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 Statewide and local chapter events are held monthly. Check out our calendar for a list of events. Click on each event for more information.

upcoming events

annual conference

IDEA sponsors an annual ed tech conference, now known as IDEAcon (formerly the ICE Conference). Every year, well over 5,000 educators convene at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center to learn and share ideas with each other regarding the effective use of technology in education. During the 4 day conference, 200+ vendors exhibit their wares and services, keynote speakers inspire attendees, and hundreds of educators present sessions on how they use technology to engage students and foster academic achievement.

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student tech showcase

This annual event is held at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Hundreds of students come from schools throughout the state to present the most comprehensive and diverse student demonstration of classroom technology in the Midwest. The Amplify Innovation Student Technology Showcase demonstrations allow lawmakers, business leaders, teachers, and administrators from Illinois schools to see firsthand how technology is used in classrooms throughout the state.

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Upcoming events

    • September 30, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Join IDEA and partner, IETL, as leading technology leaders in Illinois schools share knowledge around cybersecurity issues, ranging from identity theft, social engineering, data breaches and software to beware of.

    Illinois educators can earn one (1) PDH for live attendance at this event.

    • October 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • May 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Online Cohort
    • 3
    Register

    Participants work 1:1 with educators to understand their individual classroom goals and implement strategies to accomplish them using technology-based solutions. Typical certification takes one year but by joining this fast track program you could get your certification done in 6 months, just one hour per week!

    Participants will receive access to Google's tailored curriculum and research-based coaching model—so that new and veteran educators can transform instruction across every classroom and student.

    IDEA is a Google for Education recommended coaching partner. In this academy you will have membership to a cohort of other coaches and exclusive resources tailored to support certification.

    Sign up now! Only 25 candidates will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

    Illinois educators can earn up to 30 PDHs for completion of this course.

    • October 07, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Join IDEA and Meghan Wiesbrock, Manager of School and Camp Programs, from The Morton Arboretum as we explore nature in virtual and remote learning.

    This school year, despite your learning format, explore ways to enhance your science curriculum with new virtual curriculum bundles from The Morton Arboretum. Designed with educators in mind, these free digital bundles contain activities, videos and resources aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and, in some cases, Common Core State Standards as well. This one hour session will provide an overview of the materials, a step by step guide for how to register to receive these free materials, as well as information on outreach add-ons to enrich these activities for your students. This session is best suited for K-12 formal educators, providers and informal educators.

    Illinois educators can earn one (1) PDH for live attendance at this webinar.

    • October 12, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online (a link will be sent)
    Register

    This course is designed to support educational leaders in the development, evolution, implementation, and promotion of programs and initiatives which will best support students in the future. Through a researched-based and systemic view, participants will identify celebrations and challenges with current district culture and organizational structure and reflect on possible changes. Also participants will deepen understanding of alternative and authentic assessment methods and blended/personalized learning models and reflect on possible next steps for implementation. In addition, participants will explore options for flexible differentiated professional development for staff and examine the role of messaging and community partnerships with focus on positive use of Social Media.

    • October 14, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Presented by Dr. Amy Heineke, join IDEA and Eduplanet21 for a webinar that takes a strengths-based approach to consider how to teach students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds upon returning to school during the COVID pandemic. Deficit-based mindsets often unknowingly guide our daily practice with emergent bilinguals and immigrant-origin students. This tendency to focus on students' gaps or deficiencies is heightened following the COVID pandemic and related distance learning. With this webinar, we discard deficit-based viewpoints to consider students' experiences during the pandemic as resources for learning. We explore potential sources of background knowledge from home, community, and school and consider how to prioritize these student assets in curricular design to springboard their learning and achievement.

    Illinois educators can earn one (1) PDH for live attendance at this event.

    • October 15, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Embedding all your standards, covering all the content and assessing your students understanding can sometimes feel like you are running a race! How can there be enough time for it all? In this workshop experience, participants will be grouped in teams to experience the Amazing Race of Digital Citizenship. Competitors will dig into new tools, experience practical application of digital citizenship resources and potentially walk away with the title of "Dig Cit Amazing Race Champ"!

    Illinois educators can earn 1.5 PDHs for attendance at this event.

    • October 30, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Online (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    The Effective Use of Technology in Schools course will focus on the evaluation of technology in the classroom and how it can connect to the Danielson model. It is designed to provide administrators with the ability to walk into a classroom and understand how technology is being integrated into the content rather than being a stand alone application. The course will also address effective tools that administrators can use in their daily routine to model effective technology use to help coach their staff and provide information to stakeholders in the community.

