Instructional Technology

Looking for standards-based professional learning?  ideastream offers a wealth of professional learning opportunities.

ideastream's Education department provides a wide array of professional learning opportunities to thousands of educators in over 200 school districts in an eleven county area in Northeast Ohio.

Technology training services can be tailored to a district’s needs from novice to the scholar and can be provided in the ideastream teaching labs, in your school district, or via Distance Learning.

All sessions held at Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare unless otherwise noted below.

Graduate credit is available for workshops that meet university requirements.

Refund Policy: No refunds with less than 24-hour's notice.

For questions regarding workshops, contact Eric Siler

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Graduate Credit Professional Learning Opportunities


Chromebook Bash

Description:  Bring or receive a Chromebook (for an additional $165) and learn how to integrate it in the classroom. Understand the possibilities of using Google Apps and Extensions that can benefit you and your students in profound ways. With a class set of Chromebooks see how to make your classroom come alive. Learn the best ways to share docs, properly use folders, and create drop boxes for students and much more. Explore some of the most popular Google Apps and Extensions.

Session Dates:

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $175

Location: Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare®

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University.  You must attend the entire workshop and complete an out of class assignment to earn the one graduate credit.


Drone Re-Mi: Using Drones in Education

Description:  Receive a ‘DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone with Wifi Camera Live’ and learn the rules and regulations about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including how to register your device with the FAA.  Discover ways to integrate your drone into teaching and learning; survey a physical education activity, take great aerial shots or video for your art or media arts program, expose students to unreachable wonders of nature near your school building, and much more.  Imagine having a ‘Drone Day’ in which students earn the right to operate the drone to learn the mathematics behind a flight plan. Build vocabulary with aviation and scientific terms.  The possibilities are endless.  You will also easily assemble your drone, receive flight lessons and take it out for test flights at a nearby athletic field (weather permitted) or gymnasium, while enjoying lunch on us.  Limited space.  Register today.

Note:  Participants must bring an Android or Apple phone with the ability to download the free drone app.

Session Dates:

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $199 (includes drone, extra batteries, FAA registration fee and lunch)

Contact Hours:  4

Graduate Credit:  One credit will be available through Ashland University for an additional $160 by attending the entire session, logging outside of class flight time and completing a project.


The Google Study Group

Description:  We are looking for dedicated people who want to learn how to become Google Certified Educators.  In four days of intense study we will take you through necessary coursework to be prepared to take Google exams.* Become recognized for your mastery in Docs, Gmail, Sites, Calendar, Chrome, Search and one elective. 

Session Dates: Thursday, July 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and virtual meetings determined by the facilitator.

Cost:  $60 per person

Location: Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare®

Graduate Credit:  Receive two graduate credits from Ashland University for an additional $320

Contact Hours:  32

Graduate Credit: 2

*Google exams require an addition fee. 


iPads and Cleveland History

Description:  Bring an iPad or receive an iPad at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare® and learn about dozens of apps that will connect you with the wonders of history and Cleveland. Explore downtown Cleveland on a mini scavenger hunt using your iPad. We will visit and or see the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, the new Public Square with its 10-acre green space, the Historic Cleveland Public Library, the Federal Reserve, Old Stone Church, the West Side Market, Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena, PlayhouseSquare, The Idea Center, Terminal Tower and more.   Enjoy lunch on us in the historic Rotunda of Downtown Cleveland Heinens.   Discuss your findings and then begin building a lesson. Meet a week later and share lessons.

Session Dates:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (present follow up lesson for grad credit at the Idea Center)

Cost: $175 (includes $15 iTunes gift card to download apps)

Bring your iPad or add $329 to receive a 32-GB iPad Air.

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University

Contact Hours:  10

Graduate Credit: 1


Shaker Heights Mini Dig

Description:  In collaboration with the Shaker Historical Society, Archaeologist Beth Hoag, Master Teacher Rosemary Nemeth and the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio, learn about the Shakers and discover their array of innovations and inventions that were influenced by their religion.  The Shakers, a celibate communal Society began in the early 1800’s, peaked in the 1850’s and then left Ohio in 1889.  Work side by side and explore the process of Archaeology.  We will take field trips to Shaker Historical Society, the Shaker Lakes and Parks and much more as we explore in our very own backyard.  Attend any two, four or all five days.  Bring a brown bag lunch and we’ll provide snacks and water.

Session Dates:

Monday-Friday, June 26-30, 2017, 8:30a.m – 4:30p.m.

Cost:

$160 (for any two days)

$250 (for any four days)

$300 (for all five days)

Location: Shaker Heights

Graduate Credit:  Attend any two days to earn one graduate credit from Ashland University for an additional $160.  Attend any four days to earn two graduate credits from Ashland University for an additional $320.  Attend all five days and complete a project to earn three graduate credits for an additional $480.

