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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.

17 Sep

Guest Blog Post: It’s All About the Experience!

in learning, student achievement, teaching

Guest Blog Post by Dr. Billie McConnell, President of Connected Consulting

As I work with teachers, I am reminded of my childhood experiences and how things have changed. My childhood was different from my children’s and today’s kids are even more different. Many of the experiences that I had have been lost to today’s children. But, I do admit that they also have some that I never had. (I will save the ones that I never had for another article.)

I played organized sports as a kid, but most of my sports were played on the playground, the street, or the front yard. No adults, just us kids. What happened if we had a conflict? We resolved it. No adults! If we wanted to keep playing, then we had to come up with a solution. We learned early how to resolve conflicts. We didn’t always resolve them using the best method, but that was a learning experience as well. Today, however, many of our students are involved in organized activities run by an adult. What happens when there is a conflict? The adult solves it. Children learn that someone else will solve the problem and they don’t get the chance to learn to deal with conflicts. (Hmm. That reminds me of many parent meetings that I had when I was a teacher and administrator.)

15 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/15/14

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Congratulations to Dianne Cooper at Leander ISD, in Leander, 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 Sep

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Martha Roth

in eLearning Developers

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

Martha has been involved with customer service in some way ever since she could say "Would you like biggie fries with that?"

She has a deep passion for customer service, so much so that she went to the College of St. Scholastica for a degree in organizational behavior!

Join Martha on her journey of customer service in this training series.

 

10 Sep

Integrate Technology in Art Class with Atomic Learning

in classroom, classroom application, professional development, teacher PD, teachers

Kasie Davis, an Art Teacher at Richardson ISD, uses Atomic Learning to brush up on tech skills to help her art class students use iMovie to highlight their work. Learn more about Kasie's classroom project here.

To hear more about how Richardson ISD is finding success with Atomic Learning’s solution, check out their story.

09 Sep

Partnering for Success

in customers, implementation, partnership

"Atomic Learning provides excellent customer support! The Atomic Learning representatives keep us continuously informed of program updates, new content, and more."

Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land, TX, Digital Learning Team

Today’s technology-driven world demands that students be equipped with a digital skill set to be college- and career-ready. As a result, school and district leaders are regularly challenged to implement and support the latest educational technology both in and out of the classroom.

At Atomic Learning, we understand these challenges and are dedicated to be a true partner to your school’s success. And, that dedication shows in quotes like the one above from our friends at Fort Bend ISD and in our user surveys—school leaders rank their overall experience with Atomic Learning as a 6.49 (mean) on a 7-point scale.

Learn more about our implementation and support services here.

08 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/8/14

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Congratulations to Tiquila McNeill at Durham Public School District, in Durham, 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!

04 Sep

I AM [Making a Difference]: The Power of Educators

in educators, teachers, teaching

With the start of another school year, we found this video quite inspiring and wanted to share. Educators, YOU ARE [Making a Difference]. Atomic Learning thanks you and celebrates the power of educators.

03 Sep

Summer Professional Development Series: Tech Skills Referesher

in Summer PD

Is there a software application you know you are under utilizing but you haven't found time to learn all the features? Did you recently upgrade to a newer version of a tool you use all the time?

Atomic Learning makes it simple to catch up on the training you need with our brief how-to tutorials. Once logged into Atomic Learning, the home screen shows our search application. With more than 60,000 videos on over 250 applications, it's likely we will have the training you need to get up-to-speed quickly. You can search by keyword, browse applications, by topic, or by type of training. We have the training you need to feel like the tech guru of your school! 

Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more information to find out how we can help your district! 

03 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/3/14

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Congratulations to Teddi Ricketts at Winfield USD 465, in Winfield, KS, 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!

03 Sep

5 Steps to Atomic Learning Training that Meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

in online PD, professional development, standards, student achievement, teaching

Atomic Learning recently updated their search by standards feature to include the ability to search for content that meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

According to nextgenscience.org, "…new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council."

To complete your search for NGSS-related Atomic Learning content:

1. Go to http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/state-standards
2. Choose "National Standards"
3. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be the default Type
4. Science is the default Subject
5. Choose the grade you teach, and Search!

01 Sep

New Content Alert: Easy Grade Pro 4.1 Training, and more!

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

Easy Grade Pro 4.1 Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/easy-grade-pro-4.1-training2
               
Canvas Mastery Gradebook Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/canvas-mastery-gradebook-training
 
Facebook for Students - Fully updated!
http://www.atomiclearning.com/fbwkshp_stu

Trimble SketchUp Make 2014 Training
http://www.atomiclearning.com/trimble-sketchup-make-2014-training

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

27 Aug

Summer Professional Development Series: Video Storytelling in the Classroom

in Summer PD

Have you been wanting to include video in your classroom but don't know where to start? Interested in flipping the classroom, but you need some help with creating the video? Using video storytelling in the classroom helps you present information in a new way, to engage students.

The Atomic Learning Spotlight: Video Storytelling in the Classroom can help you effectively integrate video into your classroom to increase student engagement. 

The Spotlight includes professional development on important parts of video storytelling including: 

26 Aug

Using iMovie to Showcase Classroom Projects

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, professional development, projects, tech embedded classrooms, tech integration, technology integration

"Technology doesn't come naturally to me, it's like a puzzle, so Atomic Learning helps to put those pieces together."

- Kasie Davis, Richardson ISD

Take a look at a video that Kasie Davis, an Art Teacher at Richardson ISD—who says technology does not come naturally to her—recently created using iMovie and tutorials from Atomic Learning to highlight an art project by her student. Want to learn more about the Atomic Learning iMovie training series or creating videos with your students like Kasie did? Learn more at www.atomiclearning.com/more.

25 Aug

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 8/25/14

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Congratulations to Garrick Reisdorff at Cross County Community Schools, in Stromsburg, NE, 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 Aug

3 Steps to Creating an Online Presentation

in online PD

Learn how to, step-by-step, collaborate and create a presentation using Google™ Docs with Atomic Learning's training project: Creating an Online Slideshow Presentation. The training is broken up into 3 sections, you can see the first video below, then, log in to watch the entire training series.

Step 1: Getting Started

Step 2: Gathering Information

Step 3: Creating the Presentation

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!

in new

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

in new

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!