Professional Learning Partners
One of the Illinois Digital Educator Alliance's goals is to support and provide professional learning opportunities in educational technology. Through our Professional Learning Partnerships, IDEA strives to provide a broad spectrum of needs and interests through conferences, events, organizational collaborations, professional resources, and strategic initiatives that serve to enhance our member’s professional practice. Check out some of the professional development offerings that your ICE membership brings below.
BirdBrain Technologies 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 mission is to assist educators interested in bringing computer science and engineering design into any classroom. Find out more at birdbraintechnologies.com.
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. Find out more at www.czs.org/teacherclasses.
Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween. Makey Makey started out as a project that was initiated by two students at MIT Media Lab under the advisorship of Mitch Resnick and is an academic and artistic project. Now it's both a business and a project with thousands of community collaborators, with more joining the ranks of inventors everyday. Find out more at makeymakey.com.
The world needs young innovators. The NextWave STEM experience sparks inspiration and curiosity in students as they explore emerging technologies through hands on learning that integrates STEM into the traditional K—12 classroom.
NextWaveSTEM offers a wide range of courses for grades K—12, from “Coding with Drones” to “Into to 3D Printing”, and much more. Our curriculum is designed to spark students’ critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity by introducing them to coding skills and cutting-edge STEM. Drones, robots, and 3D printers in the classroom allow students to build, code, play, and learn to make important connections to the real world. Find our more at nextwavestem.com.
Wonder Workshop's mission is to inspire every home and classroom to be a place of innovation – where children, parents, and teachers solve problems of the future using tools created by Wonder Workshop. Founded in 2012, Wonder Workshop is a dynamic startup made up of passionate and motivated team members headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with offices and fans around the globe. Find out more at makewonder.com.