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    • May 15, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • May 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online (Access link will be provided)

    Join us in our May IDEA Playground as we work through what's on YOUR minds.  Sessions have been created in collaboration with our partner Book Creator and are based on the 4 C's: Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Communication. 

    Listen or watch up to 6 pre-recorded sessions complete with note taking doc for each video to collect your thoughts. Collaborate with other learners in an online forum. Earn up to 6 PDHs when you watch all six presentations. 

    The Playground opens at 9am on Saturday, May 15th and lasts until May 29, 2021. Learn what you want, when you want to!

    Topics for this playground include:

    Student Demonstrated Creativity

    Virtual Collaboration 

    Critical Thinking Strategies

    Communication Beyond the Classroom Walls

    How to: Template Creation

    Independent Goal Setting

    Illinois educators can earn up to six (6) PDHs for this event. Session recordings will be available May 15-29, 2021.

    • May 26, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online (link in confirmation email)

    With all the upheaval over the past year, it's more important than ever to make time for students to reflect on how they're feeling and what's going on with them.

    Join the Book Creator team in this interactive webinar and explore fun SEL activity and wellbeing books to support your students in creating a safe learning environment online.

    Book Creator will also be giving away annual premium licenses worth $120 to some lucky attendees so don't miss out!

    Illinois educators can earn 1 PDH through live attendance to this webinar. 

    • June 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • December 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • Online Cohort
    • 47

    Participants work 1:1 with educators to understand their individual classroom goals and implement strategies to accomplish them using technology-based solutions. Typical certification takes one year but by joining this fast track program you could get your certification done in 6 months, just one hour per week!

    Participants will receive access to Google's tailored curriculum and research-based coaching model—so that new and veteran educators can transform instruction across every classroom and student.

    IDEA is a Google for Education recommended coaching partner. In this academy you will have membership to a cohort of other coaches and exclusive resources tailored to support certification.

    Sign up now! Only 50 candidates will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

    Illinois educators can earn up to 30 PDHs for completion of this course.

    • June 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • June 29, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online (a link will be emailed)

    Join IDEA every Tuesday in June as we learn and collaborate with members from Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA), Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA).

    Topics include:

    June 1: SEL in Action

    How can Social-Emotional Learning be incorporated into the educational setting? This question and more will be addressed by a panel of SEL experts and practitioners. Come listen as they share strategies and resources for implementing SEL in your classroom or district.

    June 8: Let's Make Equity a Verb

    Join a diverse group of educators actively addressing diversity and inclusion in their professional learning community. Learn about their process for creating welcoming spaces for all, what’s working, and how you might create welcoming spaces of your own.

    June 15: How Esports Can be Used to Further Educational Opportunities for Learners

    Esports provides schools with an unprecedented opportunity to engage students in a subject they are already likely involved in and quite comfortable with. We will discuss how an esports team can be utilized to encourage students to stay on track with their school work and even how to integrate competitive gaming topics into the curriculum. Individual programs can range from completely remote to being a powerhouse program for the school district that is unique to the region. This flexibility allows teams to start with any range of funding that is available. Esports brings the normal suite of life skills like teamwork and communication traditionally found in regular sports to a new group of students that may shy away from such things while also exposing students to a whole new unique technical side of production and presentation. We will review measurable success metrics including post-high school careers and college scholarships/opportunities. It’s time to see what the hype is about and learn how this distinctive program can improve your school.

    June 22: Empower a Culture of Innovation in Your School Library

    What does an innovation space look like in a K-12 library? Learn how one school library uses emerging technology and non-tech materials to empower students and teachers to be innovative designers. Student projects that use AR/VR/MR, 3D design, and makerspace kits will be demonstrated. 

    June 29: Computer Science Roundtable

    Let's talk about how you can bring your students almost anywhere from the comfort of their own homes. How can we leverage the power of computer science in our classrooms, whether teaching in-person or remotely?

    The best part? This series is FREE for IDEA members! You will be prompted to log-in to the website (ideaillinois.org) when registering. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date and renew your membership while you're there!

    The sessions will be recorded and shared with members who register, and only one registration is necessary to gain access to sessions. 

    Illinois educators can earn one (1) PDH for live attendance of each session.

    • June 02, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom (link in confirmation email)

    Ransomware attacks are a growing threat to schools and can lead to significant costs and downtime for organizations that suffer an infection. Amid the chaos of shifting to remote learning, many districts may have overlooked their ransomware defense strategy. Having a robust disaster recovery plan can significantly improve an institution’s chances of recovering from an infection without paying a ransom. Join IDEA & Synology for this #WednesdayWebinar to find out how to set up a ransomware protection and disaster recovery plan before it is too late!

    Illinois educators can earn one (1) PDH during live attendance of this webinar. 

    • June 13, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • June 15, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online

    Soak up summer learning and chill out at the 2021 Elementary Technology Conference in partnership with TCEA. 

    Our friends at TCEA invite you to be a part of the online 2021 Elementary Technology Conference. This is the summer’s hottest education event, the perfect way to chill out with your peers online, earn professional learning credit hours, and gather a batch of new ideas.

    Here are just a few benefits of attending:

    • Watch 30 on-demand sessions at your pace
    • Interact with more than 40 live sessions
    • Discover cutting-edge products and services from innovative companies
    • Get to know professionals in every aspect of elementary teaching, from curriculum specialists to administrators, campus technologists, librarians, and more

    Soak up summer learning and get powerful, specific resources for your grade level or specialization, and renew your commitment to PreK–5 education. Don’t forget to invite your friends, colleagues, or team members to register!

    The online conference begins June 13, 2021. Conference content will be available until July 12, 2021.

    Register for the Elementary Technology Conference today and be sure to select IDEA as your affiliate! 

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