Webinars

Anytime, anywhere learning. Hear from state and national experts on innovative classroom practices, educational apps/tools, networking and infrastructure, data security, accessibility, and more.

Connect and share in real-time with educators from around the state or visit our library of on-demand webinars to get your professional learning on demand. Have a suggestion for a webinar or want to volunteer to present? Share your ideas!

Tuesdays @ 3:30 – 4:00
.5 PD Hours/Webinar
Free
  • Upcoming
  • On Demand

December 18, 2018 @ 3:30

 

Google Scripting

During this webinar, we will explore the possibilities of adding functionality to Google Apps with Google Apps Script and Google App Maker. We will examine examples, steps for getting started, and resources to help.

Presenter: Chris Wherley, LTC Network and Technology Services Coordinator

 

January 8, 2019 @ 3:30

 

Creating Digital Textbooks Using CK-12

Would you like to integrate more meaningful digital resources into your STEM curriculum, but have no budget to do so? CK-12 is an excellent Open Education Resource (OER) that is free and easy to use. CK-12 FlexBooks are online platforms for assembling, authoring, and distributing interactive, multi-modal educational content.

Presenter: Joe Cipfl, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC

 

 

January 15, 2019 @ 3:30

 

Genius Hour – Time to Get Your Hands Dirty

This webinar will move you through the steps of Genius Hour and how it really feels to go through the process. By remembering how it feels to be a learner we can understand the struggle often felt by our students. We will chat through some tips and tricks to a successful implementation of Genius Hour and the various ways of allowing it to thrive in your teaching and learning.

Presenter: Kim Darche, Instructional Coach @ SD113A

 

January 22, 2019 @ 3:30

 

E-Rate 470 Form Walkthrough

LTC Digital Access Coordinator and IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus will walk through the filing of a 470 Form for E-Rate. The FCC Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form) opens the required competitive bidding process. This form must be filed in the EPC application portal at least 28 days before selecting a service provider for the following school year. This webinar will walk through the process and showcase the different services and equipment types that are eligible for E-Rate reimbursement through the FCC.

Presenter: Mindy Fiscus, LTC Digital Access Coordinator and IL State E-Rate Coordinator

 

January 29, 2019 @ 3:30

 

Assessment Platforms for the Classroom

Do your students need to practice tech-enhanced answers? How about feedback tools with audio and video components? This webinar will explore online tools that allow educators to create their own assessment content and select any of 60+ questions types. Educators can also find questions other educators have created matched to standards.

Presenter: Lisa Ward, ISBE Content Specialist

 

February 5, 2019 @ 3:30

 

 

The 8 C’s of PBL

The 4 C’s are a popular topic in education right now. I think we can do better!! Let’s integrate technology into PBL and watch our classrooms transform. This entertaining session will address the 4 C’s and introduce 4 more C’s that you can provide your students through technology used in PBL. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn researched benefits, helpful tips, awesome project ideas, popular methods, and some tech tools used to excite students through PBL.

Presenter:  Chad LeDune, CTE/STEM Teacher, Southwest School Corporation

 

February 19, 2019 @ 3:30

 

 

E-Rate 471: Tips, Tricks, and What Not to Miss

LTC Digital Access Coordinator and IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus assists school districts across IL in filing for the E-Rate federal reimbursement program for internet access and network equipment. This overview of the 471 application will point out minor changes and navigation ‘tricks’ to expedite the process of completing the form. The walkthrough will also showcase the level of detail required to meet the FCC and USAC requirements. Information related to both internet access and internal connections applications will be shared. A more detailed, hands-on workshop will be provided in multiple locations across the state (https://ltcillinois.org/erateworkshops/).

Presenter: Mindy Fiscus, LTC Digital Access Coordinator and IL State E-Rate Coordinator

 

February 26, 2019

 

 

No Webinar

We will be attending #ICE19 February 25-28, 2019 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Il. Stop by our booth and say hi! Register today to see members of the LTC staff, as well as past and future webinar speakers present. Visit www.iceberg.org to sign up. Hope to see you there!

 

March 5, 2019 @ 3:30

 

STEM Read: Learn the STEM. Live the Book!

STEM Read creates fun, hands-on games based and online resources based on popular fiction books. Our high-energy, interactive field trips give students a chance to interact with text, participate in problem-solving challenges, and explore cool STEM concepts. Our events feature books like I Survived by Lauren Tarshis, Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar, Quarantine by Lex Thomas, Feed by M.T. Anderson, and more. Join STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile to learn about our philosophy for selecting books and creating interdisciplinary activities, explore our free online resources, and see how you can use STEM Read’s standards-aligned games to inspire students at your school or library.

Presenter: Gillian King-Cargile, STEM Read Director

 

March 12, 2019 @ 3:30

 

Get Organized with Symbaloo

Do you bookmark a webpage and forget about it? Explore Symbaloo with me and how you can help yourself and your students organize your web pages and not forget about them. Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool that helps organize the web pages you use.

Presenter: Lisa Schwartz, Regional Education Technology Coordinator for the LTC

 

March 26, 2019 @ 3:30

 

Literacy Supports for All Content Areas

The process of writing can sometimes be daunting. Students need to work through the planning, drafting, revising, and publishing their work. How many of our students jump right to “I’m done” and ready to publish? We will explore a few tools that will walk students through the writing process. We will also discuss many other tools to support literacy.

Presenter: Lisa Ward, ISBE Content Specialist

 

Below are the previously recorded webinars that the Learning Technology Center has hosted. Clock hours are not available for watching an archived webinar.

Engaging Students with Minecraft

This session will investigate several different ways to introduce Minecraft in the classroom as a tool to increase student engagement and provide fun options for student projects. We will look at both options for student lead and teacher lead projects as well as investigate some of the useful tools available for teachers looking for project leads.

