Network and Information Technology Specialist
About Duane Shaffer
Duane Shaffer serves as the LTC’s Network and Information Technology Specialist. He brings 12 years of special education teaching experience and 3 years as a technology leader into the education technology realm, dedicating much of his time to ensure every staff member and student in his district has the appropriate access and tools necessary for a safe and meaningful education.
Duane believes that no matter the skill level of the user, technology can be an invaluable part of not only education, but everyday life, and it’s crucial that schools are able to provide challenging and engaging educational experiences with technology to equip students with the skills necessary to become highly successful and productive citizens.
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This week on Be Connected, we’re opening the floor to hear about the classroom technology your district is utilizing this school year.
How are your district’s new devices performing? Any unexpected maintenance, networking, or security challenges? Share your experiences with your district’s newest classroom tech and listen in to hear how your peers are collaborating to bring their teachers’ classroom visions to life.
Everyone needs to unplug every now and then, especially K-12 tech team members who spend long days up to their necks in wires and screens. How can we maintain our personal wellness and mental health while balancing the demands of our important work?
Tune into this week’s Be Connected for a refreshing look at personal wellness and what it means to “unplug” when your job requires you to be at a computer day in and day out. We’ll be joined by LTC technology coach and SEL expert Anne Kasa, who will highlight several effective wellness techniques and strategies you can use to “unplug” when you’ve reached your technology exposure limit.
Happy 2024! Let’s kick off the new year by discussing what’s ahead for your IT department on this week’s Be Connected.
Whether you have a full 2024 roadmap in hand or are still working on deciding which upgrades and projects you’ll prioritize this year, join us to discuss what your IT team wants to accomplish over the next 12 months. We’ll also offer month-by-month suggestions your IT team can use to ensure this year’s projects stay on track and aligned with emerging K-12 environment needs.
SecurED Schools 2024 has come and gone, and if you’re anything like us, you’re still buzzing from everything you learned over the course of this 2-day virtual summit.
Whether you made it to every session or weren’t able to attend, tune into this week’s Be Connected to hear about our biggest takeaways from SecurED Schools 2024. We’ll also highlight a few data privacy resources shared by this year’s presenters and discuss if what we learned changed our outlook on cybersecurity in 2024 (and beyond).
Did you hear (literally)? The LTC Tech Services team has a brand new podcast made specifically for K-12 tech leader leaders and support staff like you. Tune in to this week’s Be Connected to learn more about our podcast, including the topics we plan to cover during our first season. We want to elevate on-the-ground experiences from across Illinois K-12 tech community, so this is also your chance to get your name in the hat as a podcast special guest.