Focus Area

Classroom Integration

Support for classrooms and districts focused on making the most of their edtech tools, including hardware, software, and emerging solutions.

Technology in the classroom to enhance student learning

Having the right apps or devices alone isn’t enough to enhance student learning outcomes. A clear, intentional integration strategy is essential too, and the LTC offers the resources and trainings needed to ensure every teacher feels empowered with the latest edtech in hand.

Our team is made up of former educators with decades of experience in the classroom. We know what it’s like to stand in your shoes, which is why we strive to offer constructive integration support that’s both empathetic and centered on keeping educators at the top of their game.

Related Services, Resources, Events, and Articles

Free and low-cost services to support teachers and districts as they integrate educational technology into their curriculum.

Services
Resources
Events
Articles
Database

Badge & Certification Directory

Database of education and edtech certifications.

Professional Learning

Custom PD for Districts and Schools

Customizable

Customized edtech professional learning to meet the needs of districts and schools.

Database

Esport Directory

A database of K12 esport teams in Illinois.

Professional Learning

Google Certified Coach Program

Variable

Join a cohort to become a Google Certified Coach.

Professional Learning

Google Professional Learning

Customizable

Earn Google certification, participate in Google professional development, and receive support from the LTC, Googe’s top Illinois’ partner.

Professional Learning

IETC Conference

November
$175+

The Illinois Education and Technology Conference, held annually in Springfield, brings together educators and tech experts to explore innovative teaching methods and leverage technology for enhanced learning statewide.

Service

Instructional Technology Coaching Program

Year-Long
Customizable

High-quality and embedded instructional technology coaching throughout the entire year.

Network

LTC Online Community

Free

A free online community for educators, admin, and technology leaders.

Professional Learning

Microsoft Professional Learning

Customizable

Hands-on, problem-based learning through our Microsoft Partnership.

Network

Networking Meetings

Free

Connect, learn, and share with your colleagues from around the state at both in-person and virtual networking events.

Professional Learning

Regional Workshops and Events

Variable

Over 650 regional events and conferences on educational technology topics.

Service

Virtual Coaching for Teachers

Customizable

Receive virtual coaching for your team, school, or district from our instructional technology coaches.

Professional Learning

Webinars

Free

Register for our regular webinar series and view recordings.

Video

LTC Community Orientation Videos

Video tutorials on navigating the LTC Community, our free professional learning community at community.ltcillinois.org.

Video

Monthly Tech Tips

The LTC team monthly features their top edtech apps and strategies in a concise video, ideal for sharing with colleagues and peers.

Checklist

Esports Program Checklist

Empower Your New Esports Team at your School with Our Comprehensive Checklist! Unveil the potential of your budding esports squad using this all-inclusive checklist. From recruitment and practice schedules to team branding, our checklist ensures you cover all the bases for a successful and thrilling esports journey in your school.

Video

Five End-of-Year Tech Activities | LTC Monthly Tech Tip Video | May 2023

Check out these five end-of-year tech activities that will keep your students engaged and productive until the last day of the school year!

Resource Collections

3D Printing Resources

Technology Integration is fundamental for an effective digital learning experience, here’s an Infographic with 8 digital skills every teacher needs to know along side with the best programs to support them!

Resource Collections Tools and Apps

8 Digital Skills Every Teacher Needs

Technology Integration is fundamental for an effective digital learning experience, here’s an Infographic with 8 digital skills every teacher needs to know along side with the best programs to support them!

Video

Tips to Enhance Google Classroom to Save You & Your Students Time! | LTC Tech Tip | Part 1

Video

Re-Engaging Students with Transferrable Teaching and Learning Practices

Video

At a Glance: Simple Tips to Organize in Color with Google Workspace | Monthly Tech Tip

Video

Tips for Teaching Cybersecurity | LTC Webinar

Video

Get in the Game! Three Levels of Gamification

Video

Professional Sharing Tricks – URL Swaps in Google Docs | LTC Monthly Tech Tip

Google Certifed Coach Mentor Program

Instructional Technology Coaching Program Flyer

Guidance

Creating An Esports Team

This Infographic will give you an overview on how to start a esports team and the benefits of having one.

Guidance

Drones in the Classroom – Q&A for Curricular Integration and Funding

Why should drones be part of your school’s curriculum? What classes can drones be used in? Find answers to these questions and more (including funding and safety recommendations) in this handy guide produced by the Learning Technology Center team.

Curriculum & Lesson Plans Resource Collections

Computational Thinking for Educators by Google

The goal of this course is to help educators learn about computational thinking (CT), how it differs from computer science, and how it can be integrated into a variety of subject areas. As a course participant, you will increase your awareness of CT, explore examples of CT integrated into your subject areas, experiment with examples of CT-integrated activities for your subject areas, and create a plan to integrate CT into your own curricula.

