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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.

For questions regarding workshops, contact Eric Siler

Workshops On Demand     Register Online Now!  

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Graduate Credit Professional Learning Opportunities

The Amazing Technology Race by Request (Two-Day Option)

To participate, you must enroll 8-16 staff members divided into teams of two to four. 

Winning team receives a technology race kit; two iPad Minis and two Handheld GPS’s.

Description: 

Day 1 Bring an iPad or receive an iPad Mini 4* and borrow a Garmin eTrext Venture HC GPS.  Learn the basic and advanced functions of each device.  Armed with these technology tools, you will race around the island on golf carts and complete a series of technology challenges; take pictures, create videos, upload information to Google docs, create a slide presentations, and much, more.  All teams will earn points towards a technology race kit depending upon how they place. 

Day 2 Share your findings from the previous day and spend time collaborating and creating lessons.  Present your lesson in front of a panel of experts (middle school students).  The experts will score your lesson and you will earn points towards a technology race kit of two iPads and two handheld GPS’s.  Combined highest scores from both days will win that team a second iPad Mini.  All teams receive prizes. 

Session Dates:

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: 

$275 per person - two person team

$250 per person - three person team

$225 per person - four person team

Cost includes roundtrip transportation on Jet Express, golf cart rental, and an adventure bag.

To receive an iPad Mini 4

*add $200 per person – two person team     

*add $134 per person – three person team   

*add $100 per person – four person team

Location:  South Bass Island (Put-In-Bay)

Accommodations: Bayshore Resort at Put-In-Bay, OH

(All rooms and suites have private lakefront balconies or patios)

Single Occupancy - $160

Double Occupancy - $80 per person

Triple Occupancy - $54 per person

Quadruple Occupancy - $40 per person

Graduate Credit:  One credit will be available through The University of Akron for an additional $180.

Registration:  Contact Eric Siler, eric.siler@ideastream.org  Hurry!  Limited space.  Register by Monday, May 16, 2016. 

Contact Hours:  16

Graduate Credit: 1

The Amazing Technology Race by Request (One-Day Option)

To participate, you must enroll 8-16 staff members divided into teams of two to four. 

Winning team receives a technology race kit; two iPad Minis and two Handheld GPS’s.

Description:  Bring an iPad or receive an iPad Mini 4* and borrow a Garmin eTrext Venture HC GPS.  Learn the basic and advanced functions of each device.  Armed with these technology tools, you will race around the island on golf carts and complete a series of technology challenges; take pictures, create videos, upload information to Google docs, create a slide presentation, and much more.  Share your findings and spend time collaborating and creating lessons.  All teams receive prizes. A wonderful technology team building session.

Session Date:  Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Cost: 

$150 per person - two person team

$125 per person - three person team

$110 per person - four person team

Cost includes roundtrip transportation on Jet Express, golf cart rental, and an adventure bag.

To receive an iPad Mini 4

*add $200 per person – two person team     

*add $134 per person – three person team  

*add $100 per person – four person team

Location:  South Bass Island (Put-In-Bay)

Graduate Credit:  One credit will be available through The University of Akron for an additional $180 by attending the entire session and completing a project.

Registration:  Contact Eric Siler, eric.siler@ideastream.org  Hurry!  Limited space.  Register by Monday, May 16, 2016. 

Contact Hours:  10

Graduate Credit: 1

Google Academy

Description:  Spend a half-day each exploring one Google feature for up to six sessions.  Chose to attend one, some or all sessions.  Sessions include:  Google Drive Beginner, Google Drive Intermediate, Google Classroom Beginner, Google Classroom Intermediate, YouTube Basics and Video Creation and Google Sites.

Session Dates:  Monday, June 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and/or

Monday, June 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and/or

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and/or

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and/or

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and/or

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $45/session or $250 for all six sessions  

Location: Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare® 

Graduate Credit:  Attend any five Google Academy sessions below and earn one graduate credit from Ashland University for an additional $160.  Attend all six Google Academy sessions below and complete a project and earn two graduate credits for an additional $320.  Credit from the University of Akron available; $180 additional for one credit or $360 additional for two credits.

Contact Hours:  3 - 18

Graduate Credit: 1 - 2

Sessions:

Google Drive for the Beginner

Description: Become introduced to Google Drive (Dos, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Drawings) and learn how to use its file storage and synchronization service.  See how to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators.

Session Date: Monday, June 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

Google Drive for the Intermediate

Description: As a continuation of the morning session, we will focus on advanced usage of Drive which includes real-time collaborations vs. document uploads and Google Forms.  We will also delve into Google Calendar.

Session Date: Monday, June 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

Google Classroom for the Beginner

Description: Learn how to use a blended learning platform for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way.

Session Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

Google Classroom for the Intermediate  

Description: Already familiar with Google Classroom, then spend this session working on creating material for your classroom and receive guidance from our facilitator.

