Customized Professional Learning

The LTC is a state leader in educational technology professional learning, providing over 200 workshops, courses, presentations, and events each year.

All of our professional learning events are customizable to meet the unique needs of your region, district, school, educators, and IT staff.

We are committed to providing the highest quality professional learning experiences possible. We utilize knowledgeable presenters and facilitators with extensive and diverse EdTech expertise. Presenters range from our own highly-trained and experienced LTC staff members to local and national practicing educators and experts. And since the LTC is an Illinois State Board of Education program, our professional learning programs are free or low cost to Illinois school districts.

Services include:

  • Regional Workshops
  • Regional Networking Events
  • State and Regional Conference Sessions
  • Onsite Workshops at Districts or Schools
  • Informational Sessions
  • Custom Summits/Conferences
  • Online Courses
  • Webinars
  • Consulting for PD

Let us work with your organization to determine your needs and provide your audience with the cutting-edge EdTech professional learning they require to prepare our students for tomorrow.

Catalog

Below are examples of recent LTC professional learning. All events are customizable, and we are not limited to the examples in the catalog.

Administrator Academies

  • Connected Leaders: Leveraging the Power of Social Networks for Professional Growth

    This course will provide the knowledge and skills required to become connected leaders by focusing on multiple social media platforms (Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) and productive face-to-face networking opportunities (EdCamps, PLNs, etc.) to help them leverage the power of social networks for professional learning and community engagement.

    Duration: 6 hours

  • Growing a Culture for Effective Technology Coaching: The Principal-Coach Partnership

    This six-week online session will explore these topics and provide specific strategies to create and/or strengthen the technology coach/principal partnership, and ultimately, the coaching program. Three times during the course, participants will meet in a 60-minute synchronous video conference.

    Duration: 6 hours

Networking Events

  • Instructional Technology Roundtable

    A facilitated discussion around the theme of technology infrastructure, support, and services. During the session, the facilitator will briefly introduce the topic, provide a list of resources, and then facilitate an informal discussion that explores emerging trends, challenges, and benefits.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Technology Roundtable

    A facilitated discussion around the theme of technology infrastructure, support, and services. During the session, the facilitator will briefly introduce the topic, provide a list of resources, and then facilitate an informal discussion that explores emerging trends, challenges, and benefits.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Future Ready Roundtable

    A facilitated discussion around the theme of the Future Ready Framework. During the session, the facilitator will briefly introduce the topic, provide a list of resources, and then facilitate an informal discussion that explores emerging trends, challenges, and benefits.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • #GoOpen: Open Education Resources Roundtable

    A facilitated discussion around the theme of #GoOpen and open education resources. During the session, the facilitator will briefly introduce the topic, provide a list of resources, and then facilitate an informal discussion that explores emerging trends, challenges, and benefits.

    Duration: 2 hours

Workshops

  • A Design Thinking Approach to Education

    By the time our students enter the working world, the technology that we teach them today will more than likely be obsolete. How then, can we best prepare them for the workplace that they will encounter? The answer lies in two concepts that will never become obsolete: innovation and creativity. The Design Thinking framework gives us the ability to develop a creative problem-solving mindset when looking at situations. This framework can be brought into our classrooms to create an atmosphere that focuses on collaboration, research, and creativity. Participants in this workshop will engage in a deep dive into the Design Thinking framework while completing hands-on challenges. We will also dedicate time to discuss and work through ways it can be implemented in the classroom.

    Duration: 3 hours or 6 hours

  • Breakout EDU

    Learn about this team building, critical thinking hot topic! Participants will experience a “breakout”, see where they can find free games and learn tips and tricks for managing this at all levels from kindergarten through adult!

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Creating Multimedia with the Chromebook

    Unlock the creative potential of the Chromebook and move beyond using the device for word processing, productivity, and organization. The session will explore the creative potential of the Chromebook to give your students the ability to craft amazing multimedia masterpieces! Participants will explore various apps, web tools and extensions available for students to create multimedia such as interactive images, video, and audio. In addition, learning strategies and thoughtful approaches to Chromebook creation will be woven throughout.

