Focus Area

Computer Science & STEM

Resources, professional learning, and support for fostering robust computer science and STEM programs and knowledgeable educators.

Building and supporting CS & STEM educators and innovative programs

Through our partnerships and connections to computer science (CS) educators across the state, we strive to make integrating CS and STEM learning and achieving standards-based compliance an empowering experience for all educators and school districts.

The Illinois State Board of Education defines computer science as the study of computers and algorithms, including their principles, hardware and software designs, implementation, and impact on society. Computer science does not include the study of everyday uses of computers and computer applications, such as keyboarding or accessing the internet. Notably, this is different from computer literacy, “one’s knowledge of and ability to use computers and related technologies efficiently and effectively. More specifically, [it] includes knowing what constitutes a computer, the uses and applications for computers, and the impact of computers on society.”

Upcoming Events

Computer Science & STEM Events

Drones in the Classroom

| $135

Come discover what it takes to bring drones into the classroom as a part of this hands-on workshop.

Holly Kelly
Holly Kelly
Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | East Central Illinois, Learning Technology Center
Ben Sondgeroth
Ben Sondgeroth
Lead Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Northern Illinois, Learning Technology Center

ROE #1 Tech Networking Meeting

| Free

Join your fellow area technology coordinators, directors, administrators, and tech coaches as we discuss shared experiences, questions, and ideas relating to edtech topics and trends. While each meeting may open with a guest or demonstration, participant contributions and concerns will drive each month’s conversation.

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

Be Connected: SPF, DKIM, DMARC for Google and M365

| Free

Join us on this week’s Be Connected, where we’ll be discussing SPF, DKIM, and DMARC. These three authentication methods can prevent outsiders from sending emails as your email domain, including through both Microsoft 365’s Outlook and Google’s Gmail. Tune in to learn about all three methods, including how to configure them and how to monitor them as part of a long-term cybersecurity plan.

Eric Muckensturm
Eric Muckensturm
Cybersecurity Specialist, Learning Technology Center
Computer Science Professional Learning

Code.org Regional Partnership

Through our Code.org partnership, Illinois educators can obtain high-quality CS professional development and curricular resources – often for little-to-no cost. You can also develop the expertise needed make CS learning accessible at any grade level using their ever-growing library of projects and teaching tools.

More than two million teachers have brought CS learning to their classroom through Code.org. Learn more about how Code.org can help you and your district grow CS teaching capacity starting today.