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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. TECH 20XX 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

    • November 18, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • November 22, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Twitter

    Join @idea_westburbs for our first slow chat of the year! We will be sharing ideas on the #4Cs from across our districts and networking together. This is a great opportunity to digitally meet everyone in our chapter, share ideas, and learn something new at a relaxed pace.

    Join us at #4CsWestBurbsStyle the week of November 18th! Include your twitter handle in registration and be sure to follow @idea_westburbs

    Please register with your Twitter handle here, and join the conversation on Twitter!


    • November 18, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Lemont High School, 800 Porter St. Lemont, IL 60439

    Education on Tour offers administrators, technology directors, curriculum creators and school leaders a chance to discover new tools and resources to create impactful classrooms that build 21st century skills. Topics include: impact stories, classroom visits, student/teacher panels, hands-on sessions with Google tools, product demonstrations and future roadmap planning. Sample agenda here.

    Register for this FREE event here.

    Not a member of IDEA? No problem. It's free to join at bit.ly/joinIDEAfree

    Illinois educators will have the opportunity to earn PDHs at this event.

    • November 19, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • AERO Ale House , 120 N Union St, Byron, IL 61010
    Register

    Join the IDEA Northwest Chapter for a Student Voice & Choice round table. Our monthly meeting will be held at AERO Ale House in Byron at 6pm. Ali Salo & Malinda Hurt will lead the discussion. 

    Not a member of IDEA? No problem. It's free to join at bit.ly/joinIDEAfree.

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

    • November 20, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Professional Development Alliance, 2705 McDonough Street, Joliet, IL

    Due to popular demand, we have no seats remaining and registration is now closed for this event. However, we are excited to offer a live-stream of the event! For more information, contact us at info@ideaillinois.org. 

    Join representatives from ISBE as they walk participants through the new HB3606 legislation on Student Online Protection and the guidelines for eLearning days in Illinois.

    Both will be going through the bills and highlighting key requirements that schools in Illinois will need to follow to stay in compliance. Participants will also get a chance to ask questions to make sure Districts are ready to handle what is needed of them regarding this new legislation.

    Not a member of IDEA? No problem. It's free to join at bit.ly/joinIDEAfree

    Educators will have the opportunity to earn three (3) PDHs at the conclusion of this event. 

    • November 20, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Payson High School, 420 W Brainard St, Payson, IL 62360
    Register

    Join the IDEA Two Rivers Chapter for a FREE workshop on Google, November 20th at Payson High School!

    Participants will increase their productivity by using Google tools. Tips and tricks will be shared about Google Slides, Forms, and Classroom.

    Educators attending will earn 1 PDH hour for this event!

    Not a member of IDEA? No problem. It's free to join at bit.ly/joinIDEAfree

    • November 20, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Webinar (Link will be emailed to you)
    Register

    Computer Science and programming are finding their way into more and more classrooms. This increased focused on STEM fields provides new opportunities for schools to incorporate meaningful problem solving across all content areas. With Sphero Edu, teachers can engage students like never before. Join this discussion around what CS Foundations and Sphero Edu can look like in your classroom!

    RSVP for the webinar here.

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

    • November 20, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Old Chicago, 6280 E State St Unit A, Rockford, IL 61108
    Register

    What are your classroom technology needs? What software (apps and programs) do you currently use in your classroom, and what's on your wish list? Whether you teach public or private, K or 12, are a master tech geek or a complete newbie, we would love to have you join us. Pizza + PDH + Technology = Happy Teacher Wednesday!

    Join other area educators as we learn about transforming teaching and learning through technology at the Kishwaukee Chapter October Patio PD, hosted at Old Chicago in Rockford. This month’s event will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at 5:00 pm.  We hope to see you there. Simply RSVP here so that we have enough space set aside for the group.

    Not a member of IDEA? No problem. It's free to join at bit.ly/joinIDEAfree.

    Illinois Educators can earn (1) PDH at the conclusion of this event. 

    • November 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed to you)
    Register

    Join the IDEA Wabash Valley Chapter team to learn more about the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance and to find out ways you can become involved in the local chapter. We will discuss future meetings, professional development opportunities and more. 

