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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

    • January 28, 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • February 18, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed to you)
    Register

    Join IDEA and ISTE author & educator Dr. Jennifer Williams for a book study on Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good.

    Are your learners ready to design, dream and MAKE the future? Then you've come to the right place! Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good is a guide for educators ready to activate positive change. Learn some strategies to help put your students in the drivers seat of their own learning! 

    Join IDEA for a book study to count down the days to IDEAcon! This 3 week virtual cohort will be learner driven. Activities and discussion boards will be curated through the Otus platform where upon completion, participants will be able to dig a little deeper alongside IDEAcon featured speaker Jennifer Williams in 3, 30 minute Zoom Meetings. In addition, we will help you make actionable change by following your bold journey via a Twitter Chat check in and exclusive VIP meetup at IDEAcon.

    Our journey into a bold new world begins, January  28th at 8PM CST. PDH credits will be offered to participants and will receive a discount code for the purchase of Teach Boldly upon registration.

    Book Study Overview

    Tuesday Jan 28th:

    Book club meeting #1 Intro. (30 minute webinar)

    Reading for next week: Ch 1 and 2


    Tuesday February 4th:
    Book club meeting #2 (30 minute webinar)

    Reading for next week: Ch 3 and 4


    Tuesday February 11th:
    Book club meeting #3 (30 minute webinar)

    Reading before IDEACon: Ch 5 and 6


    Tuesday February 18th:

    Twitter Chat Recap


    February 24-27th:
    IDEAcon!


    • January 29, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Carl Sandburg College - E241, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL
    Register

    Come get hands-on with the BirdBrain Technologies' Hummingbird Kits at the Hummingbird Playground event hosted by Western chapter of IDEA on January 29th from 5-6pm at Carl Sandburg College in room E241.

    Attendees will receive 1 PDH for attending this free event.

    • January 29, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Jack Hille Middle School, 5800 151st St, Oak Forest, IL 60452
    Register

    Remember playing Candy Land as a kid on the floor or at the table on a game board? Why not try it LIFE-SIZED? Come and join your South Suburbs Chapter for a night of Candy Land and Gamifying fun! There might be some other cool treats or you as we learn how to "Shake- Up Your Learning Spaces"!

    We will also have a child-friendly area! Be sure to register your child as a guest so we can plan accordingly. 

    Illinois educators will earn two (2) PDHs at the conclusion of the event.

    • 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)
    Register

    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 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lake Forest Country Day School, 145 South Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
    Register

    This Pop-Up Innovation event, hosted by Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) in partnership with IDEA Northern Suburbs will show educators how to use a variety of edtech tools to showcase the innovative new ways students are engaging in the classroom — from website-based student design journals to using Seesaw to document learning across the curriculum.

    LFCDS 2nd-grade teacher Kelly Brockway will demonstrate how Seesaw has been used as an assessment tool in her classroom in addition to a medium for more interactive parent communication. David Muniz, LFCDS Director of Technology, will showcase how student-created websites can be a powerful tool for student portfolios and summative assessment.

    A light breakfast and coffee will be provided. This is a Microsoft Showcase School event, so educators will receive points towards becoming a Microsoft Certified Innovative Educator through their attendance. Illinois educators will also earn two (2) PDHs at the conclusion of the event.

    • 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 24, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Renaissance Schaumburg 1551 N, Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173
    Register

    Join us for an exciting evening of trivia with featured speaker, Carl Hooker. If you know Carl, you know the evening will be filled with fun, laughter, unique trivia...and of course, some music! Teams of 3-4 will be formed at the event so make sure you and your friends get signed up!

    Send them to: http://bit.ly/IDEAconTRIVIAnite 

    A big thanks to our sponsors, TRA and Google for providing drinks and appetizers (and even some trivia questions).

    • February 26, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • February 27, 2020
    • 3:30 PM
    • Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N, Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173
    • 10
    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.

    • March 06, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Bradley University, 1501 W Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625
    Register

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    2020 Bradley University STEM/STEAM Conference for K-12 Educators 

    March 6, 2019 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


    Bradley University’s Center for STEM Education is proud to announce the BU STEM/STEAM Conference for K-12 Educators. Join educators from around the state of Illinois focused on sharing innovative ideas in STEM/STEAM education.  


    We are also excited to host keynote luncheon speaker, John Warner founder of Beyond Benign. For more information on John Warner, go to   https://www.beyondbenign.org/


    Pre-registration is open January 20, 2020 and continues through February 28, 2020Pre-registration fee is $25. Onsite registration is available for $40. (Payment via credit card or check are accepted online.)

    Attendees will receive: opportunities to attend multiple sessions, voucher for keynote speaker luncheon, resources for STEM/STEAM, professional development hours, and chances for door prizes.

    For questions, please contact Dr. Christina L. McDaniel clmcdaniel@fsmail.bradley.edu

    Presentations include but are not limited to:

    STEAMing Ahead in 2020

    Employer Engagement in the Classroom through Problem-Based Learning and E-Mentoring

    Integrating Physics with Biology: Bio-mimicry STEM project for all ages

    Building STEAM In Elementary Curriculum

    Hands-on with Cover Crops and Biofuels

    A Healthy River Mural: Using PBS Learning Media to Enhance STEAM Education

    Using Math in STEM

    Where in IL is Carmen San Diego?

    STEM in Black History

    Examining embedded summative assessments for student learning using a NGSS Nextgenstoryline unit

    Hands-On Student Engagement with Robots

    STEM for Future Education Advancements

    How Many Cells in a Spider's Silk Gland? Incorporating NGSS' "Scale, Proportion, and Quantity" 

    Coding With Hummingbirds - Lights, Motors, and Sensors!

    STEM Camp Experience and Classroom Connections

    Leading with Inquiry, Concluding with Reflection

    SEL in STEM: How SEL and STEM can be Integrated Together in the Classroom

    Inspired Learners: Creating Makerspaces for Young Children

    Getting STEAMy with STEAM Fairs

    From Player to Maker: Teaching Coding and Electronics through Escape Rooms and Game Design

    AR/VR for teaching and learning: AR/VR and VR access is easier than you think

    Economics: The Bridge Between STEM and Social Sciences

    • March 11, 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • March 12, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 201 Broadway Normal, IL 61761

    IDEA is proud to support the 2nd Annual Women in Education: Leading and Learning (WELL) Summit to be held on March 11-12, 2020. WELL is an event to empower, connect, inspire, support, celebrate and develop women in educational leadership.

    Make plans to join us for the evening reception on March 11th to meet State Superintendent Carmen Ayala and for the full-day event on March 12th featuring keynote speakers Jennie Magiera and Dr. Debbie Silver. Encourage a colleague to register and attend with you. Group discounts are available!

    For more information and to register for the WELL Summit, visit https://ilprincipals.org/grow/well-summit.

    • 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

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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