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 Aug

Upcoming Webinar: Differentiating Professional Development in Your District

in professional development, webinar
Are you in charge of providing PD in your district? Join Ashley Hurley, Professional Development Specialist at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for an interactive discussion on differentiating PD for all stages of the tech adoption curve. You'll look at your PD plans in a whole new light!
 
In this webinar, we will explore:
Using the tech adoption curve
Acknowledging and learning from failures
Backwards planning with Guskey's Five Levels of Professional Development Evaluation
 
31 Jul

New Content Alert: Acrobat Pro XI – Accessibility Features and more!

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Atomic Learning recently added new training to its library. Log in and check it out:

Acrobat Pro XI – Accessibility Features Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/acrobat-pro-xi-accessibility-features-training

An Overview of Learning Methodologies -- added 3 new movies (B12-14)
http://www.atomiclearning.com/overview-of-learning-methodologies-training

Creating a Video Soundtrack Using Adobe Audition Creative Cloud Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/adobe-audition-soundtrack-training

Extra, Extra! – Google Docs
http://www.atomiclearning.com/la_extra-extra-google-docs-training

31 Jul

Laredo ISD Recognizes Technology Principals of the Year

in tech integration, technology integration

Atomic Learning was happy to sponsor our customer Laredo ISD's Technology Principals of the Year awards this year.

Pictured with their awards are the winners Guillermo Pro, RT Martin High School Principal and Delma Alaniz-Ramos, JC Martin Elementary School Principal.

31 Jul

Tech Know How Makes PLCs Even More Productive - Guest Blog Post

in online PD, personal learning communities, personalized, professional development, teacher PD

Guest blog post by Linda Winter

Our team recently returned from the 2014 ISTE Conference in Atlanta where we had a  series of conversations exploring how educators find and use information about technology products and solutions.

A key finding?

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are fast becoming the “go to” trusted source for educators who want colleagues’ ideas about everything from curriculum to communicating with parents, assessments to flipping the classroom.

30 Jul

Summer Professional Development Series: Searching for, Evaluating and Using Web Resources in Your Classroom

in Summer PD

The internet has given us a lot of information, both good and bad. Sometimes it is hard to know where to start! Atomic Learning has assembled a collection of resources to make it easier for educators and students to determine which resources are best in the Training Spotlight: Searching for, Evaluating and Using Web Resources in Your Classroom.

30 Jul

Do Teachers Need iPad Training?

in iPad, iPad implementation, iPads, online PD, professional development, teacher PD, teachers

A recent Edudemic article discusses whether teachers need iPad training and not only points out the obvious that students catch onto new technologies easier, but that teachers need to be trained BEFORE getting their devices.

If you give a child a device they will sit and play with it until you ask them to stop and perhaps even after that they’ll still keep playing. If you give one to a teacher, they’ll do what they can when they can, but it might well sit in a drawer for a long while before they get the opportunity to really test drive it. Beyond the constraints of time, it is also worth remembering that there are plenty of teachers who learnt their trade in schools where technology simply didn’t exist and many who don’t see it’s value.

29 Jul

What is Edmodo? Guest Blog Post

in edmodo, educators, online PD, professional development, social media, social networking, teacher PD, teachers

Guest blog post by University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s Stephanie Echeveste

There are a number of online resources for teachers to sharpen their skills and network with other educators. Just as social networking has connected families and friends across the globe, it has also enabled teachers to create diverse professional learning communities and garner the resources needed to become teacher leaders. One up-and-coming resource, called Edmodo, is a platform that uses the popularity of social media and allows students and teachers to network, share ideas and spark discussions.  

29 Jul

Infographic: Technology You

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Technology You
Source: CheapestColleges.org

As this infographic shows, technology today makes all the difference, but make sure you're prepared for that technology with the training necessary as well. Atomic Learning can help make students college- and career-ready, and provides teachers the professional development needed to teach these skills. Not a subscriber? Learn more.

