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.

22 Oct

Unite in orange against bullying #UnityDay2014

in cyberbullying, digital citizenship
Today is Unity Day, a day focused on standing together to fight against bullying. To show our support, a few of us at the main office wore orange to take a stand against bullying.
 
Our eLearning team developed this powerful video to also bring awareness to this topic. Take a look, and share with your friends and colleagues.

21 Oct

Missing Your Scroll Bar? Guest Blog Post

in Apple

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

As Apple continues to move toward a sleeker and more simple design with every new operating system, some things become hidden.  One very important item that people have noticed "hiding" on them is the scroll bar in their web browsers.  In older Mac operating systems, the scroll bar would always be located on the right side of the screen, showing you where you are in a longer web page.    

If you miss this feature and want to see the scroll bar all the time, you can get that back. Here's how:

21 Oct

Preparing Teachers for Technology

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

Listen as Debra Atchison, Director of Technology and Professional Development at Richardson ISD, shares how Atomic Learning helps prepare her teachers to be experts on their class materials AND technology. Want to learn more? Visit www.atomiclearning.com/more.

20 Oct

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 10/20/14

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Congratulations to Nancy Brewer from St. Louis County Special School District in St. Louis, MO, 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!

16 Oct

It Takes a Village: Combining Resources for Blended Learning Success

in Tech Learning, differientiating instruction, student achievement, teacher PD

Atomic Learning customer District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), was recently featured on the Tech&Learning site where their use of multiple tools and blended learning to bring differentiated instruction to their students was highlighted.

“If we want students to be college and career ready, our classrooms need to look like those classrooms and colleges. Interactive content is one part,” says David Rose, deputy chief, educational technology and library media services. Adds John Rice, manager of blended learning, “Blended learning lets students be active learners and drive their instruction. Teachers can get students doing what they need and what makes the most sense.”

You can read more about DCPS’ blended school model and how we help them here.

15 Oct

Learn From Others: Learning Management Systems 101

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Considering adding a Learning Management System (LMS) to your school or district, or need a change? Take a look at this EdWeek article where district leaders have compiled their expertise on the buying-decision process, the challenges of integrating an LMS into other software systems, the complexities around professional development, and provide insights from educational technology leaders around the country who have faced these challenges.

As education’s trusted training solutions provider, Atomic Learning realizes the vital role a learning management system (LMS) plays at schools. This is why in addition to providing training on common LMS solutions, we’ve also developed tools that allow for seamless integration.

Atomic Learning integrates with any LMS that is LTI compliant, including Blackboard Learn™, Brightspace by D2L, Moodle, Canvas, Sakai, and others.

14 Oct

New Look When Viewing Training

in Atomic Learning

We've recently updated all Atomic Learning training pages to what we call  "player in a page". The enhancement is exactly what it sounds like: each video now plays in the page (under the selected tutorial title), instead of opening a pop-up window.

This change not only allows you to see the full training series with a simple scroll, but to quickly see training progress. The new functionality is also more compatible for our mobile users.

Haven't seen the new look? Log in and start learning!

14 Oct

Archiving Mail in GMail - Guest Blog Post

in gmail

I don't know about you, but my Inbox is starting to overflow.  My dedication to keeping my email inbox manageable is becoming, well, unmanageable.  

So, in honor of the chaos on my desktop (both virtually and physically speaking), I thought I'd dedicate this post to organizing in GMail.  

Ever have one of those messages you don't want to delete but don't know where to "file it"?  In a case like this, one option is to "Archive" your mail.  Archiving your message takes it out of your Inbox and any of your created folders, but keeps it out of the trash.  Think of it as a virtual file cabinet.  In contrast, trashing an email allows a message to remain in your account for 30 days, but then Google automatically takes out the trash every 30 days.  Archiving can last forever!  Plus, archiving your mail eliminates the need to commit to one particular email folder that you've created.  

13 Oct

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 10/13/14

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Congratulations to Michelle Peeples from Pflugerville ISD in Pflugerville, 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!

