Category: Organization Updates

Midwest Technology Products – Partnering with Educators to Prepare the Workforce of Tomorrow

Midwest Technology Products has a 600 page catalog that showcases more than 10,000 products from over 400 vendors. Their dedicated, family-owned business has been committed to providing the highest quality products paired with exceptional customer service since 1909. Midwest Technology Products has tools for the next generation of designers and fabricators. Midwest is your source for durable, industrial-grade equipment, tools, and supplies for your shop or lab. Partnering with educators to prepare the workforce of tomorrow by providing innovative resources of uncompromising value – Midwest is here to help you.

Midwest Technology Products offers: Abrasives, Arts and Crafts, Automotive, Building Trades, Career & Tech Ed, Drafting, Electrical, Foundry, Furniture and Storage, Hand tools, Hardware, Metalworking, Power tools, Safety, Small Engine, STEM, Welding, Woodworking, and VO-AG.

Save Time > Place your order without first needing to get several quotes.

Save Money > Receive an immediate 10% discount off catalog and/or online prices.

Save More Money > Receive free freight on orders over $50.

INDUSTRIAL • CTE • MAKERSPACE • STEM

> 100-year Old Family / Women-Owned Business

Proudly serving educators with name brand equipment, tools, and supplies for Industrial Arts, Vocational, and Technology Programs worldwide.

> Millions of Products

Our 554-page catalog showcases more than 10,000 products from 400 vendors, plus we have access to more than 1 million additional items!

> Instant Access

Our website provides a 24/7 connection to our inventory, plus a downloadable PDF catalog.

> Friendliest, Most Helpful Staff in the Nation

Midwest offers face-to-face service in most areas, large equipment installation, and new lab construction layout along with equipment requirements to all our customers within the contiguous United States.


Contact your dedicated Account Manager

Sarah Cruz
Account Manager
712-224-7120
scruz@midwesttechnology.com

Learn More About Midwest Technology Products

K-12 Campus Security Survey Results Are In

The survey results can be found within the infographic below. ILTPP has also partnered with Konica Minolta to offer a K-12 security webinar series for members.

To round out 2019, the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) sent out a survey to its members to identify the current direction of security technology trends. The results of this survey will guide ILTPP in targeting and selecting partners, contracts, and future campaign strategies.

The ILTPP K-12 Campus Security Survey was open for responses from December 18, 2019 to January 8, 2020.

Surveyed districts consist of charter, vocational, private, and public districts throughout the state of Illinois.


Konica Minolta Examines School Security Solutions

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) and Konica Minolta are partnering to bring Illinois educators an informative webinar that highlights the security industry’s best practices and available solutions for all types of school campus environments. Common school vulnerabilities will be discussed, along with how to incorporate simple solutions to protect students.

With this webinar, you can take away the following:

  • Simple, budget-friendly solutions to help protect students.
  • Current grant resources available for security solutions.
  • Free Konica Minolta security assessments to help identify needs and design solutions.

This webinar is meant for K-12 school administrators, facility managers, IT directors, and security personnel.

2020 ILTPP Showcase

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) is actively planning the 2020 Showcase for March 18-20, 2020. This statewide tour will feature hands-on engagement with the latest Chromebook devices, opportunities for networking, and an additional afternoon session around mobile device management.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – – TRA Chromebook Device 2020 Overview
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – – Lunch (Provided)
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm – – Vendor(s) Mobile Device Management Session

March 18 = South

ROE 3
1500 W Jefferson St
Vandalia, IL 62471

March 19 = Central

Capital Area Career Center
2201 Toronto Rd
Springfield, IL 62712

March 20 = North

Prairie-Hills ESD 144
3015 West 163rd Street
Markham, IL 60428

Stay tuned as we finalize details and vendor partners for this annual event!

Quill.com: Beyond Just a Great Price

Since 1956, Quill.com has delivered office and classroom supplies to schools across the country along with little extras that allow you to treat your students, staff, and budget. Quill and the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) are excited to present the benefits of contract both contracts; Instructional and School Supplies & Office Supplies.

Special Pricing for ILTPP Members

As an ILTPP member, you receive locked in bid pricing on almost 700 items! In addition to the locked-in items, Quill.com offers catalog discounts in almost every category, providing competitive pricing across the board to help your organization. Visit the ILTPP home page to see all of your discounts!

Beyond Just a Great Price

What sets Quill apart is their passion for making every order a rewarding one for you and your school. Quill takes pride in helping you create a positive and caring atmosphere for your staff and students, and an in-house customer service team is ready to help resolve any issue in real-time.

With Quill, you can always count on:

The supplies, of course.  Count on Quill for your old favorites plus the latest in school supplies — over 4,000 new products added in the past year alone.

Savings and free gifts. With Quill, you’ll get the supplies you need plus a little extra. Simply visit the Quill.com Coupon Center to find dozens of free gifts to treat your team with, plus extra savings for your budget.