    RSVP for the webinar here.

    • December 04, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Webinar (Link will be emailed to you)
    Register

    If you struggle with designing graphics for your school’s social media, you are not alone. When you think about your school’s brand and design, there are many options to consider. Keeping it simple is a great place to begin.

    During this webinar, we will teach you why visual content is important, how to select design tools and how to create an effective and efficient workflow with students.

    This is one in a series of webinars offered by IDEA and Class Intercom. Others include:

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

    • December 04, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Joe Daniels, 12218 S Harlem Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
    Register

    Join the IDEA South Suburbs Chapter for Bots & Bevs at Joe Daniels in Palos Heights on December 4th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

    Come and learn to code with some new technology! Your students will be glad you came!  

    This is an educator community event for adults. If you are a teacher, administrator, or community member come join us for this fun relaxed event! No programming/robotics experience required.

    Robotics kits will be provided, but do bring a Laptop or Tablet to program on! All platforms work with Hummingbird.

    Illinois Educators attending will earn 2 PDH hours for this event.

    Not a member of IDEA? No problem. It's free to join at bit.ly/joinIDEAfree


    • December 05, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • John Wood Community College - SouthEast Education Center, 39637 260th Ave, Pittsfield, IL 62363
    Register

    Join the IDEA Two Rivers Chapter for a FREE workshop on December 5 at the JWCC SouthEast Education Center in Pittsfield!

    Participants will learn how to introduce basic coding into their classroom for all students to learn. CS First provides numerous activities to engage students in computer coding. Teachers can monitor and assess students to earn badges. 

    Educators attending will earn 1 PDH hour for this event!

    Not a member of IDEA? No problem. It's free to join at bit.ly/joinIDEAfree


    • December 11, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Webinar (Link will be emailed to you)
    Register

    Please join IDEA and professional learning partner, EVERFI, for a #WednesdayWebinar on the future of STEM for our students. STEM careers are projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. How will you increase student interest and introduce them to career paths in that sector?

    Participants will receive free access to digital resources to engage students in STEM topics. The interactive lessons and activities provided during the webinar will reinforce key STEM skills and let students discover some of the exciting career opportunities that await. Ideal for grades 7-9.

    RSVP for the webinar here.

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

    • January 08, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Webinar (Link will be emailed to you)
    Registration is closed

    Do you want to learn how to build a successful social media team with students at your school but don't know where to start? If the idea of finding the right students and asking them to create social media content seems overwhelming to you, we’ve got you covered.

    During this webinar, we will teach you how you can teach digital citizenship by empowering students to create social media content, how to find and recruit students for your social media team and how you can organize and moderate your social media posts. 

    This is one in a series of webinars offered by IDEA and Class Intercom. Others include:

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

    • January 09, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • January 10, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Google, 210 N. Carpenter St. Chicago, IL 60607
    • 22
    Register


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

    Through the ISTE Certification process, teachers will participate in 30 hours of dynamic in-person and online professional learning based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the training, participants have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio which will be evaluated by ISTE, the only organization that awards the certification.

    Illinois Digital Educators Alliance has been selected by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators because of their commitment to high quality edtech professional learning and the ISTE Standards as a guide for transforming teaching and learning.

    Please note that this is an 8-week blended learning course. You are required to spend two days of learning onsite. The additional seven weeks of online learning will begin one week prior to the onsite training. The dates noted in this registration are for the two onsite learning days.

    • January 16, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • January 17, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Educational Service Unit #3 , 6949 S 110th Street La Vista, NE 68128
    • 24
    Register


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

    Through the ISTE Certification process, teachers will participate in 30 hours of dynamic in-person and online professional learning based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the training, participants have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio which will be evaluated by ISTE, the only organization that awards the certification.

    Illinois Digital Educators Alliance has been selected by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators because of their commitment to high quality edtech professional learning and the ISTE Standards as a guide for transforming teaching and learning.

    Please note that this is an 8-week blended learning course. You are required to spend two days of learning onsite. The additional seven weeks of online learning will begin one week prior to the onsite training. The dates noted in this registration are for the two onsite learning days.