    Duration: 3 hours or 6 hours

  • Creating Video in the Classroom

    As more and more devices enter into our classrooms, teachers are presented with an opportunity to expand the way students are able to demonstrate their learning. Traditionally, teachers opt for written work or have students stand in the front of the room to present on a topic. Now, with all of the technology currently available to students, alternate ways of presenting knowledge are readily available. Video creation and screencasting can be powerful alternatives to traditional ways students demonstrate their thinking and understanding in the classroom. In this workshop, participants will be presented with the benefits of student-created videos, the steps to take when implementing a short video project with students, and the tools for creating those amazing videos using mobile devices, Chromebooks, and laptops.

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Diving Into Google Classroom

    In this workshop, participants will learn the ins and outs of Google Classroom and best practices for integrating this amazing tool with their students! In this session, we will do more than just walk through Google Classroom. Participants will also deep dive into how Classroom integrates with other apps and extensions, and how teachers can successfully manage their digital workflow.

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Google Educator Level 1 Certification

    The Level 1 Certification workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 1 certification exam. Level 1 certification indicates a fundamental understanding of using Google Tools in the classroom and confirms standard technology implementation skills. Educators who pass the certification test will be able to advertise their status with a personalized certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.

    Participants in this workshop will learn about:

    • Tech Integration with the 4 C’s
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Utilizing Google Drive with efficiency
    • Creating, sharing, and collaborating with Google Docs
    • Creating, Formatting, and Analyzing Data with Google Sheets
    • Developing and Using Google Forms for Quizzes and Data Collection
    • Design and Edit Google Slides
    • Set up and Operate Google Classroom
    • Personalize your Gmail Account & Create User Groups
    • Engage with Google Groups incorporating Text & Video Hangouts
    • Manage your Google Calendar, Tasks, and Google Keep
    • Create a Google Site
    • Develop YouTube Channels and Playlists
    • Use Google Help to Find Answers, Join a Google Educator Group & Professional
    • Learning Network

    Duration: 6 hour

  • Google Educator Level 2 Certification

    The Level 2 Certification workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 2 certification exam. The Google for Education site states: Level 2 status indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform their teaching practice. Educators who pass the certification test will be able to advertise their status with a personalized certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.

    Participants in this workshop will learn about:

    • Advanced organizational strategies & skills with Google Drive
    • Exploration of new learning models to help personalize the learning experience, including: Blended, Learning, the Flipped Classroom, and Project Based Learning
    • Collaboration and HyperDoc lesson building strategies with Google Docs
    • Research strategies and tools with Google Scholar
    • Advanced data analysis with Google Sheets
    • Advanced formative Assessment and data collection with Google Forms
    • Increasing efficiency with Gmail and Calendar Labs
    • Organization of information, communication, and collaboration with Google Sites
    • Utilizing Advanced Search Techniques in the classroom
    • Research and exploration with Google Maps and Google Earth
    • Utilizing Chrome Add-ons and Extensions with students

    Duration: 6 hours

  • Homegrown PD: How to Create Professional Development Activities for your Staff

    See examples of professional development that can be implemented within individual schools. Explore options for personal professional development as well.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Integrating Technology into Project Based Learning

    Project-based learning continues to be an amazing way to bring real-world problem-solving skills into the classroom. While PBL can take place without any technology at all, the learning theory lends itself to the seamless integration of technology. In this workshop, teachers will discover the how and why of PBL and dive into technology resources they can integrate into their PBL lessons.

    Duration: 6 hours

  • Let’s make a Podcast!

    Podcasting is growing as one of the top forms of media in the world. With the technology available to our students, anyone with simply a smartphone can start a podcast. The question is, how can we leverage this medium with our students? What tools are available, and appropriate for our students to use in podcast creation? This workshop will explore how you can bring the power of audio to your classroom, and perhaps, develop the next #1 podcast on the iTunes chart!

