16 Apr

Tech Integration Projects for National Poetry Month

in Tech Integration Project, classroom lessons, projects, subjects, tech integration, technology integration
In recognition of National Poetry Month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight several classroom-ready tech integration projects designed to help educators guide students in utilizing technology to create and present their poems.
  • Recording Poetry
    In this lesson, students will record themselves reciting a poem. They will also create a visual display that clarifies the ideas, thoughts, and feelings expressed in the poem.
  • Building Acrostic Poems Using Interactive Whiteboards
    This project demonstrates, step-by-step, how to construct an interactive whiteboard activity for building acrostic poems using ActiveInspire®  .
03 Mar

Classroom Project: What's for Breakfast

in Excel, Tech Integration Project, classroom lessons, curriculum, lesson planning, microsoft excel, projects, technology integration
Since March is National Nutrition Month, and today kicks off National School Breakfast Week, the team at Atomic Learning wanted to take a moment to share one of our favorite projects: What’s for Breakfast.

This project promotes health literacy and supports awareness of global health issues, through the exploration of how to make sound nutritional choices about the foods we eat for breakfast. Using any spreadsheet application (example project uses Microsoft® Excel) to track and compare three unique breakfast menus.

And, the project is completely classroom-ready! Including step-by-step tutorials that walk students through creating the project, downloadable resources, and a teacher Project Activity Guide complete with student assessment rubrics and discussion questions, the project has everything you need to integrate it into the classroom and help students make conscience nutritional choices.

20 Feb

Webinar: Finding Classroom Tech Projects in Atomic Learning

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, projects, tech integration

Whether you’re an elementary, middle school, or high school teacher, Atomic Learning has classroom projects for your grade level and subject area using the technology you already have.  

Select a link below to register for one of these 15-minute webinars to learn how to find a project to use with your students.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM CST
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM CST

05 Feb

Live from #TCEA14: Teacher on Tech Integration Projects

in Atomic Integrate, projects, tech integration, technology integration

Listen as teacher Eli Infante of Donna, TX shares why he likes to use Atomic Learning's tech integration projects, benefiting teachers and students alike!

Why wait? Check out these projects today. Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

31 Jan

Check out these New Tech Integration Projects

in Tech Integration Project, classroom application, educators, new, projects, student achievement, teachers, tech integration

What's in a Tech Integration Project?

Each project provides:

  •     Project activity guide
  •     Copy of the completed example project
  •     All the resources needed to recreate the example project
  •     Step-by-step tutorial movies that walk students through the project
  •     Assessment rubric

Most Tech Integration Projects' subjects can be easily modified to relate to any subject under study.

13 Dec

Check out Atomic Learning's New Look - Overview Video

in Atomic Assist, Atomic Integrate, Atomic Learning, Atomic Mobilize, Atomic TechCore, Big Idea Workshops, assessment, educators, online PD, projects, student achievement, teachers, training

Have you seen our new look? Check out this overview video to get the inside scoop on our clean, fresh updated user interface.

28 Sep

Tips for Using iPads in Your Classroom

in Atomic Mobilize, Big Idea Workshops, classroom, ed tech, iPad, projects, student achievement, tech integration, training, tutorials

We found this article on, and immediately thought of our educator friends! If you're working with students and iPads, check it out to help you integrate iPads into your classroom.

Atomic Learning is here to help you along the way, from iPad training tutorials to projects and workshops, we've got your iPad resources covered. Or, if your district is embarking on a mobile initiative, check out Atomic Learning's Atomic Mobilize solution to learn from educators and school leaders who have been there, done that.

05 Jul

Providing Training Tools for Special Ed Directors & Assistive Tech Specialists

in Atomic Assist, Atomic Learning, Big Idea Workshops, Special Education & Assistive Technology, professional development, projects, spotlights, teachers, training

Atomic Learning provides special education teachers and paraprofessionals anytime, anywhere answers to questions about the assistive technology tools and devices students are using. Training tutorials also provide a tool to help keep general education teachers informed on the devices students need to be successful in the general ed setting.

Atomic Learning’s Assistive Technology Professional Development Solution provides over 5,000 online video tutorials on common assistive technology software and hardware. Just-in-time training on accessibility features build into Microsoft® Office, Apple® iPad™, Windows® and Mac operating systems is also included.

27 Jun

Extend the Reach of Media Specialists' and Instructional Tech Specialists' Efforts

in Atomic Learning, Big Idea Workshops, instructional tech specialist, media specialist, online PD, projects, tech integration

With over 205 classroom-ready tech integration projects that can be filtered by subject, grade-level or state standard, Atomic Learning extends the Technology Integrator’s impact, and is a valuable resource to direct teachers to. With its anytime, anywhere platform, the teachers can learn new skills at their own pace.

