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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

    • July 08, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Join educators from St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois for their SFHS Summer Series hosted in partnership with IDEA (Illinois Digital Educators Alliance). Teachers who attend these live webinars will have the opportunity to receive PDH credit from IDEA.

    In this session, we will learn about goFormative, a web-app for classrooms that allows teachers to give live assignments to students, allowing instant teaching adjustments and long term student growth. goFormative can be used both in a traditional classroom or remote learning setting, making it doubly impactful! Bring your favorite lesson or piece of your curriculum to work alongside us since this will not be "sit and listen" - we will be doing!

    This session will cover:

    • Creating a formative assignment from scratch.
    • Enhancing an already existing lesson/document to create a formative assignment.
    • Creating classes and inviting/managing students.
    • Assigning lessons, monitoring for student comprehension, and accessing assignment reports.

    For a list of all the SFHS Summer Series webinars, click here.

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


    • July 08, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Before COVID-19 became a global crisis, many of the nation's thought leaders partnered with Eduplanet21 knowing that virtual learning was inevitable and that schools would need a new and effective way of delivering professional learning. The Habits of Mind, developed by Dr. Bena Kallick and Dr. Art Costa, are a collection of 16 dispositions that are required when the situation demands problem-solving, critical thinking, and empathy. These habits serve us in responding to everyday problems as well as in a time of crisis. Join IDEA, Eduplanet21 and Drs. Kallick and Costa to see how they are using their new Habits of Mind Professional Learning Institute from Eduplanet21 to create interactive professional learning communities. They will provide examples of how districts are using the Habits of Mind Institute to support instructional coaches, agency trainers, school leaders, and teachers around the world.

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


    • July 13, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • September 27, 2020
    • 12:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online
    • 6


    You are registering for the ISTE Certification for Educators presented by Illinois Digital Educators Alliance. 

    FULLY ONLINE ISTE CERTIFICATION:

    In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, ISTE is working with schools, families and communities to ensure that the learning keeps going. As part of these COVID-19 response efforts, the ISTE Certification team has approved IDEA to temporarily move the ISTE Certification program to a fully online format. 


    COHORT 2:

    July 13, 2020 thru July 24, 2020: Blended Learning

    July 26 - September 27: Online Modules


    Please note!

    The following cohort is also available. Please click the link below to register for COHORT 3.


    COHORT 3:
    August 10, 2020 thru August 21, 2020: Blended Learning

    August 23 - October 25: Online Modules

    • July 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • July 17, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Virtual Conference (a link will be emailed)

    Calling all life long learners! Illinois Digital Educators Alliance is proud to announce our summer virtual conference, . Join us for sessions focused on the whole student. Every student.

    is a unique opportunity to join in with educators across the state and learn together. Sessions are future focused and centered around social emotional learning, building relationships, culture and community especially in a remote setting. Each day will also showcase a student panel where we will hear their insights as learners. We are committed to providing an experience showcasing a diverse lineup of presenters and speakers including keynotes by:


    WEDNESDAY
    Joe Sanfelippo
    "The Impact of 30 Second Moments"


    THURSDAY
    Ken Shelton
    "Building Sustainable Pathways Towards A More Inclusive And Mindful Learning Culture"

    FRIDAY
    Teresa Lance
    And...we are excited for our local keynote speaker to share her expertise and experience as a Superintendent in Illinois.

    Setting goals, seeking out expert advice, showing empathy. These are all examples of social emotional skills that allow individuals to thrive in this ever changing world. Come learn together at .

    RSVP here and we will send you a link to the registration website as soon as it is available. Sessions will be held July 15-17 with keynotes to begin each day. That's nearly 15 sessions per day; recordings of sessions will be made available for the day(s) you register.

    • $50 per day
    • $125 for all three days

    Illinois educators can earn PDHs commensurate with their live attendance at the event.

    Register for Today! 

    • July 21, 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.

    • July 22, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Join educators from St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois for their SFHS Summer Series hosted in partnership with IDEA (Illinois Digital Educators Alliance). Teachers who attend these live webinars will have the opportunity to receive PDH credit from IDEA.

    Learn about Microsoft Teams... your new classroom hub! It integrates all of your favorite Microsoft Office 365 apps and features into one streamlined space, making collaboration with your coworkers and students simple, easy, and effective. Come ready to build your teams for the new school year - this will not be "sit and listen" - we will be doing!

    In this session, we will cover:

    • How to navigate the Teams interface.
    • Making a team.
    • Adding channels and apps to your team.
    • Adding members to your team and managing permissions.
    • Navigating the calendar, adding meetings, and managing meeting permissions.
    • Using the chat and call tabs.

    For a list of all the SFHS Summer Series webinars, click here.

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

    • July 22, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Join educators from St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois for their SFHS Summer Series hosted in partnership with IDEA (Illinois Digital Educators Alliance). Teachers who attend these live webinars will have the opportunity to receive PDH credit from IDEA.

    Dive deeper into Microsoft Teams... your new classroom hub! It integrates all of your favorite Microsoft Office 365 apps and features into one streamlined space, making collaboration with your coworkers and students simple, easy, and effective. Come ready to build your teams for the new school year - this will not be "sit and listen" - we will be doing!

    In this session, we will cover:

    • Creating break out rooms/channels for small group learning.
    • Integrating OneNote Class Notebooks.
    • Creating, viewing, and assessing assignments through Teams.
    • File storage and sharing.
    • Integrating other apps such as Kahoot!, Flipgrid, and Microsoft Forms.

    For a list of all the SFHS Summer Series webinars, click here.

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


    • July 22, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    As more and more instruction moves towards remote learning and learning at a distance it can be difficult to develop instructional models that actually work. Considerations of equipment, connectivity, and lesson planning are critical in building a learning experience that reaches your goals. Join IDEA & NextWaveSTEM as we explore a framework for how to  teach STEM remotely.

    Webinar Objectives:

    • Explore effective instructional modeling that provides hands-on learning for students. 
    • Evaluate curricula options for learning remotely and at a distance while contrasting those two methodologies.

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

    • July 29, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    This webinar is full of advanced tips for users of Book Creator who already know the basics. Let's dive deeper! The Book Creator team will cover tips and tricks that you might not have tried before. You will even get the scoop about the new Certified Author's course!

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

    • August 10, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • October 25, 2020
    • 12:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online
    Register


    You are registering for the ISTE Certification for Educators presented by Illinois Digital Educators Alliance. 

    FULLY ONLINE ISTE CERTIFICATION:

    In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, ISTE is working with schools, families and communities to ensure that the learning keeps going. As part of these COVID-19 response efforts, the ISTE Certification team has approved IDEA to temporarily move the ISTE Certification program to a fully online format. 


    COHORT 3:
    August 10, 2020 thru August 21, 2020: Blended Learning

    August 23 - October 25: Online Modules



    Please note!

    The following cohort is also available. Please click the link below to register for COHORT 2.


    COHORT 2:

    July 13, 2020 thru July 24, 2020: Blended Learning

    July 26 - September 27: Online Modules

Past events

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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