure consistency and equity throughout classrooms, it is important to implement a technology framework that aligns with district goals and allows teachers to integrate technology at the stage they are most comfortable at.

This academy introduces participants to several research-based frameworks that are used with technology integration: SAMR, TPACK, Triple E Framework, and the Four Shifts.

Participants will examine and assess each framework to determine which aligns with their district’s vision and mission. Participants will also be asked to confer with stakeholders to determine if a technology framework is needed and if so create a timeline for implementation which includes how staff will be trained in the framework adopted by the district. Participants should obtain access to their district School Improvement Plan prior to beginning the online academy.

Be Connected: Hacked, Attacked, and Pwned – Oh My!

This week on Be Connected, we’ll jump headlong into one of the chief concerns for all digitally-connected organizations (including schools) today – the threat of being hacked. In particular, we’ll look at the website www.haveibeenpwned.com and discuss how students and staff alike can use it to discover if their personal credentials have ever been hacked and dumped in a documented data breach.

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.

Be Connected: NetRef Internet Bandwidth Report

Ensuring digital equity in our schools first requires knowing exactly what capabilities your institution does and does not possess. Join the LTC’s Chris Wherley as we discuss NetRef’s Internet Bandwidth Report, one of the best available resources for appraising your district’s digital capacity. NetRef’s Internet Bandwidth Report offers a detailed look at how your students are using the internet and allows you to allocate your resources based upon current standards and best practices for digital resource utilization.

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.

Be Connected: LTC Technology Documentation Assessment Guide

Documentation is the name of the game if you’re looking to keep your tech department streamlined, efficient, and up-to-date. But even the best tech departments have room for improvement when it comes to tracking tech supports, software updates, and more. Whether you’re looking to make a few tweaks to your institution’s documentation system or you’re interested in a more holistic transformation, tune into this week’s Be Connected. Hosted by the LTC’s Eric Muckensturm, participants will receive a step-by-step walkthrough of the LTC’s Technology Documentation Assessment Guide, plus have a chance to ask questions and learn what documentation best practices work best for tech departments of all shapes and sizes.

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.

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.

Be Connected: Summer IT Projects

As the school year ends, many IT leaders and staff can look forward to summer break – that is, a great opportunity to make important updates and upgrades to your institution’s IT system.

This week’s Be Connected will be devoted entirely to these kinds of summer IT projects. Join us to discuss projects large and small that your district is undertaking. Don’t miss this chance to hear what your peers will be up to as the summer sun heats up!

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!

Be Connected: Network Monitoring Tools

Effective network monitoring is essential for today’s digitally connected schools. This week on Be Connected, we’ll talk about several popular network monitoring tools used in schools across the country, including Nagios, PRTF, Zabbix, OpenNMS, and SolarWinds. We’ll also compare several of these tools based upon their core functionality, and outline how you can get started with them in the near-term.

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!

Be Connected: Endpoint Security Software

Do you have the right antivirus software? Is it enough to combat the latest cybersecurity threats?

Join us this week as we discuss leading options for endpoint security software. We’ll also dive deep into different levels of protection needed in today’s schools, and answer your questions about making the most of your endpoint security software.

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!

Be Connected: Chromebooks – What Are People Using and Why?

If your school or district is in the market for new Chromebooks, you’ve likely heard that these popular devices are in hot demand. As a result, there’s a real need to discuss the differences between the latest models, as well as highlight which models are best suited to different use cases. This week’s Be Connected will work to further that conversation by discussing which Chromebook brands/models districts are buying while also offering participants a chance to share their experiences with usability, cost, maintenance, and repair.

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!

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!