Workshops help teachers learn how to effectively integrate technology in the classroom, while the classroom-ready projects help jumpstart the integration. The Atomic Learning resources can be used as basis for, or to augment, training sessions.

But don't take our word for it, one Customer shared:

 “Atomic Learning is a flexible, low-cost tool for educators and students. Technical support of the tool has been fantastic. It has been an integral part of the professional development we offer our staff,” said Ted, Coordinator of Instructional Technology Library/Media Services, Euclid City School District.

13 Jun

Simplifying the Delivery of PD for PD Directors

in Big Idea Workshops, Customer Support, custom training, just-in-time training, professional development, projects, school leaders, tech integration, training

Complete with a custom training tool that allows for uploading and sharing of training specific to a district or school, as well as a comprehensive reporting system that tracks individual activity, Atomic Learning expands training opportunities and simplifies the delivery of professional development.

Atomic Learning’s PD resources can be used as basis for PD sessions and collaborative project work by PLC’s which give PD Directors flexibility and provide variety to participants. Sheri, a District Instructional Technology Specialist at Spring Branch ISD says:

Teachers do not have time to drive across town after school or on Saturdays to sit in a face-to-face skills training class that is totally disconnected to what they are teaching in class. By using Atomic Learning, teachers can access the support and/or training in the context of what they are about to do with their students. Atomic Learning is there when and where the teacher needs it.”

21 May

Teachers Can Now Earn Graduate Credits through Completed Atomic Learning Training

in Atomic Learning, Big Idea Workshops, Blended Professional Development, new, professional development, projects, teachers

Atomic Learning now provides grad credit options to meet educators’ personal and professional growth objectives. These 1-, 2-, and 3-credit training options focus on the effective application of technology in the classroom.

For 1 graduate credit, Atomic Learning customers complete any of the more than 300 workshops or projects available from Atomic Learning, and then complete additional reflective steps to qualify for credits through Augustana College.  The cost to earn the self-paced graduate credit is $125.

08 Mar

Tech Teacher Answers the Question: Why Atomic Learning?

in Atomic Learning, Big Idea Workshops, eLearning Developers, projects, spotlights, teachers, tech integration

As an edtech blogger, Brad Flickinger has the opportunity to review several products and services each year. In his recent blog post, Flickinger shares why he likes Atomic Learning—and you should too.

I have had an Atomic Learning account for the past five years and it has saved my edtech-bacon a few more times than I would like to admit. If fact, I couldn’t really imagine being able to do my job effectively or efficiently without it. I have never found anything that compares to it – in price or product...In the end we are all just looking for better ways to get the job of teaching done, for me Atomic Learning delivers.

06 Mar

How Atomic Learning Helps Curriculum Directors

in Atomic Learning, Big Idea Workshops, curriculum, projects, tech integration

Atomic Learning helps lighten the Curriculum Director’s workload in regard to guiding teacher’s integration of technology in their classrooms. Through workshops, projects, as well as PD tools like the PD workbook and ePortfolio, teachers can work at their own pace to achieve the goals the Curriculum Director has set for them.

The library of workshops available in Atomic Learning help teachers understand why to include technology in their instruction.  Workshops can be used individually or through your professional development program.

Tech integration projects give teachers guided practice integrating technology into their classroom while the PD workbook helps teachers analyze their own curriculum and plan how the PD will be written into the curriculum.

25 Jan

Lessons Learned from a 1:1 Initiative

in Atomic Learning, projects, technology integration

This blog post reflects on 2 years of experience in a 1:1 laptop initiative—what they've learned as well as 2 struggles they continue to face.

"Project-based learning, challenge problems, and creative and collaborative work are all enhanced and enabled by high quality technology integration," shares Charlie Roy, the principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School, an 800-student coeducational Diocesan Catholic school in Peoria, Illinois.

18 Jan

FETC Presentation: Unbelieveable Tech Projects with Elementary Students

in K-12, education technology, projects, student achievement, technology integration

You won't believe your your eyes when you see the incredible technology projects that are being done with elementary students. This energetic presentation is full of ideas that will not only inspire you but also blow you away! In fact, what you see might make you want to stand up and shout, “There’s no way that 9 year-olds did that!”

CS1046 - Unbelievable Tech Projects with Elementary Students by Brad Flickinger
10:00 am - 11:00 am -- Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | Room: S230D

10 Nov

Assistive Technology Collection Expands with New Project

in Big Idea Workshops, Special Education & Assistive Technology, Spotlight, new, projects

Atomic Learning recently added new content to the online professional development suite which includes a new assistive technology project called “Name Activity – Overlay Maker 3”.

