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Google Workspace for Education Updates You Can Use This School Year

While you’ve been enjoying some well-earned rest and relaxation this summer, Google has been busy beefing up many of its most popular apps and tools. From tweaks to built-in accessibility to advances in adaptive learning,

Ben Sondgeroth
Ben Sondgeroth
Lead Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Northern Illinois, Learning Technology Center
Online & Blended Learning

Reflecting on a Year of Digital Learning on Digital Learning Day 2021

The nature of digital learning has changed a lot over the past year. To celebrate Digital Learning Day 2021, we spoke to education stakeholders across Illinois and heard their perspectives on digital learning – both

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Specialist, Learning Technology Center
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New Updates for Microsoft for Education and Google Chrome Management Licensing

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchasing Program (ILTPP) has announced several updates to two of their most popular contracts. These updates will help your school or district blossom into new learning opportunities this spring and budget

Hope Hardin-Borbely
Hope Hardin-Borbely
Purchasing Cooperative Manager, Learning Technology Center

Now Accepting Proposals for the Digital Literacy Conference

This summer, the Learning Technology Center (LTC) is proud to host the Digital Literacy Conference, a timely virtual gathering centered on one of education’s most relevant topics. We want you to be part of this

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Specialist, Learning Technology Center
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Jump Start your Professional Learning with a FREE LTC Online Course

No matter how you look at it, today’s educators are busy people. The LTC understands this dilemma, which is why we offer a variety of free, self-paced online courses covering topics from Google Forms and

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
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How to Become a Google Certified Educator

Google Educator certifications are among the most popular today, particularly in this era of remote and hybrid learning. But how exactly do you become “Google Educator Certified”? You’ll find the answer and more in this

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Specialist, Learning Technology Center
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5 Things Students Should Do to Stay Safe and Secure Online

Today is Safer Internet Day, an occasion to recommit to best practices for protecting digital identity. In the spirit of this important celebration, we’re featuring a special collection of resources and recommendation geared toward helping

Nicole Zumpano
Nicole Zumpano
Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, Learning Technology Center
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Data Privacy Resources for 2021 and Beyond

In recognition of Data Privacy Day, the LTC team has gathered some of our most popular data privacy and cybersecurity resources into one place. Check out each of these overviews, online classes, and more if

Chris Wherley
Chris Wherley
Director of Technology Services, Learning Technology Center

“A New Outlook” – Takeaways from the Remote Learning Conference

Back on Friday, January 15, the Learning Technology Center wrapped up a first-of-its-kind conference centered on education’s most recent evolution. The Remote Learning Conference marked a major leap forward for collaboration in Illinois’ edtech community,

Tim McIlvain
Tim McIlvain
Executive Director, Learning Technology Center

“A Big Year Ahead” – Takeaways from SecurED Schools 2021

The 4th annual SecurED Schools conference concluded back on Thursday, January 14. Though this year’s gathering was held virtually, technology leaders from around Illinois still participated in plenty of insightful conversations about the future of

Chris Wherley
Chris Wherley
Director of Technology Services, Learning Technology Center
Instructional Technology Coaching

Achieve your 2021 Edtech Goals with an Instructional Technology Coach

This year, the Learning Technology Center is expanding its popular Instructional Technology Coaching Program. Learn more about this program and its cost-effective benefits for district-wide technology integration.

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Specialist, Learning Technology Center
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Micro-Credentials: New Horizons for Professional Learning

The old “sit-and-get” method of professional development isn’t suited to the needs of today’s educators. Micro-credentials are the solution because their offer teachers greater agency while they grow their competency in classroom-ready skills. Read on

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Coming Soon – An All-New LTC Community Experience

In 2021, the Learning Technology Center remains committed to fostering collaboration within Illinois’ edtech community. That’s why we’re proud to announce our redesigned online Community!

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Specialist, Learning Technology Center
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Start your Professional Learning Journey with the LTC’s New Education Certification Collection

Certifications have become an increasingly popular option for professional learning in the education field. The LTC has scoured the internet for the best certifications and collected them here, in our new Educator Certification Collection.

Holly Kelly
Holly Kelly
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | East Central Illinois, Learning Technology Center
Google

LTC Joins Google Cloud Partner Program

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) is proud to announce its recent acceptance into the Google Cloud Partner Program.

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Specialist, Learning Technology Center
Podcasts

Episode 7: Talking Toddlers with Susie Allison

In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan sits down with Susie Allison, creator of the popular Busy Toddler Instagram account, to talk about all things toddlers and preschool. Susie, an early childhood education expert and advocate,

Colleen Kaplan
Colleen Kaplan
Senior Customer Trainer for EDU and small business accounts, Microsoft

“That’s a wrap!” – Highlights from IETC 2020

The 27th annual Illinois Education and Technology Conference (IETC) wrapped up on Saturday, November 21. This year marked the conference’s first venture into the virtual realm, with all sessions, workshops, and networking held online. Read

Christina Ronquest
Christina Ronquest
Senior Manager of Projects and Initiatives, Learning Technology Center
Computer Science (CS)

Promoting #CSforSocialJustice During Computer Science Education Week 2020

In recognition of this year’s renewed focus on social justice, Computer Science Education Week 2020 has centered its annual celebration of computer science learning on helping students build a more just society using their CS

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Specialist, Learning Technology Center

12 Days of Resources for Parents and Caregivers

During this holiday season, the SPARK program wants to offer you a gift – 12 great resources for facilitating successful remote learning in your home. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to check back daily for

Colleen Kaplan
Colleen Kaplan
Senior Customer Trainer for EDU and small business accounts, Microsoft
Podcasts

Episode 6: Exploring “Sharenthood” with Leah Plunket

In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan sits down to discuss the intersection of parenting and social media with Leah Plunkett, law professor and author of “Sharenthood: Why we should think before we talk about our

Colleen Kaplan
Colleen Kaplan
Senior Customer Trainer for EDU and small business accounts, Microsoft

2021 Remote Learning Conference – Registration Now Open

It’s time to design, engage, and enhance remote and hybrid learning in Illinois! Registration for the LTC’s Remote Learning Conference is now open.

Sam Fishel
Sam Fishel
Digital Content Specialist, Learning Technology Center
Professional Learning

New Online Course: Keep It All Together with OneNote

Are you looking for an innovative way to enhance student note-taking capabilities? OneNote from Microsoft can make that happen. Sign up for this free, self-paced online course to learn about this versatile app and all

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center