Expert and accessible support. No matter the issue, Quill is happy to help— with guaranteed attentive support and quick resolutions. Plus, we’re easy to talk to!

Fast, free delivery. Products marked with our Quick Ship icon are guaranteed to be delivered in 1-2 business days. For ILTPP, there are no minimum order requirements.  We are an Illinois based company and have distribution centers throughout the country to get you your orders quickly and efficiently.

Future Ship delivery. Schedule delivery up to four months in advance—no billing until the order is shipped. A popular tool for back-to-school planning.

Quote opportunities.  When special projects arise, you can reach out to Quill for a quote on a price on larger purchases. Just reach out to your dedicated Account Manager below!


If you have any questions about how Quill can best meet your needs, please reach out to your dedicated Account Manager below. He’ll be more than happy to help.

Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Cameron Shapiro
Buying Group Sales Manager
847-876-4209
cameron.shapiro@quill.com

Learn More About Quill

ILTPP Announces 3 Additions to the 2020 Advisory Council

Meet the Newest ILTPP Advisory Council Members

Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) members have elected three educational technology leaders to serve on the 2020 ILTPP Advisory Council. Don Ringelestein, Farheen Beg, and Duane Shaffer have all agreed to join us in leveraging pre-negotiated contracts to assist Illinois schools in saving time and money on their edtech purchases.

All 2020 Advisory Council Members will begin their terms and responsibilities beginning January 1, 2020.

The ILTPP Advisory Council supports ILTPP by providing insight from represented schools, vendor partners, and other Illinois organizations regarding educational technology products, services, and purchasing best practices. The current council consists of leaders in the educational technology and purchasing/procurement fields, serving as Superintendents, Principals, Technology Directors, School Business Officers or Managers, and liaisons to other Illinois organizations.

In addition to a one year term, council members advocate for the program among colleagues and/or constituents. Responsibilities of a council member include attending a minimum of three onsite or virtual meetings per year, providing guidance on program objectives, including the formal bid process, RFP vendor selection, and product selection. Each elected seat was required to submit the following for seat consideration:

  • Be a registered ILTPP Member (If not already a member)
  • A one-page letter of interest indicating why they would like to be on the council
  • A one-page resume
  • Professional headshot
  • 250-word bio
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ILTPP K-12 Campus Security Survey

What’s Your View on Campus Security?

The purpose of this survey is to provide insight and feedback related to Illinois K-12 needs and trending technology related to Campus Security Systems. The results provided by this survey will assist the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) in identifying the current direction of security technology demands.


PARTICPATE

DEC 18 – JAN 8

TAKE THE TIME

Can you find 3 minutes to spare?


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VOTE NOW for the 2020 Advisory Council Election

The 2020 ILTPP Advisory Council Election is open for voting!

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) Advisory Council supports ILTPP by providing insight from represented schools, vendor partners, and other Illinois organizations regarding educational technology products, services, and purchasing best practices. The current council consists of leaders in the educational technology and purchasing/procurement fields, serving as Superintendents, Principals, Technology Directors, School Business Officers or Managers, and liaisons to other Illinois organizations. Currently, the ILTPP Advisory Council has two open seats available for 2020.

In addition to a one year term, council members advocate for the program among colleagues and/or constituents. Responsibilities of a council member include attending a minimum of three onsite or virtual meetings per year, providing guidance on program objectives, including the formal bid process, RFP vendor selection, and product selection. Each nominee was required to submit the following for seat consideration:

  • Be a registered ILTPP Member (If not already a member)
  • A one-page letter of interest indicating why they would like to be on the council
  • A one-page resume
  • Professional headshot
  • 250-word bio

YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT TO US

Each of these individuals are qualified, distinguished, and deserving of an Advisory Council seat. However, we only have room for two additions to the 2020 ILTPP Advisory Council. This is why your vote counts! Be sure to vote for the individuals you believe will guide Illinois schools, no matter the size, in technology-related procurement needs. Please review each candidate before casting your vote.

National Business Furniture Promotions & Offerings!

National Business Furniture (NBF) is pleased to partner with the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP)! NBF offers a wide variety of furniture for both K-12 and Higher Education institutions. As an ILTPP cooperative vendor partner, NBF can assist you in creating spaces that are versatile, tech-savvy, and collaborative while providing the affordability your district deserves!

NBF provides a robust, “Ships Today” program with hundreds of products ready to ship, TODAY! In addition, all products are covered by NBF’s Exclusive Lifetime Guarantee.


Contact your dedicated Account Manager:

Teresa Darden
Education Sales Manager
972-764-2210
teresad@nbf.com

Call for Advisory Council Nominations

Join the collective voice of the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) to influence edtech in Illinois. ILTPP is extending the cooperative’s reach to allow you to nominate an edtech leader for this year’s Advisory Council openings. The call for nominations begins tomorrow, November 1, 2019! ILTPP members will have the chance to vote two individuals into the Advisory Council. These two seats will be awarded to those considered most qualified and impactful by ILTPP members. This opportunity is available to all ILTPP registered members.

