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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.

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. 

14 Apr

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 4/14/14

in Atomic Learning

Congratulations to Michel Emery at the Yukon Department of Education in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, 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!

11 Apr

Are you Using Atomic Learning in IE8?

in Atomic Learning, customers

At Atomic Learning, we want you to have the best experience possible when using our resources. For this reason, and as a result of Microsoft no longer supporting Windows XP as of this month, we will be discontinuing support for our solution when used in Internet Explorer 8 as of August 31, 2014.

If you are using IE8, it is likely you could see anomalies with the appearance of our solutions and we will no longer accept support inquiries after August 31. As you upgrade browsers and operating systems, we want to help make the transition smooth and easy.  Luckily, we happen to know where you can find some training! Check out these series to guide your transition:

10 Apr

Webinar: Professional Development with Atomic Learning

in professional development

Are you looking for ways to track your Professional Development?  Would you like to pull up your progress or view your completed series?  Did you know you can receive a Certificate of Completion for your time and training? If you have asked yourself these questions, please join us for a live 15-20 minute webinar to explore these tools.

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:

Thu, Apr 24, 2014 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM CDT

Fri, Apr 25, 2014 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.

09 Apr

Organizing Your Downloads Folder - Guest Blog Post

in online PD, professional development

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Our April technology learning path is focused on organization/spring cleaning in an attempt to get us better prepared for ever-popular end-of-the-year back-up! 

Today, I want to talk to you about cleaning up and organizing your Downloads folder.  Because more of us are using Google Drive and GMail, you may have noticed that your Downloads folder is getting more of a workout than ever before (sort of like me in the group exercise class I took at the Y this past weekend--but that's another story....).  In your back-up this year, you will want to be sure that you have cleaned out your Downloads folder and put any files you may want to keep in your Documents folder.  

A few tips in getting through this process: 

08 Apr

Take Another Look at Atomic Learning

in Atomic Integrate, Atomic Learning, ccss, mobile learning, new

When was the last time you took a look at all the resources offered by Atomic Learning? We're not just how-to tutorials anymore, check out the video below to see what is included in our flagship solution, Atomic Integrate.

Our Atomic Integrate content library now includes:

  • Lessons developed for the Common Core
  • Common Core professional development
  • Staff development focused on mobile initiatives
  • Career Skills training
  • Assessments to measure progress

Want to learn more? Current customers can contact their account manager. If you do not have access, request more information.

07 Apr

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 4/7/14

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Congratulations to Michelle Huebel at Harford County Public School District in Bel Air, MD, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner!

07 Apr

What You'll Learn: SMART Notebook 11 Basics Training

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SMART Notebook 11 is filled with ways to create and deliver engaging presentations for learning. In this online training series, you'll discover the adaptive and enhanced toolbars, the new Crayon tool, Magic pen time settings, a Creative pen tool option that allows you to create your own pen tool from an existing object, and much more.

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

04 Apr

Free Training Helps Educators Flip their Classroom

in flipped classroom

Earlier this week, we shared an April Fools’ Day video highlighting flipping the classroom from the students’ perspective, which led to an unlocked training series for educators on how to flip the classroom. This training will remain free for the month of April.

The Flipped Classroom training series provides an overview of what flipped learning is and then provides tips and tricks for creating videos for use in the classroom. Geared towards educators who are thinking of flipping their classroom but aren’t sure how or where to start, the tutorials included in this training include professional development tips on creating educational videos.

View the Aprils Fools’ Day video and the entire Flipped Classroom Training Series.

02 Apr

New Content Alert: Canvas Instructor and Office for iPad Training

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Atomic Learning recently updated its training library. Log in and check out this training, today!

Canvas Instructor – Grading & Assessment Training
Office for iPad – Sneak Peek Training

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

02 Apr

Skills Assessments Added to Atomic Learning Technology Training

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Atomic Learning recently launched a skills assessment feature for its award-winning technology training solution. The interactive skills assessments provide users with a means to gauge their progress mastering the skills taught through the company’s library of tutorials.

“Atomic Learning has always offered a vast number of online training programs to keep educators, administrators and students proficient in the latest technology offerings, but until now, there has been no way for our customers to evaluate how effective that training was,” said Lisa Barnett, CEO of Atomic Learning.

02 Apr

Atomic Learning Solutions Named 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist in Two Categories

in education technology

Atomic Integrate and Atomic Campus Integrate Training Solutions Earn Prestigious Education Industry Recognition

Atomic Learning today announced that the company’s K12 and Higher Education solutions were named finalists for the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards. Atomic Integrate was nominated for Best Professional Learning Solution for Education and Atomic Campus Integrate for Best Postsecondary Learning Solution. 

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

31 Mar

Google Drive Add-Ons - Guest Blog Post

in professional development

If you've been in your Google Drive today, you may have noticed a new menu option at the top of your Google Docs titled "Add Ons."  There are many handy dandy little tools now available to you in Google.  

So often someone will say to me, "You know, I really love Google Docs, but...." and then they will go on to talk about some of the limitations of the free software.  These Add Ons might be a solution to some of the problems you've experienced in Google Docs.  Or they might just make your life a little bit easier.  

31 Mar

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 3/31/14

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Congratulations to Dylan Klein at Issaquah School District 411 in Issaquah, 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!

27 Mar

Webinar: Custom Training Options in Atomic Learning

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Have you ever wondered what you can do with the custom training feature or what custom training can do for your district?  How are other districts utilizing this resource?  Want to learn more about how to create a custom training series?  Join us for a 15-20 minute live webinar to explore the possibilities.

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:

Tue, Apr 8, 2014 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM CDT

Tue, Apr 8, 2014 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.

