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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.

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 edtech, 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, tech 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 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

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
Google Drive - Fully updated

Google Mobile Apps - Added movies related to Slides App
iOS 8  - What's New? 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: