District Support

STEM Lab / Makerspace Consulting

Consulting Services

A school makerspace is where students come together to build, tinker, explore, and invent. Makerspaces create lasting meaning, foster innovation, and make a positive impact.

A makerspace is not defined by the tools available or the size of the actual space, but by the pedagogy involved in enabling students to innovate and create. Best practice is to design maker opportunities that align to curriculum, define the objective/intent, but do not confine creativity or choreograph the outcome. The most critical factor in a successful, sustainable school makerspace is implementation of the learning culture and community.

The Learning Technology Center can provide professional learning and advice to schools interested in creating or refreshing makerspaces.

CS & STEM Events

Upcoming Events

Engage Students with Free Cybersecurity Resources from CYBER.ORG

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Cybersecurity is important, but how can we get today’s digitally-connected students interested in and excited about applying stronger cybersecurity habits to their daily lives? Tune in to discover how CYBER.ORG’s curricula threads can be used to integrate cybersecurity learning into your lesson plans.

Charlene Cooper
Charlene Cooper
Curriculum Development Specialist, CYBER.ORG

Library Media Specialist Monthly Virtual Networking Meeting

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Looking to connect with fellow library media specialists and grow your professional learning network?

Join the LTC’s Holly Kelly for a monthly virtual networking meeting explicitly geared to the needs of today’s library media specialists. These meetings will allow attendees to connect and discuss shared experiences, ask questions, and share ideas with other library media specialists from around the state. This will be an excellent opportunity to receive professional development hours while collaborating with your peers to solve today’s most pressing library media challenges.

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

#SOPPA SDPC Database Getting Started/Updates and IL-NDPA Getting Started/Updates

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While they’re online, are today’s students fostering job-ready skills? Join us for a deep dive into our workforce’s future, including the social, analytic, and technical skills students will need to succeed in their future careers.

Chris Wherley
Chris Wherley
Director of Technology Services, Learning Technology Center
Sean Mullins
Sean Mullins
Director Of Instructional Technology, Olympia CUSD #16
Sarah Phelps
Sarah Phelps
Program Manager, Computer Science and STEM, Learning Technology Center

Sarah leads computer science and STEM initiatives, manages partnerships with state and national organizations, and elevates the LTC’s role as a thought leader in the K-12 computer science space.

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

Eric develops and leads professional learning programs, trainings, and resources related to curricular integration, digital access, and technology infrastructure in the Chicagoland region.