The Assistive Tech collection has also grown to include Stages Assessment Software – Stage 6 tutorials. The expanded library further supports the Accessible Instruction Spotlight which helps educators understand the requirements to provide accessible materials and assistive technology under IDEA, understand how to meet those requirements as it relates to classroom materials, practice creating documents and forms that are accessible to students using assistive technology, and build awareness of the barriers assistive technology can help students overcome.

07 Sep

New Training Spotlight Features Global Collaboration Focus

in Big Idea Workshops, Spotlight, education technology, global collaboration, projects, tech integration, training

Online collaboration tools like Blogs, wikis, Linkedin®, Twitter™, and Facebook® open doors for us to interact and be more social in the ways we use the Internet. Educators in all areas can benefit by infusing some or all of these technologies in their learning environments. The new Collaborating with a Global Community Spotlight helps educators identify how teachers and students can connect themselves to a global community, reflect on the best global project(s) to introduce into the classroom and plan the necessary steps for implementing a project.

Spotlights provide a structured training path around important topics related to 21st Century Skills and Technology Integration. The path allows teachers to quickly:

23 Aug

Looking for Standards-Based Projects? Let Atomic Learning Help!

in 21st Century Skills, education technology, job embedded, professional development, projects, tech integration

In the last year, a major change happened in education. The change is not one which grabbed headlines, but it did strongly influence education throughout the United States. Everyone involved in education knows of the Common Core State Standards, but very few understand how the new standards will influence classrooms on a day-to-day basis.

Six states have not adopted the Common Core State Standards, but all students will be influenced through text book changes, professional development planning and shared curriculum resources. For the first time, an eighth grade student in Tennessee will be required to learn the same curriculum as a student in California, Wisconsin, or Florida. As a result of this change, curriculum directors throughout the U.S. will be searching for ways to integrate the new standards into the classroom.

For years, Atomic Learning has been helping align standards and technology for easy classroom implementation. Our Tech Integration and 21st Century Skills projects not only help integrate technology into the classroom, they also align with each state’s standards.

Atomic Learning projects align to:

03 Aug

Atomic Learning Releases New Training Including GAME:IT and The Social and Interactive Web

in Atomic Learning, Big Idea Workshops, new, projects, tech integration, training, tutorials

Atomic Learning recently added new content to the site which includes new tutorials on Blackboard® 9.1, GAME:IT, Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), and a fully updated Google Docs training series. Also included in this new content release are a new tech integration project on SMART Board Notebook 10 and a new workshop entitled The Social and Interactive Web: Today’s Web 2.0.

In the new Blackboard® series, students will learn how to navigate the application, retrieve and submit assignments, take tests online, and use features such as a calendar and address book.

Created by award winning high school technology teachers specifically for high schools, GAME:IT is an introductory level game development course. This series features training for 11th and 12th grade students to learn the basics of game development, programming & graphic design along with the accompanying physics and math concepts used in building a real, working game.

20 Jul

Put Concept into Practice with Classroom Projects

in Spotlight, projects, student achievement, teachers, tech integration

After teachers have identified the workshops for delivering online instruction, the next step is applying the concept to their curriculum. Atomic Learning makes this easy with Tech Integration and 21st Century Skills projects which include:

  • Step-by-step tutorials that walk you through the projects
  • Project Activity Guides
  • All the resources needed to recreate the example projects

Put the Effective Online Teaching & Learning concept into practice with these classroom projects:

Cyberbully? No Way, Not Me
Internet Safety: Be Aware
Internet Safety & Social Networking

13 May

Cyberbullying: Not Just Name Calling

in 21st Century Skills, children, classroom, projects, respect

Schools around the world are struggling to keep up with social challenges in fully digitized youth. Kids and adults alike are up to their elbows in social media - from Twitter to Facebook and everything in between. These schools and educators are chasing the kids who are sprinting ahead into the cyber-abyss, sometimes encountering situations they're not prepared to handle. Sometimes they're actually the cause of shame and depression, or worse, causing ill feelings with other kids.

Atomic Learning offers a number of 21st Century Skills Projects addressing digital citizenship. Our project entitled "Cyberbully? No Way, Not Me" tackles this very challenge. It includes a guide and the resources necessary to hold an interactive conversation with students about the harm caused by insensitive remarks online, and how to deal with them when they're encountered.

14 Mar

Bullying: President Obama Can Relate

in 21st Century Skills, Atomic Learning, educators, projects

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met with students, parents and teachers from the Conference on Bullying Prevention at the White House last week.

"The President smiled when he said his large ears and funny name once made him a target of school-yard harassment. But he was all seriousness last Thursday when he told a White House conference on bullying that torment and intimidation must not be tolerated."

