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February 2021

Be Connected: Two-Factor Authentication

02. 18. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

Two-factor authentication - chances are, you've heard about this latest trend in cybersecurity. Many consumer-oriented platforms are now utilizing it, including Google and most major social media websites. Regardless of your experience with 2FA, tune into this week's edition of Be Connected.

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Be Connected: Incident Response

02. 25. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

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.

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March 2021

SOPPA for Teachers: How To Be A Partner In Protecting Student Data

03. 02. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:15pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Brian Bates

This webinar will help teachers understand the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) and how this new legislation could potentially impact their classrooms. This session will include an overview of SOPPA, how this new legislation may impact educational technology resources, and the role teachers play in protecting student data.

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Be Connected: Content Filters

03. 04. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

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.

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E-Rate 471 Tips and Tricks

03. 09. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:15pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Mindy Fiscus

Join the LTC's Mindy Fiscus for an overview of Form 471 and its role in the larger E-Rate submission process. This webinar will include a walkthrough of Form 471, including minor changes and navigation tricks for expediting the completion process.

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Teaching for This Moment: Solutions to Finish Your Year Successfully

03. 10. 2021  |   3:00pm - 4:15pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Everfi

During the presentation, we will cover each of these problems broadly, then jump into breakout rooms to learn about resources and best practices for covering different topic areas.

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Be Connected: Student Information Systems (SIS)

03. 11. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

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.

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Ignite Your Classroom with FREE Curriculum and Teacher Tools from CodeHS

03. 16. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:15pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Lea Sloan

Join CodeHS team members in this informative and fast-paced session to learn about FREE computer science curricular materials, teacher tools, and resources.

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Be Connected: Level Up with Gamification!

03. 18. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

Get ready to level up with this week's Be Connected, where we'll chat about how you've brought gamification into the classroom. You'll even have a chance to share your favorite educational games with your peers!

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Introduction to Jamboard

03. 23. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:15pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Lisa Schwartz

Learn more about Google Jamboard and how it can be used to encourage collaboration and increase engagement with students in the classroom - whether they are in-person or remote.

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BeConnected: Tech Ticket Software

03. 25. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

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.

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April 2021

BeConnected: Makerspaces for STEM/STEAM

04. 01. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

Join this week's edition of the LTC’s Be Connected series to learn more about Makerspaces, as well as share your success stories about utilizing them in your classroom.

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Be Connected: Virtualization

04. 08. 2021  |   1:30pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

Tune into this week's edition of "Be Connected" to learn about virtualization's benefits, as well as a variety of best practices for implementing virtualization on educational devices.

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Be Connected: Social Media

04. 15. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

Tune in to this week's edition of "Be Connected" to learn more about how social media can play a role in your classroom's learning routines

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Be Connected: IT Certifications

04. 22. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

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.

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Microsoft M365 and Google

04. 23. 2021  |   9:00am - 10:00am   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Orman

Did you know that Microsoft Teams and Google can actually play nice together? Join us for a webinar focused on how these two widely-used systems can be utilized in tandem.

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Managing DPAs for SOPPA by Using the ISPA/SDPC Database

04. 26. 2021  |   3:00pm - 4:00pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

In this session, you'll learn all about the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) and Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) database tools, as well as how those tools can be utilized to manage and display DPAs in accordance with Illinois' newest student data privacy law.

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3D Printing FUNdamentals

04. 27. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:15pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Joe Cipfl

Join us for an informative session on the basics of 3D printers and 3D printing. We will explore the fundamentals of 3D printing, the best printers for education, the software and apps needed for successful printing, how to plan for a 3D printing space, and some curriculum integration essentials.

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Be Connected: Wireshark

04. 29. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

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."

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May 2021

Using the IL-NDPA for SOPPA Compliance

05. 03. 2021  |   3:00pm - 4:00pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

In this session, participants will learn about the structure, functionality, and use of the Illinois - National Data Privacy Agreement (IL-NDPA), which was created through the joint efforts of the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), Learning Technology Center (LTC), Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA).

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

05. 06. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

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.

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Managing DPAs for SOPPA by Using the ISPA/SDPC Database

05. 10. 2021  |   3:00pm - 4:00pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

In this session, you'll learn all about the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) and Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) database tools, as well as how those tools can be utilized to manage and display DPAs in accordance with Illinois' newest student data privacy law.

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How to Become a Google Certified Coach

05. 11. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:15pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Nicole Zumpano

Google’s Certified Coach program empowers coaches to work 1:1 with educators and drive impactful technology use in their schools. Join Nicole Zumpano to learn more about the process and requirements to become certified and learn how the LTC can help you in this journey.

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Be Connected: Endpoint Security Software

05. 13. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

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.

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Be Connected: Network Monitoring Tools

05. 20. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

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.

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Other Than E-Rate Essentials

05. 20. 2021  |   3:00pm - 4:00pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Mindy Fiscus

The IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus will share updates on these and other state and federal funding opportunities that work along with E-Rate to support broadband access for student learning.

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Making Microsoft Work for Modern Education

05. 21. 2021  |   11:00am - 12:00pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Amy Grigsby

Come learn from Amy Grigsby, a Microsoft Licensing Specialist, about the Microsoft solutions that are available to help you with collaboration, security, data analytics, and more.

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ICN Consortium Forms and Tools Walkthrough

05. 25. 2021  |   10:00am - 11:00am   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Mindy Fiscus

IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus, will walk participants through the steps of completing the Letter of Agency and Circuit Information required for participation in the program.

