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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.

26 Nov

Online Training on Google Classroom Extends Educator’s Ability to “Go Green”

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, educator, educators, new

Google Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. In this online training series, educators will learn about Classroom from both the teacher and student perspective, followed by some instruction for administrators. To see a sample of this training, visit

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24 Nov

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 11/24/14

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Congratulations to Dan Keller from Anoka-Hennepin ISD #11 in Coon Rapids, MN, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner!

21 Nov

Creating a Learner-Centered Environment - Marble Falls Tech Initiative

in Initiative, Planning, Planning tools, Tech initiative, Vision, Vision planning, learning, school leaders

Listen as Marble Falls I.S.D., TX administrators share how they are redefining and rebuilding their district’s vision and plan for integrating technology to shape and ensure a solid foundation for instruction and technology, that is learner-centered with the help of Connected Consulting and Atomic Learning. For a workbook to help your district develop a learning-based vision for your tech initiative, visit

20 Nov

Mobile and Beyond: McAllen ISD supports district-wide tech initiative, PD, and tech training needs

in 1:1 initiatives, Tech initiative, Mobile Learning, mobile, mobile devices, mobile initiative, mobile initiatives, mobile learning, online PD, professional development, teacher PD, tech integration

McAllen ISD, a district with 1,600 full-time employees, in McAllen, Texas, initially chose Atomic Learning to support their 1:1 iPad initiative (27,000 iPads deployed to every learner, K-12, plus staff). The district has since learned the importance of the Atomic Learning resources to not only support their mobile initiative, but to also expand the depth of technology training district-wide.

19 Nov

Minnesota District Wins State Award in Leadership and Technology

in ed tech, tech integration, technology integration

We would like to extend our congratulations to our friends at Sauk Rapids-Rice School District for being nominated and selected as Minnesota’s 2014 TIES (Technology and Information Educational Services) Technology Leadership Team Award Recipient. The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District was selected for its innovation and positive impact on learning through technology. 

TIES noted the leadership of the Community and District, the ability to “build” community, innovative uses of technology, and successful community partnerships.

TIES will nominate the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District for the National Award of the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN).

Looking for ways to integrate technology in your district? Check out some ideas from Sauk Rapids-Rice’s Library Media Specialist, Maria Burnham, here.

19 Nov

Infographic: Making the Grade - Great Teachers in Our Schools

in educator, educators, recognition, teachers
As we continue to celebrate American Education Week, we wanted to share this infographic on Making the Grade - Great Teachers in Our Schools, and again say thank you to all the educators that have helped mold us into the individuals we have become and continue to guide future generations.


18 Nov

Free Webinar: Ensuring Your Tech Plan is a Learning Plan

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Lessons Learned from a Superintendent and His Team

Has your district invested in technology, perhaps a 1 to 1 initiative, but you're starting to question if it's truly driving change?  Do you wonder if you should even continue investing in technology?

In this discussion, hear how Dr. Robert O'Connor, Superintendent at Marble Falls, TX, asked himself those questions and how he approached answering them to truly move the district forward.  Eric Penrod, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, and Wade Stanford, Assistant Superintendent, will also join the conversation as they walk us through how them went from asking themselves if their tech initiative was just a waste of money to determining if it was truly improving learning.

18 Nov

Using LucidChart Diagrams - Guest Blog Post

in online PD, teacher PD, teachers, tech integration

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Today I want to talk to you about the Google Add-On "LucidChart Diagrams."  If you ever need to make a quick graphic organizer, Venn diagram, or flow chart and still be in your Google Drive, consider adding on LucidChart.  

In your Drive, in a new document, under the "Add-Ons" menu option, click on "Get Add-Ons".  Search for "LucidChart" and add it to your Drive.  Now, when you go back into the Add-Ons menu in your document, you should see "LucidChart Diagrams" as an option.  Select it and a side panel will appear.  

Click on the red "Create" button in the side panel, and you will see a menu of options to insert in your document.  Below is a preview of some options.


17 Nov

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 11/17/14

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Congratulations to Frankie Medlen from Weston County School District 7 in Upton, WY, 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 Nov

Smart PD: How to Develop a Learning Plan to Help Teachers Improve

in online PD, professional development, teacher PD, teachers, teaching

"Adults learn in much the same way children do, and unless teachers see that you have a cohesive plan to truly help them improve their practices, they'll tune out the PD and poke at their bagels while they watch the clock during training sessions."

Looking for some tips for effective PD throughout the school year? Check out this article in Scholastic Administrator magazine, where our Director of Strategic Integration, Kara Gann, along with other professionals have shared their expertise for successfully reaching teachers.

