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  • October 21, 2019 2:08 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    This week’s episode of Teach Better Talk, brought to you by Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA) features educational leader and author, Angela Maiers. Angela chats with Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas about changing the world, chasing big dreams, and understanding that you are enough.

    She shares how we can have an impact even if we aren’t perfect, the power of daily affirmations, and why the same thing has kept her excited for 32 years.

    Check out this episode and more by clicking on one of the links below.


  • October 14, 2019 4:50 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    This week’s episode of Teach Better Talk, brought to you by Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA) features first year teacher, Delaney Brummel. Delaney chats with Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas about being cool with being “the loud one” in her school, helping kids get comfortable sharing failures with each other, and focusing on keeping things student-centered.

    Delaney shares how she keeps a smile on every day, the power of remembering there are actual humans in our classrooms, and reminds us that you don’t need to be a veteran teacher to bring value to others.

    Check out this episode and more by clicking on one of the links below.

    Where to stream / download your episode of Teach Better Talk.

  • October 08, 2019 8:30 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    This week’s episode of Teach Better Talk, brought to you by Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA) features Educational Coach & Author, Jorge Valenzuela. Jorge talks with Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas about how a lot of failures equate to small successes, but a lot of little successes lead to bigger successes.

    Jorge shares who you should look to in order to be successful, where true happiness comes from, and lays out his 5 daily routines you need to get into.

    Check out this episode and more by clicking on one of the links below.

    Where to stream / download your episode of Teach Better Talk.

    Stay tuned next week for the next episode of Teach Better Talk.

  • October 01, 2019 7:54 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    This October, as we celebrate Digital Citizenship Week, we encourage you to take some time with your students to reflect on how you use technology both in and out of your classroom.

    Digital Citizenship is a large part of the ISTE Certification process. In fact, one of the ISTE Standards for Educators is:

    Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Educators:

    1. Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
    2. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
    3. Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
    4. Model and promote the management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.

    As educators, we are all responsible for both teaching and modeling digital citizenship in our schools. How do you model and teach digital citizenship in your classroom or school?

    This month we have created a game — The DigCit Amazing Race — that you can use with your students and staff. Follow these instructions and download the game to get started. Be sure to let us know how it goes. Post your thoughts to social media using the hashtags #IDEAil and #DigCit.

  • September 30, 2019 10:08 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    This week’s episode of Teach Better Talk, brought to you by Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA) features Fitness expert, Marine Corp Veteran, and founder of TeacherFit, Nick Man. Nick chats with Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas about why personal wellness is so important for teachers, how he learned to fail forward, and how you can take small steps to be healthier every day.

    Nick shares how a simple mindset adjustment can change the way you think and feel about exercise, why he is on a mission to help teachers be healthier, and how a simple morning routine can set your day up for success.

    Check out this episode and more by clicking on one of the links below.

    Stay tuned next week for the next episode of Teach Better Talk.
  • September 23, 2019 12:09 PM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA) is excited to share that over the next few months we will be partnering with several podcast programs to introduce them to you, our members. First up is Teach Better Talk.

    The Teach Better Talk Podcast is a weekly show featuring expert educators ready to share progressive tactics to reach more students. Teach Better Talk is created by teachers, and fueled by passion! Every week, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas, of the Teach Better Team and www.teachbetter.com, chat with educators from all around the world, discussing failures, successes, exciting new tactics, and dishing out loads of tips, tricks, and advice for educators of all levels.

    In today's episode, sponsored by IDEA, Barbara Mascareno (@Spanish4Kiddos) chats with Rae and Jeff about teaching content in a context that helps students retain it better, the power of flexibility, and how we can work to incorporate language in all content areas. Check out this episode and more by clicking on one of the links below.


    Where to stream / download your episode of Teach Better Talk.

    Stay tuned next week for the next episode of Teach Better Talk.

    BONUS episode... be sure to also check out Episode 99: Fail. Reflect. Move Forward. IDEA's Executive Director, Amber Heffner, chats about learning from failures, reflecting in order to grow, and rethinking the way we facilitate education.

  • September 06, 2019 8:08 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Teaching phenom and educational activist, Dwayne Reed, has been crisscrossing the globe, promoting his message of love and equity in education. After seeing viral success with the release of his educational music video, "Welcome to the 4th Grade," and appearing on Good Morning America, CNN, and MTV's TRL, Reed has been on a mission to convince the world that relationships mean everything in education, and that every child, no matter their race or social status, deserves a fair chance at a quality education. Mr. Reed spends his free time writing educational songs, playing basketball, and 'chillin' in his neighborhood,' on the Westside of Chicago.

    Register to see Dwayne open our annual edtech conference, IDEAcon, with his energetic keynote on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Registration for IDEAcon will open this October.


    Save the date and join us on February 24-27, 2020 at IDEAcon at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Attendee registration for IDEAcon will open this October.



  • August 29, 2019 7:29 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    As you know, our organization recently underwent a lengthy rebranding process. It wasn’t simply a name and logo change. We also evaluated the mission, vision and values of our organization as they relate to you, our members.

