IT Summer Summit

#ITSummerSummit #ltcillinois

Jump into summer with a day of networking and professional learning for IT staff. Join technology leaders, support staff, and colleagues for a one-day event in June. Topics are carefully selected by local IT staff based on local needs, and topics may address Google, Microsoft, cybersecurity, imaging, inventory, patching, backup, recovery, open-source solutions, firewalls, content filters, eSports and more. It’s your opportunity to explore new tools and strategies needed to support and improve your district’s technology infrastructure. Best of all, you can get an early start on summer technology projects by networking with others who may be doing similar projects in their districts.

Audience: 

CIOs, CTOs, Technology Directors, Technology Coordinators, System Administrators, Technology Specialists, and others.

Sponsor:

The Learning Technology Center is an Illinois State Board of Education program that supports all public K-12 districts, schools, and educators through technology initiatives, services, and professional learning opportunities. Connect with the LTC at ltcillinois.org, @ltcillinois, or via our online Community.

Cost:

$40.00 (An invoice will be sent to your district post-event. Failure to cancel at least 24 hours prior to the event may result in being invoiced. Any “no shows” will be invoiced)

Dates and Locations

June 10, 2019

Kishwaukee College

June 11, 2019

Richland Community College

June 17, 2019

John A Logan College

Schedule and Session information coming soon!

Online Courses

Free and self-paced learning!

The LTC online courses are meant to offer a bird’s eye view of technology tools or instructional strategies. Courses will have current content in a multimodal format (i.e. slide decks, audio, video, hyperlinks, etc.). The course structure consists of the following 4 sections:

  1. Home: course details and instructor contact information
  2. Learn: what does this tool do, how to use this tool, suggestions to use in education, and support materials
  3. Do: tasks you have to perform to earn PD Hours. Most times this will consist of a short quiz and a performance task
  4. Explore: additional resources on the subject matter to explore on your own

April 22, 2019 - May 31, 2019 Online Courses

Save Time with an Organized Google Drive!

Is your Google Drive a mess? Do you have files strewn about and have to search every time you need access? This is the course for you! In this course, you will learn to navigate Google Drive and organize your files in a way that makes sense to you. Learn tips and tricks to increase your productivity as well as how to navigate this essential Google tool.

**Registration is closed for this course

Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments

Most people know Google Forms as an information gathering app. It allows users to create surveys and collect data quickly and easily; but that’s not all. In this course, you will learn everything K12 educators need to know to build forms specifically for formative and summative student assessments. Get a walkthrough of the process of building forms in Google, including how to add questions, insert images and videos, and invite others to collaborate on forms. Forms assessments support various types of question formats such as text, paragraph, multiple-choice, lists, check boxes, scale, and grid. You will cover how to work with student responses, including customizing response settings, sending the form to recipients, viewing and analyzing response data, and the most exciting feature for teachers: creating self-grading digital quizzes and tests.

**Registration is closed for this course

Maximize the Power of Google Docs

One of the most difficult tasks teachers have when shifting to a digital environment involves the struggle of organizing all the digital documents. Where do they go? How can you possibly keep track? What will you do without that massive bag of papers to haul home and grade every night? If you teach with the Google tools, your answer is Google Classroom! Google Classroom was released by Google at the start of the 2014 school year. Since then it has grown tremendously and provided teachers and students a learning space to organize and effectively manage digital course work. This online course will combine explanation and exploration of Google Classroom as a means of streamlining workflow while engaging students in authentic learning experiences. Join us to learn how Google Classroom will revolutionize your class’s digital experience!

**Registration is closed for this course

Understanding the Power of Google Docs

Are you looking for ways to do more with Google Docs in your classroom? We will learn how to create, share and collaborate using Google Docs and then explore how you can provide feedback, look at revision history, and several other functions to help you and your students.

**Registration is closed for this course

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does a typical course look like?

    The LTC online courses are meant to offer a bird’s eye view of technology tools or instructional strategies. Courses will have current content in a multimodal format (i.e. slide decks, audio, video, hyperlinks, etc.). The course structure consists of the following 4 sections:

    1. Home: course details and instructor contact information
    2. Learn: what does this tool do, how to use this tool, suggestions to use in education, and support materials
    3. Do: tasks you have to perform to earn PD Hours. Most times this will consist of a short quiz and a performance task
    4. Explore: additional resources on the subject matter to explore on your own
  • Can I register for an online course after the start date?

    No, you are unable to register after the start date. Registration closes a couple of days prior to the start of the online courses, so be sure to register ahead of time. Registration close date information is available on the registration page for each of the online courses.

  • Will the same LTC courses be available again, after the end date?

    Yes, however a timelines for repeating the courses has not been determined yet.

  • Are there certain times I have to attend during the online course?

    No! The courses are designed to be asynchronous so you work at your own pace. Just be sure to submit your final artifacts prior to the end of the course.

