We are so glad you are here, and we can’t wait to meet you in-person or virtually at one of our many events.
Here’s the deal … The IDEA team doesn’t want you to dread earning your PD hours or sigh at the thought of yet another webinar.
Our goal is to make events relevant, engaging, and, most of all, inspiring.
And we know some people love events and others avoid them like the plague. So, we promise that no matter how the word “event” makes you feel, you will find a webinar, course, or conference on our upcoming events list that is a good fit for you.
Want to know more about our event offerings and what to expect when you register? Here are a few of our regular happenings - but we are always adding fun, new events to the list!
IDEAcon is one of the Midwest’s largest ed tech conferences. Hosted by IDEA every February, thousands of educators from Illinois and across the U.S. join together to learn about sound pedagogical practices in education and how to leverage technology to engage, inspire, and reach all learners. It’s 4 days of fun, and you can attend virtually or in-person in Schaumburg, IL. Learn more here.
ideaU is a week-long, virtual institute hosted by IDEA every summer. It’s a place where you can connect with fellow educators, learn in an engaging and fun environment, and get inspired for the upcoming school year. Each day of the institute is designed around a specific theme and includes both live and watch-on-demand sessions.
Forget wearing pink. On Wednesdays we host webinars! IDEA has an amazing network of partners and education experts who help us put on a FREE one-hour webinar each week. Topics range from SEL to web design and everything in between! You can check out all past #WednesdayWebinars here.
The Amplify Innovation Student Showcase is a one-day event held in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. It allows legislators, policy makers, and other citizens to see first-hand how technology is used in classrooms across Illinois to create exciting learning environments. This event highlights the crucial role that technology plays in education -- ranging from increases in collaboration and critical thinking, to promoting learning beyond the limits of the school day -- by creating a space for students to share their learning and innovative uses of devices, the internet, and digital curriculum. Learn more here.
Ready to take a deeper dive into a specific topic? Our cohorts and boot camps are great ways to do just that! Cohorts range from 3 to 6 month long professional learning sessions. Our cohorts are hosted in Google Classroom and consist of asynchronous work, virtual office hours, and monthly synchronous sessions.
IDEA Boot Camps are our one month long professional learning opportunities. Boot camp topics focus on accessing in-demand, bite-size training. Each month consists of asynchronous work, as well as one virtual office hour and one synchronous meeting with experts. The content is designed based on current educational trends.
Your schedule is already jam packed. After all, an educators job is never done! That is why we strive to make earning professional development hours as flexible as possible.
Enter our virtual monthly Playgrounds. These mini-events include six recorded sessions all centered around a specific, highly-relevant education topic. Each session is 30 minutes to an hour long. Once you register, you will have two weeks (normally, the last two weeks of the month) to watch the sessions and earn up to 6 PDHs. This way you can watch on your own time, whether that is at 5 a.m. or midnight. Playgrounds also include an online forum so you can interact with fellow attendees and easy-to-use note taking docs.
As teachers and educators, you give a lot to others. But don’t forget - you need to take care of yourself, too. Each month, the IDEA team or an IDEA chapter will host an event or wellness challenge to help promote teacher wellness! It may be yoga, a gratitude journal, or even a coffee on us! Follow us on social media for each month’s #teacherwellness happening.
We talk a lot about teachers, but we also want to be a resource for all of our school administrators and coaches out there! IDEA Academies is a program in which Illinois school district administrators and coaches participate to meet legislated requirements for continuous professional development. Learn more about them here.