    Our Mission: To inspire, connect and provide the educational community with opportunities that transform teaching and learning through technology.

    Our Vision: Connected and empowered educators inspire today’s learners to become tomorrow’s leaders.

    Our Values:

    • Professional Learning: Support and provide opportunities in teaching and learning through technology and collaborative communities
    • Advocacy: Be a leading voice for teaching and learning through technology in Illinois
    • Membership / Chapter Development: Strengthen and enhance chapter participation through increased member engagement
    • Outreach: Become the recognized resource in education tech practices
    • Finance: Increase funding sources to maintain financial stability in order to support member benefits
    • Collaboration: Encourage collaboration and connectivity within the membership

    A new school year is just like a new New Year! It gives us all a chance to reevaluate our practice as educators. What worked last year? What didn’t? What new things do you want to try this year? What do you want to learn more about? How do you want your classroom to be?

    Our students do the same. They - quite literally - start each class with a blank notebook. How do they want to fill it? What are their goals this year? Personal? Academic? What do they want to learn? How can they make the most of the year?

    As we all head back to school this month, we thought that it would be a great opportunity for all of us to take some time to create a vision - or rather, a vision board - for your school year.

    What - you ask - is a Vision Board? It’s simply a collection of images and words that represent your goals, dreams and aspirations. What is your mission this year? What is your Vision? What do you Value?

    Vision Boards are often made using a poster board and gluing cut-up magazines, pictures, text and more. Check out this activity that we created for both you and your students to try.

    If scissors and glue isn’t your thing, you can also create a digital vision board. Kasey Bell of Shake Up Learning provides more insight on how to use Google Slides to create a vision board in her January 8, 2018 blog post Student-Created Vision Boards with Google Slides.

    We encourage both you and your students to make your own vision board this year. And, we would love for you to share it with our educator community on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #newIDEAs. As you know, we can all benefit from and learn from each others new IDEAs.

    Here is a digital vision board that our Governing Board made for IDEAs 2019-20 new year. We hope that it will inspire you as you begin your own.

    We wish you all a very joy-filled and successful new school year!

  • August 21, 2019 8:00 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Are you excited for IDEAcon? We can't wait to tell you about our Wednesday Keynote Speaker...

    Gerry Brooks is an educator and a motivational speaker. He has 21 years experience in the classroom and as an administrator.

    He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities. He also has a desire to help administrators successfully lead their staff.

    Gerry has spoken to educational groups all around the nation. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. He desires to help administrators focus on how to lead all staff in a positive and constructive manner.

    His humorous take on educational situations has helped him gain over 1.2 million followers on social media. You can catch Gerry on his YouTube ChannelFacebook,TwitterInstagram and website. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of his book, Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches.

    You can register to see Gerry keynote our annual edtech conference, IDEAcon, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Registration for IDEAcon will open this October.

     

    Are you interested is presenting at IDEAcon too? Submit your proposal to present at IDEAcon 2020 today. The Call for Proposals closes on Friday, September 6, 2019.

     

  • August 06, 2019 8:00 AM | Jenna (Administrator)

    Although drones are oftentimes viewed as either toys, or tools for professionals, their potential for education cannot be understated. Lessons in drones offer learning opportunities in STEM subjects such as physics, coding, math and more.

    Learning about how an object can take (and sustain) flight is made easy with drones in the classroom. Teaching students about flight fundamentals such as lift, thrust, drag, and weight can spark students curiosity and demystify the physics behind flight. For more advanced lessons, students can be tasked with calculating how long it will take a drone to fly a certain distance, or the maximum altitude a drone can attain.

    On a more practical level, drones are a fantastic resource that help develop students’ motor functions. Quick reaction times are needed to fly a drone, honing student’s developing motor functions that are used throughout life in activities such as writing, driving, physical activity and more.

    Drones make teaching students to code an engaging, hands-on activity. Students can be taught to have a drone perform maneuvers autonomously, such as banking and performing sharp terms. Eventually, students can be tasked with programming a drone to fly through an obstacle course by itself.

    When it comes to emerging technologies, drones provide some of the most exciting opportunities to bring STEM to your classroom. From teaching coding for autonomous flight to fine tuning students’ motor skills, drones are an invaluable modern teaching aid.

    Learn more about how how to expand student paradigms in computer science using drone technology. Join IDEA Professional Learning Partner NextWaveSTEM’s Program Coordinator Desmond Martin for a webinar on August 7th at 4pm CDT. Desmond will guide you through the impact of using Scratch coding to transform students from consumers of technology to creators through intentional and specific experiences with cutting edge tech.

    NextWaveSTEM’s mission is to help students build 21st Century Skills by providing hands-on learning using emerging technologies, opening up new career and life possibilities.

    RSVP for the webinar at https://ideaillinois.org/event-3484828.

    Illinois educators will earn one (1) PDH at the conclusion of the webinar.

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