Who is the Advisory Council?

The Council supports ILTPP by providing insight from schools, vendors, and other Illinois organizations regarding educational technology products, services, and purchasing best ­practices. The Council members are leaders in the educational technology and purchasing/procurement fields, serving as Superintendents, Principals, Technology Directors, School Business Officers or Managers, and liaisons to other Illinois organizations.

If nominees are advanced to then voting ballot, the letter of interest, headshot, and bio will be displayed in the online ballot for member-wide voting.

Council seats are open to representatives from every institution and time commitments are flexible. ILTPP members are encouraged to apply if they are interested in volunteering or assisting with program activities.

Easy Ways to Bring Assistive Technology Into Your Classroom

By Jennifer Sullivan
May 28, 2019

Free or low-cost tools can help all students—with and without learning differences—better access course content.

Teachers put a lot of time and effort into designing classroom activities that encourage students to read, write, communicate, play, move, and socialize. They strive to ensure that all students have opportunities to grow and learn, but children with disabilities can face barriers to their participation in classroom activities. To lower those barriers, teachers can access a set of tools—collectively called assistive technology—that have been designed to help these students participate fully and naturally in inclusive learning environments.

Assistive technology (AT) is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” AT includes a wide variety of no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech tools. Some assistive technology tools cost nothing, and others can be fairly inexpensive. Many teachers are using some tools that function as AT—even if they don’t think of them that way.

Simple Ways to Incorporate Assistive Technology

Closed-captioning in videos: Adding or turning on closed-captioning in all videos, including YouTube and GoNoodle, assists students in making connections between text and audio representations of language. Captioning is an assistive technology tool that is free and easy to use: simply push the CC button underneath a video.

Closed-captioning provides missing information for individuals who have difficulty processing speech and auditory components of visual media. It is crucial for students who are hard of hearing and can support students’ reading skills.

Graphic organizers: Graphic organizers are a no-tech AT tool that offers a simple, effective way to provide writing support to elementary, middle, and high school students who have dysgraphia, executive function challenges, and other learning challenges.

Students with executive function challenges who struggle with organization, for example, can benefit from the visual organization of their thoughts and ideas, and graphic organizers “clarify implicit relationships contained in the text in a way that text alone may not.” Likewise, students with dysgraphia—which affects handwriting and fine motor skills, word spacing, and the general ability to put ideas and thoughts onto paper—can benefit from graphic organizers.

This tool can help struggling writers show what they know and organize their thoughts before they start to write, which can make writing less intimidating. Having printed graphic organizers available in your classroom for all students is an easy way to provide an assistive technology tool to struggling writers of all ages.

Classroom seating: To help students focus their attention in order to learn, it’s helpful if teachers are able to provide a variety of seating options in the classroom. Examples of supported seating include beanbag chairs, yoga balls, wobble stools, carpet squares, and wedges for active sitting, which is “seating that naturally encourages us to stay in motion, rather than passively relaxing into a slouch or attempting to rigidly hold a ‘correct’ pose.”

My daughter’s fifth-grade classroom has a variety of seating options, and one of her favorite seats looks like an old wooden train bench with pillows. Her third-grade classroom had a reading corner with beach chairs. Metal chairs arranged in rows don’t need to be the only seating choice in our classrooms, and involving students in the seating design process—by having them help arrange the room or develop the norms for using the options, for example—can create excitement and engagement.

Visual timers: Time can be abstract for students with executive function challenges or autism. Students may become anxious when a teacher says, “You have 10 minutes left to work on this test.” Using a visual timer—a device that makes the concept of time easier to understand and monitor by providing a clear indication of the time remaining and elapsed for tasks—can help students prepare for transitions and ease test anxiety as they are able to see at a glance how much time is left.

Teachers can place a physical visual timer on their desk or elsewhere at the front of the classroom, or project one on their interactive whiteboard during timed class activities, projects, or tests.

Speech-to-text software: Students with print disabilities such as dyslexia can struggle when producing written assignments. However, if your classroom uses Google Docs, all of your students—those with and without disabilities—have access to an important free tool called voice typing, which is found under the Tools tab. (Dragon Dictation and VoiceNote are similar tools that are also worth trying.)

Speech-to-text is a form of assistive technology that allows students—and teachers—to dictate into their computer and watch their words appear as text on the computer screen, without typing. I’ve found that students with and without disabilities like using this tool.

Teachers may want to create a space for voice typing in a corner of the classroom, where classroom sounds won’t be picked up by the computer microphone. If all students have the opportunity to rotate through this area, voice typing should not carry any stigma.

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