15 Nov

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Greg Lathe

in eLearning Developers

Continuing the series introducing you to our eLearning Contributor team, we'd like you to meet Greg Lathe. Lathe formed Cre8 Solutions Group, LLC in 2012.

Leadership Development has been his passion throughout his career. Starting out as a school teacher he realized the power of focusing on unlocking creative potential in students and received "Teacher of the Year" for the school District of Cudahy, Wisconsin in 1999. His passion for investing in leaders was put into practice as full time Music and Media Director for Oak Creek Wisconsin Assembly of God for the next 13 years as the organization experienced tremendous growth. During this time he worked with leadership to develop their Core Values and establish training and curriculum for all ages.

13 Nov

What's Your Best EdTech Project? Share and Win!

in ed tech, edtech, education technology, projects, student achievement

Are your students doing amazing projects? Looking for ways to tell their stories? Tech & Learning wants to hear from you!

Share your edtech project.

Three winning teams will be selected (one for Grades K-3; one for Grades 4-8; and one for Grades 9-12). Winning students get passes to Tech & Learning Live @ California on Friday, January 30, the opportunity to present their work at the event, and coverage in Tech & Learning magazine. [Note: prize includes admission, as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks, for up to three students and one adult. Travel and lodging expenses not included]

Applicants must be a full-time student or teacher at a California K-12 school. This includes teachers or students at online institutions, virtual schools, home schools, charter schools, and private academies. Students and teachers must agree to a public release of their project materials to Tech & Learning for judging, marketing, and media exposure.

12 Nov

Schoology -- It’s Time to Get Hooked! - Guest Blog Post

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Guest Blog Post by Cindy Rybaczyk, Atomic Learning eLearning Developer and Educator

A few months back, I became what you might call a “Schoology Junkie.”  I joined so many other educators who jumped on board with using a Learning Management System. At first, like most people, I started slowly: I created a course, added students to the course I created, and then found myself wondering what to do next. Not really sure of how I’d use Schoology or how much I’d use it, I did like many users do – I started searching around on the Schoology blog and on the web for information about how other teachers used Schoology in their classrooms. I decided to take it slow at first, creating a simple assignment that my students could complete online. That first day in the classroom after they completed their assignment, I knew I was hooked. The responses before were the standard, “oh no, not another homework assignment,” particularly if writing was a component. That day, they told me that it was fun to complete the assignment online because it seemed, and I quote, “different.” Was it different? Not really. Was I going to tell them that? Not a chance!

10 Nov

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 11/10/14

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Congratulations to Ressie Jenkins from Shepherd ISD in Shepherd, 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!

06 Nov

Dyslexia Teacher Shares An Example of How She Uses Atomic Learning

in educator, educators, effective PD, lesson planning, online PD, parents, professional development, student achievement, teacher PD

What she realized was that the end result had more purpose than anticipated.

Sandra Rose, a dyslexia teacher at Richardson ISD, shares how Atomic Learning's training helped her create a video to not only help her students, but also to share program details with parents of students and the community.

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber, but want to learn more? Visit

06 Nov

Customizing Your GMail Using the "Labs" Feature - Guest Blog Post

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Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

This post focuses on customizing your GMail using the "Labs" feature in your Settings. A couple of Labs I like to have enabled include: 

1. A mini-calendar, so I can see my schedule and my email in the same window. It sits in the lower left corner of your GMail screen and lists out calendar events for the day.

2. Preview pane allows me to see the list of my emails and then on the right, a preview of the email that is selected from the list.  My Inbox used to look like this:

Now it looks like this (and you can kind of see my calendar in the lower left corner of this picture): 

03 Nov

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 11/3/14

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Congratulations to Denise Gerst from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, 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!

01 Nov

New Content Alert: Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2014 Training

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Adobe's® non-linear video editor Premiere® Pro Creative Cloud® 2014 boasts a number of new and innovative features. In this online training series, you'll explore the live text templates, master clip effects and the new delivery formats. You'll also be introduced to other new commands, including reverse match frame, and enhanced media management features. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

31 Oct

Helping Students Stay Focused on Learning

in learning, online, student achievement, tech embedded classrooms, tech integration, technology integration, training

Listen as Richardson ISD's Ryan Wright shares how Atomic Learning has helped him stay focused on learning and takes the hassle out helping him learn the technologies he needs. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

31 Oct

Educators: Download Free Full-Version Autodesk Software

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Did you know? Autodesk provides FREE access to students, teachers and schools around the world. 

According to their website:

Imagine, design, and create a better world with help from Autodesk Education. Get free access to the software used to make the games, movies, buildings, and products that inspire you. Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software for manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment.

Learn more.