    This course will be given Administrator Academy credit in partnership with the IPA.

    Illinois educators can also earn 4 PDHs for attending this event.

    • November 03, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Online (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Calling all life long learners! Join us in our IDEA playground as we work through what's on YOUR minds. Idea's may be free but what you do with them can be priceless! You'll choose 3 sessions to participate in 3 hours but you'll receive the recordings of all 6 sessions! Fun & engaging professional learning you won't want to miss!

    Illinois educators can earn three (3) PDHs for attending this event.

    • November 09, 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Online (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Let us help you crack the code on that four letter word: CODE! Coding can seem scary to the everyday teacher. It’s a bit unknown and broad, but it doesn’t have to be something we avoid all together. Think about the newest tech that came out when you were a kid. What was your reaction to it? Did you have to have it? Now, muster up that same feeling of awe and wonder towards coding and robotics (for some of you this isn’t a problem at all!). Join us as we prepare for December's hour of code experiences in this novice level session.

    Illinois educators can earn 1.5 PDHs for attending this event.

Past events

September 22, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Engagement Strategies & Best Practices
September 14, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Digital Citizenship How-To's
September 09, 2020 IDEA Webinar | Live Q&A with Blaine Cook, Google for Education Account Manager
September 01, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Teaching With Intention
August 29, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Making in Remote Learning: Electronics 101
August 27, 2020 Connections Through Technology
August 26, 2020 IDEA Webinar | Learn to Discern: Media Literacy and the Presidential Election
August 19, 2020 IDEA & Sphero Webinar | Using Project-Based Learning to Make at Home and in the Classroom
August 17, 2020 IDEA Workshop | G Suite 101 and Beyond
August 11, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Build Your Own Bitmoji Classroom
August 06, 2020 How Community Partnerships and Institutions of Higher Learning can Help Students Succeed | #3 of 3-Part Webinar Series
August 05, 2020 IDEA & Google Webinar | Google Meet Overview
August 03, 2020 Tech Talks: How can Microsoft Help YOU in your Role
July 29, 2020 IDEA & Book Creator Webinar | The Book Creator You Never Knew & More
July 27, 2020 The Rural Digital Divide for Higher Education Students | #2 of 3-Part Webinar Series
July 22, 2020 IDEA & NextWaveSTEM Webinar | How to Build a Dynamic Hybrid Learning Model
July 22, 2020 SFHS Summer Series | Teams: Part Two (Advanced)
July 22, 2020 SFHS Summer Series | Teams: Part One (Basic)
July 15, 2020 ideaU | Learn, Grow, Impact. It Starts with U.
July 08, 2020 SFHS Summer Series | goFormative
July 08, 2020 IDEA & Eduplanet21 Webinar | Re-imagining Professional Learning with Habits of Mind
July 01, 2020 IDEA & Eduplanet21 Webinar | Virtual Curriculum Design with Jay McTighe: Timely Units for COVID19
June 24, 2020 IDEA Webinar | Computer Science Unplugged with LEGO Education
June 24, 2020 SFHS Summer Series | Amplifying Student Voice with FlipGrid
June 17, 2020 2020 Illinois Legislative Update: Remote Learning & Advocacy Webinar
June 17, 2020 SFHS Summer Series | Transform Your Lessons with Nearpod
June 10, 2020 Educating with Intention: Integrating Social Emotional Learning
June 10, 2020 SFHS Summer Series | Screencasting and PlayPosit
June 10, 2020 IDEA & CDW-G Webinar | From Substitution to Redefinition: Elevating Student Learning Online
June 05, 2020 Are you up to the Minecraft Build Challenge?
June 01, 2020 Munch n’ Mine | Learn how to use Minecraft: EE in your Classroom
May 29, 2020 Tech & Learning "Future-Proofing Your District Plan" Conference
May 27, 2020 10th Annual Ability Summit by Microsoft
May 14, 2020 All About Microsoft: Virtual Office Hours with IDEA