Session Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

YouTube Basics and Video Creation

Description: Understand how to make the power of video enlighten and engaging for your students.

Session Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

Google Sites  

Description: 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, June 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

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.  Join us in person or over videoconferencing.  

Session Dates: June 20-23, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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: eric.siler@ideastream.org

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

Graduate Credit:  Receive two graduate credits from either Ashland University for an additional $320 or The University of Akron for an additional $360.

Contact Hours:  16

Graduate Credit: 2

Google exams require an addition fee. 

iPads and Cleveland History

Description:  Bring an iPad or receive an iPad Air 2 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 Homes 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:

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and/or

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 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 $399 to receive the iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 4.

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University or for an additional $180 from the University of Akron.

Contact Hours:  10

Graduate Credit: 1

Johnson Island Mini Dig

Description:  June 21 & 22, Back by popular demand!  Come join us on Johnson Island, home of a Civil War prison.   Work side by side with archaeologists and learn the basic tools of an archaeologist and participate in an actual “dig”.   Learn about the soldiers and officers buried on the island through a scavenger hunt and through formal and informal explanations. July 6: At the Idea Center learn how to use mapping and graphing skills to chart your dig site.  See how to make history, math, science, and technology come alive.  Teachers will use primary sources from the actual Confederate Officers that were prisoners on Johnson Island during the Civil War.

Session Dates: 

Monday-Tuesday, June 21-22, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Johnson Island, Lake Erie) and Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (present follow up lesson for grad credit at the Idea Center)

Cost: $225 (includes water and snack; bring brown bag lunch)

Location: Johnson Island and the Idea Center

Graduate Credit:  Receive two graduate credits from either Ashland University for an additional $320 or The University of Akron for an additional $360.

Contact Hours:  21

Graduate Credit: 2

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.  Field trips to Shaker Historical Society, the Shaker Lakes and Parks and much more as we explore in our very own backyard.

Session Dates:

Tuesday-Wednesday, June 28-29, 2016, 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Cost: $225 (includes water and snack; bring brown bag lunch)

Location: Shaker Heights and the Idea Center

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University or for an additional $180 from the University of Akron.

Contact Hours:  16

Graduate Credit: 1

Professional Learning Opportunities

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:

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Contact Hours:  3

Chromebooks:  Paperless & Powerful Classroom Tools

Description:  Bring or receive a Chromebook (for an additional $205) 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 the most of your classroom. Learn the best ways to share docs, properly use folders, create drop boxes for students and much more. Also explore some of the popular Google Apps and Extensions

Session Dates:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $105 (bring your own ChromeBook) or $260 (receive a ChromeBook)

Contact Hours: 3

Cool Things To Do On A SMART Board

Description: Learn some innovative techniques 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 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $70

Contact Hours:  3

Create Quality 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:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $105

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:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $405

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:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $500

Contact Hours:  3

A Day of SMART Board

Description: Spend a day taking our Beginner 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 12, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $150

Contact Hours:  6

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 tablet and delve into several free iPad and Google apps, as well as other Teacher Resources, that will enable you to transform your teaching.

Session Date:

Monday, August 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours:  3

Google Classroom for the Beginner

Description: Learn how to use a blended learning platform for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way.

Session Date:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

Google Classroom for the Intermediate  

Description: Already familiar with Google Classroom, then spend this session working on creating material for your classroom and receive guidance from our facilitator.

Session Date:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

Google Drive for the Beginner

Description: Become introduced to Google Drive (Dos, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Drawings) and learn how to use its file storage and synchronization service.  See how to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators.

Session Date:

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

Google Drive for the Intermediate

Description: As a continuation of the morning session, we will focus on advanced usage of Drive which includes real-time collaborations vs. document uploads and Google Forms.  We will also delve into Google Calendar.

Session Date:

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3

Google In Education

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

Session Dates:

Monday, August 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours: 3

Google Sites  

Description: 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, June 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

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 Dates:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:

$520 cost (includes iPad Air 2 and $15 iTunes gift card)

$520 cost (includes 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

Teaching and Learning with Social Media

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

Session Dates: 

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost:  $35/person

Contact Hours:  2

Teaching in the One iPad Classroom

Description:  Bring your own iPad and 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:

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours: 3

TECH Me Out To The Ballgame

Description:  Tour League Park – original home of the Cleveland Indians – and the Baseball Heritage Museum while also brushing up on sports and games apss and sites.  The session ends with a softball game and lunch at League Park.  Educators are welcome to bring their children ages 10 and up!

Session Date: 

Friday, June 24, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost:

$45 per person or $85 for one adult plus one child

Location:  League Park, 6601 Lexington Ave., Cleveland, OH  44103

Contact Hours:  4

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 Dates:

Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $105

Contact Hours: 3

YouTube Basics and Video Creation

Description: Understand how to make the power of video enlighten and engaging for your students.

Session Date:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $45

Contact Hours:  3