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

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, 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.

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 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $70

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:

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

Cost: $55

Contact Hours:  2        

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.


$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, 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

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

Cost: $105

Contact Hours:  3

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