Professional Learning Services

Professional Learning Services

Interested in Custom Professional Learning?

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.

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The State Leader in EdTech Professional Learning

A significant part of the LTC’s mission is to provide forward-thinking, impactful, technology-related professional learning to all Illinois school districts, schools, educators, and school personnel. Our regional services teams and subject matter experts provided 750+ professional learning events to 24,000 participants during the 2020-21 school year. All of our professional learning events are customizable to meet the unique needs of the target audience, and we frequently work with whole counties, district, school, and school-level teams. 

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.

Common Types of Professional Learning Experiences:

  • In-Person and Virtual Workshop
  • In-Person and Virtual Networking Events
  • Sessions at State Conferences
  • Summits and Conferences
  • Online Courses and Microcredentials
  • Webinars
  • Year-Long Professional Learning Series and Capacity Building Programs
  • Informational Presentations (Board Meetings, Parent Nights, etc.)
  • Customized Professional Learning Experiences

Our Focus Areas

Digital Learning Models

The approach to teaching and learning at a classroom, building, or district level.

  1. Technology Frameworks & Paradigms
  2. Virtual, Remote, and Blended Learning
  3. Technology-Enhanced Personalized Learning

Digital Teaching & Learning

The application of technology in education.

  1. Technology in the Content Areas
  2. Digital Citizenship
  3. Computer Science and Computational Thinking
  4. Creation and Creativity
  5. Emerging Technologies and Trends

Digital-Age Leadership & Capacity Building

Planning and leadership development.

  1. Leadership
  2. Technology Planning and Evaluation
  3. Technology Funding and Access
  4. Instructional Technology Coaching Practices and Models

Digital Tools, Apps, & Resources

Focused on specific tools and resources.

  1. Platforms: Apple, Google, Microsoft.
  2. Other Digital Tools, Apps, and Resources
  3. Open Education Resources

Technology Leadership & Support

Supporting technology leaders.

  1. Data Privacy
  2. Cybersecurity
  3. Information Technology Management
  4. Purchasing

Professional Learning Catalog

Below is a catalog of professional learning offerings we often provide. This catalog can serve as a starting point for custom-designed experiences specific for your organization. A Google Doc version is also available.

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Administrator Academy

AA #3835 Frameworks for Successful Technology Integration in Schools

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 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.

Duration:6 hours
Workshop

Accessibility with Office 365

Microsoft is working hard to make sure all students have the tools they need to succeed! Learn about the accessibility features that are seamlessly built into the Microsoft platform such as:

  • Translator
  • Immersive reader
  • Dictation
  • Math Support
  • Live captions/translations

*Note: Most of these features are available in many Office 365 apps, but are all centrally located within OneNote

Duration:1-2 hours
Workshop

Advanced Uses of Google Classroom

Google Classroom provides teachers and students a powerful learning space to organize and effectively manage digital coursework during learning, whether that be remote or in-person. This session will explore the advanced features of Google Classroom and how it can integrate with dozens of web applications and other digital tools. Join us to see how Google Classroom can assist in streamlining workflow and engaging your students in a remote, hybrid, or in-person learning environment.

Duration:2-3 Hours
Workshop

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:2 hours
Workshop

Build Interactive Activities with Google Slides

When someone opens up a Google Slides, their immediate thought is to create a Powerpoint like presentation. However, Slides can accomplish so much more than just creating a presentation! In this session we will explore how to transform your use of Slides into interactive activities, such as interactive notebooks, daily journals, choice boards, and more!

Duration:1 - 3 hours
Networking Event

Coaching Networking Meeting

Join instructional technology coaches from around the state to share best practices and network with like-minded individuals. Anyone involved or interested in educational technology – including teachers, administrators, and technology specialists – is welcome to join.

Duration:2 hours
Workshop

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
Workshop

Coding with Microsoft MakeCode

Using a combination of the Microsoft MakeCode app and the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, students can let loose a storm of creativity to build their own coding projects! Participants will not only learn the basics of coding, but will also be able to participate in a hands on “maker session” to create their own, unique, coding creation.

Duration:3 hours