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Online Learning Opportunities

ideastream Education provides educators with professional development opportunities in an accessible online format that is flexible and collaborative.

Through partnerships with local universities, graduate credit is available for many courses. 

Additionally, PBS TeacherLine provides 80 graduate level courses that span the curriculum.

Customized district-specific courses are also available upon request.

For more information, contact Ann Ebersole

Register Online Now!     Graduate Credit Information

Refund Policy

  • The student can withdraw from the course with a full refund up until 2 business days after the course start date.
  • The student can withdraw from the course with a half-refund up until 7 days after the course start date.
  • If the student is enrolled on the eighth day following the course start date (not the eighth business day) they will receive no refund.

Available Online Courses

Apps for Early Learners (Grades K-3)

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Apps - kids love them (of course)! Young learners are amazingly intuitive with tech gadgets. Even children who typically need assistance with “real world” activities, pick up an iPad and start touching, poking, and flicking “pages” like they’ve been doing this all their lives (maybe they have). This online course will explore apps appropriate for early learners for all curriculum areas.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

September 21 - October 18

October 26 - November 22

Apps for Educators (Grades 4-12)

Cost:  $130

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Explore apps available for all curriculum areas and grade levels, and how they can be used in the classroom.  As more people have access to smaller, mobile devices, like iPads and Smartphones, apps will become more and more popular both in the mainstream and in education.  As educators, we need to instruct our students on how to use these mobile devices as learning tools.

Session Dates:

August 3 - August 30

Boys Adrift

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Dr. Sax identifies and explores a disturbing trend - the vast number of boys who seem to be disengaging from school and their own potential.  Book not included.

Session Dates:

August 3 - August 30

September 21 - October 18

Cyberbullying

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Take an in depth look at bullying in the digital age and techniques to use to deal with the issue.

Session Dates:

September 21 - October 18

Go Set A Watchman

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Set in the 1950s, Go Set a Watchman revisits many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird after twenty years have gone by.  Scout is back in Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus.  She is now Jean Louise.  She is forced to face challenges, personal and global, as she tries to understand her father's changing attitudes, and her own memories and reflections about Maycomb.  Book not included.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

August 3 - August 30

September 21 - October 18

How We Got To Now

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Based on the new book by Steven Johnson and the PBS series.  Explore the power and the legacy of great ideas.  Topics explored in the series include why and how ideas happen, and their sometimes unintended results.  Explore the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, etc.) from their creation to their unintended historical consequences.  Book not included.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

August 3 - August 30

September 21 - October 18

October 26 - November 22

INFOhio Success in Six

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Success in Six, part of INFOhio's Learning Commons, is an online learning program that teachers educators how emerging web-based technologies can change the way teachers and students access information and communicate with eachother  Each of the Success in Six modules is tied to Ohio's New Learning Standards.  Two modules are available - each covering three of the INFOhio Success in Six lessons.  These modules have been created for Ohio educators to explore and engage in Web 2.0 technologies and 21st Century Learning Skills.  Each module will be facilitated by an INFOhio expert.  Graduate credit is available for each module.

Module One

Session Dates:

September 21 - October 18

Module Two

Session Dates:

October 26 - November 22

iPad in Education

Cost: $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Educators and administrators can learn what the iPad has to offer and how to incorporate it into the classroom. iPads support different learning styles, keep information updated, facilitate research, and empower students to engage in the learning process. Learn to set up iPads for student use, manage content, maintain control, and plan your implementation.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

October 26 - November 22

Learn to Teach K-12 Online

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  This class is an introduction to creating and facilitating K-12 online courses.  More and more schools and districts of all sizes are introducing blended learning and online instruction into their instructional programs and they are discovering that this model is effective, affordable, and responds to students' and teachers' growing interest in technology-based learning experiences.  This course is designed to teach K-12 teachers how to effectively facilitate online courses.  Book not included.

Session Dates:

August 3 - August 30

September 21 - October 18

October 26 - November 22

OH! Lead: Transformative Leadership Through Technology

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  This class is aimed at school leaders.  This class focuses on skills and thinking needed in transforming schools, districts, or organizations to successfully and seamlessly utilize technology tools, resources, and innovative solutions to advance student achievement, foster educator productivity and extend learning opportunities for all.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

October 26 - November 22

Odd Girl Out

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Odd Girl Out, by Rachel Simmons, shines the light of understanding on the world of girls' aggression and cyberbullying.  Book not included.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

October 26 - November 22

Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens - NEW!

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Tap, Click, Read gives educators and parents the tools and information they need to help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds - print, digital, and everything in between.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

August 3 - August 30

September 21 - October 18

October 26 - November 22

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

Cost:  $130

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Two kids with the same name, living in the same decaying city.  One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader.  The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.  Book not included.

Session Dates:

August 3 - August 30

To Kill a Mockingbird by H. Lee

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  2 graduate credits for an additional fee

Description:  Read this timeless novel while discovering new ways to integrate this Pulitzer Prize winner into your curriculum. Utilizing a variety of multimedia resources, including PBS/NPR programming and online materials, educators learn how they can create innovative and engaging experiences that extend learning far beyond the traditional reading assignment. This class would be valuable for language arts and history teachers, as well as any classroom teacher, guidance counselor or administrator. There are multiple themes in the book that impact on all areas of teaching and working with students.  Book not included.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 16

September 7 - October 11

October 12 - November 22

The Work

Cost:  $150

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  The author of The Other Wes Moore continues his inspirational quest for a meaningful life and shares the powerful lessons - about self-discovery, service, and risk taking - that led him to a new definition of success for our times.  Book not included.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

August 3 - August 30

September 21 - October 18

October 26 - November 22

Worlds of Making:  Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School

Cost:  $130

Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

Description:  Get the nuts and bolts on imagining, planning, creating, and managing a cutting-edge Makerspace for your school community.  Practical strategies and anecdotal examples help you: Create an action plan for your personalized Makerspace, Align activites to Ohio's Learning Standards, and Showcase student creations.

Session Dates:

July 6 - August 2

August 3 - August 30

September 21 - October 18

October 26 - November 22

PBS TeacherLine Courses

PBS TeacherLine National Online Courses

PBS TeacherLine is a series of facilitated online courses produced by leading educators and educational institutions.

They are video-rich and are project-based.

Each week, students complete an assignment, read articles and view video, and participate in online discussions.

Graduate credit is available from several universities listed at the TeacherLine site.

Register for a TeacherLine class online now.

In-District Courses

The ideastream Education Department can provide multiple teachers (maximum of 18 per section) in a single district with online training.

Registration lists and course completion reports will be submitted to the school district.

Special single district pricing is available for groups of 15 or more.

For more information or to request a proposal, contact Ann Ebersole