Category: Organization Updates

Advisory Council Member Spotlight: Superintendent Todd Dugan

Todd Dugan is the Superintendent of Bunker Hill CUSD #8 located in rural Bunker Hill, IL. Dugan has been a junior high Social Studies teacher, Principal, and Superintendent. He recently received Illinois State University’s EAF Superintendent of the Year 2018 Award. Prior to that, he received the Tech & Learning Leader of the Year in 2017 for his work in overcoming digital inequity in rural Illinois. A proponent of innovative educational technology, Todd’s passion is ensuring that all students, regardless of geography or socio-economic status, receive an engaging and top-quality education.

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.

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

Below, check out Todd’s recent book review of The New Agenda: Achieving Personalized Learning Through Digital Convergence by Dr. Shawn K. Smith in the Illinois ASBO 2019 Fall UPDATE Publication.

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Digital Convergence: When Kids Learn Best

As the world rapidly accelerates with technology advancements, schools continue to adapt, yet often find themselves struggling to keep up. Rather than simply adding devices to classrooms, what schools need is to, “transform our traditional classrooms into modern learning environments,” uniting education and technology forever in order to sustain this model of 21st century personalized learning: Digital Convergence.

If your district is either on the path to a 1:1 learning environment, planning for this eventually or in the midst of it with numerous challenges, then The New Agenda: Achieving Personalized Learning Through Digital Convergence is a book you may want to consider perusing. The entire process of transforming teaching and learning in the digital age is examined, as well as tips to shape the direction from deployment to differentiated learning.

As a rural, downstate superintendent that led my former district to one of the earliest 1:1 conversions, and is in the midst of planning the same or my current district, I was able to relate with several of the struggles identified. Such as, the desire to simplify a potentially messy mass technology deployment with a single point solution, forcing a “one size fits all” model. These approaches, intended to transform learning, instead lead to very traditional classrooms with devices present. The lack of a unified, systemic approach has often led to massive (and expensive) technology deployments that fail to focus on 21st century skills, such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

In order to successfully achieve personalized learning through digital convergence, author Shawn K. Smith suggests five components that must be addressed in the planning process: leadership, instructional models, modern curriculum, digital ecosystems and professional learning.

What I found most profound was a simple statement referenced several times throughout: “Kids learn best when…?” This rationale truly needs to be the “why” of every shift toward personalized and blended learning. Otherwise, districts run the risk of falling short of the ultimate goal: shifting the focus from the instructor to the learner.

The value in guiding all conversations toward this essential question makes this book not only a resource in regard to educational technology, but also to overall school improvement, which hopefully would become your district’s new agenda.

ILTPP is Seeking a Cooperative Purchasing Coordinator

Here at ILTPP, we are excited to announce an opening of a new role! We invite you to consider applying to the Cooperative Purchasing Coordinator position. The ideal candidate will be eager to gain knowledge and learn the basics of negotiating skills and processes to help support the program. This position requires accuracy in a high amount of data entry, excellent communication skills, and the ability to exhibit independence, flexibility, and good judgment to respond to changing priorities.

We are looking for applicants in the Champaign-Urbana area. If you have any additional questions please email LearnMore@iltpp.org.

CDW-G: ILTPP Contract Becomes Even Stronger

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) and CDW-G full catalog contract is stronger than ever thanks to a joint effort made possible by the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA).

 

The Enhanced Ordering Site

An ILTPP-specific ordering site was created by CDW-G for ILTPP members. It allows for quick and easy access to custom, ILTPP-pricing searches on full catalog products and services. Within this page, you can find featured products, categorical interests, dedicated account manager contacts, and ILTPP pricing on all CDW-G products.

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The Monthly Flyers

CDW-G’s marketing team is leading the way with the very first edition of an ILTPP Monthly Flyer. ILTPP is excited about this addition due to the fact that others have followed suit. This exclusive inclusion provides monthly, updated information to our members.

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The Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies

AEPA is a multi-state non-profit organization made up of Educational Service Agencies / political subdivisions organized through a Memorandum of Understanding between all participating states. AEPA is a national cooperative with contracts competitively bid and tailored to meet each school and agency, no matter the size. With shrinking budgets and fewer resources, AEPA was founded with the sole purpose to leverage equal level purchasing power.

NEW Member Resources

Check out the NEW downloadable Member Resource tools now available to aid your upcoming purchasing needs.

The Technology Partner Directory highlights ILTPP Vendor Partners within key technology categories. It was requested by attendees at the 2019 ICE Conference.

The Interactive Touch Screen Feature Comparison compares 6 popular IFP's within 30 feature categories. This resource was requested via the 2019 ILTPP Showcase Survey.

Invite to ILTPP Advisory Council

We here at ILTPP invite you to consider joining our Advisory Council. With your help, the program can facilitate with educators, administrators, and others to provide resources for schools working in all stages of technology integration.

As ILTPP builds its strategic outreach, it will develop and seek feedback from our council. APPLY TODAY to make a difference throughout the state. All applications must be submitted by August 17th, 2018. We are looking for applicants in various roles within your school/district. If you have any additional questions please email LearnMore@iltpp.org  

ILTPP-18R02: Awarded Products Chromebook Computing Devices

The Illinois Learning Technology Purchasing Program (ILTPP) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Chromebook Computing Devices on behalf of its K-12 member institutions. The purpose of this RFP was to identify and award contracts to provide volume price agreements and fulfillment services for the consortium members. All proposals have been reviewed and those that have been selected have been notified as of of February 21, 2018 of the intent to award. ILTPP is in the process of signing agreements. Consortium members are encouraged to the review the solicitations and selected re-sellers. Additonal communication of contracts and products will be presented and available for member use within 30 days of signed agreements.

ILTPP is looking forward to attending the IASA 53rd Annual Conference

The IASA Annual Conference annually draws more than 650 school administrators to the Illinois capital city of Springfield. Attendees include school superintendents, assistant superintendents, state agency staff and college professors of educational administration. This annual conference is an excellent opportunity to establish new contacts, network with colleagues, and meet the IASA staff and board of directors.  We are excited to be one of  60 vendors in the exhibit hall, providing attendees an opportunity to get a quick look at the latest products and services available to Illinois school districts. Make sure you stop by and connect with us at booth 205 September 27–29.  #IASA17

ILTPP Member Experience Survey 2017 Extended

We want your opinion!

As a statewide consortium we want to better serve all schools and districts with their technology needs. Please take a few moments to rate your experience. Feedback from our members and non-members is critical to improving our service and customer experience. You can access the survey by clicking on the button below.We appreciate your help with letting us know where we can improve as well as what we are doing well. Thank you!