Contact Hours:  16-40

Graduate Credits: 1-3


Professional Learning Opportunities


3-D Pens Across the Curriculum

Description:  Register as a pair and receive six of the 3Doodler pens, filament and more. In this workshop we will teach you how to use this as a MakerSpace technology tool for education. See the possibilities of the pen in which you will learn basic techniques along with expert hints and tricks. You will love how you can engage your students in project based learning for many subject areas. A great workshop for those who want to be adventurous and creative.

Session Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $850 (includes workshop for two people, six 3Doodler pens, filament, activity guide, project book, and much, more.

Contact Hours:  3


Classroom Makerspace Day

Description: K-8 teachers are invited to spend a day learning how to transform the classroom into a makerspace using existing materials. Each person will receive a starter kit of materials and resources that can be used in the classroom the very next day.  Receive step-by-step information on how to design, equip, and successfully operate a safe and inspirational space.  Tour The Cleveland Mobile Fab Lab parked outside of our building.  Envision how a classroom can be transformed.  Create another project in this lab and learn how you can bring the Fab Lab to your school.  A great workshop for teachers who are serious about designing a space to facilitate teaching and learning with research, creativity and hands-on learning.

Session Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $60

Contact Hours:  5


Cool Things To Do On A SMART Board

Description: Learn some innovative techniques on how you can use the SMART Board in the areas of math, science, social studies, language arts and more.  See how to make your lessons come alive with sounds and animation. Session requires some familiarity with the SMART Board.

Session Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $70

Contact Hours:  3


Creating & Editing Videos on Your iPad

Description: Whether you have one iPad or a class set, learn how to enhance instruction by having students create iPad videos in any subject area.  In this session you will participate in the production of three sample videos in the areas of math, science, or English language arts for grades 4-12.   Receive instruction on how to help students create videos that address standards.  Leave with stimulating lesson ideas.  A great session for those who want to transform the way they use their iPad!

Session Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

Contact Hours:  3


Create Videos in Camtasia for the Flipped Classroom

Description:  Receive a copy of Camtasia and learn how to use the software to flip your classroom.

Session Date: Monday July 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:  $305

Contact Hours:  3


Create Your Lesson with Swivl

Description: Receive a Swivl camera and learn how to use it in many ways, especially in flipping your classroom.  You must bring a tablet or a phone with a camera to the workshop.

Session Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $705

Contact Hours:  3


A Day of SMART Board

Description: Spend a day taking our ‘How Smart is Your SMART Board’ workshop and ‘Cool Things to do on a SMART Board’ workshop.  Save by taking both workshops together and enjoy lunch on us!

Session Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $150

Contact Hours:  6


Deliver Great Talks with Technology

Description:  Learn how to be a better presenter and/or teacher with the use of technology.  Do you have too many PowerPoint Slides or videos?  Learn how to strike a balance when presenting.  While presenting, we will help you stop saying, “Um”, “Like” and other filter words.  Finally, learn how not to say too much and protect yourself from sharing too much personal information with others.  An excellent workshop for those who find themselves in from of students and adults!

Session Date:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $55

Contact Hours:  2


Engaging Your Students with Augmented and Virtual Realities

Description: Bring your tablets that have a camera and are enabled to download apps.  Discover how you can entice your students with augmented and virtual realities.  Receive an understanding about VR and AR and what the differences are, as well as explore the possibilities what VR, AR and 360 degrees video offer as a learning tool.  Help students to understand complex and hard-to-understand concepts. Learn about dozens of apps along with some simple manipulatives that will bring science, math and other subject areas to life.  Discover what K-12 students as well as college students are doing with these realities. 

Session Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

Contact Hours:  3


Flip Your Classroom with iPad/Google Apps

Description:  Receive a better understanding about the reverse teaching process and take advantage of student enthusiasm for 21st Century Technology.  Bring your computer or iPad or borrow one of ours as we delve into several free iPad and Google apps, as well as other teacher resources that will enable you to transform your teaching.

Session Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Cost: $105

Contact Hours:  3


Get Going with Google In Education

Description: Receive an exhaustive overview of the power of Google in education; Forms, Spreadsheets, Docs, Sites and more.

Session Date: Monday, July 24, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours:  3


Getting Started with MakerSpace & Coding

Description:  Teachers in grades 4-12 are invited to register as a pair & learn how to supplement their lessons with design and coding.  Each pair of teachers will receive two 3D Pens with Filament, two Worlds of Making…book, one Makey Makey invention kit, and one Arduino Uno R3 Microcontroller. Receive step-by-step information on how to use each device.  See how to easily design lessons. Bring a laptop with a USB port or borrow one of ours.  Come ready to play and learn.  A great workshop for teachers who are serious about integrating MakerSpace and Coding into teaching and learning.

