Event Calendar

LTC Event Schedule

The Learning Technology Center offers a variety of online courses, focusing on educational technology trends and best practices in a format that fits educators’ busy schedules. From self-paced to guided learning, educators learn practical skills to begin implementing in their classrooms immediately.

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Intro to AI in the Classroom

Fri. June 28, 2024 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Free
Capital Area Career Center 2201 Toronto Road, Springfield, IL, United States

Join us as we cut through the AI buzz and how we can use AI platforms to personalize student learning and help you in the classroom.

Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center

Canva in the Classroom

Fri. June 28, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Free
Capital Area Career Center 2201 Toronto Road, Springfield, IL, United States

Join us to discover the "magic" of Canva, one of the most popular graphic design tools used by professionals and amateurs alike. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, teachers will learn how to create eye-catching graphics, select appropriate fonts and colors, and manipulate images and text to create visually appealing presentations and digital teaching materials. Along the way, they'll also discover how to use templates and pre-made graphics to save time and effort on every lesson plan.

Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center

Hey Google! Help Me Design Creative Lessons

Wed. July 24, 2024 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm | $40
ROE 49: Rock Island 3430 Avenue of The Cities, Moline, Illinois, USA

n this session, we'll focus on how you can create interactive assignments and collaborative projects using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. Along the way, we'll also highlight practical strategies you can use to elevate technology use in your classroom, starting within the familiar Google ecosystem.

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

A Beginner’s Guide to AI for Educators

Wed. July 24, 2024 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Free
Five Points Washington 360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington

Join us as we cut through the AI buzz and examine the implications of artificial intelligence in an educational setting. In particular, we’ll focus on how recently released and forthcoming AI tools could impact how students learn and create going forward.

Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center

Navigating Digital Waters: From Well-Being to Thriving

Thu. July 25, 2024 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am | Free
Five Points Washington 360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington

Join us as we explore practical strategies for maintaining digital well-being, including resources to help students practice balancing technology use - for school and for entertainment - with their individual mental health.

Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center

Smart and Savvy Online Learning in the AI Era

Thu. July 25, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Free
Five Points Washington 360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington

Join us to learn and practice techniques for assessing the quality and reliability of online information and sources provided by AI. Along the way, we'll also explore several tools and strategies you can integrate into your research-centered classroom activities and digital citizenship curriculum.

Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center

Snap into STEM with Tactile Circuits & Snap Circuits

Mon. August 5, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm | $20
CU Community Fab Lab 1301 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, Illinois, United States

Come learn how at the Champaign Community Fab Lab, where we'll explore building tactile circuitry using Snap Circuits. These colorful, user-friendly kits allow students to explore electricity, circuitry, and wiring without the hassle of soldering or jumper cables.

Emilie Butt
Emilie Butt
Informatics Instruction and Engagement Coordinator, University of Illinois

Stitching in Creativity with Digital Embroidery & SewArt

Mon. August 5, 2024 | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm | $20
CU Community Fab Lab 1301 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, Illinois, United States

Digital embroidery and SewArt can brighten up your STEM curriculum, one stitch at a time. Come discover how to get started with both at the Champaign Community Fab Lab, where we'll dig into the advantages of using different digital embroidery software to spark creative, maker-centered projects.

Emilie Butt
Emilie Butt
Informatics Instruction and Engagement Coordinator, University of Illinois

Using Newsela to Enhance Literacy

Mon. September 9, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Free
Online IL, United States

Newsela provides educators with curated instructional content that's both engaging and innovative. With a commitment to alignment with state mandates and science of reading practices, Newsela provides a vast array of vetted materials that enrich classroom learning experiences. Through a partnership with Formative, districts can also utilize Newslea to personalize learning journeys, track progress, and drive student success effectively.

Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center

SOPPA/SDPC Refresher and Updates

Tue. September 17, 2024 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am | $40
ROE 3: Bond/Christian/Effingham/Fayette/Montgomery 1500 W Jefferson St, Vandalia, Illinois, USA

Now that SOPPA is a mainstay for Illinois K-12 schools, maintaining your school's data privacy policies and procedures remains as important as ever. Join us for several SOPPA updates, including how districts should continue creating and organizing their data privacy agreements.

Duane Shaffer
Duane Shaffer
Network and Information Technology Specialist, Learning Technology Center

AI as your Teaching Superpower

Tue. September 24, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:30 am | $40
ROE 3: Bond/Christian/Effingham/Fayette/Montgomery 1500 W Jefferson St, Vandalia, Illinois, USA

Join us to discover the power of artificial intelligence and how it can enhance your daily teaching workflow. You don’t need a cape or mask to unlock these powers, either – all you need is some curiosity to unlock strategies for automating repetitive tasks and developing engaging teaching content.

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

Coding Across the Curriculum with LEGO®: Elementary and Early Learning

Thu. September 26, 2024 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am | Free
ROE 11: Clark/Coles/Cumberland/Douglas/Edgar/Moultrie/Shelby 730 7th St, Charleston, Illinois, USA

Join us for an interactive session focused on LEGO Education Learning System, including how it can bring computer science learning to life in your classroom.

Dr. Colleen Cannon-Ruffo
Dr. Colleen Cannon-Ruffo
Solution Architect , LEGO Education