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05 Oct

Panel Discussion: Accessible Instruction is EVERY Educator's Responsibility

in Atomic Assist, Special Education & Assistive Technology

Providing accessible instructional materials to all students requires strong cross-departmental communication.

Join Atomic Learning for an online panel discussion with Joy Zabala from the National Center on Instructional Materials and Gayl Bowser, Assistive Technology consultant and author, to hear discussion on:

  • tips for engaging school leaders in understanding the importance of AIM, including the PALM toolkit from CAST.
  • resources to share with other educators to help them impact students in their classrooms.
  • the successes and challenges districts have experienced.

If you haven't already, pledge to do your part to bring accessible instruction to all students.

24 Mar

Google Drive View - Guest Blog Post

in professional development, teacher PD, teachers, teaching, tech integration

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

In Google Drive, remember that you can view your Drive folders and files in list view (default) or in "Grid View" if you prefer.  

One advantage to the Grid View is that you can see a preview of pictures uploaded to your Drive better than in list view.

To change to Grid View, look for the 2 x 2 grid of squares in the upper right corner of your drive screen.  

 

To switch back to list view, simply click on the icon of horizontal lines.  

Remember, Atomic Learning has training on Google Drive, if you want to learn more!


23 Mar

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 3/23/15

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Congratulations to Wendy Wilson from Patrick County Public Schools in Stuart, VA, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner!

21 Mar

5 Tools for Your Classroom

in career skills, classroom, classroom application, edtech, education technology, new

Looking to learn something new? Been meaning to look into that great new tech tool you heard about? Atomic Learning's online library has training on over 250 applications—plus soft skills, methodologies, and much more! Here's just a few of the most recent training topics that might spark your interest—and give you some ideas for your classroom!

Creating Digital Portfolios
Gone are the days of 4-inch think paper portfolios! Learn how to collect your digital samples and organize them into a digital portfolio that will wow potential employers in this online course.

Kahoot!
In this course, you'll learn about Kahoot! A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.

Coding in the Classroom
In this online training course, you will learn how to introduce coding concepts in your classroom and some of the tools that will help you do this efficiently and effectively. Each component of code will be broken down and then shown how to utilize in the Literacy and/or STEAM curriculum.

Training that demonstrates how technology can be used to foster Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. This series includes several tool-specific examples for each of the 4C's.
Mystery Skype® is an educational game, invented by teachers, 
played by two classrooms on Skype®. The goal of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.

To see more new training, visit the Recent Releases tab, and check back often! Don’t  have access to Atomic Learning? You can request more information about how to access these training courses, projects, and more.

20 Mar

Check out the Office 2016 Preview!

in new

Office® 2016 for Mac® introduces the online and PC Office experience to Mac, with a little Mac twist such as full retina display support with thousands of retina-optimized graphics and full screen view. You can access your documents on OneDrive®, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint® on any device and more. In this online course, we will take a quick look at a few of the highlights, and changes that many Mac users have been waiting for.

Ready to check it out? Visit http://www.atomiclearning.com/office-2016-preview-training. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

20 Mar

Striving Towards District-Wide Adoption: Substitute Teachers

in District-Wide Adoption
How are different areas in our customer districts using Atomic Learning? In the Striving Towards District-Wide Adoption blog series, we look at various departments and how our solutions meet their specific needs. This post focuses on Substitute Teachers. 

In their unique, temporary role, substitute teachers often find themselves in the stressful position of stepping into a classroom, sometimes with limited direction, especially in regard to technology. Atomic Learning’s on-demand training resources can help bring them up to speed on the technologies being used in the district, school, or classroom—helping them to make the most of their time in the classroom and to keep the students engaged in learning.

Highlighted training includes:

19 Mar

New Content Alert: Training on Classflow, SAMR, and more!

