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  • September 22, 2020 4:05 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Two of the biggest names in educational technology are teaming up to provide expanded virtual learning opportunities and new ways for educators to grow their professional learning networks in February. 

    By working together on programming and events, these grassroots professional organizations provide registrants to either event with more ways to earn professional learning hours and connect with like-minded, passionate educators — wherever they are. This innovative hybrid Convention offers three weeks of programming from two trusted networks — IDEA and TCEA. Live sessions begin February 1–6, 2021 and will be available on-demand for 30 days after the event. Additional programming will culminate with more live events and keynotes later in the month. Attendees can benefit from the expertise and powerful networks of both these organizations worry-free, and at their own pace. In addition, we are excited to offer attendees the opportunity to visit two virtual exposition halls during the month.

    “Our collaboration with TCEA provides us an opportunity to introduce many new presenters and sessions to IDEAcon attendees thereby expanding everyone’s personal learning network,” IDEA Executive Director Amber Heffner says. 

    TCEA Executive Director Lori Gracey agrees, “By teaming up with IDEAcon, we’re helping educators find new perspectives on education. At a time when educators are working harder than ever, it’s vital to provide as many high-quality, research-backed resources as possible that help students build lasting learning.”

    Through this partnership, members and attendees from both organizations will get the benefits of a bigger professional learning network and more ways to learn, explore new technologies, and share their experience. IDEAcon registration opens Sept. 24, 2020, at 9 A.M. Central time. TCEA's Convention & Exposition will also open their registration Sept. 24, 2020.

     

    About IDEA

    Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA, ideaillinois.org) was formed in 1986 by a group of approximately thirty teachers as a statewide organization for computer-using educators. Since its inception, the organization has continuously encouraged and supported educators in their development and use of technology in all facets of the educational process. Today, IDEA strives to provide even more opportunities for educators to connect with others, be inspired to improve teaching and learning, and transform their practices to support student empowerment and success.

    About TCEA

    TCEA (tcea.org) is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has supported the use of technology in education for the last 40 years. Their primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-16 environment and providing our members with cutting-edge knowledge and resources through conferences, workshops, online publications, and collaborations with businesses and institutions of higher education. 

  • September 01, 2020 1:49 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    We are proud to announce the release our latest #IDEAauthors book, IDEAs to Amplify Student Voice. In this book, students from across Illinois share their stories about the innovative, creative, and inspirational ways they use technology in their classrooms, communities, and home environments to transform their own learning experiences.

    We began work on this book last May when our student technology showcase was cancelled as a result of COVID-19. After the cancellation, IDEA wanted to make sure that Illinois students still had the opportunity to tell their stories; to give them a voice.

    Twenty-three students joined us to create IDEAs to Amplify Student Voice. These students will inspire you with their stories of how they use technology to learn, create, design, and amplify their voice.

    Find out more about IDEAs to Amplify Student Voice and get your copy at www.ideaillinois.org/student-authors.

    Be sure to also check out IDEA’s other books: IDEAs to Inspire your Classroom, IDEAs to Transform your Classroom, and IDEAs to Connect your Classroom. In these books, Illinois educators share how they inspire their students, transform their environment(s), and connect with other educators and classrooms around the world. Connect with IDEA through these stories today.

  • April 29, 2020 11:33 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Be sure to check out Illinois Digital Educators Alliance's (IDEA) newest podcast partner, Reimagine SchoolsIn this episode, New Jersey school superintendent Glenn Robbins talks about his experience in providing positive leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic that has closed schools from coast to coast for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. As a former National Digital Principal of the Year, Robbins also shares his approach to connecting with his school and community stakeholders through Facebook Live and how he's been able to bring in many of the nation's most inspirational speakers via Zoom video to provide uplifting messages of hope and reassurance during difficult times in our schools. Finally, Robbins talks about some of the struggles his district has faced with remote learning strategies and how working collaboratively with teachers and parents in his district has created new opportunities for innovation and problem solving.

    Download this week's episode here. Then, stay tuned for the next episode of Reimagine Schools.



  • April 21, 2020 9:16 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Be sure to check out Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA) newest podcast partner, Reimagine Schools. This week, Dr. Greg Goins talks with internationally-acclaimed child psychologist and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ross Greene. Listen as they discusses Dr. Greene's research that includes the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model for effectively managing child behavior and explains why kids with social, emotional and behavioral challenges are often misunderstood. He also shares insights as to why the traditional reward and punishment approach to school discipline often fails kids as we place the focus on correcting behavior rather than true problem solving. From his books, Raising Human Beings, The Explosive Child, Lost At School and Lost and Found, Dr. Greene lays out a three-step plan that includes empathy, defining adult expectations and offering the child an invitation to become a partner in solving challenges in the classroom. As the Developer and Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary The Kids We Lose, Dr. Greene closes the episode by shinning a light on the dark side of how too many kids are mistreated and manhandled in our schools due to high levels of frustration and hopelessness.

