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.

02 Mar

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

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!

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

in winner

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

in winner

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

in winner

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.

14 Feb

3 Tips for Success with Atomic Learning’s Custom Training Feature

in Atomic Learning, custom training

Looking for some helpful tips for using Custom Training? Log in and check out these 3 training resources you won’t want to miss:

1.       Check out the full best practices training series (see description below):
http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/screen-recording-best-practices-training.

2.       Tips for uploading your own files to Atomic Learning:
http://www.atomiclearning.com/static/files/File_Upload_Tips.pdf

3.       Admin Training (section D):
http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/atomicsite_admin

13 Feb

Webinar: Building Teacher Technology Competencies

in online PD, professional development, school leaders, teacher PD, teachers, teaching, tech embedded classrooms, tech integration

You want your teachers to use technology to teach, but how do they learn what to do? Join this webinar to find out how Mineral Wells ISD is transforming their classrooms by challenging teachers with projects that integrate technology at all levels.

You'll hear first hand from Dr. Gail Haterius, Superintendent, Greg Bird, Director of Technology, and Consultant Trish Panknin about the iRam program they've put in place and how it can be replicated in your district.

Building Teacher Technology Competencies
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST

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

13 Feb

IT Department Gains Customer Service Skills at Enid ISD

in career skills

In an effort to improve service and satisfaction, the Enid ISD’s Information Technology Department recently completed the Over the Rainbow Customer Service Training series on Atomic Learning. The videos were watched over a period of five weeks. After completion of the training, the team gave the series rave results! Here's one team member's thoughts:

“When people hear the term 'customer service', most would associate it with restaurants, retail stores or the online marketplace. After viewing the videos and discussing each segment, we have a much better awareness that customer service deals with everyone we come in contact with, every day of our lives. The information and techniques presented were very helpful and proved that nobody is more deserving of over the top service than the teachers and employees of our district. ”

-Kevin

13 Feb

New Content Alert: Windows 10 Sneak Peek, HIPAA training, and more!

in new

Atomic Learning recently added a training course featuring a Windows 10 Sneak Peek, which includes a technical preview of the return on the start button, Metro Apps, and Continuum--also know as Tablet Mode. This course also looks at the new Action Center and introduces you to Cortana, Microsoft's Personal Digital Assistant.

Log in and take a look!

Other new training added includes:

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

11 Feb

Focus on Learning Series: A Coach's Perspective on the School Reform Battle

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.

There is a battle in our society between school reform with technology and doing a better job with our traditional practices. We all believe that we must do a better job of educating our students, but while we argue, our kids are losing.

Should we have standardized tests?

Should we develop “21st Century Skills”?

Should we implement technology?

Should we change the way we teach?

. . . the list goes on and on.

My concern is what each side uses to argue their point. Many instructional technologists argue that technology is the key to real change and traditionalists argue that the “research-based” methods we have been using to teach for decades are effective. Then, of course, we have a lot of people that don’t know what to think. From what I have seen in how both sides are implementing their beliefs in many schools today, they are both wrong. But coaches may have the answer.

10 Feb

Making a Folder in Your Bookmarks Bar - Guest Blog Post

in browser, edtech, education technology, educators, effective PD, online PD, professional development, teacher PD

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

I have found that I prefer using my Bookmarks Bar vs. going up to the Bookmarks Menu at the top of the screen, particularly for those sites that I use often.  However, with so much Google Drive use and shared access to documents, there are many sites/links in which I'd want easy access but they don't all fit on my Bookmarks Bar (by the way, the Bookmarks Bar is that small gray space underneath where the URL address lives).  

So I've started to make folders of links that are relevant.  For example, with all of the shared documents I have regarding our high school laptops, I've created a folder for all of the spreadsheets and forms I need.  

To create a Bookmark Bar folder in Chrome:

Go to Bookmarks --> Bookmarks Manager.  In the top left of the screen, click on Organize --> Add Folder.  You can rename the folder by either right-clicking on it in the menu list on the left OR in the Bookmarks Main Menu, when you hover over the folder, you'll see a drop-down menu on the far right where you can edit the name.  To put current bookmarks in that folder, simply drag and drop your current sites in to that folder.

09 Feb

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 2/9/15

in winner

Congratulations to Darlene Little from Newburgh Enlarged City School District in New Windsor, NY, 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!

09 Feb

Infographic: 10 Kindness Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Week #RAKWeek2015

in blogging, blog, edtech, education technology, educator, educators

Looking for more ways to celebrate this cause with students? Check out our new training series, "Blogging Random Acts of Kindness." In this training series, educators are encouraged to inspire students to share their own thoughts, ideas, and beliefs through writing on a blog. By sharing in random acts of kindness, whether as a class or as individuals, provides many opportunities for writers to develop their skills while motivating others to be kind with their actions. Check it out here. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

08 Feb

The Power of Kahoot! in the Classroom - Guest Blog Post

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, eLearning Developers, ed tech, edtech, education technology, educator, educators, teacher PD, teachers, teaching, tech embedded classrooms, tech integration

Who better to speak to the power of using Kahoot! in the classroom than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training on Kahoot! himself?

Guest Blog Post by Ron Farrow, eLearning Contributor

Student engagement and motivation seem to be at the top of every teacher’s list when it comes to successfully reaching students. Fighting student apathy can be one of the greatest struggles a teacher can face. Luckily, technology has provided us a world of resources that allow us to engage students like never before.

One of my favorite web tools for adding excitement to my lessons is Kahoot!  Kahoot is a web tool that allows you to create a fun game environment for many of your lesson objectives.  You can use it to start a discussion, survey your students, or even assess and review lesson content. The students' devices become their personal game pads, immersing them in the competitive battle to answer quickly and score the most points. After sharing this with so many teachers, this is the one tool that they will come back to me and report their students are actually requesting to review. If you’re looking for a way to add a little more excitement to your lesson, to engage students on another level, try Kahoot. It's such a powerful tool for reaching students.

Watch the series Ron developed on Kahoot! now!


I started as a music teacher for the Farmington School District in 2002, where I taught 5th and 6th grade music as well as High School Percussion. As a music teacher, I had the opportunity to experiment with many forms of technology in the classroom including smart boards, tablets, recording studio equipment, etc. I took this passion for technology and education to the district-wide level in 2010 as part of a leadership cadre for our district, then, in 2012, I became the Educational Technology Facilitator for the district. I joined the Cape Girardeau School District in the Summer of 2013.

I believe technology is the future of education.  But it's more about the change in instruction than the devices themselves. We are in a very exciting time for education! It can be scary to have such a paradigm shift in teaching. However, students now have tools to access a world of information that was previously inconceivable. Through technology, we can foster more creative learning environments, differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student, and create productive, responsible, digital citizens for future generations.

07 Feb

Seamless Integration with Schoology for Enhanced Learning

in LMS training, intergration, lms

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tool through Schoology!"
-Anne Cameron, LMS Administrator, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District ISD #47

Anne recently shared this with her Account Manager and we thought all of you should know too. Do you use Schoology for your district or school LMS? Did you know you can easily integrate Atomic Learning content?

View Atomic Learning's Schoology training.

Want to see some of Schoology's features our eLearning developers think are really noteworthy? Check out our training series that covers Schoology tips from AL Insiders.

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

And, if you're not a Schoology user, have no fear! Atomic Learning integrates with any LMS that is LTI compliant, including Blackboard Learn™, Brightspace by D2L, Moodle, Canvas, Sakai, and others.

Learn more.

(Not an Atomic Learning customer? Request more information here.)

06 Feb

New Video: Make a Card Using iPhoto - Just in time for Valentine's Day!

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, teacher PD, teachers, teaching, tech embedded classrooms

Check out our exclusive Valentine's Gift to you -- we recently added this video on creating a card in iPhoto as part of the iPhoto 9.6 (Yosemite) Training series. In this online training series, you'll learn about how iPhoto® lets you do more than you ever thought possible with your photos. It gives you easy ways to find, sort, and rediscover your favorites. Simple, but powerful, editing tools let you turn good shots into magnificent ones. And, you can share your photos in all kinds of great ways, including fun slideshows, Facebook®, and Twitter™ -- even professional-quality prints, photo books, cards, and calendars. iPhoto isn’t just a collection of pictures. It’s a collection of possibilities.

Enjoy the newest video added to this series -- use it to create Valentine's Day cards!

06 Feb

How I Share Atomic Learning with Students - Guest Blog Post

in Atomic Learning, digital learning, digital natives, edtech, education technology, educators, student achievement

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Here’s an example of how I’ve shared Atomic Learning with our students, encouraging them to use Keynote. You can do the same, using this topic, or choose another.

Atomic Learning provides short tutorials and training on a variety of topics including Mac OSX hardware, iOS devices, Android devices, a variety of software, as well as information about resume writing, digital citizenship, and web 2.0 tools.  

For example, let's say you have a teacher who is assigning you to make a Keynote, but you don't know much about the newest version of Keynote. Go to Atomic Learning, log in and search using the keyword Keynote. You will be shown a variety of options for training, depending on the version of the software you're working in.  

03 Feb

Using Your Notification Center - Guest Blog Post

in ed tech, edtech, education technology, educator, educators, online PD, teacher PD, teachers, technology integration

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

So many of us have laptops, and even if you don't, the technology is such that so much of our lives are intertwined.  Calendars are connected to emails, iMessage connects with our phones, any additional apps we have (for me, the biggest in Wunderlist) may remind us of things from time to time.  All of these reminders and pop-ups might become distracting or be something you DON'T want to show while you're projecting during a meeting or in a class.

Or maybe you DO want to see when an incoming mail message comes in, no matter which app you are working in.  The point is, you can control these things.  

02 Feb

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 2/2/15

in winner

Congratulations to Vernique Stansberry from Celina ISD in Celina, 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!

30 Jan

“Friends of Atomic Learning” Program Expands Training Breadth - Over 220 Hours of Videos Added

in new

Atomic Learning—in a continued effort to help learners connect the dots between learning and life through their online training platform—recently started a partner program to expand the breadth of content available, and add a variety of teaching methodologies. The first three companies to become “Friends of Atomic Learning” and have training added include Bigger Brains, Cartoon Smart, and Ten Ton Online.

“By partnering with these top professional learning providers, Atomic Learning is rapidly growing our impact on learners around the world,” said Jon Blissenbach, Atomic Learning’s VP of Product and Business Development. “The dynamic instructional techniques, such as the teacher & learner model used by Bigger Brains, and the new topical areas of emphasis, such as character design and mobile game development by Cartoon Smart, are just a couple examples of exciting additions from this program.”

“Our team of professional educators, trainers, storytellers, and comedians provide courses that are both entertaining to watch and effective in transferring knowledge,” Chip Reaves, President of Bigger Brains said. “Teaming up with Atomic Learning—a company dedicated to helping educators—was a no brainer (no pun intended).”
 

28 Jan

Add Images into Google Forms - Guest Blog Post

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

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

I recently came across this article about adding an Image into your Google Forms!

So awesome, I just had to share!

Atomic Learning has many, many wonderful tutorials on using Google Forms; check out the list of videos 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:

27 Jan

District Helps Educators Keep Up With Tech

in customers, ed tech, education technology, educator, educators, effective PD, implementation

Our recent Weekly Giveaway Winner, Anthony Grice, of Newburgh Enlarged City School District in New Windsor, NY, shared his thoughts on his district's use of Atomic Learning, and we just had to share:

I really think our district, specifically those people responsible for this [Atomic Learning subscription], is doing a tremendous job on keeping up with valid technology. Not just the bells and whistles things, but also substance. I really enjoy Atomic Learning and hopefully it continues for a long time.

Thanks for sharing, Anthony, and way to go, team!