Read more.

Such bullying is not only happening on the school yards, it happens online as well. The term "cyberbullying" refers to the use of digital tools, such as email or instant messaging, to send or post text or images that have the effect of intimidating, frightening, or embarrassing another person. Teach your students to be good digital citizens, check out our tech integration project "Cyberbully? No Way, Not Me".

22 Sep

Pre-Designed Projects Make Tech Integration Easy

in Atomic Learning, education technology, projects, technology integration

Do you find yourself challenged with integrating technology into your classroom?  Atomic Learning makes it easy – providing hundreds of pre-designed projects you can add to your curriculum. And, most of the projects can be easily modified and adapted to fit your class and present your topic of choice. Here are a few samples to get you started.

Escape From the Rainforest – Microsoft Word application

The National Zoo needs your help! All the animals from the rainforest exhibit have escaped. It is up to you to research information about the missing animals and prepare a WANTED poster to ensure the safe return of all the animals.

Students begin by recording and organizing information about their animal in a Word document. Then they’ll create a poster in another Word document, using drawing and text tools. They will be incorporating text, clip art, and WordArt into the poster to present the information about their animal in a visually appealing way.

04 May

New Content Alert: Safari 4, Word 2010, iPhoto '09, PixWriter 3, Read:OutLoud 6, more

in 21st Century Skills, Big Idea Workshops, classroom, new, professional development, projects, tutorials

New and expanded tutorial series
Safari 4
As stated by Apple®: "It’s a browser. It’s a platform. It’s an open invitation to innovate. Safari® continuously redefines the browser, providing the most enjoyable way to experience the Internet."

View 2 free tutorials

Word 2010
Microsoft® Word 2010 offers the best of all worlds: enhanced features to create professional-quality documents, easier ways to work together with people and almost-anywhere access to your files. Use this introductory level tutorial series to watch, listen, and learn the basics of how to create high-quality documents that you can be proud of.

View 2 free tutorials

PixWriter 3
PixWriter™ is a talking picture and word processing program designed for beginning and struggling readers and writers. The program combines print, pictures, and speech allowing users to compose written documents even if knowledge of sound-symbol relationships, spelling, and alphabet skills have not been mastered. Teachers can quickly create a customized word bank that includes symbols for students to use for writing.

View 2 free tutorials

13 Apr

April is National Poetry Month... How about a poetry podcast?

in classroom, education technology, projects, standards

April is National Poetry Month. We've just updated one of our Technology Integration Projects which uses Garage Band '09, and it does a nice job of bringing poetry to any classroom:

Take poetry to a new level! Users will use an audio application to produce a podcast of themselves narrating a piece of poetry. They will create a music track to accompany their poem, and also add images they have found to illustrate their poem. They may elect to use an image capture utility on their computer to create their images. Finally, they will export their podcast for an MP3 player.

View the project here

05 Apr

New Content Alert: Higher Ed Projects and Workshops with Google Docs and more

in Big Idea Workshops, classroom, education technology, new, professional development, projects, technology integration

We've released a batch of new Technology Integration Projects and Workshops with our colleges of education customers in mind. They're also useful to K12 educators looking for more advanced content.

Technology Integration Projects

Collaborating to Build a Slideshow Presentation – Google Docs

Creating a Photo Book – Photoshop Elements 8 (PC)

02 Feb

Digital Workshop from PBS - 21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital Age

in 21st Century Skills, classroom, education technology, professional development, projects, technology integration

This project by PBS and the MacArthur and Park Foundations aligns well with recent posts on digital learning. It starts this evening.

More and more educators are tapping into the power of digital media and technology for teaching and learning. The variety of information resources available online is simply staggering. Explore how teachers and students are using the power of social media to promote students' active engagement, critical thinking and literacy skills.

26 Jan

Cyberbullying: Lowering thresholds of tolerance

in 21st Century Skills, children, classroom, projects, respect

After a decade or more online, many of us have become jaded or indifferent to the hostility people sometimes show toward each other in the relative anonymity of the web. If we stray outside social internet communities that are rooted in our physical ones, we find people we're likely to never meet, and they often don't show us the same respect or decency that they would face-to-face. Eventually we may reach a plateau of tolerance that's much higher than it should be, especially when children  are involved.

22 Sep

New Project Alert: Web Resources Workshop - Search, Evaluate & Use

in 21st Century Skills, classroom, education technology, new, professional development, projects, training, tutorials

This project is part of our 21st Century Skills package. Watch the first video

The tutorials in this workshop series will guide the user through four important questions that teachers and students will face when using Web-based resources for classroom projects: