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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STEM Series: Minecraft EDU and the Esports Movement

Tue. November 29, 2022 | 8:30 am - 3:00 pm | $40
ROE 34: Lake 300 Center Drive, Suite 100, Vernon Hills, Illinois

Join us for this workshop, which will introduce you to the burgeoning world of esports and give you the solid foundation needed to start a program at your school. Along the way, you’ll learn why esports are beneficial to students, how to get your club or team started, and how an esports coach can be successful (even without heavy gaming experience). We’ll also provide demonstrations of some of today's most popular esports games as well as connect you with model schools that already have flourishing esports programs in place.

Eric Santos
Eric Santos
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Chicagoland, Learning Technology Center

Tynker Hour of Code- Coding Cup PD

Tue. November 29, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Free
Online IL

In this FREE 60-minute webinar, explore Tynker’s brand-new collaborative coding experience that lets students control their own soccer team! In this webinar, educators will create their Tynker classrooms, enhance their own soccer skills with Tynker, compete in matches, and discover more CSEdWeek activities!

Daniel Rezac
Daniel Rezac
Senior Education Partnerships Lead, Tykner

Media Literacy & Digital Tattoos: Growing Up in a Digital Age

Tue. November 29, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm | $40
ROE 16: DeKalb 2500 N Annie Glidden Rd Ste C, Dekalb, Illinois

Learning to spot fake news and untrustworthy sources is only one element of media literacy. Join us for this workshop to learn about the rest, as well as discover best practices for teaching media literacy to all students.

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

Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader Networking Meeting

Wed. November 30, 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Free
Online IL

Area instructional coaches and/or teacher leaders will discuss shared experiences, questions, and ideas around EdTech topics and trends. Participants’ contributions and concerns will drive the conversation.

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

ROE 11 Tech Networking Meeting

Wed. November 30, 2022 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am | Free
ROE 11: Clark/Coles/Cumberland/Douglas/Edgar/Moultrie/Shelby 730 7th St, Charleston, Illinois

Area technology coordinators, directors, building admins, and coaches will discuss shared experiences, questions, and ideas. Their contributions and concerns will drive the conversation.

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

Press “Start” on your District’s Esports Program

Wed. November 30, 2022 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Free
ROE 11: Clark/Coles/Cumberland/Douglas/Edgar/Moultrie/Shelby 730 7th St, Charleston, Illinois

You've heard about it in the news. Your students have been begging for it. Now it's time to finally pick up the controller and hit "start" on your district's esports program. But what are you supposed to do if you're starting at Level 1?

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

Be Connected: Windows Active Directory

Wed. November 30, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Free
Online IL

Whether you're new to Windows Active Directory or looking to upgrade your existing Windows-based environment, join this week's Be Connected as we will discuss areas of Active Directory that can, if properly configured, assist you in managing your Windows-based computers more efficiently. In particular, we'll focus in on how to organize computers controlled by Active Directory to save your team time on routine maintenance tasks.

Eric Muckensturm
Eric Muckensturm
Cybersecurity Specialist, Learning Technology Center
Chris Wherley
Chris Wherley
Director of Technology Services, Learning Technology Center

Celebrate CS Education Week

Wed. November 30, 2022 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Free
Online IL

Computer Science Education Week is December 5-11, 2022. Come celebrate and learn new ways to get your class interested in computer science, including a demo of this year's Hour of Code resources.

Sarah Phelps
Sarah Phelps
Program Manager, Computer Science and STEM, Learning Technology Center

Library Media Specialist Monthly Virtual Networking Meeting

Thu. December 1, 2022 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am | Free
Online IL

Looking to connect with fellow library media specialists and grow your professional learning network?

Join the LTC's Holly Kelly for a monthly virtual networking meeting explicitly geared to the needs of today's library media specialists. These meetings will allow attendees to connect and discuss shared experiences, ask questions, and share ideas with other library media specialists from around the state. This will be an excellent opportunity to receive professional development hours while collaborating with your peers to solve today's most pressing library media challenges.

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

AA #3779 Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Leaders to Navigate the Intersection of Tech and Humanity

Thu. December 1, 2022 | 8:30 am - 3:00 pm | $125
ROE 44: McHenry 2200 N Seminary Ave, Woodstock, Illinois

In this course, leaders will learn about the history and current state of digital citizenship education. Leaders will then critically evaluate the explicit, implicit, and null curriculum around digital citizenship in their schools. Throughout the course, participants will dive deep into each of the six competencies of a digital citizen by growing in their own competency knowledge, examining resources to bring into their schools, and considering how each competency can be further supported. Leaders will finish the course by developing an action plan to improve digital citizenship education that addresses immediate, short-term, and long-term goals.

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

Area 4 Networking Meeting – Virtual

Thu. December 1, 2022 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am | Free
Online IL

Join the LTC's Lisa Schwartz and Holly Kelly for an Area 4 networking technology meeting. Area 4 technology coordinators, directors, administrators, and tech coaches will discuss shared experiences, questions, and ideas around edtech topics and trends. Participants' contributions and concerns will drive the conversation.

Holly Kelly
Holly Kelly
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | East Central Illinois, Learning Technology Center
Lisa Schwartz
Lisa Schwartz
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region, Learning Technology Center

E-Rate 470 Workshop

Thu. December 1, 2022 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Free
Online IL

Learn and complete the first phase of your E-Rate application with an E-Rate expert on hand! This 3-hour session will cover basic E-Rate program rules, eligible items, and the process required to complete the first E-Rate form of the year, Form 470.

Mindy Fiscus
Mindy Fiscus
Director of Government Affairs, Learning Technology Center