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Accessible, high quality, and affordable EdTech for Illinois schools. 
Mackin Educational Resources - We're In Support of Your Distance Learning Program
If your school or district has closed and shifted to temporary online or distance learning, due to the  Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19,  MackinVIA   has an effective solution for you. Mackin Educational Resources has compiled helpful videos, links, downloadable resources and more to help you with this distance learning transition.

Why MackinVia? MackinVia is a free platform with no hosting fees for all schools. It was named 2019 Product of the Year, is a multi-award-winning, digital content management system, and provides easy access to eBooks, read-alongs, audiobooks, databases, and videos. With just one login, users can view, utilize, and manage all of their digital resources. Further, MackinVia allows simultaneous, unlimited access to multiple users on all platforms, is mobile friendly, and integrates with Google Classroom, Canvas, and Schoology.
All ILTPP Member Schools and Libraries Receive Additional Discounts!

All ILTPP member schools receive additional discounts of Mackin's already competitive online prices through Contract AEPA-IFB020-C (Reference ILTPP to receive your discounts):
  • Print books receive an additional 8% discount
  • eBooks and Digital Audiobooks receive an additional 7% discount
  • Makerspace products receive an additional 3% discount
  • Multimedia (DVDs, Blu-Rays, MP3s) receive an additional 3% discount

At ILTPP, we regularly provide our members with the latest news within educational technology. This includes special buys, organization updates, event announcements, and solicitations.
FireFly Computers Offers Competitive 7 for $7
FireFly's latest special buy  includes  seven great products for just $7 per month, per device!
Adobe Enables Distance Learning Globally
Adobe is making both Adobe Connect and its Creative Suite available to districts through the school year!
We Support You In Supporting Your Students
School Specialty  is offering a 10% discount in addition to your already contracted pricing through ILTPP.
Google Hangouts Features & Training
Google for Education has released numerous resources and trainings covering Google Hangouts Meet.  We've compiled the essential tips and links for districts, including contacts for Illinois reference districts, Certified Innovator Training Program, and Google Educator Groups near you. 
Wide Open School - Online Teaching Resources by Common Sense
Wide Open School hopes to make remote learning easier while creating an experience that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community.
Impero Software - Remote Monitoring Software Free to Districts
Impero is making Education Pro, the web-based software, free for the remainder of the school year to districts that do not already have remote monitoring software in place.
Supplies for your Remote Educators & Learners
With many school supply essentials available, Quill can assist with all supply needs!
TechXtend - Social & Emotional COVID Pledge
TechXtend and Gemiini have partnered to make the in-depth certification course free for schools and districts.
Donated Consulting Hours for Remote Access Issues
SPS's Parent Company is donating consulting hours to schools to help solve remote access issues.
Teams Enables Free Remote Learning
Free for schools and universities, Microsoft Teams for Education  provides an online classroom so students and educators can continue to focus on learning. Microsoft has worked to create resources and on-demand webinars to help teachers, staff, and families get transitioned.
STEM @ Home Activities, Kits, & Giveaways
If you're looking for some STEMspiration, Pitsco Education has a few ideas and resources to assist!
Reading & Study Package Stations for Home Shipping
Complete Book  has "kitting stations" to supply your students reading and study packages at home!
Need Some Zoom Support for Your Students & Staff?
Zoom is offering informative tutorials, webinars, and trainings on running a successful meeting.
ILTPP vendor partners host webinars, workshops, lunch and learns, summits, and much more. We make it our mission to seek out relevant edtech events and share them with ILTPP members. These include discussions on how to effectively manage online safety, SMART interactive activity demonstrations, workshops for maker-spacing your students' distance learning, and much more!
Our goal is to continue facilitating edtech purchases, conversations, and assistance for Illinois education entities. ILTPP has direct contacts with numerous edtech companies, as well as resources and affiliations to assist in your time of need. As a free statewide cooperative, we are here solely to support your schools, districts, staff, educators, and students. Please reach out to the ILTPP team if you have any questions or need assistance with meeting objectives related to arranging online learning for your school or district. LearnMore@iltpp.org
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