Amy Schoenrock's blog

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.

01 Oct

Atomic Learning Named 2014 EDDIE Award Winner by ComputED Gazette

in Atomic Integrate, Atomic Learning

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

Ed tech training leader Atomic Learning was recently named an EDDIE Award winner by ComputED Gazette for its professional development website.

The Atomic Integrate solution offers a cost-effective professional development, technology integration and support solution that empowers educators to effectively utilize technology to impact student achievement. Through a partnership with Atomic Learning, schools can provide teachers, staff, students, and parents with Atomic Learning’s professional development resources that focus on tech integration.

01 Oct

Navigating the "new" Google Drive - Guest Blog Post

in online PD, teacher PD

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

At some point in the undetermined near future, your Google Drive will change from the original look to the "New Google Drive" if you have not already made the switch. Right now, Google is maintaining both "themes", but likely the "Classic" look will go away.  

If you'd like to dabble in the new look before the forced change, you can do so by clicking on the cog in the upper right corner of Drive, and select "Experience the New Drive". You will then see your screen look like this:

Some of the main differences between the old and new Google Drive include:

1. Your Shared folder is now called Incoming 

01 Oct

New to Atomic Learning: iOS 8 Built in Accessibility Training?

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With iOS® 8, Apple® has improved on many of the accessibility features. This online training series is an overview of the latest updates to iOS accessibility features. Topics include: Siri®, Speak Screen and Speak Selection, Voice Over, Grayscale, Invert Colors, and Fonts. We will also cover Assistive Touch and Safari® Reader.

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

30 Sep

Internet Safety Resources for Cyber Security Month

in digital citizens, digital citizenship, internet safety

The start of October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an awareness effort focused on ensuring everyone has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. Founded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, the event is in its 11th year, and has continued to grow.

In an effort to help schools keep students safe online and encourage good digital citizenship by all, Atomic Learning has gathered some of our top resources on the topic to share with your district community.

Classroom Projects & Resources for Use with Students

29 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/29/14

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Congratulations to Karla Urbina at McGregor ISD, in McGregor, 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!

26 Sep

New Content Alert: Creating a Research Poster and iOS 8 Training!

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

Creating a Research Poster
Google Drive - Fully updated

Google Mobile Apps - Added movies related to Slides App
iOS 8  - What's New? Training

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

26 Sep

Online Training Usage Skyrockets in Fort Bend ISD - Guest Blog Post

in voice, custom training, customers, professional development

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 new blog series "Voice of the Educator."

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

Atomic Learning’s custom features have been extremely beneficial to Fort Bend ISD teachers and staff! The custom training feature has allowed us to expand usage in multiple departments. This feature allows you to upload your own training materials. 

Some examples of how our district is utilizing the custom features within Atomic Learning are highlighted below:

25 Sep

Webinar: Flipping For Professional Learning with @web20classroom

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A School Leader's Guide to Improving Professional Development
Flipped learning is gaining popularity in the classroom. But what about with professional development?

Join us as we will look at the various ways you can apply the flipping methodology to meetings to provide more professional learning time in your school and district.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

Not able to attend live? Register anyway and you'll get the link to the archived recording direct to your inbox to watch when convenient for you.

24 Sep

New Content Alert: Designing a Research Poster

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Including tutorials on design tips, finding copyright-free images, incorporating tables and charts, and more, this online training series will give you some tips on creating a research poster. A special thanks to Dr. Jamie Sturgill and the University of Virginia Commonwealth for their help in putting this series together.

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

23 Sep

Georgia School Wins 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education Award

in partnership

We are pleased to congratulate our partner, Gwinnett County Public Schools, on winning the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education award. In this US News article, Alvin Wilbanks, chief executive officer and superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1996, was quoted saying, “The two positions in the school district that really determine whether or not you are going to be successful are your teachers and your principals. ”

Atomic Learning has supported teacher and administrator training providing content to their professional development programs for the past couple of years and continues to wish them success. 