28 Jul

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 7/28/14

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Congratulations to Debbie Kuntzman at Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, 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!

Learn more.

28 Jul

What You'll Learn: Responsive Web Development in Bootstrap

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In this online training series, you will learn how to create websites that respond to the size of the screen from the device that you are using to access the webpage. This is called responsive web design. We will be using HTML 5, CSS, and Bootstrap to create these pages. You will learn how to create media queries using CSS, and how to manipulate Bootstrap components to make your web pages responsive. The training concludes with the creation of a webpage in which you can apply the skills you have learned.​ Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more at www.atomiclearning.com/more.

23 Jul

Summer Professional Development Series: Creative Commons

in Summer PD

Last week our Summer PD Tips focused on Avoiding Plagiarism.  This week, we delve into a related topic: respecting copyrights. How can you help your students enhance digital content while still respecting the ownership of creative works produced by others? Are you or your students creating digital content you would like to share?

The Creative Commons provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof. 

22 Jul

What to Expect When Expecting Technology

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A recent Tech&Learning article--with a clever spin on a popular book title--caught my attention and also had a great message that we at Atomic Learning agree with, and why we share case studies from our customers who have had success integrating technology!

We would rather learn from the successes and failures of others to help us maximize our chances at success. This is why, if you are expecting to go 1:1, BYOD, or some hybrid of the two then you've got to do your homework.

The article compares implementing a 1:1/BYOD initiative to having a baby, and we agree the preparation is very similar. You're taking on a huge task--whether becoming a parent or preparing a tech plan--but have no fear, we can help! Take a look at these case studies and eBooks written by tech teams and administration that has been there, done that to help you properly plan your technology initiatives. When you're ready to take the next step, contact us!

We would rather learn from the successes and failures of others to help us maximize our chances at success. This is why, if you are expecting to go 1:1, BYOD, or some hybrid of the two then you've got to do your homework. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7928#sthash.dN13YtiP.dpuf
There's a reason why What to Expect When Expecting has sold millions of copies! People want to learn from other people what it's like to have a baby. We would rather learn from the successes and failures of others to help us maximize our chances at success. This is why, if you are expecting to go 1:1, BYOD, or some hybrid of the two then you've got to do your homework. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7928#sthash.dN13YtiP.dpuf
There's a reason why What to Expect When Expecting has sold millions of copies! People want to learn from other people what it's like to have a baby. We would rather learn from the successes and failures of others to help us maximize our chances at success. This is why, if you are expecting to go 1:1, BYOD, or some hybrid of the two then you've got to do your homework. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7928#sthash.dN13YtiP.dpuf
21 Jul

What You'll Learn: Blackboard Building Block

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​The Atomic Learning Blackboard® Building Block makes incorporating Atomic Learning's tutorials in an online class easy and convenient. This online training series will teach you how to add Atomic Learning modules and links, how to incorporate tutorials into your content, how to share tutorials in your discussion forum, and even how to use tutorials in tests and quizzes. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more at www.atomiclearning.com/more.

21 Jul

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 7/21/14

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Congratulations to Maria Rodriguez at Pharr San Juan Alamo ISD in Pharr, 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!

Learn more.

17 Jul

New Content Alert: Google Mobile Apps and more!

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Atomic Learning recently added new training to its library. Log in and check it out:

Asking Essential Questions Training
Customizing Bootstrap Themes Training - Fully updated!
Google Mobile Apps Training     
OneDrive Training

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16 Jul

Summer Professional Development Series: Avoiding Plagiarism

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Do your students truly understand what plagiarism is? The digital nature of today's world makes it easy to use someone's ideas without citation. Some students don't even know that what they are doing is wrong. How can you help? 

Atomic Learning has a short workshop, Avoiding Plagiarism, that outlines what plagiarism is, when citation is needed, online tools that will help generate citations, and more. For in-depth training on citation styles, Atomic Learning has both MLA and APA citation courses. 