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Other Than E-Rate Essentials

05. 26. 2021  |   10:00am - 11:00am   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Mindy Fiscus

The IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus will share updates on these and other state and federal funding opportunities that work along with E-Rate to support broadband access for student learning.

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Be Connected: Summer IT Projects

05. 27. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

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!

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ICN Consortium Forms and Tools Walkthrough

05. 27. 2021  |   3:00pm - 4:00pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Mindy Fiscus

IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus, will walk participants through the steps of completing the Letter of Agency and Circuit Information required for participation in the program.

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June 2021

Other Than E-Rate Essentials

06. 03. 2021  |   10:00am - 11:00am   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Mindy Fiscus

The IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus will share updates on these and other state and federal funding opportunities that work along with E-Rate to support broadband access for student learning.

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Microsoft Intune

06. 18. 2021  |   9:00am - 10:00am   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Jodie LeFever

Join this session to learn how you can modernize the management of your Windows devices with Endpoint Manager and Provisioning packages. We will cover enrolling devices via provisioning packages and AutoPilot and managing applications, device settings, and more.

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Be Connected: LTC Technology Documentation Assessment Guide

06. 23. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

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.

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July 2021

Be Connected: NetRef Internet Bandwidth Report

07. 14. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Chris Wherley

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.

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Lesson Design for the Post-COVID Classroom

07. 20. 2021  |   10:00am - 11:00am   |  Online   |  Free

In this presentation, we'll explore how EdPuzzle can help address some of those challenges, including bridging the achievement gap, freeing up time to spend with individual students, and reshaping your classroom routines for more personalized learning.

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Microsoft MSIA Overview

07. 28. 2021  |   10:00am - 11:00am   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Jill Sitnick

Looking to earn a Microsoft certification? Interested in helping your students do the same? This session can help you take the first step!

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

07. 28. 2021  |   1:00pm - 1:45pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Eric Muckensturm

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.

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August 2021

EdPuzzle for Students with Autism

08. 10. 2021  |   10:00am - 11:00am   |  Online   |  Free

The accessibility features built into EdPuzzle make it an ideal tool for use with students with autism or other special needs.

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Minecraft: Education Edition

08. 11. 2021  |   10:00am - 11:00am   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Emma Metos

This session will cover readily available worlds, lessons, and professional development resources for Minecraft: Education Edition.

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MakeCode

08. 18. 2021  |   10:00am - 11:00am   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Jacqueline Russell

In this session, educators can learn about MakeCode and how it can be utilized to bring computer science to life for all students.

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September 2021

Ever-Evolving: What’s New & What’s Next from EVERFI

09. 14. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:30pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Everfi

EVERFI remains a powerful, robust tool for leveraging digital resources to your institution's advantage. Whether you’re new to EVERFI or a seasoned EVERFI veteran, join this session to learn about recent platform updates and new digital resources that can help you prepare for the 21-22 school year.

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October 2021

Get the Picture! Using Images for Digital Citizenship Conversations

10. 05. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:30pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Kristen Mattson

Are you and your students tired of those "canned" digital citizenship lessons that always seem to cover the same topics and elicit lackluster responses? Your digital citizenship lessons don't have to be something you dread!

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Digital Citizenship Resources for Connected Kids

10. 12. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:30pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Nicole Zumpano

Join Nicole Zumpano as she shares a variety of resources crowdsourced by the LTC's team of Instructional Technology Coaches to help you integrate this important topic into your classrooms. You're sure to walk away with ideas that can be implemented during this important awareness week and beyond.

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Google’s Be Internet Awesome: Helping Kids Become Safe, Confident Digital Explorers

10. 19. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:30pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Anne Nash

Join Google for Education Program Manager Anne Nash to learn more about Be Internet Awesome and how you can bring this digital literacy and digital citizenship content to your classrooms, students, and families - including through their Pear Deck-enabled BIA interactive lessons!

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Exploring Google’s Applied Digital Skills Lessons

10. 27. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:30pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Steve Wick

Google’s Applied Digital Skills is an online curriculum that connects teachers and students to the skills they need to be digital problem solvers. This hour-long webinar will explore this curriculum's resources as well as evaluate how they can be used to support classroom content connected to real-world skills.

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November 2021

Digital Safety for Littles

11. 02. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:30pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Lesley Grady

90% of today's children possess internet experience by age 8. This sessions provide educators with resources that speak to that experience and support efforts to instill digital safety basics in the mind's of today's youngest learners.

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Learners Here, There, and Everywhere – Zoom ClassRoom

11. 03. 2021  |   2:00pm - 3:00pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Dr. Lance Ford

As hybrid classrooms become the norm, how can educators effectively and clearly communicate with a webcam and headset while simultaneously interacting with a class of in-person students? Enter Zoom ClassRoom, a new educational tool made for this moment. In this webinar, you'll hear from one educator who has harnessed Zoom ClassRoom to meet their students where they are, regardless of where they are.

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Other Duties As Assigned – Collaboration Tools for Librarians

11. 30. 2021  |   3:30pm - 4:30pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Colleen Kaplan

The world is changing rapidly, and so is the role of the school librarian! Join the LTC's Colleen Kaplan and Holly Kelly as they dig into different collaboration tools that can help pave the way for meaningful collaboration between library staff, school faculty, and students.

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Get Illinois Ready for the Hour of Code with Tynker!

11. 30. 2021  |   4:30pm - 5:30pm   |  Online   |  Free
Facilitated by Brian Bates

It’s that time of year again - time for the Hour of Code in Illinois! Extend the excitement for coding and computer science throughout your community and throughout the school year. Join us for a webinar that will give you everything you need to run a successful Hour of Code.

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