SPARK District Toolkit

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Colleen Kaplan
Remote Learning Outreach Specialist
ckaplan@ltcillinois.org

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Training and resources for Illinois parents and caregivers as they support students with remote learning.

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) 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. During this time of remote learning, we are providing specific resources to support parents and caregivers who have students that are remote learning.

This webpage is designed to help school districts and schools in their work with parents.

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  • 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.

Parent Resource Hub

Resources specifically curated for parents and caregivers. Each of these slidedecks can be embedded in a district or school website using the code below the slidedeck.

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Canvas
  • Schoology
  • SeeSaw
  • Zoom

Google Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQttfTJx6YtYlDqKEr87aFbNU-xoZ1FdGlYDdt00P_oFXO_RxvmF_V1rLqRP_1pmod-JFHXcbRGDmdX/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

Embed code for a combined SeeSaw and Google Classroom parent portal available upon request. Please contact ckaplan@ltcillinois.org.

Microsoft Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSrVsEDW5rmqxO5w7WDSWfL7mYNOwQ8eAiEKFxyUgQvtFOlZB3sxtynAY0RKlIYY9KzoYDqNdO0As0U/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

Canvas Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTIw4Jzy7plHlc_1DHMcCaHcrGb7_dKXrIUMaqHLTlPVRysMFVvorSLMUjDxofwBObs-4-pniI7Y7Hl/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

Schoology Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vThvHFuFSxMwlRO_JcK9mWd1vs2ls-G_MJhLhUkYZIuAJQAJpBlVI7Cmcnw-y5foC3FzoOLMOsZnwU3/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

SeeSaw Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQqpbj22_uvd3bl8kHqmedo150CYqvhlelURqKucGWR2sE0icfMKZCJLNRFVSJw4qfTgvRZLdEqvO6n/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

Embed code for a combined SeeSaw and Google Classroom parent portal available upon request. Please contact ckaplan@ltcillinois.org.

Zoom Resource Hub Add-On

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQdu397sEBJGCRIUro891o6aX4g76csmdMi3SlO3g74onyB1pofvWNnynfedKPBUYkuralQboYdCkaE/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

This resource is considered an “add-on” and can be added to any of the currently existing parent portals upon request. Please contact ckaplan@ltcillinois.org.

Parent-Focused Resources for School Districts

The LTC curates parent resources to assist school districts with remote teaching and learning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Family Guide to Microsoft Teams

Everything your student needs to know to get started with online learning.

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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)!

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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!

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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.

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Resources for Parents During Extended School Closures

A 2-page handout providing resources for parents.

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Home Internet Resources

Resources for home connectivity.

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Office365: Guidance for parents and guardians

Get to know Office 365 tools made to support learners of all ages and abilities.

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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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