04 May

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 5/4/15

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Congratulations to Erica Diaz from Berlyn Elementary School in Ontario, CA, 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!

04 May

What I Learned from my Students - Guest Blog Post #TeacherAppreciationWeek

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In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked our team member--and former educator--to reflect on what this week meant to her when she was a teacher.

Guest Post by Heather Slee, eLearning Production Designer, and former educator.

Prior to this gig, I was the writing center coordinator at a technical and community college. It was a fantastic job—I loved the school, the staff, the faculty, and the students. Especially the culinary arts students. You know. Because they gave us food. (I miss you, Omelet Bar Day!)

But, I’ll tell you. After the first day on the job, I went home and cried. It was too much. The “writing center” was an old, musty classroom that they had used for storage. The computers were dusty, humming ancient artifacts with thick, obtrusive monitors. The chairs were mended with duct tape. The rust-colored carpet was stained and smelly. And the students? There were maybe two who came in just to work on homework by themselves and chat with each other. And I had one student worker who just didn’t like me. (I know—impossible!) All I had was a boss that said, “Here you go. I trust you.”

01 May

Using the Undo Send GMail Lab - Guest Blog Post

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Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Ever hit the "Send" button on an email and instantly remember something you forgot to add? Or you just regret the email entirely?

Try the "Undo Send" lab!  Upon hitting "Send" on an email, the "Undo Send" lab will provide a banner with an "Undo" link.  Click on the link after hitting "Send" and the "Sent" message will go to your "Drafts" folder instead.  

Careful, though!  You only have a few seconds to change your mind.  Once the yellow banner disappears, the message is now "Sent" and there's no getting it back.

To add this Google Lab to your email, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your email screen.  Click Settings --> then the word Labs on the top row.  In the "Search for a lab" box, type in Undo Send.  Then Enable the lab.  And you're done! 


Maria Burnham is a passionate Library Media Specialist at one of our partner districts in Minnesota, Sauk Rapids-Rice. She shares her passion for technology in education with her peers in a weekly email highlighting tips and tricks to engage users in technology and Atomic Learning, which she cleverly named “Mondays with Maria.” That weekly email is where this guest blog post came from. We will continue to post Maria’s inspiration from time to time, feel free to share with others! You can follow her on twitter:

30 Apr

Atomic-Cache: Clue 10

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If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

You’d be hard “pressed” to find a better tool to create a website.

29 Apr

OneNote for Organization and Collaboration - Guest Blog Post

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Who better to speak to using OneNote for Organization and Collaboration than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training herself?

Guest Blog Post by Teresa Potter, eLearning Contributor

There are a lot of note-taking applications available, each boasting an easy way to collect information. However, one of the points many of these programs miss is powerful tools to organize that information. Microsoft OneNote has not made this mistake.
 
Microsoft OneNote provides a powerful tool to collect, organize, and reference information in a wide variety of formats. It allows you to type and paste information and media anywhere you would like on the page. The formatting is much more fluid than a word processing program. You can create pages, sections, and groups of sections to organize your information, and you can even create entirely new notebooks to gather your information. You can also attach documents right to your pages. Students can attach a Powerpoint presentation they gave and then reflect on their work all on the same page, and the attachment becomes part of the OneNote notebook. OneNote also allows you to create audio and video recordings and to play them back within OneNote.

28 Apr

Atomic-Cache: Clue 9

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Congratulations to our week 4 winners, Rita Janus at Green Bay Area Public Schools in Green Bay, WI, and Brian Martin at Boise State University in Boise, ID!

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Can you spot me in this series about Google? In it, you’ll learn Google is much more than a search engine-- they’ve got incredible tools for educators, too!