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October 2019

Classroom Management in the Digital Age – Book Study

October 28 @ 8:00 am
Online IL United States
$35

Event Description Do you feel like a pencil-and-paper teacher in a digital classroom? Do you feel less prepared for teaching in a computer-supported environment? If so, this is the book study for you! During this 5-week event, participants will share ideas through the use of online tools while reading. The book is Classroom Management in the Digital Age: Effective Practices for Technology-rich Learning Spaces, by Heather Dowd & Patrick Green. Transform your classroom into a well-oiled machine with knowledge gained

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Show, Don’t Tell: Why Infographics Matter in the Classroom

October 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Online IL United States
Free

EVENT DESCRIPTION Educators of all kinds know that using visuals is one of the strongest learning aids they can use with students. No matter how old students are or what individual skills they have, visuals drive the point home and make ideas easier to remember. Infographics are perfect to help students visualize data and use it to tell a story. The process of making infographics helps students improve their research skills, find trustworthy sources of information, and meet tech literacy

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November 2019

AA #1841: Growing a Culture for Effective Technology Coaching

November 1 @ 8:00 am - December 13 @ 5:00 pm
Online IL United States + Google Map
$150

Event Description Technology coaches help ensure high-quality, ongoing, job-embedded professional learning for educators, and a strong partnership between technology coaches and principals is critical to ensuring coaching success. This six-week online session will define and explore the principal-coach partnership, providing strategies to create and/or strengthen this relationship, and ultimately, the coaching program. Three times during the course, participants will meet in a 60-minute synchronous video conference. Weekly, they will complete required reading(s); and post and respond to a weekly 'slow

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Science Journal by Google

November 5 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description Turn phones into a science lab using the free Google Science Journal App. Explore features that are available in the app like sound intensity, pitch, brightness, and learn experiments that you can do with your students tomorrow. Presenter Bio Lisa Schwartz - Regional Education Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois

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Illinois: Speak Up Cohort Introduction

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description Learn all about the Speak Up Research Initiative and how to get involved. We'll share all the basics about Speak Up's cohort model, how to use it successfully in your district(s) and take your questions so you'll be ready to get started! Presenter Bio - Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow Julie Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org), an internationally recognized education nonprofit organization that focuses on improving learning opportunities for student through the effective

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Maximize the Power of Google Classroom – Online Course

November 18 @ 8:00 am
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description 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

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Google Forms Essentials: Creating Digital Assessments – Online Course

November 18 @ 8:00 am
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description 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 walk through 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

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Understanding the Power of Google Docs – Online Course

November 18 @ 8:00 am
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description 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.

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Save Time with an Organized Google Drive – Online Course

November 18 @ 8:00 am
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description 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.

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STEAM Resource for K-5 Classrooms

November 19 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description K-5 teachers are charged with the heavy load of implementing a vast array of standards. Fitting these standards into an already packed school day while teaching each subject with fidelity present unique challenges. Incorporating a STEAM challenge can combine multiple standards from a cross-curricular lesson plan. STEAM Challenges are great ways to practice SEL skills and inquiry questioning. Join us to explore a downloadable resource to get started. Presenter Lisa Ward - Learning Supports Content Area Specialist, Illinois

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Leveraging Alexa as a Learning Aid for Students

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description Learn how to leverage AI in your classroom through the use of new technologies like Amazon’s Alexa. Voice technology allows for screen-free interactions and gives students much needed life-skills practice in the areas of forming questions and focused listening. Presenter Bio Sam Mormando - Director of Technology, Innovation, and Online Learning, Garnet Valley School District

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December 2019

E-Rate 470 Demo

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description The E-rate 470 form opens the bidding process for services related to internet access and network equipment that schools and libraries need to operate in today’s educational environment. This webinar will provide an overview of the form itself and will provide time for Q&A related to the program and this form in particular. Presenter Bio Mindy Fiscus – Digital Access Coordinator and State E-Rate Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois

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A Design Thinking Approach to Education

December 17 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Online IL United States
Free

Event Description By the time our students enter the working world, the technology that we teach them today will more than likely be obsolete. How then, can we best prepare them for the workplace that they will encounter? The answer lies in two concepts that will never become obsolete: innovation and creativity. The Design Thinking framework gives us the ability to develop a creative problem-solving mindset when looking at situations. This framework can be brought into our classrooms to create

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