Online Learning

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 graduate level courses that span the curriculum.

Customized district-specific courses are also available upon request.

For more information, contact Ann Ebersole

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    Book Study Courses

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    Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax

    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:

    September 20 - October 17

    The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander by Barbara Coloroso

    Cost:  $150

    Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

    Description:  Bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, and adults who see the incidents as a normal part of childhood.  All it takes to understand that this is a recipe for tragedy is a glance at headlines across the country.  This updated edition includes a new section on cyberbullying.  One of the world’s most trusted parenting educators gives parents, caregivers, educators – and most of all, kids – the tools to break the cycle of violence.

    Session Dates:

    September 20 - October 17

    October 25 - November 21

    Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

    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:

    October 25 - November 21

    How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson

    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:

    September 20 - October 17

    October 25 - November 21

    Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons

    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:

    October 25 - November 21

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper 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:

    September 20 - October 31

    November 1 - December 12

    The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

    Cost:  $150

    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:

    September 20 - October 17


    Instructional Technology 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:

    September 20 - October 17

    October 25 - November 21

    Discover How to Use PBS Resources in Your Classroom

    Cost:  $150

    Graduate Credit:  1 graduate credit for an additional fee

    Description:  New online class coming this spring to help educators learn to make the most of PBS online resources including: PBS Learning Media, PBS Kids, WVIZ/PBS local schedules and new 24/7 children’s Programming. Topics include matching resources with standards and lesson planning.

    Session Dates:

    September 20 - October 17

    October 25 - November 21

    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 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:

    September 20 - October 17

    October 25 - November 21

    Makerspace

    Cost:  $150

    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 activities to Ohio's Learning Standards, and Showcase student creations.

    Session Dates:

    September 20 - October 17

    October 25 - November 21

    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 teaches educators how emerging web-based technologies can change the way teachers and students access information and communicate with each other.  Each of the Success in Six modules is tied to Ohio's New Learning Standards.  All modules will be completed in a single course offering, featuring 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.

    Session Dates:

    September 20 - October 17

    October 25 - November 21

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

    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:

    September 20 - October 17

    October 25 - November 21


    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, view videos, 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 8 or more.

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


    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.

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