    • February 04, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Pekin Community High School, 1903 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554

    RSVP here for the Teacher Tuesday: Mentor Match Engine Showcase event.

    Interested in #engineering #STEM #STEAM? Come learn how 1700+ students, 500+ mentors, 65 educators, 40 schools are working to reshape the future of #STEM in Illinois!

    Teacher Tuesdays is a networking event designed to foster peer-to-peer support for learning. Building a learning community around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)Education for our region. In addition to monthly networking events, we are building an online network Tech Teachers – Join our conversation

    • February 05, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Webinar (Link will be emailed to you)
    Registration is closed

    If you have thought about creating a podcast for your school, there is a lot to consider before launching in terms of planning, production, and promotion.

    During this webinar, we will share how podcasting can communicate key messages and grow your school’s brand, discuss what the potential barriers are to podcasting and why many podcasts fail and share best practices when it comes to getting started and what type of equipment you should be using for recording and editing.

    This is one in a series of webinars offered by IDEA and Class Intercom. Others include:

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

    • February 24, 2020
    • February 27, 2020
    • Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Conference Center

    IDEAcon is a teaching and learning conference designed for all educators, including educational leaders, technology specialists, IT professionals, librarians, instructional coaches and pre-service teachers from pre-K through higher education. The conference engages these professionals in an exploration of pedagogical strategies and resources connected to instructional technology.

    Districts, schools, classrooms, and libraries will all gain valuable insights at one of the Midwest's largest educational technology conferences. In 2019, over 5,000 unique visitors joined us across four days making it our biggest conference to date.

    IDEAcon features nationally recognized speakers along with a plethora of leading local presenters through a program that contains over 400 formal and informal learning opportunities. Nearly 200 corporate sponsors & exhibitors will be on-site to showcase their support for the conference and technology in education.

    IDEAcon will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.

    Register to join us at IDEAcon on February 24-27, 2020.


    • February 26, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • February 27, 2020
    • 3:30 PM
    • Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N, Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173
    • 17
    Register


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

    Through the ISTE Certification process, teachers will participate in 30 hours of dynamic in-person and online professional learning based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the training, participants have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio which will be evaluated by ISTE, the only organization that awards the certification.

    Illinois Digital Educators Alliance has been selected by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators because of their commitment to high quality edtech professional learning and the ISTE Standards as a guide for transforming teaching and learning.

    Please note that this is an 8-week blended learning course. You are required to spend two days of learning onsite. The additional seven weeks of online learning will begin one week prior to the onsite training. The dates noted in this registration are for the two onsite learning days.

    • April 07, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • River City Labs, 7916 N Hale Ave, Peoria, IL 61615

    RSVP here for the Teacher Tuesday: Makerspace Mania event.

    Interested in #makerspaces? Want to make, take and learn? Join us on 4.7.19 for a creative PD experience.

    Teacher Tuesdays is a networking event designed to foster peer-to-peer support for learning. Building a learning community around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)Education for our region. In addition to monthly networking events, we are building an online network Tech Teachers–Join our conversation

    • May 05, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Caterpillar, Peoria, IL

    RSVP here for the Teacher Tuesday: Innovative Technologies event.

    Today's students will need skills for tomorrow's jobs. Come learn what #innovation & #technology is happening @CaterpillarInc & how you can support your students in developing the #skills they need! 

    Teacher Tuesdays is a networking event designed to foster peer-to-peer support for learning. Building a learning community around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)Education for our region. In addition to monthly networking events, we are building an online network Tech Teachers–Join our conversation

    • June 02, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Wildlife Prairie Park, 3826 N Taylor Rd, Hanna City, IL 61536

    RSVP here for the Teacher Tuesday: Nature & Animal Exploration

    Who doesn't love learning in the wild? Join us for this unique learning experience @WildlifePrairie on June 2! #wolves #bison & #bears OH MY! 

    Teacher Tuesdays is a networking event designed to foster peer-to-peer support for learning. Building a learning community around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)Education for our region. In addition to monthly networking events, we are building an online network Tech Teachers–Join our conversation

Past events

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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