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Atomic Learning recently added new courses to its training library, log in and check it out:

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

18 Mar

Focus on Learning Series: I Wish I Had More Classes Like That!

in 1:1 initiatives, Connected Consulting, Focus on Learning, Initiative, Leadership, Planning, Planning tools, Tech initiative, Vision, Vision planning

This article was originally posted on the Connected Consulting blog by Dr. Billie McConnell.

Both of my boys are adults now, but I can still remember the conversation we had one day when my oldest had come home from college. Here is the basic gist of that conversation:

“Dad, I had a class that I really loved this semester. I loved the professor. I loved the topic. I loved going to class. It was amazing. I learned so much that I could probably teach the class.“

“Great!”

“But, I just wanted to let you know that I am probably going to get a ‘B’.”

“What? I thought you loved this course?”

“I did. But, the professor didn’t know how to assess.” (Now you must realize that both of my boys grew up in a house of educators!)

17 Mar

Video: Using Skype® in the Music Classroom

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, global collaboration, interactive classroom

Skype® is a powerful tool - take a look at how educator Ron Farrow suggests to use Skype to connect globally in your classroom.

To see a sample of related training, visit http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/mystery-skype-in-classroom-training.

16 Mar

Atomic Integrate Solution is Named 2015 PD Award Finalist

in professional development

We are proud and excited to share that the Atomic Integrate solution was named a Cool Tool Award Finalist in the Professional Development division in the 2015 EdTech Digest Awards.

EdTech Digest recognizes the best and brightest tools, leaders, and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution.

To see the full list of finalists in the 2015 EdTech Digest Awards, visit https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/2015-finalists-winners/, winners will be announced on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
 

16 Mar

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 3/16/15

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Congratulations to Amanda Carter from Savannah-Chatham County in Savannah,GA, 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!

15 Mar

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Dr. Billie McConnell

in eLearning Developers

Continuing the series introducing you to our eLearning Contributor team, we'd like you to meet Dr. Billie McConnell.

12 Mar

Classroom Courses Featuring Skype® and Coding Added to Training Library #skypeintheclassroom #codingintheclassroom

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, e-learning, edtech, education technology, educator, educators, effective online teaching and learning, global collaboration, interactive classroom, teaching, tech embedded classrooms, tech integration

Did you hear? Atomic Learning recently added training courses featuring Skype® and Mystery Skype® in the Classroom as well as Coding in the Classroom to its training library.

Mystery Skype® is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype®. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.

“What I didn’t expect, is that the students would learn just as much about their own location from this activity as they would the other class’s location,” Educator and eLearning Developer Ron Farrow describes, “As they were asked questions, they would have to think and discuss to be able to answer them.  That opened my eyes to just how powerful this learning tool could be!”

11 Mar

Skills Assessments Help Measure Progress

in assessment, customers

Did you know? Atomic Learning offers online skill-based assessments on computer literacy and popular software applications to help gauge the knowledge and skills of both instructors and students. These assessments provide quiz-style insights to review retention of completed training.

The assessments offer different question types including multiple select, multiple choice, matching and hot spot, to test users in a variety of ways. The assessment questions align with the training Atomic Learning provides, making it easy to show retained competencies while identifying needed areas for improvement.

10 Mar

Webinar: Creating a Clear District Vision for Your Tech Initiative

in Connected Consulting, Initiative, Leadership, Planning, Planning tools, Tech initiative, Vision, Vision planning, webinar

Join Atomic Learning and the AASA to learn how to redefine and rebuild your district’s vision and plan for integrating technology to shape and ensure a solid foundation for instruction and technology that is learner-centered.

Creating a Clear District Vision for Your Tech Initiative
Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST

Can't make it? Be sure to register to receive a link to the recording!

09 Mar

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 3/9/15

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Congratulations to Veronica Weber Stiles from Northshore School District #417 in Bothell, WA, 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!

