Resources created or curated by the LTC that address essential and relevant K-12 education and technology topics.
Ignite Creativity in your Chromebook Classroom: 60+ Tools and Lessons to Spark Creativity
Ignite Creativity in your Chromebook Classroom: 60+ Tools and Lessons to Spark Creativity is an interactive book with images, videos, and audio that introduces educators to new ways of teaching and creating through technology.
SPARK Parent Webinar Series: Get to Know Google Classroom
Join us as we talk with Ben Sondgeroth, LTC Regional Educational Technology Coordinator and Google Expert, as we discuss the top things parents need to know to help their students be successful for the new school year. We will cover Google Classroom basics and leave time for Q & A!
This is an on-demand webinar.
National Data Privacy Agreement + Illinois Exhibit
The National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) streamlines application contracting and sets common expectations between schools/districts and marketplace providers. The LTC created an Illinois-specific exhibit that modifies the NDPA for use in Illinois, making it compliant with SOPPA regulations. Learn more about NDPA and the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance.
SPARK Parent Podcast Episode 3 Resources: “The Basics” of Remote and Hybrid Learning
SPARK Parent Podcast Episode 4 Resources: The Importance of Reading During Remote Learning
Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)
A legislative brief that introduces requirements under the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA), which provides additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only (105 ILCS 85).
Reasonable Security Practices
The Learning Technology Center selected 43 security best practices that all districts should implement to comply with the Student Online Personal Protection Act. The practices align with CIS Controls, a globally recognized cybersecurity standard, and are vetted by Illinois school district technology leaders.
LTC Back to School Toolkit
Jumpstart your back-to-school technology training with this toolkit from the LTC! We did the hard work for you and collected the best LTC resources for GoogleEDU, MicrosoftEDU, SeeSaw, Schoology, and parent/caregiver support so you can focus on getting ready to rock the upcoming school year!
Email Etiquette for Students
Do your students need some reminders of good email etiquette? Use these clear and concise infographics to give them a gentle nudge in the right direction! Graphics are available to download and share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
ISTE’s Learning Keeps Going
A coalition of education organizations led by ISTE has curated free tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online.
Back to School on a Budget
Are your kids ready for remote learning, but your house is not?
Are you dreading shelling out too much money for yet another piece of furniture (let alone where it is going to fit in your house!)?
Check out these creative workspace solutions for the at-home, remote learners in your life. Most importantly, each solution comes in at under $40.00 (including optional supplies)!
SPARK Parent Guidelines for Remote Learning
Struggling to set boundaries for class video calls? This infographic sets out clear guidelines for parents and caregivers to follow while students are engaging in remote learning from home.
Click here for a set of images sized just right for sharing on social media!
SPARK Interactive Schedule Builder
Does your student need a daily schedule to help them visualize their day while remote learning?
Use this interactive schedule builder to make a printable schedule that can be customized to their unique learning plan!
*NOTE: You will need to sign in with a Google account to access a copy of this interactive schedule builder. For instructions on making a Google account, watch this video.
Parent Resource Hubs Master List
Looking for a specific LMS combination for the LTC SPARK Parent Resource Hub? Find the master list of embed codes here, including all Spanish options!
LTC SPARK District Check-In
Created for districts to use on an ongoing basis, these forms will help administration monitor the social-emotional and physical wellbeing of their students and families. Two forms are available and both can be edited to fit the needs of the school/district. The first is for quick, weekly/biweekly input from parents and caregivers, focusing on family wellbeing. The second is an in-depth and involved survey that can be administered once a quarter, trimester, or semester. This survey will provide administrators a better look at overarching parent and caregiver concerns.