Category: Event Announcements

Join the Exclusive Merlyn Mind Founders Program Kickoff

Be one of the first schools in the world to bring Merlyn to your classrooms.

Be among the first schools in the world to receive Symphony Classroom by Merlyn Mind through an exclusive CDW-G reservation. Symphony Classroom is an AI classroom hub that combines hardware, AI services, and software to support teachers in their classrooms through Merlyn, the world’s first digital assistant for teachers.

Teachers are overwhelmed with everything they must manage as they teach, including instruction, student behavior, and technology. Teachers want to spend their time connecting with students, not managing technology or doing administrative work.


  • The First 100 units ship immediately for back-to-school 2021
  • Unlimited guaranteed supply of the first available GA shipments Dec-Jan
  • 5 Year warranty & AI services ($299 Value)
  • White-Glove On-Boarding & Support Service ($250 Value)
  • Exclusive Monthly Newsletters
  • Exclusive Merlyn Mind Community
  • Access to Webinars with Global Education Leaders
  • Early Adopter Promotion / Founders Club Badge

Register Now

Join Merlyn Mind and CDW-G in the launch of Symphony Classroom, a groundbreaking technology that is designed to give teachers the freedom to teach. Register for one of these two upcoming exclusive webinars to be the first to learn more about Symphony Classroom.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

John Buttita
Sales Manager

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Announcing the Summer Microsoft Imagine Academy Webinar Series

This summer, the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP), Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC), and Microsoft are partnering to offer Illinois K-12 educators, administrators, and technology staff a webinar series focused on growing Microsoft Imagine Academy skills and resources within your school district. Each webinar will be presented by one or more Microsoft Program Representatives.

Upcoming Imagine Academy Events

  • July 21: K-12 Data Sheet
    • In this fast-paced session, tune in to learn about all of Microsoft’s no-cost resources available to K-12 institutions, including content for teaching STEM, digital literacy, and AI student competitions.
      Learn more here.
  • July 28: MSIA Overview
    • Looking to earn a Microsoft certification? Interested in helping your students do the same? This session can help you take the first step!
      Learn more here.
  • August 4: Microsoft Learn
    • In this session, learn about Microsoft’s free online learning platform for technology curriculum and certifications, with current content geared toward students, educators, and even IT professionals.
      Learn more here.
  • August 11: Minecraft EDU
    • Time to take your classroom’s favorite game to the next level! This Microsoft session will cover readily available worlds, lessons, and professional development resources for Minecraft: Education Edition.
      Learn more here.
  • August 18: MakeCode
    • In this session, educators can learn about Microsoft MakeCode and how it can be utilized to bring computer science to life for all students.
      Learn more here.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Justin Libis
Account Executive

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Get 3D Immersed at the 2021 SHI Education Summit

The Second Annual Education Summit by SHI is a two-day virtual event on June 15 and 16, 2021, that brings together innovators, industry experts, and scholars who care deeply about education to explore key topics, including:

  • Grant Funding
  • STEM and CTE
  • Remote and Digital Learning
  • Esports
  • Space Design

SHI has been supporting the education sector for over 30 years, providing schools with advanced technology while helping IT departments construct safe and secure modern infrastructures. Leveraging their teams of experts, SHI has enabled thousands of K-12 and higher education institutions in their efforts to help students develop a passion for learning and educators a passion for teaching.

Join SHI as the company continues its commitment to enhancing technology for classrooms and curricula to keep students and educators engaged, safe, and successful.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Kyle Thomas
SM SLED Manager

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Professional Learning Direct from Valued Partner, Microsoft

Our valued partner, Microsoft is committed to connecting professional learning communities and will be hosting a series of Microsoft Education Webinars over the next few weeks. These webinars are suited for a variety of K-12 stakeholders, including Technology Directors, Administrators, Teachers, and Technology Coaches. Join in one of these three engaging sessions and learn directly from Microsoft experts today!

Microsoft M365 and Google

Did you know that Microsoft Teams and Google can actually play nice together? Join us for a webinar focused on how these two widely-used systems can be utilized in tandem. Presented by Eric Orman, Technical Specialist on the USA Education Team at Microsoft, this session will outline how people using Gmail can also use Microsoft Teams, create Teams for classroom workspaces, integrate Google files with Teams, and how to maintain a single login identity for both Google and Microsoft.

