Instructional Technology

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

WVIZ/PBS ideastream’s Community Engagement and 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. Our technology training services can be tailored to a district’s needs from novice to the scholar and can be provided in the teaching labs of WVIZ/PBS ideastream, in your school district, or via Distance Learning. We provide the availability of graduate credit for workshops that meet university requirements.

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

Using Drones in Education

Description:  Receive a ‘DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone with Wi-Fi 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 Date:

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $179 (includes drone, extra batteries, FAA registration fee and lunch)

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.

Contact Hours:  4

Graduate Credit: 1

Additional Professional Learning Opportunities

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 10, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $70

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 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3

iPad Integration

Description: The iPad 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 the latest iPad (included in cost of the training).  Receive ideas and/or a lesson to use the very next day. Come explore this tablet and work it into your curriculum today!

Session Date:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


$445 cost (includes the latest 32GB iPad and a $15 iTunes gift card)

$105 cost (bring your own iPad & create your own iTunes account prior to the workshop)

Contact Hours:  3

iPads In The Special Needs Classroom

Description: Are you an iPad user with special needs students?  If so, you should be using the iPad’s 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, August 16, 2018,  9:00 a.m. - 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: 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $35

Contact Hours:  2

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