30 Oct

We want YOU as an eLearning Contributor #autoCAD #python #java #revit #adobe

in e-learning, eLearning Developers
In addition to a staff of full time in-house eLearning Developers, Atomic Learning regularly seeks out contributors for specialized projects. These eLearning Contributors consist of a knowledgeable group of individuals who are either subject-matter experts or are experienced in related fields that work with Atomic Learning to share their expertise with a worldwide audience, enhance their skill set, and supplement their income. So, without further ado, we ask:
  • Are you looking to make some extra cash?
  • Does technology or a new software release make you giddy?
  • Have you ever been called a geek by your colleagues because of said passion for technology?
  • Do you find sharing this knowledge with others is a rewarding experience? 
  • Have you used screen recording tools to share technology and dazzle your colleagues?  
30 Oct

2014 Technology and Professional Development Survey Results Released #techpd14

in ed tech, education technology, effective PD, online PD, personal learning communities, professional development, social media, social networking, teacher PD

From the abacus to the calculator, the chalkboard to SMARTBoards, technology has had an immense impact on education and how students learn. However, technology is only one piece of the puzzle. Bill Gates said it best: “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

But how are teachers using technology? And how are teachers maintaining expertise in the areas of teaching and new technology?

With these themes in mind, the USC Rossier School of Education’s online Master of Arts in Teaching set out to answer these questions by surveying current educators as to how and why they’re using technology, such as social media and Twitter chats, to form their own professional development.

Curious about the results? Read more.

29 Oct

New Content Alert: HTML5 - Typography & Page Structuring Training

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In this online training series, Lawrence Turton covers the ease of HTML 5, the various elements that have been removed from the code, typography definitions, styling and using word break, as well as page structuring elements and semantic layout. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

29 Oct

Atomic Learning Expands Commitment to Protecting the Privacy and Security of Student Data

in Atomic Learning

Ed Tech Training Company Joins Pledge to Advance Student Data Privacy Protection

Ed tech training leader Atomic Learning is among several other K-12 Service Providers that signed the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)’s Pledge to safeguard student privacy built around a dozen commitments regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information.

29 Oct

Using Google Chrome Extensions - Guest Blog Post

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

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

You might be asking yourself, "What is an extension?"

Answer: an extension is a handy-dandy little tool that hangs out on the top of your Chrome browser (to the right of the URL bar), ready and waiting to help you be more efficient in your life.  

To find/obtain Chrome extensions, there are two places to look: 

1. The "Apps" button on your Chrome Bookmark Bar (top left). Click on the "Web Store" icon and then, on the left, select the word Extensions. You'll now be only searching for Extensions. 


2. Click on the 3 horizontal lines at the top right of your Chrome Window. Select "Settings" then click on the word "Extensions" on the far left of the next screen. At the bottom of the page you'll find a link to "Get More Extensions" which takes you to the Web Store.

28 Oct

Concerned About Accessibility in Your District?

in Atomic Assist, accessible instruction

With October being Disabilities Awareness Month, it's a reminder to teachers and administrators to take the proper steps to ensure your district is barrier-free.  Luckily for you, Atomic Learning has 508 and WCAG compliant resources to help. We've gathered a list of quick training resources on the software that you're probably already using. These might help get your accessibility juices flowing:

27 Oct

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 10/27/14

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Congratulations to La Doris Mack from Dayton Public Schools in Dayton, OH, 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!

22 Oct

Unite in orange against bullying #UnityDay2014

in cyberbullying, digital citizens, 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.

22 Oct

Taking Time to Learn: Computer Learning Month

in digital learning, e-learning, online PD, professional development

In the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to put off your own development...

October marks Computer Learning Month, an annual event focused on promoting responsible computing and digital citizenship, serving as a simple reminder to set aside time dedicated to learning something new.

Since the month is already quickly drawing to a close, we've compiled a short list of some of our favorite online resources to help you stop procrastinating and start learning:

  • Computer Literacy Basics Mac | PC
    Learn the basics about using your computer with topics ranging from double clicking with your mouse to setting up an email account, and even how to transfer photos from your camera to your hard drive.
  • An Overview of Learning Methodologies
    Join Dr. Billie McConnell as he 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.
  • Creating Maker Lessons Training
    Explore the principles of the Maker Movement, and build a framework for creating "Maker Lessons" that combine our physical and digital worlds in this online training series.
  • Effective Listening Training
    This dynamic online training series explores listening vs. hearing, the listening process, and types and styles of listening, responding, questioning, and more that can be valuable in all areas of your life.
  • What's New in iOS 8
    This online training series will show you some of the new features in iOS 8, including Interactive Notifications, QuickType, Family Sharing, iCloud® Drive, Spotlight®, and more!

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.