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Media Literacy & Digital Tattoos: Growing Up in a Digital Age

    In today’s world, students are immersed in technology. From social media to cyberbullying to fake news to strangers online, students encounter countless technological challenges on a daily basis. How can we as educators help our students be outstanding digital citizens? Are we doing all we can to teach students the skills they need to safely navigate the World Wide Web? In this workshop, teachers will gain insight and learn about how to help students “Be Internet Awesome.”

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Integrating Add-ons and Extensions into your Google Classroom

    Unlock the creative and innovative power of Chrome and move beyond using the core suite of Google tools for simple word processing, productivity, and organization. In this workshop, we will explore various extensions and add-ons that give students the power to do more with Chrome. When teachers know where to find these amazing tools, our students’ learning experience is enhanced to a level never before seen.

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Introduction to Coding in the Classroom: No Experience Required

    Focused on K-6 code.org’s free curriculum. Explore the program and learn how to manage it in a K-6 setting. Learn about Hour of Code and other coding programs that are free to educators.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Introduction to G Suite for Education

    Are you new to G Suite for Education? This workshop will dive into the ins-and-outs of this amazing platform and help get you on the road to success. From Google Drive to Docs to Forms to Sheets and everything in-between, we will explore how you can get the most out of your G Suite experience!

    Duration: 3 hours or 6 hours

  • STEM (STEAM) for the Non-STEM (STEAM) Content Area Teacher

    STEM or STEAM continues to be one of the most used buzzwords in education, but when looked at practically what does STEM actually mean? Teachers outside of science, technology, engineering, and math are often asked to bring STEM activities to their classroom but lack any ability to connect STEM to their curriculum. This workshop will work with those teachers on how the principles of STEM can be applied in their classroom s. While this will be designed for non-STEM area teachers, teachers in the STEM disciplines are welcome to attend!

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Take Your Classroom to Hyper Speed: Using the HyperDocs Concept with all Google Apps Tools

    HyperDocs create an interactive learning experience for students, allowing them to explore content, create and curate digital artifacts that demonstrate what they know, think, feel, and understand. The misconception about HyperDocs is that they are simply Google documents with hyperlinks in them. However, when used appropriately, they can transform teaching and learning into interactive, engaging, student-centered environments. Similarly, a HyperDoc doesn’t have to be only a Google Document, in this session we will explore how to use the HyperDoc process to transform the learning experience using the full Google Suite: including Slides, Forms, Sheets, Drawings, and MyMaps.

    Duration: 3 hours

  • The Art of Reflection

    Formal opportunities for reflection allow us to pause, look back, and analyze the points we can and should improve upon as we move forward. Great teachers regularly engage in reflection, if our first lesson of the day did not go well, we reflect back on what needs improvement and adjust to ensure that the same mistakes do not happen again. If, as teachers, we use the power of reflection to improve student learning, then it should be important to promote reflection with our students. In this workshop, we will explore how technology can help students in the reflection process. We will look at strategies, apps, and web tools that will assist students in the reflection process, and allow them to grow as learners.

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Using Twitter to Tell Your Story

    Twitter can be used professionally both for teachers’ professional growth and bringing the world into their classrooms. In this workshop learn tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Twitter for your Professional Learning Network.

    Duration: 2 hours

Information Sessions

  • Budgeting for Digital Learning

    The goal of this session is for participants to learn more budgeting options for digital learning. Participants will:

    • Learn more about budgeting for digital learning
    • Collaborate with colleagues on key questions related to digital learning budgets
    • Acquire resources to support budget planning and considerations
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leader

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Collaborative Leadership for Digital Learning

    The goal of this session is for participants to learn more about how collaborative leadership supports strategic planning around digital learning.
    Participants will:

    • Review the key components for collaborative leadership to support digital learning
    • Learn about strategic planning tools for digital learning implementation
    • Think about who the appropriate education leaders are in your state/district to coordinate the strategic planning process
    • Discuss with colleagues what teaching and learning would look like if leaders from across disciplines (i.e., academics, assessment, technology) collaborated on aligned digital learning solutions
    • Discuss some of the key policies and practices that impact and support learning in the digital age
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Connectivity

    The goal of this session is to provide participants, typically school and district leaders, with the opportunity to gain knowledge and resources to develop and enhance their infrastructure to support digital learning.