    Download this week's episode here. Then, stay tuned for the next episode of Reimagine Schools.


  • April 15, 2020 4:21 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Hosted by Dr. Greg Goins, the Reimagine Schools Podcast features many of the nation's top educators, authors and innovators in P-12 education with an emphasis on leadership development, scaling innovation and transforming our school systems. Guest have included some of the world's most prolific thought leaders on education, including Ted Dintersmith, Ted Fujimoto, Ian Jukes, Alfie Kohn, Grant Lichtman, Marc Prensky and Dr. Tony Wagner. The Reimagine Schools Podcast is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network (EPN) and is also part of voicEd Radio, a 24/7 Internet-based Radio Station dedicated to both broadening and deepening the conversations we have about education. Be sure to join the conversation with #ReimagineSchools.

    This week's episode features Ross Cooper, a school administrator and co-author of Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom with Erin Murphy, talks about how passion and autonomy can lead to amazing results in the PBL classroom. He also reflects on how basic projects might serve as an entry point to PBL implementation, and why having some well-defined school goals and strategies can provide greater feedback and collaboration among teachers and students within PBL teaching models. Finally, Cooper offers some advice on how to get started with PBL and explains the difference between assessment and grading within project-based instruction.

    Download this week's episode here.

    Stay tuned for the next episode of Reimagine Schools.

  • March 18, 2020 10:39 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    If you were at IDEAcon this year, you saw us introduce our new IDEA Authors book series. The books were such a hit at the conference, we had to reprint and replenish our stock before offering it to everyone else! But now we’re ready to brag about our authors.

    Last year, Illinois Digital Educators Alliance invited its members to share stories about how they were making a difference in education. Their stories resulted in the creation of three books including: IDEAs to Inspire your Classroom, IDEAs to Transform your Classroom, and IDEAs to Connect your Classroom.

    Edited by IDEAcon featured speaker, Robert Dillon, the series tells how educators in Illinois inspire their students, transform their environment, and connect with other educators and classrooms around the world. Forty-four authors are highlighted. Student writers provided a foreword for each book.

    In IDEAs to Inspire your Classroom, you’ll be inspired by Jennifer Smith designing science as a verb, Billy Spicer outlining the growing power of esports, and Michael Earnshaw sharing dad’s advice.

    In IDEAs to Transform your Classroom, you’ll hear how small moments have transformational power, as seen when Matt Meyer finds guidance from his ten-year old self, Michael Kosko shows the power of growing with his students, and Megan Hacholski designs space for learning.

    IDEAs to Connect your Classroom brings together many ideas. Jeremy Rinkel connects us to a healthy digital life, Drew Witherell shows the power of connecting through instructional coaching, and Stephanie Suklow looks at connecting teachers through social media.

    These are just a few of the many stories that can be found in the new IDEA Authors series. Books are now available for purchase online at www.ideaillinois.org/IDEA-Authors.

    Congratulations to all of the authors that participated in this IDEA Authors project including:

    IDEAs to Inspire your Classroom

    Renee Bogacz, Michael Earnshaw, Jennifer Egget, Nancy Gadzala, Jessica Green, Mia Gutsell, Kim Knigge, Jason Kruski, Bethany Martino, Greg McDonough, Andrea Rechner Perrin, Carolyn Skibba, Jennifer Smith, and Billy Spicer. Foreword by Mitchell Brown and Scotty Vrablik.

    IDEAs to Transform your Classroom

    Julie Ahern, Dr. Marlo Barnett, Anne Marie Chobot, Tricia Fuglestad, Megan Hacholski, John Hayward, Rae Hughart, Traci Johnson, Michael Kosko, Matt Meyer, Dr. Li-Wei Peng, Dr. Jessica Pilgreen, Michelle Thorne, Andrea Trudeau, Douglas van Dyke, and Lauren Wysocke. Foreword by Kyla Naganat.

    IDEAs to Connect your Classroom

    Michelle Anderson, Steven Baule, Ben Hartman, Michelle Susberry Hill, Jessica Iovinelli, Dr. Matthew X. Joseph, Shannon McGrath, Mitchel Meighen, Jeremy Rinkel, Stephanie Sukow, Derrick Swistak, Yvonne Tretter, Jen Waldvogel, and Drew Witherell. Foreword by Nate Butkus.


  • March 13, 2020 2:30 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Last week we sent out an email with information and resources to assist and support educators during the mandated school time off. We are continuing to update those resources and provide educators in Illinois the most relevant and robust resources we can. With the most recent updates from ISBE regarding “Act of God” days rather than E-learning days, we have adjusted the resources we are offering accordingly.