08 Mar

"Find"--Your Favorite Computer Shortcut - Guest Blog Post

in edtech, education technology, educator, online PD, professional development, teacher PD

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite computer shortcuts, the "Find" feature. If I'm ever scanning a long web site or searching through a Word document for a specific section of information, I will often use the Command + F function to activate the "Find" feature of my computer.  

Once I hold down the Command/Ctl + F keys (or if you can't remember the shortcut, simply go up to the Edit menu and click on the word Find), I'll see a window that looks like this:

 
 

I type in the word I'm searching for and then every time that word is in the document, it will be highlighted. I can then click on the arrows in my Find box to see the next highlighted instance of the word.  

 
 

 

04 Mar

Supporting Self-directed Learning in the Classroom - Guest Blog Post

in voice, classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, curriculum, educators, effective online teaching and learning, just-in-time training, tech embedded classrooms

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."

Guest Post by Sarah Pewitt, Technology Specialist, Heatherwood Middle School

Teaching technology to middle school students is a profession that is incredibly rewarding as I watch that light bulb come on when students' eyes open to the potential of all that technology can do!

02 Mar

Top 5 New Courses Including iTunes U, FileZilla, and more!

in Top 5, new

Who better to share what they think is the best of the best than those who determine what content is added to the Atomic Learning library? Our eLearning team recently shared with us what they thought were some of the top courses recently added to the site. We've also included why they think this content is so cool--we hope you agree!

Take a look, login, and learn!

Microsoft Office Sway

Sway is a free online tool where you can create, publish, and share interactive online presentations. Instructors and students are using Sway to create presentations, eTextbooks, portfolios, professional learning resources, and flipped content delivery. 

GoTo Meeting

02 Mar

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 3/2/15

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Congratulations to Jay Bohnsack from Moline School District #40 in Moline, IL, 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!

23 Feb

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 2/23/15

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Congratulations to Joanna Swinford from DODEA Arlington HQ in Arlington, VA, 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!

21 Feb

Infographic: Tech Planning vs. Zombies

in ebook, infographic, school leaders, tech integration, technology plan

Most people would rather face a zombie apocalypse than build and implement a district-wide technology initiative.

Why? Because while ideas are exciting, translating these ideas into executable, strategic goals is not only daunting, but frightening. Check out this infographic with some fun facts.

18 Feb

Three Finger Tap for "look up"/vocab in a Browser - Guest Blog Post

in edtech, education technology, educator, educators, effective, effective PD, teacher PD, teachers

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

This post focuses on using the "Look Up" feature on a laptop.  (I apologize to those of you on desktop machines--this week's tip isn't going to pertain to you).  

Under the Apple logo --> System Preferences --> Trackpad and in the "Point and Click" menu, be sure the "Look Up" option is checked.

Now, if your cursor is over a word you don't know in a browser, if you tap your trackpad with three fingers, the word should turn yellow and you should see dictionary, thesaurus and wikipedia information available in a small pop-up window by the word like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Feb

Integrating the 4 Cs into Your Classroom - Guest Blog Post

in 21st Century Skills, classroom lessons, college-and-career-ready, communication, critical thinking, new

Who better to speak to integrating the 4 Cs in the classroom than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training herself?

Guest Blog Post by Stacci Barganz, eLearning Contributor

16 Feb

Our eLearning Team's Top 5 New Courses

in Top 5

Who better to share what they think is the best of the best than those who determine what content is added to the Atomic Learning library? Our eLearning team recently shared with us what they thought were some of the top courses recently added to the site. We've also included why they think this content is so cool--we hope you agree!

16 Feb

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 2/16/15

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Congratulations to Lana Dillon from Benjamin Rush Middle School in Rushville, IN, 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!

15 Feb

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Peggy Imholte

in eLearning Developers

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

Peggy is a Family Education/Wellness Specialist with Resource Training & Solutions.

For more than 20 years, Peggy has provided staff wellness training for school districts, cities, and counties, researching and teaching adults practical skills for arguably the most important job in their lives: parenting their children.