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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

    • January 20, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    We find ourselves in a moment where the dialogue about racism - both systemic and interpersonal, is happening across the nation. As we prepare for addressing these conversations about race and equity in our classrooms, we want to equip you with a framework and strategies to help you feel prepared.

    IDEA is honored to partner with EVERFI and presenters Jesse Bridges - Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Erica Hart - Senior Schools Manager to offer this learning opportunity. Educators will leave this session with an awareness of the Culturally Responsive Teaching framework as well as strategies to create opportunities for deeper classroom conversations surrounding race and equity. Attendees will also gain access to digital resources as well as the Your Classroom Culture toolkit complete with lessons, activities, and relevant articles. There is no cost for the PD, resources, training or ongoing support. Intended for educators grades 7-12.

    Illinois educators can earn 1.5 PDH's for live attendance at this event.
    • January 23, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    IDEAcon Workshop with Jennifer Casa-ToddStories and storytelling make up the very foundation of who we are as human beings. Today’s tools allow for us to not just create stories in digital format, but to collaborate and share our stories across the world. Join IDEAcon Thought Leader Jennifer Casa-Todd for this workshop where we will delve into using a variety of tools (Virtual Reality, social media, Flipgrid, Google Slides, to name a few) as ways to amplify your students’ voices through stories.

    This BONUS IDEAcon Workshop is FREE for IDEAcon attendees as a pre-cursor to the IDEAcon conference this February. If you are not registered for IDEAcon yet, sign-up today at bit.ly/IDEAcon. If you can't make it to the conference this year, you may still hear from Thought Leaders like Jennifer when you register for this IDEAcon Workshop today for $25.

    Illinois educators can earn 1.5 PDHs for attending this workshop.

    • January 26, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    Register

    IDEAcon Workshop with Dee LanierProblem solving is virtually possible! Solve in Time!® is a problem-based learning & design thinking activity. The goal is to creatively explain a solution to a relevant, real-world problem within a set time limit. Up to six teams of 2-4 people can play using a single deck and can be facilitated live or virtually, low-tech or high-tech. Pick the problem, let’s solve it! Join this rapid prototyping session with IDEAcon Thought Leader Dee Lanier to see how Solve In Time can work for your learners!

    This BONUS IDEAcon Workshop is FREE for IDEAcon attendees as a pre-cursor to the IDEAcon conference this February. If you are not registered for IDEAcon yet, sign-up today at bit.ly/IDEAcon. If you can't make it to the conference this year, you may still hear from Thought Leaders like Jorge when you register for this IDEAcon Workshop today for $25.

    Illinois educators can earn 1.5 PDHs for attending this workshop.

    • January 27, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Google Slides....Beyond the Presentation Webinar with Kari MoultonJoin us for this unique IDEA #WednesdayWebinar as we welcome one of our IDEAcon speakers to share one of their presentations that you won't find on the IDEAcon schedule this February.

    In Google Slides....Beyond the Presentation, IDEAcon presenter Kari Moulton discusses the various ways to use Google Slides besides just as a presentation tool. Participants will see how to turn Google Slides into interactive assignments, certificates, discussion boards and more.

    If you want to see more presentations like Kari's be sure to register for IDEAcon today at bit.ly/IDEAcon.

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

    • February 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • February 25, 2021
    • (CST)

    IDEAcon is excited to team up with TCEA's Convention & Exposition this February to provide expanded virtual learning opportunities and new ways for educators to grow their professional learning networks.

    This innovative conference offers more than three weeks of programming from two trusted networks — IDEA and TCEA. Live sessions begin with six days of conference programming February 1–6, 2021. Additional learning opportunities will continue throughout the next two weeks. Finally, our month-long conference experience will culminate with more conference sessions and keynotes, plus the IDEAcon Exhibit Hall, February 22–24, 2021. Attendees will 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.

    Through the partnership between IDEA and TCEA, 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.

    Attendee Registration is now open. Register for IDEAcon today and save!


    • March 13, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Online (Zoom registration links will be provided)
    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!

    Fun with Bitmoji: Join Director of Professional Learning, Lindsay Zilly in this session on personalizing and creating engaging online learning experiences for students using Bitmoji. Walk away with some templates and creations of your own!

