Information Technology (IT), one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) endorsement areas for 6-12 grade Illinois classrooms, helps students become college and career ready through critical thinking and real-world application of skills that are built within the content and application of IT courses, especially through computers and telecommunications technology focusing on storing, retrieving, and sending information. By taking IT-specific courses, students gain the academic knowledge and technical skills used by industry leaders.
Source: Adapted from https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Info-Tech.aspx
Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
At minimum, Illinois IT focuses on the following areas:
- Information Systems/Technology
- Digital Literacy
- Interpersonal and Leadership Skills
- Career Development
- Computer Concepts/Programming/Networking
- Web Page/Media Development
ILCTE Innovative Lessons
- 5E CTE Classroom Lessons (all CTE endorsement areas)
- For all CTE endorsement area lessons, click here https://www.ilcte.org/index.php/lessons
*Note: Hyperlinks to Microsoft Word or Google Doc versions of these lessons can be found on the page immediately following the title page OR at the conclusion of the "teacher version".
The National Career Clusters® Framework serves as an organizing tool for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, curriculum design and instruction. There are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing 79 Career Pathways to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The framework also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary systems and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps learners discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.
There are 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters; Illinois has 17 Career Clusters (Energy is the 17th). Illinois IT teachers may want to consider the examination of these specific career clusters in the development of their program.
Counselors, advisors, teachers and other educators can use the PaCE document to identify what types of experiences and information a student should have in order to make the most informed decisions about college and career planning. Organized from 8th through 12th grade, the Illinois PaCE Framework explains what students should be supported to do and what they should know at the end of each grade relative to three key domains: Career Exploration and Development; Postsecondary Education Exploration, Preparation, and Selection; and, Financial Aid and Literacy.
Diversity, Equity, and Special Populations
Illinois has a commitment to provide every student the opportunity to be supported by highly effective teachers and school leaders. Further, Illinois understands that the two most important components for providing student learning are effective teachers and school leaders. Therefore, Illinois is focusing on developing highly effective teachers and leaders who are prepared to work to meet the instructional needs of each child, including those who have special needs and/or are English Language/Bilingual learners whether they come from high-poverty schools or low-poverty schools. To meet the needs of its lowest performing schools, Illinois is focusing on preparing teachers and principals to focus on differentiated instruction, student learning, and school improvement. Ensuring that teachers and principals are highly prepared to work in high need schools (HNS) will help to reduce the inequity among schools. Additionally, providing induction, mentoring, and professional development programs that focus on instructional needs of children will further support student learning in HNS (Source: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/equity_plan.pdf#search=equity)
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What is a Program of Study?
According to the definition put forward in Perkins V, a program of study must, at minimum, be a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that:
- Incorporates challenging, state-identified academic standards
- Addresses academic and technical knowledge, as well as employability skills
- Is aligned to the needs of industries in the state, region, Tribal community or local area
- Progresses in content specificity
- Has multiple entry and exit points that allow for credentialing
- Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.
IT Plan of Study
The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE). The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and Palau participated in the development stage of the CCTC, which was coordinated by Advance CTE. The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.
Career and Student Organizations
Professional and National Organizations
State and National Associations
- American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Interdisciplinary organization of 4,000 members from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education. Focuses on techniques and technologies in the fields of library and information science, communications, networking and computer science.
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ACM is the world's oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society.
- Association for Women in Computing
Nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the technology fields. Events calendar, articles on a variety of topics.
- Association of Information Technology Professionals
Provides quality IT related education, information on relevant IT issues and forums for networking.
- Information Technology Association of America (ITAA)
Was bought out and is now Tech America. Trade association representing the U.S. IT industry, site offers information about the industry, its issues, association programs, publications, meetings, seminars and links to other sites
Online Learning Resources
Adobe Spark - Adobe Spark empowers students and teachers to easily create and share visual stories.