Best Practices

4 Shifts Protocol

The 4 Shifts Protocol (formerly known as trudacot), a discussion protocol intended to help facilitate educator conversations about deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion! The 4 Shifts Protocol is being used by teachers, principals, instructional coaches, and technology integrationists all over the world to make lessons, units, and instructional activities richer, more robust, and more relevant for the global innovation society in which we now live.

From Ideas to Creation:Bringing Practical Maker Applications to the Content Area

Mar 5, 2024
Free

Are you an educator interested in incorporating practical maker applications into your classroom teaching? This session will provide hands-on experience and guidance on how to bring maker activities to the classroom, giving teachers the tools they need to help students develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation skills.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

Aligning Strategic Goals with Instructional Technology Coaching

Mar 5, 2024
Free

Instructional technology coaches can help your district bridge the gap toward professional development and tech integration goals. Learn how and discover how the LTC’s coaching program can bring affordable coaching to your district.

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

Empowering K-12 Educators: Navigating the AI Landscape in Rural Schools

Mar 8, 2024

Regardless of their role, educators will walk away from this workshop with a more practical understanding of AI – what it is, how it works, and how they can evaluate various AI-powered tools for themselves and their students.

Matt Jacobson
Matt Jacobson
Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Ben Sondgeroth
Ben Sondgeroth
Lead Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Northern Illinois, Learning Technology Center
Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

AI in the Classroom

Mar 8, 2024
Free

Join us as we delve into the fascinating realm of artificial intelligence (AI) and its incredible potential in education. This workshop offers educators an in-depth exploration of AI’s fundamentals, advantages, and limitations, along with invaluable insights into leveraging AI tools to elevate teaching and learning experiences in the classroom.

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

AA #3835 Framework for Successful Technology Integration in Schools

Mar 12, 2024
Free

Districts that have success with technology integration have done so through planning and alignment to district goals. To ensure consistency and equity throughout classrooms, it is important to implement a technology framework that aligns with district goals and allows teachers to integrate technology at the stage they are most comfortable at.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

From Ideas to Creation:Bringing Practical Maker Applications to the Content Area

Mar 19, 2024
Free

Are you an educator interested in incorporating practical maker applications into your classroom teaching? This session will provide hands-on experience and guidance on how to bring maker activities to the classroom, giving teachers the tools they need to help students develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation skills.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

Less is More: Embracing Edtech Minimalism in the Classroom

Mar 19, 2024
Free

What if adding more edtech isn’t the solution to a more successful classroom? Join us to explore how the principles of minimalism can be harnessed to create calmer, more focused learning environments – both online and in person.

Brian Krause
Brian Krause
Instructional Technology Coach, Learning Technology Center

Flipping the Classroom with Screencasting and Video Editing

Mar 20, 2024
Free

Are you an educator looking to transform your teaching approach and create a more engaging and student-centered learning environment? This interactive workshop is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively implement popular screencasting and video editing tools like Screencastify, WeVideo, and Edpuzzle in order to flip their curriculum and revolutionize the way they deliver lessons.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

Harnessing AI Tools for Dynamic Classroom Content Creation

Mar 21, 2024
Free

In this hands-on workshop, we will delve into the world of AI-powered content creation, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to transform your teaching materials into dynamic and interactive resources. We will guide you through various AI applications, demonstrating how to leverage them to develop captivating presentations, immersive simulations, personalized assessments, and interactive visual aids that cater to diverse learning styles.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

Artificial Intelligence as your Teaching Superpower

Mar 22, 2024
Free

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.

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

Google Drive Zen: Unleash Your Inner Organizer!

Mar 22, 2024
20

Join us for an exciting adventure as we unveil the magic of effective organization in Google Drive. Say goodbye to lost files and endless scrolling. In this interactive session, we’ll reveal the hidden treasures of folders, labels, and search filters. Whether you’re a Google Drive novice or a seasoned pro, our journey will equip you with the skills to declutter, sort, and label your way to a streamlined digital sanctuary.

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

Harnessing AI Tools for Dynamic Classroom Content Creation

Mar 26, 2024
Free

In this hands-on workshop, we will delve into the world of AI-powered content creation, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to transform your teaching materials into dynamic and interactive resources. We will guide you through various AI applications, demonstrating how to leverage them to develop captivating presentations, immersive simulations, personalized assessments, and interactive visual aids that cater to diverse learning styles.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

Breaking Barriers for Students through Financial Education

Mar 26, 2024
Free

Do your students have the financial and business skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom? Tune in to learn how you can integrate blended lessons on personal finance, entrepreneurship, and macro/micro-economics into your existing curriculum.