Modern Management with Endpoint Manager

Join us during this one-hour session to learn how you can modernize management of your Windows devices with Endpoint Manager and Provisioning packages. Jodie LeFever, Senior Modern Workplace Technical Specialist on the USA Education Team at Microsoft will cover enrolling devices via provisioning packages and AutoPilot and managing applications, devices, and more.

Making Microsoft Work for Modern Education

Come learn from Amy Grigsby, a Microsoft  Licensing Specialist, about the Microsoft solutions that are available to help you with collaboration, security, data analytics, and more. She will add clarity to the differences in Microsoft’s cloud offerings and how they are licensed. You will leave with a better understanding of what you currently own or where you should start your digital transformation with Microsoft.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Justin Libis
Account Executive

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Microsoft Licensing 101 for K-12 Schools – Webinar

JourneyEd has partnered with ILTPP to provide member schools with deep discounts on technology purchases from software to hardware as well as expertise to help in identifying the right fit solutions. JourneyEd’s focus is on education; the company and its employees pride themselves on providing legendary customer service.

Watch this exclusive 60-minute webinar with JourneyEd to learn about all the key points schools should consider when licensing Microsoft products and what this means for your school.

During this session, some of the things you’ll learn include:

  • Perpetual licensing v.s. Annual Subscription licensing
  • A synopsis of each Microsoft licensing option: (eOpen, Select, OVS-ES, EES subscription)
  • Using Microsoft’s Student/Faculty/Staff Advantage program with Google (Free Microsoft Office Pro 365 for students and employees)
  • Using the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center
  • How to license various Microsoft Server products

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Christine McConnell
Senior Account Manager

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ITsavvy, Cisco & Motorola Solutions – Events You Won’t Want to Miss

ITsavvy is excited to partner with ILTPP and continue to provide budget-sensitive, scalable solutions to ILTPP members across the state. As a valued ILTPP partner, ITsavvy contributes targeted, timely educational content for PK-12 IT professionals while providing maximum value to members.

To launch this all-new full catalog contract, ITsavvy will be offering the following events during the month of March:

Improve Campus Connectivity with Motorola Nitro

March 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join this webinar hosted by ITsavvy and Motorola Solutions and see how your students and staff can stay connected with Nitro™, providing a strong private LTE network connection while supporting all types of devices. See how this end-to-end communications solution based on Citizens’ Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) provides lightning-fast private broadband data with premium voice communications for your school. 

Cisco Threat Hunting Workshop

March 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

In this ITsavvy workshop, you will learn how the components of Cisco’s SASE solutions provide visibility, simplicity, and efficiency for SecOps teams. You will leverage these tools as you research real-world attack scenarios executed by malicious actors. You will learn the role of these tools in incident response, threat hunting, and event analysis. Meet the facilitator for the workshop, Bill O’Malley.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Matthew Butler
Client Executive Public Sector

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Event Recap: Cybersecurity in K-12 Post 2020 – What to Focus On

On February 18, 2021, the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) joined valued partners Howard Technology Solutions and Palo Alto Networks in a roundtable discussion surrounding the main areas of focus for K-12 cybersecurity. This interactive session was led by K-12 Strategist, Fadi Fadhil and highlighted the new realities presented by 2020 events.

The event focused on key areas, including securing remote learning, defending against ransomware, equity challenges, and funding. With Fadhil’s deep understanding of K-12 public education needs and challenges, he lead with a unique strategic vision, technical and operational expert advice, and emphasized partnerships that can assist K-12 organizations and leaders achieve exceptional results. As a former CIO of Minneapolis Public Schools and CIO of the City of Minneapolis, Fadhil brought realistic obstacles and impactful cybersecurity strategies to the table for ILTPP members.

Couldn’t make it? Check out Fadhil’s slide deck and the presentation recording below. Contact your dedicated Account Manager to learn more about purchasing options and don’t forget to mention ILTPP!