10 Oct

Vote to Support Technology-Neutral Lesson Plans for Project-Based Learning

in differientiating instruction, edtech, effective PD, effective online teaching and learning, planning tools, professional development, projects

Want help creating lesson plans for project-based learning that are technology-neutral?

Our friends at Connected Consulting partner with schools to create authentic, technology-rich learning environments where all learners are inspired, challenged, engaged, collaborate, and become innovative, self-directed learners. This includes planning and a blended approach to building capacity.

Want to help them fulfill their mission? Vote for this grant.

09 Oct

Images and attachments in GMail - Guest Blog Post

in email program, gmail, online PD, professional development, teacher PD

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

If you are sending a picture to someone via GMail, you have four options:

  1. Drag and drop the image file in to the text portion of the message.  This will embed the picture in to the e-mail message, allowing your recipient to view the image right in the email.  
     
  2. Click on the photo icon at the bottom of your message.  That is the "Insert Photo" option.  Selecting this will allowing you to select the photo file to embed in the text of the message from any pictures you've uploaded in Google (for your Profile pic, in Blogger, or from Google +).   Or you choose the "Upload" feature to select a file from your Hard Drive.  
     
  3. Drag and drop the image file over the bottom portion of the message where the "attachment paperclip" is on the message.  Your picture file will now upload as an other attachment would. (By the way, this feature works for ALL attachment files)
     
  4. Click on the paper clip for an attachment.  Selecting the paper clip will bring you to your computer's Hard Drive, allowing you to select the photo file to attach to the message.

Need more tips and tricks for GMail? Check out Atomic Learning's training here.


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:

08 Oct

Who benefits from learning technology skills?

in Atomic Learning, District-Wide Adoption, customers, districtwide solution, online PD, parents, professional development, student achievement, teacher PD, technology integration

Listen as the Director of Dyslexia at our partner district, Richardson ISD, shares how with the help of Atomic Learning everyone benefits—including teachers in all subjects, staff, students, and parents!

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

07 Oct

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Dr. Bruce Miles

in eLearning Developers

Continuing the series introducing you to our eLearning Contributor team, we'd like you to meet Dr. Bruce Miles. Miles is the owner & CEO of the Big River Group, LLC. 

He has also been an Assistant Professor & taught Graduate & Doctoral coursework in the areas of leadership, research, planning, finance & personnel.  He is a national-level presenter and trainer in the areas of strategic planning, organizational improvement, organizational conflict, & difficult employees.

One of his clients said “Bruce did a magnificent job on getting us thru some internal conflicts in the organization. Bruce was able to help us identify our issues and then presented us with some fabulous ideas on how to resolve our conflicts. Everyone involved, enjoyed working with Bruce and they felt very open to sharing with him. I would recommend Bruce to any company that wants to better themselves or the company. Great Team Builder!"

To see some of Bruce's work with Atomic Learning, check out this series: The Art of Influence Training.

06 Oct

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 10/6/14

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Congratulations to Mary Ellen Yonker from Round Rock ISD in Round Rock, 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!

02 Oct

Webinar for School Leaders: 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

Interested but can't attend live? Register anyway and we'll email you the archived recording link so you can watch when convenient for you!
 


About the Presenter
Steven W. Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, educational evangelist, and Dad. If you aren't already, (why not?) you can follow him on twitter at @web20classroom.

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

in new

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
http://www.atomiclearning.com/creating-research-poster-training
 
Google Drive - Fully updated
http://www.atomiclearning.com/google_drive

Google Mobile Apps - Added movies related to Slides App
http://www.atomiclearning.com/google-mobile-apps-training
 
iOS 8  - What's New? Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/ios-8-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

in webinar

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

in new
 

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
http://www.atomiclearning.com/firefox-30-training

FileMaker Pro 13 Training - Assistive tech
http://www.atomiclearning.com/filemaker-pro-13-training

InDesign Creative Cloud 2014 Training – What's New? - Fully updated
http://www.atomiclearning.com/indesign-creative-cloud-2014-wn-training

Twitter for Educators
http://www.atomiclearning.com/twitter-for-educators

 

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.