Presenter: Christopher Johnson, Minecraft Global Mentor
Recorded: September 4. 2018

E-Rate State Matching Grant Opportunity

State funds are now available for school districts to improve broadband access to the Internet. As part of the Illinois State Board of Education’s budget, the Illinois Legislature and Governor approved a $16.3 million state matching fund to ensure that all K-12 public schools are able to access fiber infrastructure. Combined with E-rate Category 1 funds, this additional funding could reduce or eliminate the local funding share for these projects. Funding will be made available through an ISBE grant that will be released this fall. This webinar will outline this amazing opportunity made possible with the support of the IL K-12 Illinois Classroom Connectivity Project.

Presenter: Mindy Fiscus, LTC Digital Access Coordinator
Recorded: September 11, 2018

Admin Console for G Suite for Education

This session will explore the Admin Console for managing your G Suite for Education implementation. We will look at the areas for managing Chromebooks, users and groups, apps, and extensions, and the Andriod app functionality available for Chromebooks. There will be time for questions and answers.

Presenter: Chris Wherley, Network and Technology Services Coordinator for the LTC
Recorded: September 18, 2018

Tech Tools Takeaway-Overview of IL Classrooms in Action

Join us for an overview of Illinois Classrooms in Action’s Technology website. All resources vetted on this website are FREE for educators and aligned for use within classroom technology integration. In addition to the overview, we will explore a couple of tools to support parent and family connections.

Presenter: Lisa Ward, ISBE Content Specialist
Recorded: September 25, 2018

Let’s ALL Mystery Skype!

Mystery Skype is a unique educational game that engages all age groups and applies to all curricular subjects. The objective of the game is to uncover the mystery of the other classroom by asking questions that encourage the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students work together to solve the challenge. As the game unfolds students begin to notice similarities with each other. They also become inquisitive about our differences. The genuine exchange between the classes as they play opens hearts and minds. Connecting our students with the world and promoting global citizenship builds a deeper understanding and empathy for other lifestyles and societies.

Presenter: Gina Ruffcorn, Skype Master Teacher
Recorded: October 2, 2018

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC): New Illinois State Alliance!

This session will outline the work of the Student Data Privacy Consortium and the newest state Alliance – IL! You will hear the history of the Consortium, membership make-up and how various tools available for any identified districts addressing their student data privacy concerns.

Presenter:Larry Fruth II, PhD, Executive Director/CEO for Access for Learning – Student Data Privacy Consortium
Recorded: October 9, 2018

E-Rate Webinar

This webinar will cover FY18-19 updates to the Federal E-Rate Program. We will also be discussing impending October floating deadlines for the 486 and BEAR 472 forms. Questions and discussion will be encouraged!

Presenter: Mindy Fiscus, LTC Digital Access Coordinator
Recorded: October 16, 2018

Tech Tool Takeaway-Seesaw!

Join us as we explore Seesaw.me. This is a “social media” style way to document what is happening in the classroom. Educators can use this to support student led conference, student reflection and peer review, gather artifacts for their own reflection and use with evaluations. All grade levels and content areas, from Kindergarten to AP Chemistry can utilize this tool to enhance and streamline their activities.

Presenter: Lisa Ward, ISBE Content Specialist
Recorded: October 23, 2018

Getting Started with Augmented and Virtual Reality

Preparing to implement augmented and virtual reality in the classroom can be extremely successful with a thoughtful plan. Learn the basic of AR and VR, while gaining some insight into best practices for use in the classroom. This technology isn’t only for the techie educator, but all classrooms using the devices that are already available. Get the foundation to begin using immersive technology to transform your lessons into an interactive playground.

Presenter: Jaime Donally, Founder of #ARVRinEDU
Recorded: November 6, 2018

Google Tips & Tricks to Improve Your Workflow

Is your Drive a mess? Do you need some organizational how-tos? Learn some Google tips and tricks to improve your workflow. Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail and other Google tools will be addressed.

Presenter: Nicole Zumpano, Regional Education Technology Coordinator for the LTC
Recorded: November 13, 2018

Common Sense Cybersecurity Controls for K-12 Schools

The K-12 Cyber Incident Map has documented over 350 cybersecurity incidents affecting U.S. K-12 schools since 2016, resulting in the disclosure of student and educator data, the loss of taxpayer dollars, and the loss of instructional time. Based on lessons learned from these incidents, this session will describe practical and cost-effective steps that schools can take to reduce the prevalence and severity of the cybersecurity incidents they are most likely to face.

Presenter: Doug Levin, President of EdTech Strategies, LLC
Recorded: November 20, 2018

Technology for Social Emotional Learning

Would you like to bring in some Social Emotional Learning technology resources? This webinar will explore a few resources available for K-12 that support open discussions and activities about empathy, courage, self-regulation, teamwork, decision making, and many more skills.

Presenter: Lisa Ward, ISBE Content Specialist
Recorded: November 27, 2018

Coding in the Classroom

Thinking about teaching coding in the classroom? This session will cover the hows and whys, share creative, authentic examples of coding across the curriculum, and provide resources to get started with coding in the K-12 classroom.

Presenter: Karrin Burns – Teacher @ Lincoln Elementary, River Forest
Recorded: December 4, 2018

Powerful Ways to Engage Your Students Using Google Classroom

Google Classroom provides teachers and students a powerful learning space to organize and effectively manage digital coursework. This webinar will combine explanation and exploration of Google Classroom as a means of streamlining workflow while engaging students in authentic learning experiences.

Presenter: Ben Sondgeroth, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC
Recorded: December 11, 2018