    Participants will:

    • Learn more about connectivity options for networks, Wi-Fi, and devices from colleagues and experts
    • Hear from colleagues on best practices for implementation
    • Collaborate with colleagues on key questions related to connectivity implementation
    • Acquire resources to support infrastructure planning and implementation
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Educational Research: Understanding Today's 21st Century Learners

    When was the last time you looked at educational research? This workshop introduces educators to various research and survey sources that will help them understand how today’s students learn and what their views are regarding technology in education.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Google Workflow Tips and Tricks for Teachers

    This workshop is meant for teachers to increase their productivity using Google tools.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Homegrown PD: How to Create Professional Development Activities for your Staff

    See examples of professional development that can be implemented within individual schools. Explore options for personal professional development as well.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Introduction to Digital Citizenship

    The goal of this session is to provide participants, typically school and district leaders, with the opportunity to understand the issues and responsibilities around digital citizenship.

    Participants will:

    • Learn more about digital citizenship
    • Discover best practices from peers
    • Discuss how your school/district is addressing digital citizenship
    • Explore resources used by other schools/districts
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Introduction to Homework Gap

    The goal of this session is for participants to learn more about the homework gap and strategize potential solutions.

    Participants will:

    • Learn more about the homework gap and its impact on digital equity
    • Strategize solutions with peers
    • Collaborate with colleagues on best practices
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Introduction to Instructional Materials

    The goal of this session is to provide participants, typically school and district leaders, with the opportunity to gain knowledge around the implementation of digital instructional materials.

    Participants will:

    • Analyze definitions of quality instructional materials including the elements necessary for quality digital materials
    • Collaborate with peers
    • Determine best options for curating digital instructional materials
    • Learn more about how policies and practices can support the implementation of quality instructional materials for all learners

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Introduction to Interoperability

    The goal of this session is to provide participants (typically school and district leaders) with the opportunity to gain knowledge and resources to better understand interoperability standards and how to best address interoperability needs as current technology based education resources are reviewed and new resources are considered for purchase.

    Participants will:

    • Understand interoperability needs
    • Review national interoperability standards and tools
    • Hear from exemplars on how to overcome challenges
    • Interact with your peers to learn what tools they use
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Introduction to Procurement

    The goal of this session is to provide participants (typically school and district leaders with the opportunity to gain knowledge and resources to develop and enhance procurement and RFP management to support digital learning.

    Participants will:

    • Learn more about procurement and RFP management
    • Identify procurement challenges and success stories
    • Collaborate with colleagues and develop solutions for challenges
    • Discuss how changes in state/local policies can improvement the procurement process
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Introduction to Student Data Privacy

    The goal of this session is to provide school and district leaders with the opportunity to check in and discuss current student data privacy practices, and to identify areas for improvement.

    Participants will:

    • Learn more about data privacy
    • Collaborate with colleagues to learn the current status of privacy programs
    • Assess the strengths and challenges of your school’s privacy program
    • Explore ways to engage parents
    • Acquire resources supporting student data privacy
    • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Global Projects via Social Media: Share & Tell Your Story

    See examples of how to leverage social media to connect with other teachers around the world for projects. Explore examples of projects you can do via Twitter to share with others.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Professional and Personal Portfolios

    Do you have a professional portfolio to accompany your curriculum vitae? Learn how (and why) to create personal and professional portfolios.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Using Technology for Formative Assessments

    Technology makes it easy to see if our students are understanding what we are teaching. Explore technology tools that allow for “real-time” assessments of understanding and begin thinking about where these tools fit into your curriculum. Tools featured are free.

    Duration: 1 hour