Be Connected: IT Certifications

As most IT workers know, certifications are the key to continuously growing your skillset and keeping yourself attuned to the latest in information technology innovations. But anymore, there are so many certification offered by organizations large and small. How are you supposed to know which are worth your time and which can wait until later?

Join this week’s edition of “Be Connected” for a focused discussion on current IT certifications, especially those that can help educational IT staff stay at the top of their game. Participants are encouraged to join in this conversation and offer insights into the certifications they earned, as well as those they’re hoping to achieve 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!

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: Content Filters

Content filtering – many school districts have been using it for years now. But is content filtering alone enough to keep students from accessing undesirable content on your district’s devices? Join this week’s edition of Be Connected to learn more about the pros and cons of content filtering as well as up-to-date best practices for implementing content filtering. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and describe their own district’s current filtering regimen.

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: Incident Response

The first hours, days, and weeks after a security intrusion can be among the most critical. Is your district adequately prepared to respond to a data breach or other acute cybersecurity threat? Join this week’s edition of Be Connected to learn more about the current best practices for mitigating a known cyber attack. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and offer their experiences about this all-important topic.

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: 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.

Using the National Data Privacy Agreement for SOPPA Compliance

This session aims to provide an understanding of the National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) released early this year by the Student Data Privacy Consortium and a State Terms Exhibit G for Illinois in accordance with SOPPA and other Illinois regulations. The NDPA’s goals are to streamline application contracting and set common expectations between schools/districts and marketplace providers.

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois is the SDPC Alliance Member for Illinois which allows any school in Illinois to access the resources of the SDPC.

Holly Pantle on the Role of Libraries and Technology

Holly Pantle is the incoming Technology Director for the Charleston (IL) school district. During much of her career, Holly spent time supporting students, teachers, and administrators as a Library Information Specialist. In this episode, Holly discusses the changing role of the Library Information Specialist, how she has supported students and teachers during remote learning, and some of the challenges she plans to tackle in her new role.

Contact Holly via email.