26 Jan

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 1/26/15

in winner

Congratulations to Francisco Abeyta from the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, CT, 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!

22 Jan

10 Tips for Promoting Atomic Learning Use - Guest Blog Post

in voice, custom training, customers, implementation

We value our customers and appreciate the knowledge they provide and feedback they share, so we decided to ask for their stories to share in our blog series "Voice of the Educator." And, since many of the schools and districts Atomic Learning works with are looking for and sharing ideas on spreading the word about Atomic Learning with their teachers, staff, and students, we turned to Corlette Hill, Digital Learning Coordinator at Ford Bend ISD in Texas, for her team's top tips for doing just that.  

(If you're a regular reader of our blog, you might already know that Hill is somewhat of an expert on the topic from her previous guest post Online Training Usage Skyrockets in Fort Bend ISD.)

Guest Post by Corlette Hill, Digital Learning Coordinator, Fort Bend ISD

This year, Fort Bend ISD’s Digital Learning Department has collaborated with other departments to implement a variety of Atomic Learning promotional activities. Here is a list of our top ten promotional activities that helped our usage statistics soar this fall!

  1. Upload and share annual staff training videos via Atomic Learning’s Custom feature.
21 Jan

Understanding the 4 C's (and Why They Matter)

in college-and-career-ready, communication, critical thinking, curriculum

Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking—or what are commonly referred to as the 4 C's—are critical to preparing today's students for tomorrow's workforce. In the words of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the 4 C's are Learning and Innovation Skills that are "being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not."

More than likely, you've at some point viewed a Did You Know Video outlining how quickly the world changes, including startling stats for education, such as how the top in-demand jobs in 2010 didn't even exist in 2004, or how the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today's learners will have approximately a dozen different jobs before they turn forty...

With so much change, it's become nearly impossible for educators to give students the knowledge they need to succeed in life, so, instead of imparting facts and figures that may be quickly outdated, the approach of the 4 C's focuses on practicing skills that will create lifelong learners who are both college- and career-ready.

Let's take a brief look at each skill individually:

  1. Communication
    Effective communication includes not only the ability to express yourself both verbally and in writing, but also use and understand nonverbal communication, listening (including deciphering meaning and intent), and use media to support communications appropriately. Additionally, communication can include languages—to compete within today's global workforce. 

    TIP: To instantly make an impact on your own skills, view Atomic Learning's Effective Listening Training.

21 Jan

ISTE Standards for Coaches Series: Model effective tech integration

in ISTE, assessment, standards, tech directors, technology integration

ISTE Standards for Coaches 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessments
Technology coaches assist teachers in using technology effectively for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences for all students.

“I don’t have time to integrate technology into my classroom.”

“I already have so much to do, I can’t add one more thing into my day.”

“I don’t know what technology integrated into my classroom looks like.”

21 Jan

Digital Sticky Notes - Guest Blog Post

in teacher PD, teachers, teaching, technology integration, training

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

For many years now, I've been a big fan of the Post-It Note.  Big, little, bright, or that familiar dull yellow, I just love to use sticky notes to help remind me (and others around me) what's going on.  

Sometimes, though, a physical sticky note doesn't work.  With my laptop, they can fall off or I just plain run out of room to put them...

Consider using the Stickies App found in your Applications folder.  Open this app and the sticky note lives on your computer screen and not on your desk.

To make things even easier, consider having the app automatically open upon login.  To set this up, right click (or some call it secondary click) on the app while it's in your Dock.  Under "Options" choose "Open at Login."  Now you will always see your virtual Post-It Notes.

20 Jan

Creating a Clear District Vision for Your Tech Initiative

in Connected Consulting, Initiative, Leadership, Planning, Planning tools, Tech initiative, Vision, Vision planning, Atomic Learning, professional development, school leaders

Is your technology initiative set up to have the impact it should? Or, are results less than what was anticipated by the district and the community?

Education 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.

Ensure your district has a clear vision for the future and is on the right track by downloading a free workbook that helps pinpoint areas for consideration and further development by asking critical questions that many districts fail to consider.

Download the workbook.