25 Mar

Spring Cleaning in Google Drive - Guest Blog Post

in gmail, teacher PD

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Time to start thinking about cleaning out and organizing your files so you know what you've got.  

If you've experienced what I've experienced this year, many, many items have been shared into my Google Drive, but I haven't taken the time to put them into folders yet or to delete what I no longer need.  In Google Drive, under the "Create" button, you can create a Folder.  These folders can just belong to you OR you can share them with colleagues or students.  

In cleaning, you can take several approaches:

24 Mar

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 3/24/14

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Congratulations to Sandra Erwin at Harper Creek Community Schools in Battle Creek, MI, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner!

23 Mar

What You'll Learn: SAS Training

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SAS is a powerful statistical and data analysis tool. Learn how to integrate into your academic, research, or business environment in this online training series. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

20 Mar

What You'll Learn: Updated Mimio Training

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Mimio tools allow you to create dynamic lessons for your students. This online training series demonstrates how to use the MimioStudio Tools with your existing teaching materials, create new, engaging lessons, integrate mobile devices, find and download creative lessons, and create assessments for your students. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

18 Mar

Did You Know About These Prezi Features?

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Prezi is a Web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single, infinite canvas instead of traditional slides. In this online training series, you'll learn how to create non-linear presentations, zoom in and out of a visual map, create a path through different objects, add 3D backgrounds, add frames to represent the order of the information to be presented and publish your Prezi. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

18 Mar

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Matt Lenz

in Atomic Learning, eLearning Developers

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

Matt enjoys gardening/landscaping, historic home restoration projects, travel photography, freelance music production projects, cooking, biking, and spending family time outside.

When asked what drew him to want to create training, Matt said "I’ve spent a lot of time in the past doing in-person training. The idea of creating training that’s available to someone anytime they need it, is really exciting."

Matt enjoys giving somebody the framework, the training, the tools, and watching them take it to the next level.

If he could spend a day doing whatever he wanted, you would find Matt traveling -- specifically spending a day in European country and planning out a day of fun from morning to night -- including what sites he's going to see, where he's going to eat, etc.

13 Mar

Atomic Learning is a Finalist for 2014 IMS Global Learning Impact Award

in intergration, lms

Atomic Learning was recently nominated and deemed a finalist for the 2014 IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) Learning Impact Award. Their award nomination was made by Polk State College, and brought on by the development of their LTI tool that is IMS Global certified. This new tool enables customers to seamlessly search the Atomic Learning training library from within their LTI-compliant learning management system, and embed links to videos within their courses. This allows faculty, staff, and students to have direct access to the content they need in the systems they already use every day.

“Atomic Learning offers instructors--via the integration--a unique way to provide additional resources for students that would otherwise fall on additional hours of instruction; therefore, providing a cost saving solution. Our LTI integration in our LMS (Desire2Learn) to Atomic Learning affords the student and instructor more efficiency in viewing the assigned content. The integration is seamless and improves the overall experience at our institution,” said Nathan Neuman, Instructional Technologist, Polk State College.

11 Mar

Socializing with Slideshare - Guest Blog Post

in online PD, professional development

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

This week, in keeping with March's theme of presentations, I wanted to talk about an online program called SlideShare.  

SlideShare is the social network for presentations. SlideShare provides a platform to make your presentations public, as well as allows you the ability to find presentations to use in your classroom.  You can even follow someone on SlideShare to see what they've recently posted. 

Perhaps my favorite way to use SlideShare is to look around and find ideas for my own presentations.  Look for interesting graphics, layout design, and content.  SlideShare is the epitome of collaboration when it comes to digital presentation tools, so happy sharing!

11 Mar

Atomic Integrate and CEO Barnett Named Finalists in 2014 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program

in Atomic Integrate, edtech

EdTech Digest has named Atomic Learning’s CEO Lisa Barnett as a Top Leader finalist and Atomic Integrate an online professional development solution finalist in the 2014 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program.

EdTech Digest recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

10 Mar

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 3/10/14

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Congratulations to Matthew Lyons from Fort Bend ISD in Fort Bend, 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!

06 Mar

New Content Alert: SMART Board Notebook 11 Training

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Log onto Atomic Learning to check out the new training series on SMART Board® Notebook® and the many new features that are a part of version 11, including:

SMART Board Notebook 11 – Fundamentals Training

SMART Board Notebook 11 – Objects, Files and Media Training

SMART Board Notebook 11 – Pages Training

 

 

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

04 Mar

3 Reasons to Flip Your Classroom

in flipped classroom, webinar

Recently, our very own Susan Williams presented a webinar on flipping the classroom where she shared some reasons why flipping your classroom works to:

1. Reach students in the way they learn best.

2. Use time wisely - for both teachers and students alike.

3. Dig deeper into the topics you teach.

Interested in learning more about flipping your classroom? Check out our archived Webinar: Flipping the Classroom: What? Why? and How? today!

03 Mar

Guest Blog Post: Presentations in Keynote

in professional development

Okay, let's face it, we've all listened to a presentation or two that was less than engaging.  This month, we will talk about some different options for spicing up a presentation.

Let's start with Keynote.  If putting together a presentation in Keynote, there are many tools that might make your presentation a bit more interesting.  

For example, add a "Soundtrack" to your slideshow.  Adding a soundtrack allows for a song to play continuously in the background of your presentation, even as you flip from slide to slide. It adds another dimension of engagement to your presentation. 

OR 

Add a sound file to play during each individual slide.  Simply pull a song from iTunes and add it to your presentation through the Media toolbar found at the top of the Keynote screen.

OR 

03 Mar

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 3/3/14

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Congratulations to Teresa Hermanstorfer at Cedar Rapids Community School District in Cedar Rapids, IA, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner!