IDEA relies on partners to be able to achieve its mission: To inspire, connect and provide the educational community with opportunities that transform teaching and learning through technology.
We have a wide variety of partners who share in our mission in various ways. Whether you are a large corporation, tech start-up, or fellow nonprofit, we welcome you to join our team of partners and help us help our teachers. You can sign up to be an IDEA Partner at: bit.ly/IDEApartnership.
We have three avenues for collaboration: Corporate Partners, Innovation Associations, and IDEA Think Tanks. Each category is instrumental in helping IDEA thrive and support educators. Check them out to see where you and your organization may fit in!
Each year, Illinois Digital Educators Alliance is proud to recognize and thank the many corporations that join IDEA as a partner. Their support helps to insure the success of our annual conference and the many other professional development initiatives and chapter events that we host during the year. Here is a list of our current Corporate Partners. Descriptions of the products and services of each partner are included here, and you can click on the corporate logos to go directly to their web sites.
CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. A Fortune 500 company and member of the S&P 500 Index, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs approximately 10,000 coworkers. For the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2020, the company generated Net sales over $18 billion. For more information about CDW, please visit www.CDW.com.
Google for Education strives to help expand learning for everyone: Working to support education through our products, programs, and philanthropy. We believe that everyone—educators and learners at every age and stage—deserve the tools and skills that set them up for success in building the future they want for themselves. For more information, visit edu.google.com.
Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In education, it’s to empower every student. We believe limitless potential is within every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students. Learn more at microsoft.com/education.
Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. For more information visit https://business.comcast.com/enterprise.
Rival5 Technologies Corporation (Rival5) is a Mokena, Illinois based corporation that specializes in Managed Cloud Communications solutions. Since founding in 2011, we assist schools in changing the way they communicate. Our turnkey approach relieves the stress that comes with managing complex telecommunication solutions -- allowing schools to focus on what they do best! For more information, visit www.rival5.com.
Technology Resource Advisors specializes in assisting districts with planning, beginning, and maintaining their 1:1 initiatives with Chromebooks and Windows Devices. Most districts seek TRA for their Chrome Care warranty. The Chrome Care warranty is a full accidental warranty offering for Chromebooks/Windows Devices. It covers drops, breaks, spills, manufacturer defects and hardware failures. For more information, visit trachromecare.com.
Founded in 2000, Synology creates network-attached storage (NAS), IP surveillance solutions, and network equipment that transform the way users manage data, surveillance systems, and networks in the cloud era. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology is committed to delivering products with forward-thinking features and best-in-class customer service. For more information, visit synology.com.
Thrively enables students to embark on a strengths-based journey that develops the whole child. The learner-centered platform offers personalized learning through an interdisciplinary approach that bridges the learning gap, develops student agency and enables learners to acquire skills for success. For more information, visit thrively.com.
Book Creator is a simple tool for creating awesome digital books in any subject or grade level. With just one multi-purpose app you can infuse creativity across the curriculum. Students can combine text, images, audio and video to make engaging digital books that demonstrate their learning. When finished, become a published author and share the books in multiple formats. Students are fantastically motivated when they know they are writing for an audience beyond the classroom! For more information, visit bookcreator.com.
CodeHS is a comprehensive teaching platform for helping schools teach computer science. We provide web-based curriculum, teacher tools and resources, and professional development. Our mission is to empower all students to meaningfully impact the future. We believe that in the 21st century, coding is a foundational skill, just like reading and writing. That’s why we say: Read, Write, Code. We do this by providing great curriculum, tools, and resources to teachers, students, and schools to implement high quality computer science programs. For more information, visit codehs.com.
EVERFI creates digital resources for schools that cover topics like financial literacy, social emotional learning, career exploration and more. The resources are all free due to sponsors we have. The resources are student-driven, standards-aligned and have assessments built-in, making it something that will create time for teachers. For more information, visit everfi.com/k-12.
A video chat platform built for conversations, bringing a real-life feel to the online experience. Form your own group or mingle among them without breakout rooms. Our focus feature empowers participants to join and create conversations while staying connected to the larger group. Try Kino today, and experience the freedom. Virtual never felt so personal.
Read Naturally’s innovative, research-proven reading programs provide quality interventions for struggling readers. The flagship program has been improving reading fluency and comprehension skills in students worldwide for over 25 years. Read Naturally also provides programs for phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and more. Many programs are available for iPads. For more information, visit www.ReadNaturally.com.
For PreK-12 educators and schools looking to engage students in meaningful learning across in-person, remote and blended settings, WeVideo for Schools is an easy-to-use, safe and accessible video creation app for both teachers and students. WeVideo drives collaboration, communication, critical thinking and engagement on any device, in any location. WeVideo is an easy-to-use, flexible and robust multimedia creation solution for both educators and students, designed to scale from a single classroom to a full district. Find out more at www.wevideo.com/education.
Lux Blox is a learning tool that looks like a building toy, but is so much more! Lux's ingenious design replicates what nature does at a molecular level, allowing simple to very complex structures to be built. Lux Blox can be purchased in individual and classroom sets of all sizes. It is the perfect addition to any STEM/STEAM lab, afterschool, program, design challenge, computer lab, or math or science class. We are happy to consult with schools and programs who are desiring "hands-on" learning in the STEM/STEAM space but not sure where to start.
A special thank you to the organizations that joined us in 2020 as Corporate Directory Members. This program has transitioned to one of our three partnership paths. Please be sure to check out their offerings below!
For more than a decade, Alertus Technologies has engineered innovative emergency alert systems for colleges and universities, K-12 schools, corporations, medical centers, military bases, and government organizations.
American College of Education
Accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, 100% online, offering a broad range of programs and courses. Affordable, with master’s programs under $9,500 and doctorate programs under $24,000.
STRUT Learning is developing groundbreaking academic and scientific research by integrating SEL and technology. We want to make children smarter and happier through Emotional Intelligence technology.