Kristin Pierce
Kristin Pierce
Education Success Specialist, EVERFI

Harnessing AI Tools for Dynamic Classroom Content Creation

Apr 2, 2024
Free

As technology continues to evolve, educators must adapt and integrate cutting-edge tools to engage the modern learner effectively. Unlock the potential of artificial intelligence to revolutionize your teaching approach and captivate your students!

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

Harnessing AI as your Personal Education Assistant

Apr 3, 2024
179

As a teacher or administrator, you know the value of personalized learning and efficient workflows. But as artificial intelligence (AI) tools continue to develop, are you still reaching your full efficiency potential?

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

Metcalf STEAM Field Trip

Apr 23, 2024
Free

Join your fellow educators as we tour Metcalf Elementary and Middle School’s makerspace classrooms and hear from its staff on the many ways hands-on STEM learning can be enhanced through maker-focused projects.

Kristi Sutter
Kristi Sutter
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Creating Dazzling Graphics: A Teacher’s Guide to Canva & Adobe Express

Apr 23, 2024
Free

Join us to discover the “magic” of Canva and Adobe Express, two 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. Participants will also learn how to use templates and pre-made graphics to save time and effort on every lesson plan.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

Digital Whiteboard Magic: Mastering Google Jamboard for Effective Collaboration

Apr 25, 2024
Free

Are you looking for innovative ways to transform your classroom into an interactive and engaging learning space? Google Jamboard is a versatile and user-friendly interactive whiteboard platform that enables educators to create interactive lessons, brainstorming sessions, and group activities.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center

Hey Google! What’s New?

Apr 25, 2024
Free

Google has made some exciting updates to the apps you use every day. This 1-hour workshop will review what’s changed and provide tips on how to make the new and improved Google Workspace for Education work for you and your students!

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

Share Your Story, Your Way: Building your Classroom, Club, or School Brand

Apr 30, 2024
40

Branding is everywhere – in the products you buy and the content you consume online. Having an effective brand helps companies share their story, connect with their audience, and achieve their goals. But branding isn’t just for graphic designers and CEOs – educators can create their own personal brand to connect with their students and tell the stories of their classrooms and schools.

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

Building and Utilizing Coaching Data Dashboards

Apr 30, 2024
Free

Learn to use Forms, Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Data Studio (plus a few add-ons) to build efficient, customized data collection and display systems. Provide coaching summaries to teachers, collect statistics for team meetings, and develop reports for admins and school boards – all using apps and tools you’re already familiar with.

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

Flipping the Classroom with Screencasting and Video Editing

May 7, 2024
Free

Are you an educator looking to transform your teaching approach and create a more engaging and student-centered learning environment? This interactive workshop is designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively implement popular screencasting and video editing tools like Screencastify, WeVideo, and Edpuzzle in order to flip their curriculum and revolutionize the way they deliver lessons.

Joe Cipfl
Joe Cipfl
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region, Learning Technology Center
Computer Science (CS)

CS PD Week 2024

Jul 8, 2024
400 – 1200

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
Digital Literacy

DigLitCon 2024 Day 1

Sep 12, 2024
100

Join education stakeholders from around Illinois for a conference centered on digital literacy, with presenters offering their views on how to best integrate this new literacy into instruction across subject areas and grade levels.

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

DigLitCon 2024 Day 2

Sep 13, 2024
40

Join education stakeholders from around Illinois for a conference centered on digital literacy, with presenters offering their views on how to best integrate this new literacy into instruction across subject areas and grade levels.

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

Illinois Education and Technology Conference 2024 (IETC)

Nov 13, 2024
325

Learn, collaborate, and connect with fellow edtech enthusiasts and leaders during a multi-day professional learning experience ideal for collaborating one-on-one with peers and forging meaningful connections.

Tim McIlvain
Tim McIlvain
Executive Director, Learning Technology Center
Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI for Everyone with Dr. Monica Burns

AI has arrived in the classroom! Let’s talk about how educator can harness it for productive learning with Dr. Monica Burns + AI-enhanced apps and tools you can reach for today with Eric Santos.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI & Digital Citizenship with Mike Ribble

This month, we’re welcoming Dr. Mike Ribble to discuss the role of digital citizenship and digital literacy as we all come to grips with artificial intelligence, both in society and in the classroom.

STEM

Building STEAM with Dr. Kristen Brynteson

For our inaugural episode, we’re welcoming Dr. Kristen Brynteson from NIU to discuss her university’s STEAM Program. Later, Sarah Phelps highlights LTC resources for sparking STEM learning year-round.