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ISTE Certification

ISTE Certification is a new competency-based, vendor-agnostic educator certification based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. This digital credential recognizes educators who understand how to use edtech for learning in meaningful and transformative ways. Illinois Digital Educators Alliance has been selected by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators because of their commitment to high quality edtech professional learning and the ISTE Standards as a guide for transforming teaching and learning.

Birdbrain technologies

BirdBrain Technologies’ mission is to inspire deep and joyful learning in all students through creative robotics. BirdBrain cultivates creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products: the Finch Robot and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit.

Founded at the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010, BirdBrain is a research-based company that promotes gender equality and diversity in engineering and robotics. Our products have been used by thousands of teachers around the world to bring creative design and robotics fun into the classroom!

Brookfield zoo

IDEA alongside the Chicago Zoological Society have partnered together to create some incredibly immersive summer learning experiences for teachers. These hands on, professional development courses are rooted in the NGSS science standards as well as the ISTE standards. Classes are co-taught and immerse teachers in a unique experience in which the Zoo becomes the classroom.

Whether it is STEAM, engineering or connecting with other educators at the CZS Mini Con, this unique experience is one you won't want to miss. 

makey makey

Illinois Digital Educators Alliance is the official Illinois Makey Makey training partner. Get ready for a fun hands-on workshop where you’ll learn about Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit used by educators in all 50 states and around the world. This workshop is intended to help educators who work with students in grades K-12 explore Inventing, Design Thinking, and Making using the Makey Makey.


IDEA invites partners and experts to join us on Wednesday afternoons for our #WednesdayWebinar series. Each week we feature a timely educational topic. Illinois educators earn one (1) PDH for attending live events. Plus, all webinars are recorded and posted on our website.

teach wonder

Illinois Digital Educators Alliance is an official partner with Wonder Workshop, creator of the popular Dash, Dot, and Cue robots now used in over 15,000 elementary and middle schools in the US. Our partnership includes the Teach Wonder initiative, a collaboration with state-based nonprofit partners designed to give every educator the knowledge and skills needed to bring state-of-the-art coding and robotics experiences into the classroom.

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Joliet, Illinois 60436

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