01 Oct

Atomic Learning Named 2014 EDDIE Award Winner by ComputED Gazette

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Atomic Integrate Solution Named a Top Professional Development Website in Teacher Tools Category by ComputED Gazette

Ed tech training leader Atomic Learning was recently named an EDDIE Award winner by ComputED Gazette for its professional development website.

The Atomic Integrate solution offers a cost-effective professional development, technology integration and support solution that empowers educators to effectively utilize technology to impact student achievement. Through a partnership with Atomic Learning, schools can provide teachers, staff, students, and parents with Atomic Learning’s professional development resources that focus on tech integration.

01 Oct

Navigating the "new" Google Drive - Guest Blog Post

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Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

At some point in the undetermined near future, your Google Drive will change from the original look to the "New Google Drive" if you have not already made the switch. Right now, Google is maintaining both "themes", but likely the "Classic" look will go away.  

If you'd like to dabble in the new look before the forced change, you can do so by clicking on the cog in the upper right corner of Drive, and select "Experience the New Drive". You will then see your screen look like this:

Some of the main differences between the old and new Google Drive include:

1. Your Shared folder is now called Incoming 

01 Oct

New to Atomic Learning: iOS 8 Built in Accessibility Training?

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With iOS® 8, Apple® has improved on many of the accessibility features. This online training series is an overview of the latest updates to iOS accessibility features. Topics include: Siri®, Speak Screen and Speak Selection, Voice Over, Grayscale, Invert Colors, and Fonts. We will also cover Assistive Touch and Safari® Reader.

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

30 Sep

Myth: If you build it, they will come

in 1:1 initiatives, BYOD/BYOT, intergration, leaders, leadership, professional development, tech embedded classrooms
Despite its effectiveness in the Field of Dreams baseball flick back in 1989, the motto “If you build it, they will come” doesn’t hold true when referencing technology initiatives.
 
It can, in fact, be disastrous.
 
Yet the headlines of ed tech publications and even national media are regularly plagued with headlines of failed 1:1, mobile, and other tech initiatives. And, while there are of course multiple factors that are contributing to the lack of adoption in schools, many of them come right down to planning and communication.
 
Simply doling out devices to teachers and students and expecting it to suddenly impact test scores is overly optimistic. There MUST be training and professional development—and not just on learning the basic “how-to” operations of the latest technology device, but specifically focused on helping teachers, students, and the school community understand how technology can be used to transform the learning experience by building lifelong skills that are included in multiple frameworks include the Common Core State Standards and ISTE® Standards among others.
 
30 Sep

Internet Safety Resources for Cyber Security Month

in digital citizens, digital citizenship, internet safety

The start of October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an awareness effort focused on ensuring everyone has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. Founded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, the event is in its 11th year, and has continued to grow.

In an effort to help schools keep students safe online and encourage good digital citizenship by all, Atomic Learning has gathered some of our top resources on the topic to share with your district community.

Classroom Projects & Resources for Use with Students

29 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/29/14

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Congratulations to Karla Urbina at McGregor ISD, in McGregor, TX, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner.

Not sure what the Weekly Giveaway is? Log into Atomic Learning for your chance to win! New tutorials featured and winners each week so continue to stop back for your chance to win!