Banzai Financial Literacy - aligns to Illinois's financial literacy curriculum, 3 levels-elementary, teens (middle/junior high & high school), Plus (high school ages 16+) Includes: insurance, retirement, buying a house, taxes, life changes, borrowing and credit, smart living, and starting a business.
BINGO Baker – Just type your words into the grid on the left. You can give your game a title and can change the BINGO column headings too. Then click the Generate button to generate bingo cards. Features: Drag and drop images from your computer to liven up your card. This NOT a free resource; however, a lifetime membership only
Blogger – It’s easy and FREE! Create a beautiful blog that fits your style. Choose from a selection of easy-to-use templates – all with flexible layouts and hundreds of background images – or design something new!
Discovery Education Experience provides engaging high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, creative collaboration tools, and practical professional learning resources to give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create a lasting educational impact in any learning environment.
Epicbooks – Fuel curiosity with over 40,000 books, audiobooks and videos. It is FREE for educators. Parents get a 30-day free trial.
Create a Portfolio Website with Wix and Start Displaying Your Stunning Work Online. Access Advanced Editing Tools & Expert Features that'll Make Your Site Stand Out Online.
GCF Global - Includes: computers, Office Suite, Google Suite, Career Planning, Job Search, Workplace Skills, Work Life, Money Management, Everyday Life, Reading and Math. Offering online lessons for FREE.
ICEV - Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and instructional materials.
- Agricultural Sciences
- Architecture, Construction, Transportation, and Manufacturing
- Business, Marketing, Finance, IT, and Media
- Career Exploration
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Health Sciences Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Illinois Digital Educators Alliance, the state affiliate of ISTE, is the largest organization in the state devoted to the use of technology in education. The mission of IDEA is to inspire, connect and provide the educational community with opportunities that transform teaching and learning through technology.
Comprehensive K-12 curriculum. This resource is NOT free.
MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career & Technical Education instruction. It not only allows access to a complete selection of instructional components, but also serves as a classroom organizational and management tool.
P-Tech - FREE digital learning on the latest technologies, designed for teachers and students! Units that can supplement curriculum.
Read Theory – Improve your students reading comprehension. Personalized reading comprehension exercises for K-12 and ESL students. This is a FREE resource.
Read Works – Readworks is driven by cognitive science research. FREE content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning for K-12 students.
Rocket Math is a basic math curriculum and worksheet-based program that is the best learning tool and math program for kids. This resource is NOT free.
Many free resources to support the Common Core and to meet 21st Century Skills, including assessment and rubrics, virtual field trips, and internet safety. · Vocabtest.com
VocabTet.com offers the eager student ready to learn, free vocabulary tests, which are the best way to boost your verbal skills.
Math: Top-rated math program created for teachers, by teachers. The only curriculum top-rated by EdReports that unites hands-on instruction and immersive digital learning. Aligned to Eureka Math / EngageNY.
Explore My Future (Career Related Resources)
Resources for students to learn more about themselves and to explore future career possibilities
Career exploration program includes a validated aptitude test and interest assessment; results are used to guide career exploration using their career planning tools.
Career Explorer – The world’s best career test. Discover your top career matches! This is NOT a free resource. Teachers costs $48 per year and for students costs $36 per year.
Career One Stop – Your source for career exploration, training and jobs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. This is a FREE resource.
Career Pathways Virtual Trailheads
To support students work based learning experiences during e-learning and while in school, the P-20 Network has created a series of videos which feature people from a wide range of occupations. The videos will allow students to learn different occupations within the various career pathway endorsement areas, gain knowledge about workplace skills, and receive advice from these professionals.
Career Prepped – Get Career Prepped and get noticed! You can build your skills and create career portfolios to prove your soft and hard skills mastery. This is NOT a free website.
Career Safe Online – This website has training for OSHA, Cyber Awareness and Employability Training. This is NOT a free website.
The place to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents. There are six career clusters that can be explored: Arts & Humanities, Business & Information Systems, Engineering & Technology Services, Health Services, Nature & Agricultural Sciences, and Human & Public Services.
