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Business Partners

Each year, Illinois Digital  Educators Alliance is proud to recognize and thank the many corporations that join IDEA as Business Partners. 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 the 2019 Business 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 more than 9,800 coworkers. For the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2019, the company generated Net sales over $17 billion. For more information about CDW, please visit www.CDW.com.

E2 Services, Inc. is an Accredited Advisor, Provider and Trusted Partner for: Certified Managed IT Services, Security Solutions, Risk Assessments, Cloud Solutions, Wireless Solutions, Network Infrastructure and Virtualization. E2’s certified, highly-skilled team delivers solutions that are secure, reliable and affordable for Education, Financial, Healthcare and Enterprise Organizations. For more information, visit www.e2services.net.

Facilitron is a data-driven facilities management platform and marketplace that streamlines facility scheduling and the rental request process of school and public spaces while enabling insight into real-time cost and utilization data.

Through an all-inclusive partnership, Facilitron provides its cloud-based software, setup and support with no direct costs to schools and public facility owners allowing public spaces to be easily managed, listed, discovered and booked through the platform. For more information, visit www.facilitron.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.


Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. For more information, visit www.arubanetworks.com.

Class Intercom is a social media management software solution for schools, administrators and educators to securely manage social media. Administration, communications, staff, and even students can securely create and schedule social media posts in a secure approval portal allowing schools and districts to connect with their communities. For more information, visit https://classintercom.com.

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.

At EdTechTeam, our mission is to inspire and empower educators at all levels to solve their toughest problems and reach their highest goals in support of student learning. As former school and district leaders ourselves, we know there is no quick fix for organizational transformation. Through strategic planning, customized professional development, instructional coaching programs, online learning, and more -- we support education initiatives at every step to bring about positive change. For more information, visit edtechteam.com.

The Illinois Century Network (ICN) is managed by the Illinois Department and functions as a state-wide communications network serving K-12 schools, higher education, libraries, museums and local and state government. For more information, visit Illinois.net and DoIT.Illinois.gov.

Designed and built by teachers and school administrators, Otus empowers teachers in the classroom, informs school leaders, keeps students engaged and organized, and helps parents stay better connected. Otus features three primary components: a Classroom and Learning Management System, an Assessment Platform, and a Data Management system. For more information, visit www.otus.com.

SRG Technology (SRGT) is a privately held, FL limited liability company formed in August 2007, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our technology office is in Atlanta, GA. We are a software and services company. BlenderLearn is our K-12 Education ecosystem of Education applications including: Learner Profile applications, Content Management System, Learning Management System and Parent portal. For more information, visit www.srgtech.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 ChromeCare warranty. The ChromeCare 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.

Troxell- CDI offers a full range of today’s leading education technology brands to accommodate your varying K-12 and higher education technology initiatives. But we don’t stop there. Our dedicated account executives make it their business to understand what your goals are, and then match education and collaboration technology solutions to your goals while keeping an eye on your budget and schedules. For more information, visit www.troxellsolutions.com.

silver partners

BitSpace is a leader in youth maker education. In addition to the two makerspaces we operate in the Chicago area where we run camps and classes for kids and teens, BitSpace partners with schools around the nation to bring inquiry-based making to classrooms through our professional development offerings, online maker curriculum, and makerspace design + build services. BitSpace has worked with more than 6,000 students, partnered with more than 100 schools, and designed/built 20 new makerspaces. For more information, visit bitspace.camp.

MiEN believe's furniture should support active learning and the evolving role of the educator. Whether it's for a single classroom or an entire school, MiEN fills spaces with furniture designed to adapt to evolving learning environments. Our product design philosophy is built around the new generation of students and faculty, and the technology-driven, collaborative learning environments that they require to be successful. Our designs incorporate the need for flexibility and mobility and are equipped to support the ever-changing needs of technology. For more information, visit www.miencompany.com.

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.

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.

SymbalooEDU is the visual resource management tool that helps educators and students organize and share the best of the web. Users save their resources in the cloud and access them from anywhere with any device. But it doesn’t stop there! With features like embedded content, group tiles and sequenced tiles, educators around the world are creating lesson plans, research assignments and personalize learning in many different ways. SymbalooEDU is used in schools to support:1:1 Classroom - Blended Learning - Flipped Classroom - BYOD. For more information, visit www.symbaloo.com.

bronze partners

Since 2011, Tools for Schools has committed to working alongside educators to help students thrive. Education is changing. Book Creator offers a simple way to infuse creativity throughout the curriculum, motivating students to become published authors and helping them develop future-ready skills. Book Creator has won multiple awards over the years, including Common Sense Education's Top Pick for Learning and AASL Best Website award (both 2018). For more information, visit bookcreator.com.

Camcor, Inc. offers expert guidance and knowledge to help customers select the most effective technology solutions and innovations for their school, office, or home environment. Since 1949, Camcor’s experienced team has prioritized customer service above all else and goes out of their way to make sure they’re satisfied with their purchase. For more information, visit www.camcor.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.

Eduplanet21 is an innovative Curriculum Management Platform that blends guided curriculum design with online professional learning from authors and experts in education. This integrated solution helps schools and districts create a “guaranteed and viable curriculum.” We work directly with schools and school districts, as well as with professional organizations to offer a platform that can support curriculum design initiatives, as well as online professional development initiatives. Find out more at www.eduplanet21.com.

Fortinet provides top-rated network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric. Our unique security fabric combines Security Processors, an intuitive operating system, and applied threat intelligence to give you security, performance, and better visibility and control--while providing easier administration. For more information, visit www.fortinet.com.

A Newsela, we take authentic content from the world’s most trusted providers and turn it into learning materials that are classroom-ready to achieve our mission of unlocking the written word for everyone. It all starts with authentic content from credible sources, then we convert that content into materials designed for learning that can be used by teachers in their classrooms, right away. Newsela empowers teachers to select the best content for their students while giving administrators the assurance that all content is vetted and aligned to standards. For more information, visit newsela.com.

We transform your students into amazing writers! Nightzookeeper.com is an educational platform that helps students learn new words, understand them in sentences and create amazing stories that are shared around the world. Children draw their own magical characters that travel with them through the Night Zoo, developing and growing their creative writing skills. Find out more on nightzookeeper.com.

Founded in 1989, SHI is a $10 billion global provider of information technology products and services to Corporate, Enterprise, Public Sector and Academic customers of all sizes. From software and hardware procurement to IT asset management and cloud computing, SHI delivers custom IT solutions for every aspect of your environment. We are passionate about delivering exceptional value and experience as we help customers select, deploy and manage technology. For more information, visit www.shi.com.

Sphero Edu is a STEAM-based toolset that weaves hardware, software, and community engagement to promote 21st century skills. While these skills are absolutely crucial, our edu program goes beyond code by nurturing students' creativity and ingenuity like no other education program can. For more information, visit www.sphero.com/education.

WeVideo is the complete, feature-packed digital creation platform for today's learners built with classroom, school and district-wide use in mind. Video creation encourages students to collaborate, share their discoveries and demonstrate their learning as they develop communication, critical thinking and creativity skills. Educators love WeVideo for Schools because it empowers students to easily capture, create, view and share their ideas through video. Find out more at www.wevideo.com/education.

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