    Getting started with Kami: Come learn alongside Executive DIrector Amber Heffner as she shares the tools within Kami to create interactive and engaging activities with their students. Learners will receive all the Kami resources they need to be successful in using Kami today. This session is hands on and learners should have access to the Kami tool.

    Google Slides: You can do anything in Slides. Come learn some fun ways to boost engagement, increase collaboration and effectively reach all of your learners with Google Slides. Jenna Hnilo, our very own Director of Marketing, will take you through her approach to designing effective slides!

    Virtual STEAM: Teaching hands-on is tricky when you are virtual. Join STEAM teacher Andrea Beaty as she shows you how it actually works though! Her engaging approach leverages student leadership and curiosity to provide an uncommon experience.

    Screencasting How's and Do's: In this interactive session with instructional coach Don Sturm, you'll learn some tips for making videos your students will actually watch. Walk away with some experience in screencasting tools and a lot more confidence in your video creation abilities.

    Giving Students Choice: Choice is great! Limitless choice, not so much. In this session work with instructional coach Julie Ryan to provide students with choice, with parameters. Help students feel empowered and take ownership over their learning while maintaining control. Leave with your very own hyperdoc and choice board.

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

    • April 13, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online (Zoom registration link in confirmation email)
    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!). 

    Illinois educators can earn 1.5 PDHs for attending this event.

Past events

January 13, 2021 IDEA Webinar | Engaging All Learners: UDL/EdTech Fusion
January 12, 2021 IDEAcon Workshop | Let's Get Started with Whiteboard-Style Instructional Videos hosted by Stacey Roshan
January 09, 2021 IDEAcon Workshop | Strategies for Embedding Equity & SEL into Lessons hosted by Jorge Valenzuela
January 06, 2021 IDEA Webinar | Beginner Google Classroom: Mission Control under Control
December 17, 2020 The Marginalization of Black Girls & Women in Education
December 15, 2020 IDEA & IETL Winter Webinar | How Will We Make It Through The Rest Of 2020?
December 15, 2020 Opportunities for Systemic Innovation in Education
December 09, 2020 IDEA Webinar | The story of CS4All at Chicago Public Schools
December 08, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Tech The Halls
December 07, 2020 Share-o-Rama presented by IDEA Northern Suburbs
December 01, 2020 Teacher Tuesdays: Panel Discussion on Arts Resources
December 01, 2020 Apple Professional Learning (Dec 2020)
November 21, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Looking Under the Hood at Cyber Courses for 6-12 Students (Sponsored by CodeHS)
November 18, 2020 Digital Literacy: Here, There and Everywhere
November 10, 2020 Teacher Tuesdays: Panel Discussion on STEM & Health Resources
November 07, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Cybersecurity Basics: Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene (Sponsored by CodeHS)
November 04, 2020 IDEA & CodeHS Webinar | Ignite your Students with an Hour of Code!
October 30, 2020 Effective Use of Technology in Schools (AA #1494)
October 28, 2020 IDEA Webinar | Getting Started with Screencastify
October 27, 2020 Teacher Tuesdays: Panel Discussion on Library & Museum Resources
October 21, 2020 IDEA Webinar | Educator Advice Panel
October 20, 2020 Prepare Resources for Remote Learning
October 19, 2020 Apple's Collaborate with Colleagues Workshop
October 15, 2020 IDEA Workshop | Amazing Race of Learning
October 14, 2020 IDEA & Eduplanet21 Webinar | Building from Students' Strengths in the COVID Era
October 07, 2020 IDEA Webinar | Nature in Virtual and Remote Learning: Activities and Resources for Teachers from The Morton Arboretum
October 06, 2020 Teacher Tuesdays: Fall 2020 Virtual Resource Fair
September 30, 2020 IDEA & IETL Webinar | What Teachers Absolutely Have to Know About Cybersecurity
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 IDEA & Eduplanet21 Webinar | Re-imagining Professional Learning with Habits of Mind
July 08, 2020 SFHS Summer Series | goFormative
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 IDEA & CDW-G Webinar | From Substitution to Redefinition: Elevating Student Learning Online
June 10, 2020 SFHS Summer Series | Screencasting and PlayPosit
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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