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.

21 Aug

Learning and Growing - Guest Blog Post

in career skills, job embedded, learning

Guest blog post by Shari Fruechte, CAP-OM, Executive Assistant for Atomic Learning.

Learning, growing, and trying new things energizes me. Don’t get me wrong, just like most people after I commit to something new, I usually get a wave of “Oh no, what did I just get myself into?” However,  I’ve learned that message is also a good indicator that whatever I am about to undertake is a growth opportunity.

Those were my exact thoughts recently when I was given the opportunity to facilitate a Lunch & Learn based on some of our new soft skills training available in the Atomic Learning Career Skills series, Effective Listening. While I have attended Lunch & Learns before, creating the questions and being responsible for facilitating one was a new ballgame for me.

In addition to learning some new skills about how to be a more effective listener, I also was able to learn a few things about myself and my own learning:

20 Aug

Summer Professional Development Series: Effective Online Teaching and Learning

in Summer PD

Are you new to online teaching, or are you looking to flip your classroom? Or maybe you just want to add online discussions to provide deeper learning opportunities for your students. Successfully transitioning from a brick and mortar class to an online or blended learning environment is challenging. It goes beyond understanding new tools, (though that's important, too).

The Atomic Learning Training Spotlight on Effective Online Teaching and Learning provides the tools educators need to handle the transition. This includes training on:

20 Aug

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Continues - Part 3 #icebucketchallenge #alsicebucketchallenge #strikeoutals

in Atomic Learning

If you've been living under a rock, or maybe just been out of touch with our blog for a couple days, this all started with the nomination of CEO Lisa Barnett to do the ALS ice bucket challenge and has had a domino effect ever since.

To see more videos of the Atomic Learning team completing the challenge, come back and visit this blog post to see if others have jumped on board to support ALS. Along with Ryan Thomas, Director of Product Engineering (above) check out videos from:

20 Aug

New Content Alert: New Google Sheets Tech Integration Project, Schoology Training, and more!

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

If I Had a Million (Google Sheets) Tech Integration Project
http://www.atomiclearning.com/la_ifmillion-google-sheets-training

Internet Explorer 11 Touch Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/internet-explorer-11-touch-training

Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014 – What’s New? Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/photoshop-creative-cloud-2014-training

Schoology Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/schoology-training

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

19 Aug

Support of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Continues #icebucketchallenge #alsicebucketchallenge #strikeoutals

in Atomic Learning

Yesterday, Atomic Learning's CEO Lisa Barnett completed the ALS ice bucket challenge, and nominated her fellow executive team members: VP of Product and Business Development, Jon Blissenbach; Chief Financial Officer, Paul Cameron; and VP of Sales and Marketing, Zac Miller to complete the challenge within 24 hours or donate to ALS. Watch the video to see what happens next.

18 Aug

What You'll Learn: GIMP Training

in new

In this online training series, we are going to learn how use GIMP® in order to manipulate photos and create image compositions.  This a comprehensive series that will teach you everything you need to know in order to become proficient in GIMP.  We will cover importing and exporting Images, saving files, making and editing selections, painting, creating text, using layers and filters, as well as retouching photos and creating an image composition. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more at www.atomiclearning.com/more.

18 Aug

CEO Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge #icebucketchallenge #alsicebucketchallenge #strikeoutals

in Atomic Learning

Lisa Barnett, CEO of Atomic Learning, was challenged to do the ALS ice bucket challenge by one of the Atomic Learning team and in turn nominated her fellow Atomic Learning executive team members to do the same.

18 Aug

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 8/18/14

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Congratulations to Baron Coleman at Puyallup School District, in Puyallup, 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!

13 Aug

Summer Professional Development Series: Collaborating with a Global Community

in Summer PD

Are you looking for ways to connect your classroom to the rest of the world? Whether you would like to find internet pen pals (keyboard pals?) or you just want to introduce your students to different cultures and ideas, the Training Spotlight on Collaborating with a Global Community gives you the tools you need to expand your classroom far beyond the walls of the building. 

12 Aug

New Content Alert: Powerpoint 2013 and Desire2Learn (Brightspace) 10.3 Student Training

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

Desire2Learn (Brightspace) 10.3 – Student Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/desire-2-learn-10.3-student-training

Your Shortcut to PowerPoint 2013 Success Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/powerpoint-2013-biggerbrain-training

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

12 Aug

Archived Recording: Differentiating PD Webinar

in online PD, professional development, webinar
Are you in charge of providing PD in your district? Last week, we had a webinar with Ashley Hurley, Professional Development Specialist at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools where she discussed differentiating PD for all stages of the tech adoption curve.
 
Check out the archived recording, we know you'll look at your PD planning in a whole new light!
 
