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.

27 Apr

Last Week to #atomiccache -- Join the fun, win prizes!

in Atomic Cache

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

27 Apr

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 4/27/15

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Congratulations to Jan Berry from Colorado Springs Public School Dist. 11 in Colorado Springs, CO, 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!

25 Apr

New Workshop: Target Instructional Needs with Atomic Learning

in new

​In the Target Instructional Needs with Atomic Learning online training course, you'll learn how to set up a successful technology integration program for your school or district. This workshop will discuss how to set instructional goals and how to align those goals with technology solutions. You'll also learn how to utilize the power of Atomic Learning to find the right, low-barrier training solution for your technology needs. Included with this course are resources to help you along the way, including goal templates, interactive forms, and resource lists broken into instructional categories.​

24 Apr

Using the Faces Feature in iPhoto - Guest Blog Post

in professional development, teacher PD, teachers

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

It's almost May, and for some of us, that means putting together end-of-the-year scrapbooks for our students or teams.  So today, I wanted to talk about the Faces feature in iPhoto to help you organize your digital photos.

Once you've imported pictures into iPhoto, if you click on the Faces option on the menu bar on the left, you can then go through all of your pictures and identify the faces of your students.  

Then, if you want to create an album, click on File --> New Smart Album, you can select pictures to add by Face.  Add as many Faces as you want in your album and ba-da-bing, you've got yourself a quick photo album of your students!

This is a super slick tool for keeping your pictures organized! 

24 Apr

Atomic Learning Named 2015 BESSIE Winner in 21st Annual Best Education Software Awards

in Atomic Integrate, Atomic Learning

The Atomic Integrate solution was named both a top professional development website and a top educational technology website in the teacher tools category in ComputEd Gazette’s 2015 BESSIE Awards.

The Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence.

“We are honored to be recognized as a valuable education resource for teachers,” said Lisa Barnett, Atomic Learning CEO. “Education is in our DNA – founded by educators, for educators, we know education.”

Atomic Integrate was also named a winner of the 2014 BESSIE Awards for top Professional Development Solution in the Teacher Tools category, and earned a 2013 EDDIE for Professional Development Website by the same publication.

To see the full list of winners, visit: http://computedgazette.com/page3.html.

About ComputED Gazette

23 Apr

Atomic-Cache: Clue 8

in Atomic Cache

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Take a peek and discover not only me, but important features within Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 10.

22 Apr

Striving Towards District-Wide Adoption: Paraprofessionals

in District-Wide Adoption
How are different areas in our customer districts using Atomic Learning? In the Striving Towards District-Wide Adoption blog series, we look at various departments and how our solutions meet their specific needs. This post focuses on Paraprofessionals. 

Often paraprofessionals are floated from classroom to classroom, where they help students work with a variety of technology tools. Yet paras are not often included in professional development opportunities or technology training.

Atomic Learning enables districts to provide paraprofessionals a cost-effective, convenient way to learn the technologies that enable them to grow their skills and better support students in and out of the classroom. (see also Special Ed and Teacher sections).

21 Apr

New Content Alert: Streaming Music, Logic Pro X, Targeting Instruction Workshop, and more!

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

21 Apr

Atomic-Cache: Clue 7 #atomiccache

in Atomic Cache

Congratulations to our week 3 winners, Oscar Macias at Laredo ISD in Laredo, TX, Julia Allen, at Texas A&M University-Texarkana in Texarkana, TX, and Dreyton Rud at New Salem-Almont High School in New Salem, ND!

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

I'm hiding out in the style, known as the Modern Language Association, which is the standard of formatting and documentation used by writers in the humanities.

20 Apr

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 4/20/15

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Congratulations to Tim Duggin from Weatherford ISD in Weatherford, 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!

19 Apr

Accessing Google Files - Guest Blog Post

in professional development, teacher PD, teachers, teaching

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

If you're part of a Google Apps for Education School, you've probably noticed things will occasionally change. Updates, changes in look, tools and options, etc. can change from day-to-day.  

One change that may help you with staying organized in Drive is to access only a certain type of document in Google Drive. In my Drive, I have spreadsheets, presentations, and and documents. Sometimes it's easier to simply search one type of document if you know what you're looking for.  

An easy way to access each type of Google File is from the 3x3 grid at the top right of your screen when in any Google App. From that point, you can choose only Docs, Sheets, or Slides and search from there. It will look like this:


 

When I click on Docs, my screen only shows my Docs:

18 Apr

Managing Your Time Successfully

in career skills, effective PD, online PD, professional development, teacher PD

If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.

 

Do you agree? How do you effectively manage your time? or do you? This visual we found online gives some interesting time management facts. It's good to know we're not alone, but how do we fix these habits? Atomic Learning offers Career Skills training that might help; take a look at the Time Management Basics course and Successful Time Management Training.

Don’t  have access to Atomic Learning? You can request more information about how to access these training courses, projects, and more.

16 Apr

Atomic-Cache: Clue 6

in Atomic Cache

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Find me in lead, guide, or hook and we’re not talking about leading you to a big fish, but rather start by asking good questions.

15 Apr

Explore Learning Methodologies with this Workshop

in Connected Consulting, Focus on Learning, Initiative, Leadership, Planning, Planning tools, Vision, Vision planning

The landscape in education has changed immensely in the past thirty years, but has not kept pace with the changing landscape of our society. In this workshop, Billie McConnell takes a look at how we have traditionally approached education, and what new approaches we should take to prepare students to be life-long learners. These new approaches include maintaining the creative genius young learners naturally have, viewing Bloom's Taxonomy differently, and fostering higher-level thinking skills in learners at all levels.

Check out the workshop "An Overview of Learning Methodologies" today! Don’t  have access to Atomic Learning? You can request more information about how to access this training course, projects, and more.

15 Apr

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Cherilyn Ziemer

in eLearning Developers

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

14 Apr

Text-to-Speech Functionality - Guest Blog Post

in iPad, online PD, teacher PD

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Our Mac computers and iPads are capable of both allowing dictation--speech to text and text-to-speech. Today I want to focus on the text-to-speech function.

14 Apr

Atomic-Cache: Clue 5

in Atomic Cache

Congratulations to our week 2 winner, Barbara Psalmond at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA!

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Find me in the series where you'll learn effective presentation design and why you're the presentation and not your presentation slides.

13 Apr

Target Instructional Needs - Guest Blog Post

in new, tech integration

Who better to speak to instruction-focused technology integration than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training on this methodology himself?

 

Guest Blog Post by Ron Farrow, eLearning Contributor

 

I think as educators we are always looking out for what will have the most impact on student learning. We want to reach every student, all the time.  When it comes to technology, most teachers are not hesitant to include technology in their instruction, they just simply do not have the time for the major learning curve that often comes with the various programs or devices.  The issue with many technology integration programs is 3-fold:

  •     Overwhelming approach with a technology focus
  •     No time for learning curve
  •     Blanket training

In the Integration series for Atomic Learning, I discuss an instruction-focused approach to technology integration. By focusing on instruction and student learning, you eliminate the fear and anxiety that comes from new programs and new devices. You also begin to eliminate the learning curve for technology. The focus is on instruction, so the technology is targeted towards a specific goal.

13 Apr

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 4/13/15

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Congratulations to Belinda Cavazos-Nava from Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, 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 Apr

Educators Benefit from SAMR Training Added to Training Library

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, edtech, educators, new, online PD, professional development, teacher PD, teachers

Atomic Learning recently added an online course on the SAMR model to its library.

"The new Atomic Learning training course on SAMR gives examples in English, Math, Social Studies, Science, World Language, Music, Art, Phy Ed, and even Assessment,” said the training’s developer and educator Stacci Barganz. “Teachers are encouraged to watch the examples both in their own subject area(s) and in other areas, because it may spark an idea that could be useful in their own classroom situation.”

The SAMR model was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, and it stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

10 Apr

Infographic: Are You Listening?

in career skills, effective PD, infographic, online PD, professional development, teacher PD

The below infographic, posted on prdaily.com, shares these facts:

  •     We listen to people at a rate of 125-250 words per minute, but think at 1,000-3,000 words per minute.
  •     Less than 2 percent of people have had any formal education on how to listen.
  •     Images go into your long term memory, whereas words live in your short term memory.

Concerning at all? If you'd like to work on your listening skills, Atomic Learning's career skills training can help! Check out our Effective Listening Training and learn how to Increase Your Listening Power.

09 Apr

Atomic-Cache: Clue 4

in Atomic Cache

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Help me find a place where I can search all scholarly literature in one place. I need to find works citations, and publications.

08 Apr

Top 5 New Courses Including Minecraft, SAMR, Office 2016 Preview, and more!

in Top 5, new

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!

07 Apr

Using SAMR in your Subject Area: Need Some Ideas? - Guest Blog Post

in new

Who better to speak to integrating the SAMR model than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training on this methodology herself?

Guest Blog Post by Stacci Barganz, eLearning Contributor

As a former technology coach, one of the biggest complaints teachers always had was that they received training on different technologies that seemed very useful, but they never had any ideas on how to put those technologies into practice in their own classrooms. As a result of these conversations, I became more cognizant that I needed to find a way to communicate that with teachers, and I ran across the SAMR model.

The SAMR model was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, and it stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

07 Apr

Atomic-Cache: Clue 3

in Atomic Cache

Congratulations to our week 1 winners Daniel Casmier at Great Falls College MSU in Great Falls, MT and Dulce Gonzalez at K. Tarver Elementary in Laredo, TX!

If you're a fan of geocaching, you know how fun it is to get the clues and location, find the cache, and retrieve a small treasure.
 
For the month of April, Atomic Learning customers are invited to Atomic-Cache on our site while you learn!

Here's how it works.

Today's clue:

Think students will want to play this super-addictive building game in the classroom? I do. See if you can find our crafty little logo.

06 Apr

Why code? - Guest Blog Post #codingintheclassroom #hourofcode #k12coding

in Big Idea Workshops, K-12, classroom application, classroom lessons, digital learning, e-learning, eLearning Developers, edtech, education technology, educator, educators, effective PD, effective online teaching and learning, interactive classroom

Who better to speak to the power of coding in the classroom than the eLearning Contributor who developed the Coding in the Classroom training herself?

Guest Blog Post by Velvet Holmes, eLearning Contributor

We all like to use technology, but did you know that we currently have too many consumers of technology and not enough creators? Learning to code is basically learning a new language. This language is a powerful tool that our learners will need to be successful in their future. Anyone can code.

Employment for computer science jobs is projected to grow 15% in the next 7 years. We are currently at approximately 100,000 jobs left unfilled and that is expected to grow to 1,000,000 due to the fact that there are not enough students in the computer science field. Twenty-five states currently do not allow computer science classes to count towards high school graduation. We need to play a fast game of catch up!

06 Apr

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 4/6/15

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Congratulations to Dionna Gordon from Lamar CISD in Rosenberg, 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!

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.