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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Apple Professional Learning Series: GarageBand

Mon. June 24, 2024 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Free
Online IL, United States

It's time to rock! Join us to explore GarageBand, Apple's built-in music creation program, and delve into how you can utilize it in the classroom. In particular, we'll explore how to create original music, add your voice, build loops and sound effects, and develop engaging audio stories - all in a user-friendly environment that requires little-to-no music composition experience.

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

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

CS PD Week 2024

Mon. July 8, 2024 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | $400 – $1200
Liberty Leadership Middle School 6327 N Sheridan Rd, Peoria, IL, United States Minor Outlying Islands

Join fellow K-12 CS educators for a 5-day learning experience centered on building prosperous computer science programs in every Illinois school district.

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

Test Event

Tue. July 9, 2024 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm |
Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield, IL 1, Convention Center Plaza,, Springfield, Illinois, United States

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The Makerspace Playground

Tue. July 9, 2024 | 9:00 am - 2:30 pm | $90
ROE 4: Boone/Winnebago 300 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, Illinois, USA

The Makerspace Playground is designed for educators who want to integrate innovative learning technology into their classroom. Join us as we get hands-on with some of today's most popular tech tools, including Spheros, drones, 3D printers, CNC machines, and more!

During this workshop, participants will learn the basics of makerspaces, including their educational benefits and the large variety of technologies they can harness to make these spaces havens for exploration and STEM-focused learning.

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

Take Coding to the Sky with Drones!

Thu. July 18, 2024 | 9:00 am - 2:30 pm | $255
ROE 4: Boone/Winnebago 300 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, Illinois, USA

Come discover what it takes to bring drones into the classroom as a part of this hands-on workshop. Participants will have the chance to ask questions, code their own drone, and learn about essential drone terminology, safety issues, legal concerns, operational requirements, and drone model options. Participants will also walk away a Robolink Codrone of their own to make implementing their newfound drone knowledge even easier.

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

Google Classroom Basics for Teachers

Tue. July 30, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:30 am | Free
Online IL, United States

Bring your students' digital learning experience to life with Google Classroom! Join us for an introductory look at this multi-faceted learning management system, including how you can use it to create and organize assignments, quizzes, discussions, grades, and more. At the same time, we'll also explore how Google Classroom integrates with other core Google apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides, making it easy to create seamless digital lessons that are both engaging and easy to manage.

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