Degree Game Show – this website offers a slide show game on career planning. This is a FREE resource
Is a free personality test will show you which of the nine personality types suit you best. It only takes 10 minutes online and is free.
Everfi is a platform for creating community impact that’s customizable, measurable, inspiring, and easy; Everfi offers Workplace Training, Financial Education, Higher Education and Community Engagement modules.
Explore Health Careers – ExploreHealthCareers.org is a collaboration between today’s health professionals and leading health care associations designed to help people like you start down the road toward a career in health. Here you’ll find the latest health career information and tools to guide you as you prepare for a future in healthcare. This is a FREE resource.
G-wlearning - This site provides an abundance of interactive activities to support your learning beyond the classroom. There is something for every CTE class including career exploration. This is a FREE resource.
Resources are available to assist you in offering Claim Your Future® to your students. It has games for students.
My Next Move – What do you want to do for a living? Tell us what you like to do. What do you want to be? This is a FREE resource.
Virtually connects educators and learners with a network of industry professionals, bringing real-world relevance and career exposure to all students. Nepris also provides a skills-based volunteering platform for organizations to extend education outreach and build their brand among the future workforce.
The Question Formulation Technique (QFT), created by the Right Question Institute, helps all people create, work with, and use their own questions — building skills for lifelong learning, self-advocacy, and democratic action.
Read to Lead -5-9th graders, matches Lexile, college/career readiness anchor standards. Learning games & lessons that put middle school students in charge of a workplace. They will learn that being the boss is demanding, aspirational, a lot of reading and conversational. This is a FREE resource.
Star Assessments – They have a CTE section. Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are a sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge and skills to provide students a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. CTE teaches transferable workplace skills in applied learning contexts to provide opportunities to explore high-demand career options and gives students the technology and skills needed for success in adult life. Whether students take one CTE course or enroll in an entire CTE program, CTE is an Important part of every student’s well-rounded education. Regardless of the CTE pathway, CTE experiences build the transferable skills that lead to success in career and college. CTE classes inform students about how their skills apply to today’s occupations and provide students with a realistic picture of their future in the world of work.
Understand who you really are! Powerful, scientifically validated personality tests to help you group and find you way in life. Also includes a career profiler.
Boomerang (Chrome Extension) - Millions of Gmail™ and G Suite™ users count on Boomerang for easy, integrated scheduled email sending and reminders. The service allows you to schedule emails to automatically send in the future, so you can write an email now, and the service will send it tomorrow morning at 6 AM, or next week while you’re at the beach, without you needing to be online.
Ditch That Textbook - list of available Google Earth Virtual Field Trips.
Dualles Extension - For those who don't have dual monitor. Dualless is a poor man's dual monitor solution. It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs. You may have a browser window showing on the right that occupy 30% of your screen. Then the rest of space leave to Google+. The extension simulates the environment of dual monitor. This is a Chrome Extension.
Google Classroom is a FREE web service developed by Google for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.
Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Students
If you plan to implement Google Classroom as a distance learning platform, this is a great resource for your students that provides basic information on the various tools Google Classroom provides.
Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Teachers
This document is a great resource for teachers that would like to learn the basics of Google Classroom for distance learning.
Google Keep - use it a LOT (Google App) It is like having post-it notes all gathered into one place.
Google Meet and Livestream Directions
Real-time meetings by Google. Using your browser (you will need to use Google Chrome), share your video, desktop, and presentations with students. The linked document is a great step-by-step direction sheet for students learning how to do Google Meet Livestream for school.
HyperDocs are Google Docs that are self-contained lessons or units. HyperDocs contain questions with links to videos, infographics, websites, or other resources to help the students discover new information. Other uses for Hyperdocs can be building an extended lesson or unit. HyperDocs can also be used for substitute teacher plans, video or podcast playlists, learning centers or stations.
Hyperdocs Check Lists – a list of checks for checking your hyperdoc. This is a FREE resource.
