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

The Google Study Group

Description:  We are looking for dedicated people who want to learn how to become Google Certified Educators.  In 16 hours 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.  Join us in person or over videoconferencing.  

Session Dates: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and virtual meetings determined by the facilitator.

Cost:  $60 per person at the Idea Center or $50 per person via video conference.  You must have video conferencing equipment or Real Presence software to participate in this manner.

Rent a Real Presence video conference license from us and take the class from home using your own internet service.   Cost: $50 additional. Limited number of licenses available.  For details contact:

Location: Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare® or from a remote site

Graduate Credit:  Receive two graduate credits from either Ashland University for an additional $320 (Ashland will be accessing an additional $8.64 if paying by credit card) or The University of Akron for an additional $360.

Contact Hours:  16

Graduate Credit: 2

*Google exams require an addition fee. 

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 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 all many subject area.  A great workshop for those who want to be adventurous and creative.

Session Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cost:  $750 (includes workshop for two people, six-3Dodler pens, filament, activity guide, project book, and much, more.

Contact Hours:  3

Beginner 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:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3

Chromebooks:  Paperless & Powerful Classroom Tools

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. Learn the best ways to share docs, properly use folders, and create drop boxes for students and much more. Also explore some of the popular Google Apps and Extensions

Session Date:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105 (bring your own ChromeBook or borrow ours) or $270 (receive a ChromeBook)

Contact Hours:  3

Chromebook Hands-on Teacher’s Mini-Academy

Description: Are you considering going one-to-one with Chromebooks?  Or perhaps you already have a device for each student.  Then come to our mini-institute and discover how to maximize the use of Chromebooks in the classroom.  Come to our Chromebook lab and learn how to distribute and assign Chromebooks, develop lessons, collaborative assignments and more.  We will put you in the roll of the teacher and the student.

Session Date:  Monday, March 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105

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 TechCentral MakerSpace at the nearby Cleveland Public Library.  Envision how a classroom can be transformed with a Cutting Machine, 3-D Printer, Laser Engraver, Photography and Graphic Design, Music and Recording and much more.  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, March 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $57

Contact Hours:  5

Create A Google Site for Your Classroom

You will be guided through the process of creating a Google Site from start to finish. Learn many features of Google Sites, including how to integrate Documents, Forms and more. Understand how to use your site as a wiki, digital file cabinet or blog. Walk away from this session with the workings of a site you will be proud to call your own.

Session Date:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3

Creating and 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, and English language arts for grades 4-12.   Receive instruction on how to help students create videos that address the common core standards.  Leave with stimulating lesson ideas.  A great session for those who want to transform the way they use their iPad!

Session Date: Monday, May 8, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3

Create Your Lesson with Swivl

Description: Register as a pair and receive one Swivl camera and learn how to use it in many ways, especially in flipping your classroom.  See how to record yourself in front of the classroom and then move from student to student, while the camera remotely follows you. You must bring a tablet or a phone with a camera to the workshop.

Session Date: Monday, March 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $775 (includes training for two people and one Swivl)

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.  Then 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 elementary, middle, high and even college students are doing with these realities. 

Session Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30a.m.

Cost:  $75

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: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 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 your lesson 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 Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-11:30a.m.  Session Filled

New Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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

Contact Hours:  3

iPad Integration

Description: The iPad Air 2 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. Walk away with an iPad (included in cost of the training), 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:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. or

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. or

Wednesday, May 16, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


$520 cost (includes 32 GB Wi-Fi iPad Air 2 and $15 iTunes gift card)
$520 cost (includes 32 GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini 4 and $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:  Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105

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:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3

Project-Based Learning Using the iPad

Description: Explore projects in all subject areas and grade levels whether you have one iPad or a class set.  Walk away with lesson and project ideas for your classroom.

Session Date:  Monday, March 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3

Scratch Jr. for Early Learners

Description: Learning fundamental computer programming skills has never been easier than when using PBS Kids Scratch Jr. With the help of PBS Kids characters, children as young as 5 years old can learn to snap colorful programming blocks together in order to tell stories and express themselves in a digital environment. Creating interactive stories where characters move, talk, dance, jump, and sing opens the door to the endless possibilities available with this creative coding app. When using PBS Kids Scratch Jr., children don’t just learn to code; they code to learn. Participants will explore the PBS Kids Scratch Jr. app, create interactive stories and games, and discuss strategies for classroom integration. Participants are encouraged to bring an iPad or Android based tablet pre-loaded with the PBS Kids Scratch Jr. app, available for free download in the Google Play Store and on iTunes.

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

Contact Hours:  2

Setting Up Your Google Classroom

Description: Come to this session and get set up with your Google Classroom.  Google says, “Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates your G Suite for Education account with all your G Suite services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.”  Our session will provide you with tips and tricks to help you become a more effective teacher.

Session Date:  Monday, March 27, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3

Social Media In Education

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

Session Date:  Monday, April 10, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Cost:  $75

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 Date:

Monday, March 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. or

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours:  3

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 session you will have forms completed to support your subject area. Additionally, learn how to use FLUBAROO to grade online assessments in Forms.

Session Date: Monday, April 3, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours:  3

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