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.

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Graduate Credit Professional Learning Opportunities


Classroom Makerspace Day

Description: K-8 teachers are invited to spend a day learning how to transform their classrooms into a makerspace using existing materials. Each person will receive a starter kit of materials and resources that can be used in the classroom the very next day.  Receive step-by-step information on how to design, equip, and successfully operate a safe and inspirational space.  Tour TechCentral MakerSpace at the nearby Cleveland Public Library.  Envision how a classroom can be transformed with a Cutting Machine, 3-D Printer, Laser Engraver, Photography and Graphic Design, Music and Recording and much more.  A great workshop for teachers who are serious about designing a space to facilitate teaching and learning with research, creativity and hands-on learning.

Session Date:

Friday, July 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $60

Contact Hours:  5

Graduate Credit: 1

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University.  You must attend the entire workshop and complete an out of class assignment to earn the one graduate credit.

Chromebook Hands-on Teacher’s Academy

Description: Are you considering going one-to-one with Chromebooks?  Or perhaps you already have a device for each student.  Then come to our academy and discover how to maximize the use of Chromebooks in the classroom.  Come to our Chromebook lab and see how to distribute and assign Chromebooks, develop lessons and collaborative assignments, and more.  We will put you in the roll of the teacher and the student.

Session Date: 

Monday, July 16, 2018, 8:30 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.

Cost:  $175

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University. You must attend the entire workshop and complete an out of class assignment to earn the one graduate credit.

Contact Hours:  3

Graduate Credit: 1

Cleveland on $40 A Day

Description:  Bring a tablet to the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare® and learn about dozens of apps that will connect you with the wonders of history and Cleveland.  We’ll give you $40 and together we will explore downtown Cleveland on a mini scavenger hunt using your device. 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 Loans Arena, PlayhouseSquare, The Idea Center, Terminal Tower and more.   In addition we will show you how to spend wisely at a breakfast hot spot.  Eat lunch at the historic rotunda of downtown Cleveland Heinens, and enjoy an affordable dinner.  Eat, play and learn all for $40 a day.  

Session Dates:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AND

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (present follow up lesson for grad credit at the Idea Center)

Cost: $195 (includes $40 provided to each participant)

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University. You must attend the entire workshop and complete an out of class assignment to earn the one graduate credit.

Contact Hours:  12

Graduate Credit: 1

Engaging Your Students with Augmented and Virtual Realities

Description: Bring your tablets that have a camera and are enabled to download apps.  Then discover how you can entice your students with augmented and virtual realities.  Receive an understanding about VR and AR and what the differences are, as well as explore the possibilities what VR, AR and 360 degrees video offer as a learning tool.  Help students to understand complex and hard-to-understand concepts. Learn about dozens of apps along with some simple manipulatives that will bring science, math and other subject areas to life.  Discover what elementary, middle, high and even college students are doing with these realities. 

Session Dates:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University.  You must attend the entire workshop and complete an out of class assignment to earn the one graduate credit.

Contact Hours:  3

Graduate Credit: 1

Getting Started with MakerSpace & Coding

Description:  Teachers in grades 4-12 are invited to register as a pair and learn how to supplement their lessons with design and coding.  Each pair of teachers will receive two 3D Pens with extra filament, one Makey Makey invention kit, two Worlds of Making…books, one Arduino Starter Kit, and one Getting Started with Arduino book. Receive step-by-step information on how to use each device.  See how to easily design lessons. Bring a laptop with a USB port or borrow one of ours.  Come ready to play and learn.  A great workshop for teachers who are serious about integrating MakerSpace and Coding into teaching and learning.

Session Dates:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $335 for two people (includes two 3D pens with extra filament, one Makey Makey, two World of Making…books, one Arduino Starter Kit, and one Getting Started with Arduino book.)

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University.  You must attend the entire workshop and complete an out of class assignment to earn the one graduate credit.

Contact Hours:  3

Graduate Credit: 1

Preparing for Google Level 1 & 2 Certification

Description:  We are looking for dedicated people who want to learn how to become Google Certified Educators.  In 32-hours intense study we will take you through the necessary coursework to be prepared to take Google exams.* Become recognized for your mastery in Docs, Gmail, Sites, Calendar, Chrome, Search and more. 

Session Dates:

Thursday, July 19,

Friday, July 20,

Thursday, July 26, and

Friday July 27

Session Times:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost:  $240   *Google exams require an addition fee. 

Graduate Credit:  Receive two graduate credits from either Ashland University for an additional $320 by attending all four sessions in their entirety.

Contact Hours:  16

Graduate Credit: 2

Setting Up Your Google Classroom

Description: Come to this session and get established with your Google Classroom.  Google says, “Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates your G Suite for Education account with all your G Suite services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.”  Our session will provide you with tips and tricks to help you become a more effective teacher.  Note: Your school must have a Google domain.

Session Date: 

Friday, July 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $105

Graduate Credit:  One graduate credit for an additional $160 is available from Ashland University (Ashland will be accessing an additional $4.05 if paying by credit card).  You must attend the entire workshop and complete an out of class assignment to earn the one graduate credit.

Contact Hours:  3

Graduate Credit: 1

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:

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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


3-D Pens Across the Curriculum

Description:  Register as a pair and receive a set of six-3Doodler pens, filament and more.  In this workshop we will teach you how to use the pen as a MakerSpace technology tool for education.  See the possibilities of the pen in which you will learn basic techniques along with expert hints and tricks.  You will love how you can engage your students in project based learning for many subject areas.  A great workshop for those who want to be adventurous and creative.

Session Date:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $850 (includes workshop for two people, six-3Doodler pens, filament, activity guide, project book, and much, more.

Contact Hours:  3

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

Create Your Lesson with Swivl

Description: Register as a pair and receive one Swivl camera and learn how to use it in many ways, especially in flipping your classroom.  See how to record yourself in front of the classroom and then move from student to student, while the camera remotely follows you. You must bring a tablet or a phone with a camera to the workshop.

Session Date:

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Friday, August 10, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $775 (includes training for two people and one Swivl)

Contact Hours:  2

Creating and Editing 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:

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

Contact Hours:  2

Google Classroom for the Elementary Teacher

Description: In this hands-on session you will learn about the workflow management system of Google Classroom.  See how your teaching can be maximized by creating and improving ways to distribute class content to students.  Discover how to engage your elementary class in collaborative and constructive learning activities. Become more organized as you develop information to be accessed easily online.  Note: Your school must have a Google domain.                                                                                                                                          

Session Date: 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

Contact Hours:  3

Google Classroom for Teachers of Large Classes

Description: If you teach large classes such as P.E., Music, Art or have a lot of sections of one class, then you can benefit from this hands-on session where you will learn about the workflow management system of Google Classroom.  See how your teaching can be maximized by creating and improving ways to distribute class content to students.  Discover how to engage your large classes in collaborative and constructive learning activities. Become more organized as you develop information to be accessed easily online.  Note: Your school must have a Google domain.                                                                                                                                            

Session Date: 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75

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.

Cost:

$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, July 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

Teaching and Learning with Social Media

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

Session Date: 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost:  $35

Contact Hours:  2

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