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Joe Leppert
Senior Field Sales Representative
(312) 448-1314

Erin Miller
Inside Sales Manager, K-12 Education
(601) 399-5720

Learn More About Howard Technology Solutions

Can’t Miss: Upcoming E-Rate Regional Workshops

The Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) provides approximately 30 in-person and online events each year to assist school districts with navigating the E-Rate process. The E-rate 471 Form is the second form of the annual process of application and is REQUIRED each year. Due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, all tour sites are virtual attendance only at this time.

Registration for all events is open to anyone, regardless of district location! All events are scheduled from 9AM to 2PM to provide time for hands-on demonstration and virtual office hours support for completing the form.

E-Rate 471 Workshop Tour Dates

  • January 26, 2021 – Champaign Area
  • January 28, 2021- Belleville Area
  • February 1, 2021 – Charleston Area
  • February 10, 2021 – Oglesby Area
  • February 16, 2021 – Moline Area
  • February 18, 2021 – Carterville Area
  • February 26, 2021- Fairfield Area
  • Last Chance Workshop:
    • March 21, 2021 – Peoria Area

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) is a statewide cooperative of Illinois educational entities that aggregate buying power and expertise to procure technology products and services from quality vendor partners while providing valued communication and collaboration. ILTPP is an initiative of the Learning Technology Center (LTC) and contributes to the LTC’s mission of building statewide capacity for educational change through technology-related professional learning, programs, initiatives, and support.

Kick Off the New Year with LTC!

To kick off the 2021 New Year, the Learning Technology Center of Illinois has partnered with a number of vendors, services, and the Illinois State Board of Education to offer Illinois K-12 educators, technology staff, and administrators some key professional development opportunities.

SecurED Schools: January 13 & 14

SecurED Schools is a two-day professional development conference focused on data privacy and cybersecurity for K-12 Administrators, Technology Leaders, and IT Staff.

Technology and education leaders will learn about data privacy with an emphasis on SOPPA and cybersecurity requirements, policies, and best-practice strategies during engaging presentations and hands-on activities. Sessions focus on two main strands: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity.

Remote Learning Conference: January 14 & 15

The Remote Learning Conference is hosted by the LTC and the Illinois State Board of Education. It will showcase the best practices, pedagogy, apps, and tools for leveraging remote and hybrid learning, based upon the lived experiences of Illinois’ K-12 educators. This big event will spotlight Illinois educational pioneers as well as welcome three featured speakers from the national edtech community:

  • Educator and trainer Dr. Monica Burns (Host of Easy EdTech, creator of
  • Trainer and speaker Dr. Caitlin Tucker (author of Blended Learning in Action and Balance with Blended Learning)
  • Speaker and digital innovator Shelly Sanchez Terrell (author of Hacking Digital Learning Strategies and Learning to Go)

Now’s the time to reserve your digital seat at these exciting conferences. At only $25 for each event, you’re sure to walk away from these professional learning experiences with an abundance of ideas for elevating your craft or skill.

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) is an initiative of the Learning Technology Center (LTC) and contributes to the LTC’s mission of building statewide capacity for educational change through technology-related professional learning, programs, initiatives, and support.

ILTPP is an Illinois Chief Procurement Office Approved Cooperative/Consortium.

Managing SOPPA and Maintaining Innovative Practices

A webinar for ILTPP members and Illinois K-12 Technology Staff.

As we all near the end of 2020, it’s time to think about what lies ahead for 2021. The Illinois student data privacy law known as SOPPA will be going into effect on July 1, 2021. Many districts are already beginning to prepare!

Join LearnPlatform for an interactive session to hear from Illinois edtech expert, Rob Residori on:

  • What you need to know about SOPPA.
  • How your district can prepare for July 1, 2021.
  • Real-life examples of Illinois districts excelling with data privacy compliance.
  • Examples of Illinois districts currently using LearnPlatform to promote data privacy compliance and communicate safety easily.

SPEAKER Rob Residori, Director of Regional Partnerships

ILTPP has recently signed a new contract with LearnPlatform, providing ILTPP members discounted pricing on a top software-as-a-service and research-based solution.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Districts >5,000 Students
Rob Residori
Director of Partnerships
(773) 273-9419

Districts <5,000 Students
Hillary Simons
District Analyst
(860) 933-4091

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