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Educational Technology  

Welcome to the Educational Technology section! Below and in the Innovation and Improvement box, you will find programs and services we provide to promote and support the integration of technology into teaching and learning. Although they are no longer required, we can approve public school district technology plans when needed for grant applications.

 Illinois Virtual School (IVS)

The Illinois State Board of Education awarded the statewide, supplemental virtual school contract to the Peoria County Regional Office of Education in 2009 as the result of a Request for Proposals. 

Working in partnership with public and private schools throughout Illinois, IVS offers standard aligned courses for students in grades 5-12 and professional development programs for educators. Each IVS course has an Illinois-certified instructor facilitating the course and working with students. 

IVS's partnership with the public and private schools provides:

  • An opportunity for students to take courses not offered by their face-to-face school, such as Advanced Placement, foreign languages, and other enrichment opportunities;
  • Flexibility in scheduling;
  • Credit recovery options for students to graduate on time; and
  • Individualized instruction that occurs anytime and anywhere through teacher managed courses.

Upon course completion, IVS provides the school and student with a Completion Certificate that includes a suggested final grade and percent. The local school determines the final grade that is added to the official transcript for the student. Since IVS partners —not competes—with schools, the local school retains their students and can offer expanded learning opportunities.

Visit the IVS website to learn more about the program.

 Learning Technology Center

Learning Technology Center

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is an Illinois State Board of Education program​ that supports all public K-12 districts, schools, and educators through technology initiatives, services, and professional learning opportunities that further four main focus areas: digital teaching, learning, and leadership; network and technology infrastructure; student data security and safety; and equity and access. More information is available at ltcillinois.org.

ACTIVITIES by FOCUS AREA

  • Digital Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
    The LTC facilitates state and regional networking and professional learning opportunities for educators and district leaders, and provides consultation and support to districts and schools related to digital learning and technology integration. 
    Featured Projects: 
    • ​​​Leadership in Personalized and Digital Learning (LPDL) Program
    • Weekly Webinars
    • Regional Summits
    • Support for ISBE edtech initiatives (I.e., Ed360, ISA, Future Ready, GoOpen, etc.)
  • Network & Technology Infrastructure
    The LTC provides consultation and support to districts and schools related to technology infrastructure planning, processes, solutions, management, and evaluation. In addition, the LTC facilitates professional learning opportunities specifically for district and school IT staff.
    Featured Projects:
    • Technology Networking Meetings
    • Weekly Webinars
    • IT Summits
  • Data Security and Safety
    The LTC leads projects and professional learning opportunities related to student data security and safety. 
    Featured Projects:
    • Data Security Working Group
    • Student Data & Security Symposium
    • Weekly Webinars
  • Access & Equity
    The LTC works to increase school districts’ access to technology to improve educational opportunities for the students of Illinois.
    Featured Projects:
    • Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program
    • E-Rate and Grant Application Support
    • State Match Support

​Visit the Learning Technology Centers of Illinois for links to calendars, technology integration projects and ideas, support information, and access to resources and services.

Email suggestions and ideas to edtech@isbe.net.​​​​

 School Technology Revolving Loan Program

The School Technology Revolving Loan Program (STRLP) is a 3 year loan with 2 percent interest rate. Since the inception of the program in fiscal year 1999, over $87 million has been loaned to qualified or approved school districts. Loan applications are received from June 1 until December 1 each year. Decisions on loans can be made in September/October, December, March and/or May of each year, depending on the number of applicants and available funding.

In FY 2018, districts, charter schools, and nonpublic schools recognized pursuant to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 425 (Voluntary Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Schools) housing Kindergarten through 8th grades are eligible to apply. In FY 2019, the loan will be extended to qualifying districts serving 9th through 12th grades. The loan will continue to cycle in that manner. Loan payments are due two (2) times a year; on June 1 and Dec. 1, or March 1 and Sept. 1, of each year. Loans receive a 15 day grace period. Any loan payment not received within those 15 days is charged a 5 percent penalty.

 SketchUp Pro License

Trimble SketchUp Pro allows users to create 3D models of anything. Educators are using it on many grade levels and in many subject areas from computer technology to math, geography, and science. In 2013 the ISBE received a grant providing all public K-12 school districts in the state access to SketchUp Pro.

ISBE’s current grant is for the SketchUp Pro 2015 license. This license will allow the district to use the program until July 2017. Trimble SketchUp Pro 2015 grants aren’t available to individuals or private schools. They offer highly discounted SketchUp Pro EDU licenses to private schools. See the SketchUp Education page for more details.

Please e-mail Erich Grauke with the following information to receive your SketchUp Pro 2015 license.

  • Name of District/contact person
  • Number of computers to be licensed. Please specify the number that are networked/standalone, as well as their OS (Mac/Windows) and type (desktop/laptop).​

 Technology Point of Contact (TPOC) Listserv

This listserv will provide direct information on Assessment Technology including the most up-to-date information dealing with instructional technology, computer testing, broadband initiatives, and E-rate.

To subscribe send a blank email to egrauke@isbe.net with the word “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line from the email account you want to receive these listserv messages.

To unsubscribe from this list, please send a blank message to
tpocs-leave@list.isbe.net. ​

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