The Broad Prize for Urban Education award is given to large, urban districts that boast strong overall student performance and success in reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students.

23 Sep

Saving Battery Life in OS X Mavericks - Guest Blog Post

in online PD, professional development, teacher PD, tech integration, technology integration

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

In Mac 10.9 (called Mavericks), one of the neat features is to now see which apps are using up the most battery.  

If you are like me and typically have multiple applications running at the same time, you might notice that your battery dies down faster.  To see which apps are taking up the most battery, click on the battery icon at the top of your screen.  You will see a message in grey that says "Collecting Power Usage Information."  

If you just hang out here for awhile, you will soon see a list of apps that are using the most battery power on your laptop.  For me, it's usually Chrome because I have a problem with having too many tabs open.  See?

22 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/22/14

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Congratulations to Michelle Bills at Westby School District 3, in Westby, MT, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner.

22 Sep

New Content Alert: iOS 8 Training!

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iOS® 8 is a free update to the operating system that runs the iPhone® and iPad®. This online training series will show you some of the new features in iOS8. Topics include: Interactive Notifications, QuickType, Family Sharing, iCloud® Drive, Spotlight®, and more! To see this training, click here.

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

18 Sep

New Content Alert: Firefox 30, Twitter for Educators, and more!

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

Browsing the Web Using Firefox 30

FileMaker Pro 13 Training - Assistive tech

InDesign Creative Cloud 2014 Training – What's New? - Fully updated

Twitter for Educators


Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

18 Sep

Friendlier Printing from Chrome without Downloading - Guest Blog Post

in online PD, professional development, teacher PD

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Today I want to share with you some ways to get to printing any emailed or web-based documents more quickly in Chrome (namely, without having to download).  Although I LOVE GMail and Chrome, I find the printing part to be a little tedious because things open up in a new window when I click on the print icon at the top of a message.  One item that might save you a bit of time is to use the "Print Using System Dialog" link found at the bottom of the print page in Chrome.  

When you click on the print icon in a GMail message in Chrome, the message opens up in a new tab and you can either: save the message, open the message in Preview, or "Print Using System Dialog."  If you click on the "Print Using System Dialog", this takes you to the regular print menu we all know and love.  

17 Sep

Guest Blog Post: It’s All About the Experience!

in learning, student achievement, teaching

Guest Blog Post by Dr. Billie McConnell, President of Connected Consulting

As I work with teachers, I am reminded of my childhood experiences and how things have changed. My childhood was different from my children’s and today’s kids are even more different. Many of the experiences that I had have been lost to today’s children. But, I do admit that they also have some that I never had. (I will save the ones that I never had for another article.)

I played organized sports as a kid, but most of my sports were played on the playground, the street, or the front yard. No adults, just us kids. What happened if we had a conflict? We resolved it. No adults! If we wanted to keep playing, then we had to come up with a solution. We learned early how to resolve conflicts. We didn’t always resolve them using the best method, but that was a learning experience as well. Today, however, many of our students are involved in organized activities run by an adult. What happens when there is a conflict? The adult solves it. Children learn that someone else will solve the problem and they don’t get the chance to learn to deal with conflicts. (Hmm. That reminds me of many parent meetings that I had when I was a teacher and administrator.)

15 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/15/14

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Congratulations to Dianne Cooper at Leander ISD, in Leander, 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!

12 Sep

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Martha Roth

in eLearning Developers

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

Martha has been involved with customer service in some way ever since she could say "Would you like biggie fries with that?"

She has a deep passion for customer service, so much so that she went to the College of St. Scholastica for a degree in organizational behavior!

Join Martha on her journey of customer service in this training series.


10 Sep

Integrate Technology in Art Class with Atomic Learning

in classroom, classroom application, professional development, teacher PD, teachers

Kasie Davis, an Art Teacher at Richardson ISD, uses Atomic Learning to brush up on tech skills to help her art class students use iMovie to highlight their work. Learn more about Kasie's classroom project here.