  • Is there a fee for the online course?

    Nope! LTC online courses are free.

  • Hoe do I get my clock hours/PD hours?

    Once the course is completed, our instructors will review the artifacts for completion. Approximately two weeks after the course end date, an evaluation form will be sent to your email. Once that has been completed, then you will receive your Evidence of Completion in your email. If you feel that you have not received your evaluation form in that time, please email Christina Ronquest at cronquest@ltcillinois.org.

  • What time commitment will an online course take?

    The LTC online courses are designed to take approximately 2 hours to complete. This is a guideline only and actual time spent may vary based on previous experience with the course subject matter.

  • I am having trouble registering, what do I do?

    If you are having problems with registration, please email Christina Ronquest at cronquest@ltcillinois.org

  • Do I need to create my own Canvas account, or will one be created for me?

    After you register, a Canvas account will be created for you.

  • Can I use a pre-existing Canvas account, or will one be created for me?

    It’s great that you have a pre-existing account, but we’ll need to create a separate account just for the LTC installation of Canvas.

  • What if I don't complete the class?

    We understand that life gets busy and sometimes there are obstacles that can’t be overcome. Since there is no charge for the online courses there isn’t a monetary penalty. However, incomplete work will be recorded and if it becomes a repetitive practice you may become ineligible to participate in future courses. To receive professional development credit you must complete the requirements listed in each course. No partial credit will be given.

  • By when do I have to complete my coursework to earn clock hours/PD Hours?

    Each online course has a specific start date and end date. Please be sure to check the end date for your particular course and make sure all work is submitted within Canvas by that date.

  • Are office hours available?

    Office hours in the traditional sense will not be available for the LTC online courses. Instructor contact information, however, is listed on the homepage of each course should you need to contact the instructor.

  • Can I contact my instructor directly if I have a question?

    es! If you have questions regarding the course or assignments please reach out to your individual instructor for clarification. Please contact the LTC for tech support at https://ltcillinois.org/connect/.

  • Will future courses be offered?

    es! The LTC will release new courses around a series of different tools (i.e. Google, Apple, Personalized Learning, etc.). Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter for updates on when new courses are released.

Digital Transition Discussion

Collaborate with Education Administrators, Educators to Discuss Digital Age Teaching and Learning, Innovation, Personalization, and Re-Design to supplement student-centricity.

  • Leading — Having a design for digital transition.
  • Planning – Considering digital in learning mapping, user interface and user experience.
  • Tech Directing – Data mapping, managing disparate Apps, and making it all work.
  • Teaching – Discovering a tech balance and transparency.
  • Personalization
  • Becoming ͞Transparent”
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Single Sign-ON
  • Discovery Learning inside Learning Management Systems
  • Virtual Reality
  • Adaptive Digital Curriculum
  • And more

For inquiry, publications, event flyers to share with Speaker and Panelist Contributors – email daric@learningcounsel.com

Leading Future Ready Schools – Dupage County

Event Description

Future Ready Schools (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Participants will engage with the program fundamentals and FREE tools to determine the best fit for their leadership style in order to meet the needs of their district. This workshop is designed to support participants in any phase of the program, from investigation to full district adoption. Individuals and building/district teams are welcome to attend.

Future Ready administrators are the foundation of a successful Future Ready School and are critical to sustainably grown in student outcomes. For personalized learning to thrive, administrators must create a culture of innovation that brings together students, teachers, other administrators, parents, and the community to share a vision for an improved learning experience. The Future Ready Framework is a research-based planning tool for digital learning, visioning, planning, and implementation focused on personalized student learning.

Presenter Bio

Melinda Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of IL

Google Level 1 Educator Certification

Event Description

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:

– Advanced organizational strategies and 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

Presenter

Lisa Schwartz, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC

Google Level 1 Certification Workshop

Event Description

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.

Presenter Bio

Nicole Zumpano, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC

 

**Registration is full**

 

Dive into Google Classroom

Event Description

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.

Presenter

Joe Cipfl, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the LTC

Google Level 2 Certification

Event Description

The Level 2 Certification workshop will prepare participants to take the Google Educator Level 2 certification exam (not included). 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

Presenter

Nicole Zumpano, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator with the LTC

Use Science, Coding and Robotics in the Elementary Classroom

Event Description

Want to prepare your students for STEM-related fields? Want to bring more engineering and problem-based learning to the classroom? Robotics is an effective way to engage students and integrate science, technology, engineering, and math into your classroom. During this hands-on session, attendees will build and code using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 to teach coding and standards-based science lessons while learning problem-solving skills. Our approach allows students to deeply engage with science practices and the engineering design process while solving real-world problems. Attendees will walk away with concrete activities that will empower their students to explore, create, and share discoveries as they build and code solutions to real-world problems.