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Learning SpacesNew TeacherProfessional LearningSocial Emotional Learning (SEL)

7 EdTech Books to Add to your Summer Reading List

Still have a little room left in your vacation-bound suitcase? Why not slip in an edtech book so that you can continue growing while you soak up some well-earned rest and relaxation. These 7 books

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Extend Your Learning With Online Courses and Book Studies

The LTC’s free or low-cost online courses can be taken on your own schedule in the comfort of your home, office, or classroom.

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Computer Science (CS)

The LTC joins Code.org as the newest Regional Partner

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is proud to announce a partnership with the non-profit organization Code.org to bring computer science to Illinois educators through professional development events, support, and advocacy.

Christina Ronquest
Christina Ronquest
Senior Manager of Projects and Initiatives, Learning Technology Center
AppleCode.orgComputer Science (CS)Microsoft

Computer Science Week 2019

During CS Week, K-12 students are encouraged to participate in an “hour of code’ as part of the Hour of Code initiative to help students realize that they, too, can learn the basics of coding.

Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center
Computer Science (CS)

Girls Who Code

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois has partnered with Girls Who Code (GWC) to bring free computer science learning opportunities to our community. Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 6th-12th grade girls

Tim McIlvain
Tim McIlvain
Executive Director, Learning Technology Center
Creation and CreativitySocial Media

From Consumption to Creation: Inspire Creativity in Your Classroom!

In many of today’s classrooms, we see students that have been learning in a consumption system their entire school career. How can we leverage the consumption mindset to our advantage?

Ben Sondgeroth
Ben Sondgeroth
Lead Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Northern Illinois, Learning Technology Center
Legal Issues

Do You Understand the Legal Implications of Using Technology in Schools?

On October 30, 2019, more than 100 administrators, school personnel and educators came together at the DuPage Regional Office of Education to discuss the Legal Implications of Using Technology in Schools. This administrator’s academy was

Nicole Zumpano
Nicole Zumpano
Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, Learning Technology Center
GoogleGoogle Level 1Google Level 2

The How and Why of Becoming Google Certified

Google Education offers teachers the ability to pass two different certification exams that recognize users skills using G Suite Applications and the ability to implement them into the classroom. Google provides free online training to

Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center
GoogleGoogle DocsGoogle DriveGoogle Slides

Next Round of Google Online Courses Begin in November

Technology-enabled teaching options are plentiful and powerful, and quality professional learning relating to its use is in high demand. In response to this, the LTC has created a number of self-paced online courses to help

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Instructional Technology Coaching

Reflective Journal for Coaches

As an Instructional Coach in a role without many others, all of my professional personal growth came from opportunities I sought outside of my district, and on my own: volunteering, serving on boards, Twitter chats,

Nicole Zumpano
Nicole Zumpano
Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, Learning Technology Center
Digital CitizenshipDigital Literacy

Digital Citizenship Resources for Every Classroom

Today’s students have access to more information than ever before. Many students enter the data-rich world with few skills to manage the myriad of opportunities and pitfalls they might encounter. This is when the concept

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Computer LiteracyCybersecurityDigital CitizenshipTools

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year the theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” Learn 5 ways we can all take collective responsibility and protect ourselves.

Chris Wherley
Chris Wherley
Director of Technology Services, Learning Technology Center
Information Technology ManagementLearning SpacesTechnology Policies and Leadership

Learning Tours: Seeing Change In Action

Site visits allow educators, especially those responsible for leading change, with the opportunity to learn from others who have navigated the challenge already. School site visits provide three major benefits to all educators.

Brian Bates
Brian Bates
Director of Professional Learning, Learning Technology Center
Cybersecurity

Checking the Checkboxes: NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Checklists are widely recognized as important tools for many professions, including K-12 cybersecurity.

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

Learn Online On Your Own Time

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is happy to announce its Fall 2019 Online Course Catalog.

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

The LTC EdTech Webinar Series Returns for the 2019-2020 School Year

The Learning Technology Center’s EdTech Webinar Series is back for another exciting year of anytime, anywhere learning.

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Digital Citizenship

Tech Check: Get Your Digital Life Organized

Get ready for summer, by checking in on your digital life!

Ben Sondgeroth
Ben Sondgeroth
Lead Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Northern Illinois, Learning Technology Center
GoogleGoogle DriveScreencastingTools

LTC Monthly Tech Tips! – April 2019

Every month our staff will be publishing a post sharing some of their favorite tech tips! This month we focus on everything from managing your Google Drive to great new PBL ideas!

Nicole Zumpano
Nicole Zumpano
Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, Learning Technology Center
Digital EquityLeadership

Dupo CUSD 196 Bridges the Homework Gap

Dupo School District in Southern Illinois is addressing the homework gap head-on.  District leaders have decided to narrow the gap for their students by deploying a mobile hotspot lending program.  It has been a collaborative

Tim McIlvain
Tim McIlvain
Executive Director, Learning Technology Center

Teachers Talking Tech Recap

Recapping an amazing mini-conference!

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

Is it a Snow Day or an eLearning Day?

We’ve gathered some of the best practices from districts implementing eLearning days.

Nicole Zumpano
Nicole Zumpano
Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, Learning Technology Center
Digital EquityLeadership

Oak Grove School focuses on Digital Learning

Dr. Jason Meltzer, 6th–8th media production teacher and district technology coach, has played a major role in supporting the teachers at Oak Grove and teaching digital arts to students.

Tim McIlvain
Tim McIlvain
Executive Director, Learning Technology Center