May 13, 2020 All About Google: Virtual Office Hours with IDEA
May 12, 2020 All About Apple: Virtual Office Hours with IDEA
May 07, 2020 We ❤ Heart Teachers Webinar Giveaway
May 06, 2020 IDEA & Read Naturally Webinar | Reading for Meaning with Read Naturally Live
May 05, 2020 Virtual Trivia Night with Carl Hooker | Sponsored by IDEA & TRA
April 29, 2020 IDEA & Class Intercom Webinar | Self-care in the New Normal
April 24, 2020 IDEA & Otus Webinar | Intro to Otus: A Remote Learning Solution
April 23, 2020 LEGO Live! Virtual Build Challenge
April 23, 2020 Education and COVID 19: Remote Learning Tech Solutions
April 22, 2020 IDEA & WeVideo Webinar | Remote Learning with WeVideo
April 21, 2020 IDEA & STRUT Webinar | An SEL/EQ Perspective: Can technology genuinely meet the needs of today's incredibly diverse learners?
April 15, 2020 IDEA Kishwaukee Chapter | Virtual PatioPD
April 15, 2020 IDEA & Book Creator Webinar | Two-Part Series
April 14, 2020 eLearning for Students with Disabilities | Accommodations and the General Ed Curriculum
April 10, 2020 IDEA & eLuma Webinars | Online Strategies for SPED Staff
April 09, 2020 IDEA & Newsela Webinar | Newsela for Distance Learning
April 08, 2020 IDEA & TechGirlz Webinar | How Educators can Inspire Girls to Pursue Tech
April 08, 2020 IDEA & eLuma Webinar | Online Strategies for Special Education Teachers
April 07, 2020 IDEA & Everfi Webinar | Navigating School Closures with Social Emotional Learning
April 03, 2020 IDEA & Book Creator Webinar | Home Learning with @BookCreatorApp
April 03, 2020 Check In Slow Chat with IDEA
April 01, 2020 IDEA & Book Creator Webinar | Home Learning with @BookCreatorApp
March 25, 2020 IDEA & Night Zookeeper Webinar | Make Writing Magical
March 24, 2020 IDEAcoaches Virtual Office Hours
March 23, 2020 Making Learning Accessible to Everyone with Apple
March 23, 2020 Making Learning Accessible to Everyone with Google
March 23, 2020 Making Learning Accessible to Everyone with Microsoft
March 20, 2020 IDEA Webinar | Questions from the Quarantine
March 18, 2020 IDEA Webinar | IDEAs for Helping Educators During Home Learning
March 17, 2020 E-Learning Days in Place of School Cancellations
March 11, 2020 Women in Education: Leading and Learning (WELL) Summit
March 06, 2020 2020 Bradley University STEM / STEAM Conference for K-12 Educators
February 26, 2020 ISTE Certification for Educators - Schaumburg, IL
February 24, 2020 IDEAcon Trivia Night Social
February 24, 2020 IDEAcon 2020 - Annual Conference
February 20, 2020 IDEA Two Rivers & Tynker: Coding Early for Future Success
February 19, 2020 IDEA Kishwaukee Chapter | PatioPD
February 19, 2020 IDEA & TRA Webinar | What EdTech Leaders Need to Know about School Cybersecurity: Lessons from The K-12 Cyber Incident Map
February 12, 2020 IDEA & Makey Makey Webinar | Makey Makey Beyond the Banana Piano
February 08, 2020 IDEA Northern Suburbs | Pop Up Innovation: Documenting Learning
February 05, 2020 IDEA & Class Intercom Webinar | How To Advance Your School’s Communication Through Podcasting
February 04, 2020 IDEA Central Illinois Valley | Teacher Tuesday Mentor Match Engine Showcase
January 29, 2020 IDEA Western | Hummingbird Playground
January 29, 2020 Shake-Up Your Learning Spaces
January 28, 2020 Teach Boldly Book Study
January 25, 2020 IDEA Chicago | Everyone Can Create!
January 25, 2020 IDEA Northern Suburbs MiniCon
January 22, 2020 IDEA & Class Intercom Webinar | 5 Steps To Building A Student Social Media Team At Your School
January 15, 2020 IDEA Kishwaukee Chapter | PatioPD
January 09, 2020 ISTE Certification for Educators - Chicago, IL
January 06, 2020 Complete Classroom Collaboration with Microsoft Teams
December 18, 2019 "WIN"ter Win It All Webinar!
December 11, 2019 IDEA & EVERFI Webinar | Sharpen STEM Skills and Increase Student Interest in STEM Careers
December 05, 2019 IDEA Northern Suburbs | Problem Solving and Creativity in the Classroom: STEAM for All
December 05, 2019 IDEA Chicago | Sphero + Hour of Code Playtime
December 05, 2019 IDEA & MicrosoftEDU | Complete Classroom Collaboration with Microsoft Teams
December 04, 2019 IDEA South Suburbs Chapter | Bots & Bevs
December 04, 2019 IDEA & Class Intercom Webinar | Simple Design for your School’s Social Media