12 Aug

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Brian Shapiro

in eLearning Developers

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

Brian is a dynamic professional with 18 years experience in professional training, higher education, and the performing arts. He’s a funny, knowledgeable, and insightful workshop leader! Brian’s developed and delivered theater-based training programs nationally, served on the communication faculty at several colleges and universities, has written and performed in over a dozen original theatrical productions, and is the singer/songwriter for the Paris-based electronic music trio, Grand Plateau .  Brian attended a doctorate program in Performance Studies and holds both a BA and MA in Communication Studies.  Originally from California, Brian, his wife, and their son relocated from San Francisco to Philadelphia in 2011, where 2 years later a second son was added to the fun!

11 Aug

What You'll Learn: Excel 2013 Training

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Microsoft Excel 2013 is a powerful spreadsheet application that is perfect for maintaining long lists of data, budgets, sales figures and other data. In this online series of training tutorials, we'll show you how to navigate through the basics of Excel and use some new features including Skycloud -- which allows you to share and store files in a location where you can access them with any computer that has Excel. Additionally, you'll learn how to create tables, move information around with ease, and use formulas that can calculate the totals of everything from a monthly budget to a loan payment. Microsoft 2013 has been redesigned and several common functions are now much easier to use. This training series will make sure you get the most out of the program. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more at www.atomiclearning.com/more.

11 Aug

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 8/11/14

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Congratulations to Anna Flaig at Lakota Local School District, in Liberty Township, 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!

07 Aug

How is #Edchat changing education?

in ed tech, personal learning communities, survey

The University of Southern California -- Rossier's online Doctor of Education is conducting a quick survey on how education Twitter chats are influencing educators around the world.

Does social interaction via Twitter help or hinder teachers? Are #Edchat participants more interested in social media in the classroom? Do education Twitter chats benefit teachers?

Share your thoughts! Please fill out this #Edchat survey and share with anyone you know in the education world! The more responses the more information they will have to share with you!

Please complete the survey prior to August 14, 2014.

Need some help with twitter? Check out our training! Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

07 Aug

Mobile Devices Are Changing the Classroom

in 1:1 initiatives, iPad, mobile, mobile devices, mobile initiative, mobile learning

A recent article on business2community.com states:

Educators embracing mobile technology have a competitive edge up on non-mobile adversaries in the quest to transform classrooms into personalized learning environments.

At Atomic Learning, we can't agree more. Mobile learning is about more than being innovative and bringing new technology into your district; mobile learning allows educators the ability to reimagine the classroom and revitalize learning.

Whether you are planning a 1:1 iPad initiative, in the midst of a BYOD program, updating from textbooks to eBooks, or using mobile technology to flip your classroom, one thing remains constant: your teachers, students, and parents need training to fully realize the power of mobile learning.

06 Aug

Summer Professional Development Series: Internet Safety

in Summer PD

As technology continues to evolve, the risks to children online evolve as well. What does this mean? Parents and educators need to stay up-to-date with dangers children face online. Whether it’s exposure to strangers on gaming systems, on social networking sites, or on mobile devices, we need to know these dangers and what actions to take in order to prevent them.

Our internet safety training workshop drives home a constant theme to take into consideration and to reiterate to students in that everything we post on the internet is both public and permanent. We will also discuss internet technology that our kids have easy access to and ideas on how to neutralize the dangers they can sometimes pose.

04 Aug

What You'll Learn: Mac OSX Accessibility Training

in new

Accessibility features in Mavericks® make the user experience easier for those that require physical, visual or auditory accommodations. In this online training series, you will learn how to enable and use ​physical accommodations such as mouse control and sticky keys. Many hearing accommodations are also covered such as setting talking alerts and adjusting the volume output and balance. Visual accommodations are covered in depth such as turning on and using zoom, setting the resolution and adjusting the pointer size. You will also learn about VoiceOver components such as using the caption panel and navigating the web are demonstrated for those that require the use of VoiceOver. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more at www.atomiclearning.com/more.

04 Aug

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 8/4/14

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Congratulations to Dora Sandoval at Point Isabel ISD, in Point Isabel, 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 Aug

Show More. Tell More. Guest Blog Post

in projects, video storytelling

Helping Students Use the Power of Visuals as Part of Project-Based Learning

Guest blog post by Linda Winter

Active learning. Engagement. Projects that pull together multiple curriculum areas and call on students to use a mix of skills and knowledge to address complex problems. The growth of project-based learning is reaching all grade spans and all core curriculum areas.

Students typically enjoy the challenge of project-based learning and thrive when they have the opportunity to explore new concepts, gather resources, analyze evidence and then present their findings and conclusions. When students want to create final project presentations that are as dynamic as the work they’ve completed, visual tools can help them produce powerful presentations. So whether they’re looking for ways to animate a timeline, illustrate the processes they used to design an experiment, or create a video that captures excerpts from interviews they conducted to gather primary sources, they’ll need to use appropriate software and apps to develop their presentations.

What’s a teacher to do?

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
 
 
Join Ashley on August 6th to learn about differentiating professional development for your district. Register now to reserve your seat. Can't make it? Register anyway and you'll receive a link to the archived recording after the webinar.
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

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

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

in infographic

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.