April, 2014 - In This Issue:
Chromebooks & Android in Education
May 1, 2014

May 3, 2014

June 28 - July 1, 2014

June 29, 2014


From Failure to Success, A Journey for All Learners

Teri Rossman 


When I was pursuing my degree in education, I never imagined the path in which that degree would lead. Over the years, I have spent time in preschool to college classrooms, most often working with middle school students and now, teachers.  Today my roles are varied; I spend my time as an educational consultant, specializing in professional development for teachers in the area of technology for the LaSalle County Regional Office of Education, as well as the Technology Director and STEM teacher at Dimmick School, a small rural school in LaSalle County.  It's important to note that I do not have a special degree in technology, which works in my favor when working with teachers and students. Let me explain.


My motto that I share with teachers and students is "Everything I know is from messing things up." In other words, my learning to use technology happened through trial and error, and that meant making lots of errors.  In my classroom, I have a poster of "famous failures" like Walt Disney and Michael Jordan... Continue Reading
Become an Advocate for Education
Jerry Swedberg, ICE Governing Board

As educators, we are in a unique position to speak up on proposed legislation and policies that will impact our roles and our classrooms. The first step in becoming a more active advocate is to become informed. It is important to learn about and follow information and legislation related to education. Often, legislators would like to hear from us about bills moving through the legislative process.  How will agencies like the Illinois State Board of Education respond to proposed legislation?  What rules and procedures will be put into place?  How will these impact students, teachers, and communities? Each of these questions is important. Become informed now so that you can become an active advocate for education issues important to you.


The following list of resources is intended to help you get started. The list is not all-inclusive, but it's intended as a starting point. Each of these resources can be useful.  Check them out for yourself.  Some resources include ways to subscribe to updates, while others are less interactive.

ICE Leader You Should Know: Lori Abrahams

Lori Abrahams has been an educator for 39 years in IL and GA. She has taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and instructional technology for K-8 the past 25 years. She is currently an Information Specialist/Technology Faciliator at Frederick School in Grayslake for 5th and 6th grades. Lori has been an active Illinois Computing Education (ICE) member and NICE member, was President and Mini-comference Chair for NICE, Secretary of ICE for 4 years, Chapter Liaison for 5 years, has been the program chair for ICE conference, formerly called IL-TCE the past 13 years, and was on the NECC 2001 program committee. Lori has presented locally the past 18 years various technology workshops. She is a Discovery STAR Educator, on the DEN Leadership conference, a Tech4learning Innovative Educator, and SMARTboard and Google trainer.


Follow Lori on twitter at @fsinfo.

From the Desk of the Director

Margaret Johnson, ICE Executive Director

As we head into May, the last full month of school, it's the perfect time to plan ahead for your own personal learning goals.  Know that ICE can help!  We have a number of very exciting chapter events lined up for May and June, including some awesome mini conferences and mini-grant opportunities.  We are very excited about our May 3 Flipped Learning workshop with the Flipped Learning Network, and we are thrilled to wrap up our 2013-14 webinar series on May 21 with a great session on Thinglink with superstar presenter, Sue Gorman from Wisconsin.  Check out the Upcoming Events on each month's newsletter and watch the Events list on the ICE website and in our e-blasts for dates, details and links to register for these great opportunities.


If your summer learning plans include attending ISTE in Atlanta at the end of June, please remember to list Illinois Computing Educators as your state affiliate organization.  Also, you are invited to the ICE-sponsored social event at ISTE on Sunday evening, June 29, at Pittypat's Porch from 5-7 pm.  Read more details and RSVP if you plan to attend.  Join us for free appetizers and bring a friend; we hope to see you there!


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