Learning Resource Library

Resources created or curated by the LTC that address essential and relevant K-12 education and technology topics.

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Google Classroom: Parent Guide

Google Classroom is available to any teacher with a Google Apps for Education account. The Parent Guide shows you how to get started.

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Future Ready Instructional Coaches Network

Future Ready Instructional Leaders aim to inspire, amplify, and engage to lead through innovative professional practice.  Their site is full of resources from blogs, microcredentials, videos, and more to help instructional coaches take their practice to the next level.

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Instructional Coaching Group by Jim Knight

Led by Jim Knight and backed by over twenty years of research and experience working with over 100,000 coaches from all around the world, the Instructional Coaching Group’s coaching experts work to help educators develop the skills and tools they need to make an unmistakably positive impact in student’s lives.

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Illinois Council of Instructional Coaches

The Illinois Council of Instructional Coaching is a group collective of coaches and administrators, from Pre-K to College, throughout the state. They are dedicated to building the art of coaching to benefit teachers and students of all ages and provide opportunities for coaches to learn from one another through an annual conference, roundtables, a mentoring program, and more.

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The Triple E Framework for More Effective Technology Integration in Adult Education

Have you ever wondered how well you were integrating technology into your lessons? The Triple E Framework, developed by Dr. Liz Kolb in 2011, is a framework designed to help educators measure how well they integrate technology tools into instruction and provide ways to help increase its use.

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CIS Controls V7.1 Implementation Groups

The CIS Controls Implementation Groups take a “horizontal” look across all of the CIS Controls and identify a set of Sub-Controls to provide a simple and accessible way to help organizations of different classes focus their security resources.

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The TPACK Model

The TPACK model is a useful model for educators as they begin to use digital tools and strategies to support teaching and learning.  This model, developed by educational researchers Mishra and Kohler (2006),  is designed around the idea that content (what you teach) and pedagogy (how you teach) must be the basis for any technology that you plan to use in your classroom to enhance learning.

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The SAMR Model

A powerful conceptual tool to think about technology integration—and edtech’s best uses—is the SAMR model, developed in 2010 by education researcher Ruben Puentedura, who was the 1991 recipient of a Phi Beta Kappa teaching award.  The SAMR model lays out four tiers of online learning, presented roughly in order of their sophistication and transformative power: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition.

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eSpark

eSpark can be used at home for K-5 students to continue to access math and reading content at a level that’s right for them, even if they’re not in the classroom. Learn at home with individualized reading and math activities. Diverse third-party games, videos, and resources help students practice new skills

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Student Privacy and FERPA

Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and COVID-19.

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Tips for Designing an Online Lesson Using the 5 Es Instructional Model

Caitlin Tucker provides ticks on how to design online lessons using the 5 Es Instructional Model.

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Google CS First

CS First provides free, easy-to-use computer science enrichment materials that engage a diverse student population in grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). Facilitators use the video content to teach kids coding basics with Scratch, a block-based coding tool.

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EVERFI

EVERFI offers free online courses for grades K-12 on critical skills like social-emotional learning, STEM, health & wellness, financial literacy, career readiness and more. It can be assigned by a teacher and used independently by a student.

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Student Privacy Compass

A website that helps all education privacy stakeholders learn the basics, keep informed about the latest news, laws, and resources, and better communicate how to ensure education privacy while allowing for the good use of data and technology in education. It includes specific resource pages for K-12 officials, higher ed officials, parents, students, industry, and policymakers.

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Student Privacy and Special Education: An Educator’s Guide During and After COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted education and has forced schools to pivot quickly to a distance learning approach, which is often virtual. Using virtual learning products comes with concerns about student privacy, including for students receiving special education and related services. Federal privacy laws don’t explicitly address how to handle every situation, but concerns about privacy should not be a barrier to serving students as best as educators are able. This guide, developed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities and Future of Privacy Forum is designed to provide an overview of major relevant privacy laws and to help educators think through common scenarios that might present privacy concerns, particularly for students with disabilities.

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FERPA and Virtual Learning During COVID-19 (March 30, 2020)

A slide deck from the U.S. Department of Education’s presentation on FERPA and virtual learning. Included is an overview of FERPA and scenario-based responses.

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Smekens’ Literacy Lessons

Created by Smekens Education, Literacy Lessons provide a library of ready-to-share reading and writing lessons.

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Copyright: Distance Education and the TEACH Act

The American Library Association provides an overview of the TEACH Act, which defines the terms and conditions on which accredited, nonprofit educational institutions throughout the U.S. may use copyright-protected materials in distance education-including on websites and by other digital means–without permission from the copyright owner and without payment of royalties.

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The Triple E Framework for More Effective Technology Integration in Adult Education

Have you ever wondered how well you were integrating technology into your lessons? The Triple E Framework, developed by Dr. Liz Kolb in 2011, is a framework designed to help educators measure how well they integrate technology tools into instruction and provide ways to help increase its use.

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CoSN COVID-19 Response: Preparing to Take School Online

CoSN, the national professional organization for K – 12 technology leaders, identifies key considerations for districts contemplating moving classrooms online.

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