November 20, 2019 IDEA Kishwaukee Chapter | November Patio PD
November 20, 2019 IDEA & Sphero Webinar | Got STEAM? Learn about Sphero's Computer Science Foundations Curriculum
November 20, 2019 IDEA Two Rivers Chapter | Google Tips and Tricks (Payson)
November 20, 2019 HB3606 and eLearning Workshop
November 19, 2019 IDEA Northwest Chapter | Monthly Meetup
November 18, 2019 Google on Tour
November 18, 2019 Western Suburbs Chapter: Tweeting up the 4Cs!
November 13, 2019 IDEA & News Literacy Project Webinar | Teaching Digital Verification to Spark News Literacy Learning
November 12, 2019 ISTE Certification for Educators - Springfield, IL
November 09, 2019 Shedd Aquarium Science Educator Conference
November 06, 2019 IDEA & Class Intercom Webinar | Beyond the Algorithm: How your school’s social media tells a story.
October 30, 2019 IDEA Wednesday Webinar | Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy: What's the Connection?
October 29, 2019 IDEA Northern Suburbs Chapter | Assistive Tech and Differentiating with Technology
October 29, 2019 IDEA South Suburbs Chapter | Digital Citizenship Trivia! A friendly competition among educators
October 26, 2019 IDEA Abe Lincoln Chapter | Bots & Bevs: a Meetup for Educators (Decatur)
October 24, 2019 IDEA Three Rivers Chapter | Bots & Bevs
October 24, 2019 IDEA Two Rivers Chapter | Quizlet: Flashcards plus More!
October 23, 2019 IDEA & Tynker Webinar | Micro:bits and Tynker: Physical Computing Made Easy!
October 21, 2019 Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop - Plainfield
October 19, 2019 IDEA Central Illinois Valley | October Board Game Social
October 17, 2019 IDEA Two Rivers Chapter | Engage and Assess with Pear Deck
October 17, 2019 A Conversation on Modern Measures of Learning Conference
October 16, 2019 IDEA Kishwaukee Chapter | October Patio PD
October 12, 2019 IDEA Abe Lincoln Chapter | Bots & Bevs: a Meetup for Educators (Springfield)
October 07, 2019 October #ILedchat | Digital Citizenship
October 03, 2019 IDEA Western Chapter | Bots n Bevs
October 01, 2019 IDEA Central Illinois Valley | Teacher Tuesday Developing Critical Thinking Skills with Games
September 25, 2019 IDEA Northern Suburbs | Share-A-Rama
September 25, 2019 IDEA & BirdBrain Webinar | What's in a Makerspace? with Kelsey Derringer from BirdBrain Technologies
September 24, 2019 CYBERSECURITY: A Practical Approach
September 21, 2019 IDEA Central Illinois Valley | September Board Game Social
September 18, 2019 IDEA Kishwaukee Chapter | September Patio PD
September 17, 2019 IDEA Central Illinois Valley | Teacher Tuesday STEAM Resource Fair
September 11, 2019 5th Annual Rochester STEM Fair
September 11, 2019 ISTE Certification for Educators - MACUL
September 06, 2019 Illinois Century Network Webinar | K-12 Broadband Network
September 05, 2019 Illinois Century Network Webinar | K-12 Broadband Network
September 04, 2019 IDEA & Clever Webinar | Navigating your new Clever Portal
August 31, 2019 IDEA Central Illinois Valley | August Board Game Social
August 30, 2019 Illinois Century Network Webinar | K-12 Broadband Network
August 29, 2019 Illinois Century Network Webinar | K-12 Broadband Network
August 17, 2019 IDEA Lake & LFCDS | STEM in Early Childhood Learning
August 14, 2019 IDEA & Clever Webinar | Start the School Year With Clever!
August 08, 2019 STEMM: Putting Body Movement in STEM (The Zoo-Mazing Race) at Brookfield Zoo
August 07, 2019 IDEA & NextWaveSTEM Webinar | Integrating Coding with Drones in the Classroom
August 07, 2019 Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop - North Riverside
August 06, 2019 ISTE Certification for Educators - Davenport, Iowa
August 01, 2019 Birdbrain Technologies Ambassador Program Workshop
July 31, 2019 IDEA & NextWaveSTEM Webinar | Integrating 3D Printing in the Classroom
July 27, 2019 Central Illinois Valley Board Game Social
July 25, 2019 ISTE Certification for Educators - Joliet, IL
July 23, 2019 Connecting Engineering at Brookfield Zoo
July 09, 2019 Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop - Aurora
June 24, 2019 STEMM: Putting Body Movement in STEM
June 11, 2019 Microsoft Summer PD Series

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