If you need to brush up on plagiarism resources or if you are looking for a way to help your students understand the consequences of plagiarism, this training is for you! 

14 Jul

What You'll Learn: Google Sites Training

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Google Sites is a powerful tool for creating collaborative websites and shared project pages. You can easily create and organize pages, add text and multimedia content, and share your work with only those you want to see it. Google Sites allows you to customize your pages in many ways, such as embedding Google Forms, Google Maps, and Youtube videos that all function right within your site. Whether you want to create a private shared space on the web for a project or a public website to distribute information to the world, Google Sites will help you do the job. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more at www.atomiclearning.com/more.

14 Jul

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 7/14/14

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Congratulations to Barbara Melvin at Kent School District #415 in Kent, 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!

10 Jul

What You'll Learn: Google Apps for Education

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10 Jul

Atomic Learning Partners with EdTechTeacher to Provide Training

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Atomic Learning recently added training content developed by EdTechTeacher to its training library. 

About EdTechTeacher
The talented group at EdTechTeacher understands teachers because they have been in the classroom. Given their backgrounds, they recognize the challenge of preparing students for an increasingly complex and cognitively demanding world, so they leverage their experiences to provide professional development to teachers who are dedicated to creating innovative learning opportunities for their students. From large school districts to small independent schools, EdTechTeacher educators have experience with a wide range of educational settings and grade levels. If your school or district is trying to leverage new technologies to support student learning, visit http://edtechteacher.org.

10 Jul

What You'll Learn: Moodle 2.7 – Instructor Training

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09 Jul

Summer Professional Development Series: Creating Engaging Presentations

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Have you ever sat through a lecture bored to tears? Or have you sat through student presentations that consisted of them reading off a wall of text on a slide? Considered flipping your classroom but don't really know where to start when it comes to producing video? Be it in person, in a vodcast or a podcast, making sure the audience is engaged is the key to success.

The Atomic Learning Spotlight Creating Engaging Presentations provides tips to make presentations fun and informative. This Spotlight will be helpful for both you and your students.

The Spotlight contains four parts:

08 Jul

What You'll Learn: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Training

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08 Jul

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Tabitha Wiedower

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

Tabitha has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Instructional Design & Technology from Georgia State University.

Her professional experience includes Early Childhood Education, Gifted certification, Online Educator Certification, and Math Endorsement.

Tabitha's organizational involvement includes being Secretary for Decatur Farm to School, Afterschool Tech Club, and Tech-Related Professional Learning. She has had Extra Mile Nominations as well.

07 Jul

Webinar: Differentiating Professional Development in Your District

in professional development, teacher PD, webinar
Are you in charge of providing PD in your district? Join Ashley Hurley, Professional Development Specialist at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for an interactive discussion on differentiating PD for all stages of the tech adoption curve. You'll look at your PD plans in a whole new light!
 
In this webinar, we will explore:
Using the tech adoption curve
Acknowledging and learning from failures
Backwards planning with Guskey's Five Levels of Professional Development Evaluation
 
07 Jul

What You'll Learn: GarageBand v10 '13 Training

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GarageBand® version 10 (2013) allows you to interact in new ways with your music. Learn how to use the many instruments including guitar and piano by utilizing built-in lesson. Create podcasts with the touch of a button. Get started with this online training series to create your big hit. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

07 Jul

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 7/714

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Congratulations to Valisia Simpson at Renton School District 403 in Renton, 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!

02 Jul

Summer Professional Development Series: ISTE NETS-S Standards

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This week, thousands of educators were at ISTE 2014, the annual conference focused on educational technology. In honor of the occasion, this week's Summer PD Tips is focused on the ISTE-Standards S. The NETS standards focus on technology skills that students need to be college-and-career ready. Topics covered include:

02 Jul

What You'll Learn: Desire2Learn 10.3 - Instructor Training

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