(google suite) Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms. Watch your creativity unfold: you can create a Jam, edit it from your device, and share it with others. Everybody can collaborate on the Jam anytime, anywhere. For businesses and schools that use Jamboard hardware, you can use your phone or tablet to join or open a Jam on a nearby board.
Move It Chrome Ad-on - Busy working on your computer? Spending hours searching the internet. Get active with Move It, the easiest way to be reminded that you should integrate a break into your work online. Simply add the Move It extension to your browser, set the notification interval, and your screen will present you with a random brain break and exercise to complete. Once you complete it, hit done and the next will arrive after the designated interval elapses again.
This is a sidebar to add to Google Slides; allows a teacher to be in presentation mode and then be able to communicate with students by giving a formative assessment, creating custom questions, adding audio to a slide, and active dashboard to watch each student's reaction to material presented. Pricing free, $150/year, custom for district. Web site has the options available for pricing listed.
Quizizz - (connects to Google Classroom) Engage everyone, everywhere! FREE tools to teach learning anything, on any device, in-person or remotely.
Google Chrome extension. Allows teachers to record their voice, screen, and even has drawing tools. Teachers can record lessons, assignment solutions, and verbal student feedback. Free version allows up to a 5-minute video. Premium version is $29 per person. Can get a special school quote.
Web Paint (Chrome Extension) – Web Paint provides easy to use drawing tools that let you draw shapes, lines, and add text to live web pages and take screenshot (touch screen supported): Pencil tool - draw a custom line with the selected line width and color.
WhatsApp - Messenger, or simply WhatsApp, is an American freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook, Inc. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media
Resources to enhance instruction and increase student engagement/participation
10 Tips for Teaching Online: Practical Advice from Instructors
With the right tools, some creativity, and a healthy dose of patience, you can master the move online.
FREE, Book Creator offers a simple way to infuse creativity throughout the curriculum, motivating students to become published authors and helping them develop future-ready skills.
Design anything in minutes with thousands of beautiful templates and images. The “basic” plan is FREE. It offers 250K+ free templates, 200K+ free photos and elements and 1000+ fonts. There are 100+ design types for social media posts, presentations and more! The “pro” plan costs $9.95 per month and offers more templates, photos & elements than the basic plan.
Doceri Interactive Whiteboard
Doceri does it all! Control your lesson or presentation live with Airplay or through your Mac, PC or Ipad. Annotate a Keynote or PowerPoint or present your original Doceri project. Great for student projects, too. CREATE hand-written or hand drawn Doceri projects on your iPad, using sophisticated drawing tools and the innovative Doceri Timeline.
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Remote learning seems a lot more doable. Students are engaged and are asking to keep learning. Assignments are taken care of and graded for you. Remote lesson plans with your content can be created in minutes.
In the HyFlex course design, students can choose to attend face-to-face, synchronous class sessions or complete course learning activities online without physically attending class. Hyflex can provide student engagement at the time they see/hear the material.
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Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. Unleash the fun in classrooms! Sign up for FREE for the basic plan or $36 per year for the pro plan.
Know it All
Know it all features a wide assortment of over 8,600 media assets, for pre-K-12. The content has been optimized for tablets and mobile devices for one-to-one learning. As of May 15, 2020, you will find approximately: 4821 videos, 1333 audio files, 286 photo galleries and 1781 photos, 79 interactives, 62 teacher resources, and much more! It covers career education, English Language Arts, Health Education, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual & Performing Arts and World Languages.
Lalilo is an online tool for K, 1st and 2nd grade teachers and students. The Lalilo website is accessible on tablets, iPads and computers. Lalilo works in school environments or in a distance. This resource is NOT free.
Commit to digital equity with digital literacy for all students. Teach students to create with technology and harness it to power learning.
Mentimeter is a cloud-based solution that allows you to engage and interact with your students in real-time. It is a polling tool wherein you can set the questions and your students can give their input using a mobile phone or any other device connected to the internet.