Session Dates:

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $335 for two people (includes two 3D pens with filament, one Makey Makey, two Worlds of Making…book and one Arduino Uno R3 Microcontroller)

Contact Hours:  3               


How Smart is Your SMART Board

Description:  Learn how you can use the SMART Board to improve attention, retention and test scores in your classroom by making computer usage an interactive and collaborative experience.

Session Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3


iPad Integration

Description: The iPad Air is a dynamic instructional tool that allows educators to enhance their teaching and learning. Discover how to download apps for all subject areas. Imagine implementing a math or language arts app into your instruction. The iPad comes with a built-in video camera that allows you to create and edit digital media. Learn how to collaborate and communicate with another classroom anywhere in the world. Bring your iPad and/or walk away with an iPad (included in cost of the training).  Receive ideas and/or a lesson to use the very next day. Come explore this revolutionary tablet and work it into your curriculum today!
Session Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:

$445 cost (includes a 32GB  iPad Air and a $15 iTunes gift card)
$105 cost (bring your own iPad & create your own iTunes account prior to the workshop)

Contact Hours:  3


iPad In The Special Needs Classroom

Description: Are you an iPad user with special needs students?  If so, you should be using the iPads accessibility features such as zoom magnifier, voiceover, speech and more to help your students see, hear and read better.  If you are not using these features then come to this session and learn how to make the most of your iPad in the special needs classroom.  Additionally, learn about apps that will engage and wow your students in many areas of special needs. 

Session Date: 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3


Jack of All Tech

Description: Tablets, Chromebooks, SMART Boards, Document Cameras, Google, MakerSpace, Coding, and Apps.  We will provide you with an exhaustive overview of each of these technologies and how they work in the classroom.  This is an excellent way to help you decide how you will implement a new technology into teaching and learning. 

Session Date:  Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $35

Contact Hours:  2


Make Tech Great Again

Description: Are you overwhelmed with all of the educational technology in the world?  Have you shut down because the new tools were too overwhelming to learn?  Have you resorted to just using your computer and projector to only show websites and perhaps a PowerPoint?  If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then come to this session and learn how to make technology work for you.  Explore and sample many different apps and sites that will engage your students as a large class or in small groups.  Obtain practical tips, resources, and best practices for how to implement the tools along with how to create exciting lessons.  In just three short hours you will become a cool tech teacher by making tech great again.

Session Date: 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

Contact Hours:  3


Making Movies With Your Smart Phone

Description: This hands-on session will focus on filming techniques and how to tell stories using the device that is in your pocket right now. Learn the phases of pre-production, production and post-production.  Explore iPhone and Android apps that will help you conceived interesting project ideas in which you can pass along to your students. 

Note:  You must bring a charged Smart Phone with a camera and have approximately 1gb of storage available.  Please be familiar with the basic operations of your phone.

Session Date: 

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

Contact Hours:  3


Master Office 365

Description: Are you new to Office 365 and want to learn more than the basics?  Come to this workshop and discover the many hidden possibilities that you can accomplish in the world of Office 365.  Understand how to maximize its use for education.  Go beyond email and calendar. 

Session Date: 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3


Teaching and Learning with Social Media

Description: Explore how to effectively integrate social media-Twitter, Pinterest, blogs and more into classroom instruction.

Session Date:  Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost:  $35/person

Contact Hours:  2


Teaching in the One iPad Classroom

Description:  Understand how to be effective teaching with one iPad.  Explore ways to project your iPad as well as many apps that support the K-12 one iPad environment.                                                          

Session Dates:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours:  3


There’s An App for That:  Apps for Early Learners

Description: Most young children have access to smart mobile devices and often play games without any trouble.  This session will expose you to apps for ages 3-7 that will help shape their learning in all subject areas, especially in science and math.  See how to protect children from inappropriate content and decipher unsubstantiated educational claims. Discover how to find apps and understand that your involvement in children’s digital content can only help them thrive even more.

Session Date:  Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cost:  $35/person

Contact Hours:  2


Using Google Forms for Assessments

Description:  This session is designed to provide information on the process of creating Google Forms. A Form will enable you to plan class events, make surveys or polls, give students a quiz or collect other information in an easy and streamlined manner. By the end of the workshop you will have Forms completed to support your subject area. Additionally, learn how to use FLUBAROO to grade online assessments in Forms.

Session Date:

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours:  3

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