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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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Take Creativity to New Heights with Drones

Wed. July 17, 2024 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm | $460
ROE 28: Bureau/Henry/Stark 107 S State St, Atkinson, Illinois, USA

Discover what it takes to bring drones into the classroom as a part of this hands-on workshop. We’ll take to the skies as you learn to fly a drone manually. You’ll then explore activities, curriculum, and tips for getting your students started on their first drone adventures.

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

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.

Matt Sherrill
Matt Sherrill
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | East 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

AI in the Classroom: Maximizing Student and Educator Potential

Wed. July 31, 2024 | 8:30 am - 11:30 am | Free
Adams County Health Department 330 Vermont St, Quincy, IL, United States

Join us to discover new ways to harness AI in your classroom, both as a teaching tool and as a teaching assistant. During this workshop, we'll explore several ways current AI tools can personalize learning for your students, through both differentiated content and personalized feedback.

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

Integrating Computer Science Across the Curriculum with LEGO®

Thu. August 1, 2024 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Free
DOT 1 DOT Way, Mt. Sterling, IL, United States

Join us for an interactive session on integrating computer science across the curriculum! This hands-on workshop will explain how you can boost learners’ engagement with core subjects, like ELA and Math, while incorporating computer science using the LEGO® Learning System. See why schools across Illinois lean on our ready-to-use lessons and familiar LEGO® brick to bring learning to life and address key topics within the Illinois Learning Standards.

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

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

Integrating CS in the K-8 Classroom

Wed. August 7, 2024 | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm | Free
Hamilton County Jr/Sr High School 1 Fox Lane #1149, McLeansboro, IL, United States

Join us for an engaging workshop on integrating computer science in K-8 classrooms. Explore foundational CS concepts and learn practical ways to incorporate them across subjects. During this session we will explore Code.org CS Fundamentals and CS Connections as well as some other resources that support foundational CS concepts.

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

Navigating Digital Waters: From Well-Being to Thriving

Thu. August 8, 2024 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am | Free
Online IL, United States

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

Google Slides Basics: Teachers

Fri. August 9, 2024 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am | Free
Online IL, United States

Take your lessons to the next level with Google Slides! Join us to learn how to use this well-known digital tool to create engaging and interactive presentations for your classroom.

Slides can do a lot more than just make slide shows, though. During this workshop, we also explore how Slides can be used to build dynamic lessons and as a focal point for collaboration in student projects.

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