To hear more about how Richardson ISD is finding success with Atomic Learning’s solution, check out their story.

09 Sep

Partnering for Success

in customers, implementation, partnership

"Atomic Learning provides excellent customer support! The Atomic Learning representatives keep us continuously informed of program updates, new content, and more."

Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land, TX, Digital Learning Team

Today’s technology-driven world demands that students be equipped with a digital skill set to be college- and career-ready. As a result, school and district leaders are regularly challenged to implement and support the latest educational technology both in and out of the classroom.

At Atomic Learning, we understand these challenges and are dedicated to be a true partner to your school’s success. And, that dedication shows in quotes like the one above from our friends at Fort Bend ISD and in our user surveys—school leaders rank their overall experience with Atomic Learning as a 6.49 (mean) on a 7-point scale.

Learn more about our implementation and support services here.

08 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/8/14

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Congratulations to Tiquila McNeill at Durham Public School District, in Durham, NC, 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 Sep

I AM [Making a Difference]: The Power of Educators

in educators, teachers, teaching

With the start of another school year, we found this video quite inspiring and wanted to share. Educators, YOU ARE [Making a Difference]. Atomic Learning thanks you and celebrates the power of educators.

03 Sep

Summer Professional Development Series: Tech Skills Referesher

in Summer PD

Is there a software application you know you are under utilizing but you haven't found time to learn all the features? Did you recently upgrade to a newer version of a tool you use all the time?

Atomic Learning makes it simple to catch up on the training you need with our brief how-to tutorials. Once logged into Atomic Learning, the home screen shows our search application. With more than 60,000 videos on over 250 applications, it's likely we will have the training you need to get up-to-speed quickly. You can search by keyword, browse applications, by topic, or by type of training. We have the training you need to feel like the tech guru of your school! 

Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more information to find out how we can help your district! 

03 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/3/14

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Congratulations to Teddi Ricketts at Winfield USD 465, in Winfield, KS, 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!

03 Sep

5 Steps to Atomic Learning Training that Meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

in online PD, professional development, standards, student achievement, teaching

Atomic Learning recently updated their search by standards feature to include the ability to search for content that meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

According to, "…new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council."

To complete your search for NGSS-related Atomic Learning content:

1. Go to
2. Choose "National Standards"
3. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be the default Type
4. Science is the default Subject
5. Choose the grade you teach, and Search!

01 Sep

New Content Alert: Easy Grade Pro 4.1 Training, and more!

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

Easy Grade Pro 4.1 Training
Canvas Mastery Gradebook Training
Facebook for Students - Fully updated!

Trimble SketchUp Make 2014 Training

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

27 Aug

Summer Professional Development Series: Video Storytelling in the Classroom

in Summer PD

Have you been wanting to include video in your classroom but don't know where to start? Interested in flipping the classroom, but you need some help with creating the video? Using video storytelling in the classroom helps you present information in a new way, to engage students.

The Atomic Learning Spotlight: Video Storytelling in the Classroom can help you effectively integrate video into your classroom to increase student engagement. 

The Spotlight includes professional development on important parts of video storytelling including: 

26 Aug

Using iMovie to Showcase Classroom Projects

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, professional development, projects, tech embedded classrooms, tech integration, technology integration

"Technology doesn't come naturally to me, it's like a puzzle, so Atomic Learning helps to put those pieces together."

- Kasie Davis, Richardson ISD

Take a look at a video that Kasie Davis, an Art Teacher at Richardson ISD—who says technology does not come naturally to her—recently created using iMovie and tutorials from Atomic Learning to highlight an art project by her student. Want to learn more about the Atomic Learning iMovie training series or creating videos with your students like Kasie did? Learn more at

25 Aug

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 8/25/14

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Congratulations to Garrick Reisdorff at Cross County Community Schools, in Stromsburg, NE, 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!