18 Apr

Atomic Learning Named 2014 BESSIE Winner in 20th Annual Best Education Software Awards

in Atomic Integrate

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

Atomic Learning today announced that the company’s K12 professional development solution, Atomic Integrate, was named a top professional development website in the teacher tools category in ComputEd Gazette’s 2014 BESSIE Awards.

“Atomic Learningis the most user-friendly professional development website we've seen,” states the ComputEd Gazette review.

The Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence.

The full review of the solution states, “Billing itself as an 'online technology training and professional development tool for educators' with a view to helping teachers mold students into college or career-ready 21st Century learners, it succeeds brilliantly. ”

18 Apr

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Heather Slee

in Atomic Learning, eLearning Developers

Continuing the series introducing you to our eLearning Contributor team, we'd like you to meet Heather Slee.

In addition to being an Atomic Learning eLearning content developer, Heather is also an author of YA fiction.

When asked what drew her to want to create training, Heather said "I’ve wanted to teach ever since I was little and would stand in front of my classroom of stuffed animals teaching them about helping verbs. (Yeah. I’m a dork.)"

She did soft skills and software training at a corporation, and then found Atomic Learning and joined in a marketing role. Heather left to follow her passion for teaching and became the writing center coordinator at a local college, and also taught some composition and facilitated technology workshops. But she found her way back to Atomic Learning and is now on the eLearning team.

17 Apr

Working with Media Specialists on CCSS

in Common Core State Standards, K-12, classroom lessons, collaboration, college-and-career-ready, lesson planning, media specialist, teachers
A recent article by Middle School Teacher Josh Work of Maryland provided a great overview of the important role your schools media specialist can play in successfully implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In his words:
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and rapid integration of technology in schools around the country has created a shift in instructional design and practice. I have found the most valuable school-based resource for brainstorming, discussing, planning and implementing anything to do with technology has been my school's media specialist.
16 Apr

Tech Integration Projects for National Poetry Month

in Tech Integration Project, classroom lessons, projects, subjects, tech integration, technology integration
In recognition of National Poetry Month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight several classroom-ready tech integration projects designed to help educators guide students in utilizing technology to create and present their poems.
  • Recording Poetry
    In this lesson, students will record themselves reciting a poem. They will also create a visual display that clarifies the ideas, thoughts, and feelings expressed in the poem.
  • Building Acrostic Poems Using Interactive Whiteboards
    This project demonstrates, step-by-step, how to construct an interactive whiteboard activity for building acrostic poems using ActiveInspire®  .
16 Apr

Adding Trinkets to Your Google Calendar - Guest Blog Post

in online PD, professional development

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

If you're anything like me, your Google Calendar has been the only thing keeping your professional and personal life from spontaneously combusting because of its many features in integrating with email, reminding me of upcoming events, and playing nicely with my Smart Phone so I know what my day looks like no matter which device I'm using. 

If you've been using Google Calendar, there are more features you can add to your calendar, including embedding a weather forecast in the upper corner of your calendar, adding movie release dates, keeping track of your favorite sports team's schedule, and adding your travel itinerary to the calendar.  

See the following website to find out how to incorporate these details on your Google Calendar. 

15 Apr

Infographic: Who's the Tech Leader at Your School?

in ed tech, edtech, education technology, infographic, school leaders

Do you know who your tech leaders are? If the school librarian isn't on your list, s/he should be! Each year, School Library Journal conducts a School Technology Survey - this infographic of the 2013 results provides a glimpse into the role librarians play in technology adoption—and it is significant.