    As such, we have created (and will continue updating) our website at ideaillinois.org/Home-Learning with learning activities focused on skill development in the areas of SEL and the 4 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity). We will be going live on Monday, March 16th, at 10 a.m. (on Facebook Live and Twitter) to unpack the resources in our calendar. Also, please consider posting your stories of inspiration and ways you are supporting students to #ILschoolsstepup for all to see. As always, please remember, we are here for YOU. Reach out and let us know your needs!

    We are in unprecedented times but we know that as dedicated and passionate educators, together we will find a way to rise up and create positive opportunities for those we serve. With that, the IDEA staff has been gathering suggestions and resources to support you during your planning and preparation for possible e-learning within your districts. We have attempted to compile information for all grade levels and for whatever current learning platforms you may be using.

    We wish each of you the best and please know that we are here to support you! We will be utilizing #IDEAil & the #ILedChat to share questions and best practices throughout the next few weeks. In addition, we can find other creative ways to make the best out of this difficult situation, including setting up virtual meetings with you and/or your students, creating unique learning experiences, sharing resources, or just to listen and give feedback. Please reach out to us via email or on social media (@ideaillinois) if you need our support.

    General Advice

    1. Remember your WHY! The skill development and learning targets continue to be the goal. Don’t make the technology the center of your design. 

    2. Don’t focus on trying to recreate the “normal content” you would in the classroom. Instead take part of what you normally do and create remote learning experiences around that. It's not about what the students complete but instead what you create for them to work on.

    3. Start practicing now with the framework and tools you'd consider using for remote learning.

    4. Don't add too much "new". While there are plenty of tech tools available, it’s important not to water down the content you are delivering with too many new tech tools at once.

    5. Plan your remote learning experiences around what you want your learners to be able to know, do and understand. Capitalize on moments when students can demonstrate this in creative ways. For example, can they record a video of themselves reading a recipe and demonstrate their understanding of fractions while cooking in the kitchen versus a worksheet or online program?

    6. Consider accessibility and equity. Now is more important than ever to provide voice and choice. Some students will easily be able to continue learning at home. Others, it will be incredibly difficult for them. Make sure you have alternatives for students who will be impacted differently. We can’t just plan online content and expect that to fix everything. This is also true for sending home packets of papers for students.

  • February 17, 2020 1:19 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    This week, Punk Rock Classrooms discusses how schools can become successful in pushing all students forward by getting everyone involved. Schools must build a camaraderie and unity to bring the best for our kids, that's why we're all here! We can't let staff watch from the nose bleed seats. We need to pull them into the pit and become a part of the show. This involves giving staff voice and input into what changes and implementations need to take place for success. After all, not every decision needs to be, or should be, made by the principal.

    The Punk Rock Classrooms podcast wants to bring a punk rock mindset to the classroom! Schools need passion, community, and some DIY attitude!

    Each week hosts Mike Earnshaw (principal from Illinois) and Josh Buckley (teacher from Arizona) discuss how punk rock shaped their education philosophy and show educators, punk or not, how they can bring a punk rock mindset into their classrooms and their schools.

    Where to stream / download your episode of Punk Rock Classrooms.

    Stay tuned for the next episode of Punk Rock Classrooms.

  • February 10, 2020 11:52 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    This week, Punk Rock Classrooms brings us a reflection episode. In this episode, sponsored by IDEA, Mike Earnshaw discusses how we need to expand our PLN - our crew of educators - beyond our grade level, beyond our schools, and sometimes even beyond or district to make sure we are doing what is best for students. He explains that it's crucial to cross lines and be a part of various groups. We must also teach this to our students, that one label or crew doesn't need to define who you are, such as a jock, skater, or school band.

    Where to stream / download your episode of Punk Rock Classrooms.

    Stay tuned for the next episode of Punk Rock Classrooms.

  • February 04, 2020 10:28 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    We are excited to tell you about our newest podcast partnership with Punk Rock Classrooms (@PunkClassrooms).

    Punk Rock Classrooms wants to bring a punk rock mindset to the classroom! Schools need passion, community, and some DIY attitude!

    Each week hosts Mike Earnshaw (principal from Illinois) and Josh Buckley (teacher from Arizona) discuss how punk rock shaped their education philosophy and show educators, punk or not, how they can bring a punk rock mindset into their classrooms and their schools.

    Their latest episode "Working with your Crew", sponsored by IDEA, focuses on dropping the egos in education and relying on the strengths of others not only in our buildings, but across the world through means like social media to bring the best learning experiences for our students.

    Where to stream / download your episode of Punk Rock Classrooms.

    Stay tuned for the next episode of Punk Rock Classrooms.

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