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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

    • March 24, 2020
    • April 09, 2020
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Join IDEA as Instructional Coaches from Illinois share their creativity and instructional expertise with educators from across the state. Whether you are a school teacher or a parent navigating at home learning, register now for our FREE #IDEAcoaches Virtual Office hours. Several dates and times are listed below.

    Register once and join us for any or all of the upcoming sessions. We will contact you with information on joining us virtually.

    • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.
    • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 12:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.
    • Wednesday, April 01, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.
    • Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 12:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.
    • April 01, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    IDEA is partnering with Book Creator to bring you a special #WednesdayWebinar on tips for dealing with home learning.

    This is an uncertain time, and we're having to adapt the way we teach and learn. Please join Jon Smith and Catherine Cappiello from the Book Creator team for this opportunity to think ahead together.

    We'll discuss:

    • How can we make remote learning work?
    • How can Book Creator help?
    • Lesson and activity ideas

    If you haven't heard of Book Creator, it's the simple way to create digital books in your classroom. It's open-ended, and can be used in any subject and grade level. This flexibility, and the simplicity of using Book Creator makes it a great tool for home learning.

    If you want to learn more in advance, check out their website at bookcreator.com. In particular take a look at real-life examples books, made by students of all ages.

    Book Creator is offering a free 90 day upgrade for everyone affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more about this offer and how to claim yours.

    Illinois educators will earn one (1) PDH for attending this webinar live.

    • 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

    • April 08, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Webinar (a link will be emailed)
    Register

    Join IDEA and partner TechGirlz for a #WednesdayWebinar on "How Educators can Inspire Girls to Pursue Tech". Sara Neiman, Chicagoland Outreach at TechGirlz, will review TechGirlz and their TechShopz in a Box program that is now going virtual to keep youth engaged in tech during social distancing. TechGirlz has created over 60 short, interactive tech workshops (TechShopz) that cover a wide variety of technology topics. These workshops are packaged in a virtual box, allowing anyone, anywhere to run a TechShop.

    Ms. Neiman will discuss how TechGirlz has worked with volunteers around the country, empowering teachers, IT professionals, and college and high school students to teach over 20,000 middle school girls. Learn how you can engage with youth right now with our Virtual Workshops and how you can inspire the girls in your community with this curricula in the future.

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

    • April 14, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Franklin Elementary School, 2401 Manor Ln, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    Register

    We hear about STEAM Activities and Maker spaces, but what do you do when time isn't available? Join the IDEA Northern Suburbs Chapter for a hands-on discussions and presentations on the use of technology across all subject areas to address today's standards. Teachers and Coaches will present what they are doing in their schools and classrooms to engage their students in the curriculum with the use of technology. Learn about adding coding skills through the teaching of Social Studies and Math...Green Screen integration into Language Arts to bring their writing and alive...and much more!

    Illinois educators can earn two (2) PDH at the conclusion of this event. 

    • May 02, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • The Nest Coworking, 820 SW Adams St, Suite C, Peoria, IL 61602
    Register

    Creative Robotics in Your Community, Classroom and Home!

    Overview: This workshop is a blend of project-based learning, maker education, computer science, and engineering. See how to bring creative robotics into your activities with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit.

    What you will learn: You will learn to code robotics components like LEDs, motors, and sensors, using programming languages suitable for students in grades 3-12. Then, you'll learn to combine these robotics components with common craft supplies to make cardboard mechanisms, remote controlled recycled rovers, a Robot Petting Zoo Animal, or even re-enact a scene from your favorite book. We'll learn to code and build using laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads/tablets, to serve the needs of everyone.

    Design, Build, and Program with Hummingbird: Design, build, and program your own robot using the NEW Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit and everyday art supplies. This 6-hour introductory workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning robotics, programming, and design. We will provide helpful tips on how you can integrate robotics and create your own working robot. 

    Who can attend: This training is for people of all skill and comfort levels. You will leave prepared to host events with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit from BirdBrain Technologies in a variety of settings: in a 1 hour workshop, a 6 hour PD day, a demonstration at a staff meeting, or even an open house at your favorite location! (Please note: Each individual that registers will receive a Hummingbird Robotics Kit. For any customer or family requests to register more than 1 individual but prefer only 1 kit, please email the organizer.)

    Illinois Educators can earn 6 PDH's at the conclusion of this event. 

    Each individual that wants to receive a Hummingbird Robotics Kit MUST register and pay the $125 fee.





    • 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

    • June 18, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • June 19, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • Kokomo School Corporation, 2501 S. Berkley Road Kokomo, IN 4690
    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.


Past events

March 25, 2020 IDEA & Night Zookeeper Webinar | Make Writing Magical
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 Shake-Up Your Learning Spaces
January 29, 2020 IDEA Western | Hummingbird Playground
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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