MobyMax is a wonderful tool to differentiate learning for all students. Since it meets the students at their level, it challenges students above level and on level students as well as remediates students below level. MobyMax allows me to set goals with my students and celebrate their success with them.
Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. You can upload tech-enhanced materials or customize over 7,500 pre-made, standards-aligned lessons for all K-12 subjects. Students complete assignments independently while you gain insights into students’ understanding with post-session reports. Easily integrates with your LMS (i.e. Google Classroom, Canvas, Schoology and more).
OnShape is the only product development platform that unites CAD, data management, collaboration tools and real-time analytics. This resource is NOT free.
A tool that sets up accounts for students that are private. Cost for a teacher $12 /month. Teachers may post assignments and students can create work and post their assignment work back to the teacher. Teachers are in full control of the student and parent access.
Free quiz tool. Can be used on any device. For in class and online uses. Never grade a quiz again. Web site even has quizzes built for different subject areas, even CTE.
Allows teachers to create or use existing study material. The tool tracks student progress through the material. 30-day free trial, otherwise $35.99 /year.
A complete Learning Management System (LMS) that integrates with many other educational tools. A free, one teacher offer is available. For a district wide package more investigation would be required for pricing.
An instant student-response tool that allows teachers to engage students with simple polls and quizzes. Free for one classroom group. Paid plans available.
Spin the Wheel random picker
Interactive tool that allows the teacher to make a decision at random. It has three modes: random picking, random, accumulation. Free.
Create surveys online for free. Unlimited online surveys. It is an easy & powerful tool.
The end of passive viewing! Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and CTAs into videos. Get Started. Take your videos to the next level. A new type of video content. Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Increase engagement.
Wheel of Names
You can make your own wheel of names. It can be a fun way to assign group projects. Spinning the wheel can identify the group’s members!
Amaze your students with smarter worksheets. Wizer.me is a platform where teachers build beautiful, engaging online worksheets. Teachers and students can create free accounts.
Online platform to host meetings, webinars, conference rooms, chat, and phone system. Free version.
Allows users to run other types of platforms other than what is on their computer. Ideal when teaching different operating systems.
If you are using Zoom for classroom meetings, this is a useful resource for everyone to review before partaking in an online meeting.
Resources for creating videos and instructional approaches for the classroom
Adobe Rush App
This tool is available for the PC, IOS, and Android; gives the user capability to create fantastic videos that have been edited. Free use of the tool with three exports is available, otherwise it costs $9.99 / month
Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.
EDpuzzle is an incredibly-easy-to-use video platform that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement and improve student learning through video lessons. Use videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course and more. If you'd rather record and upload your own video, go for it! EDpuzzle also collects data as students watch and interact with the video. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!
Flipgrid is an easy-to-use social learning, video making website that allows educators and students to make video clips. A teacher can create a grid or a series of grids that asks students to discuss topics or questions. The teacher can set the requirements of the responses to the subject, which could include time limits, attachments, video, pictures, and several other settings. For educators it’s FREE
Say it with video! The expressiveness of video with the convenience of messaging and it’s FREE. Communicate more effectively wherever you work with Loom.
Play Post It
PlayPosit, Inc. operates an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Its platform enables teachers to create interactive lessons. and video solution enables corporates to train employees, partners, and customers. The company’s platform is designed for K-corporates, flipped, and blended environments. This resource is NOT free.
Video recording service that allows teachers to record their screen and webcam simultaneously. User-friendly. No download required. Video can be published immediately. Free version. Premium versions for schools available with many price variations.
Watch purified YouTube videos. Just for teachers, professors, social influencers, homeschoolers and parents. The Viewpure Members Area is the place where Viewpure can give you additional tools and resources. The Members Area is FREE. There is a lot of cool stuff in there for clean viewing of videos.
The end of passive viewing! Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and CTAs into videos. Get Started. Take your videos to the next level. A new type of video content. Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Increase engagement.
Large library of videos that can be used as supplemental instruction. Can also upload their own videos. Free.
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