Tinkering, crafting, active learning, MacGyver-ing, whatever you call it, a wave of creativity, collaboration and invention called the Maker Movement is revolutionizing education... but what exactly IS the Maker Movement and WHY should schools care?
Atomic Learning's own Kara Gann recently sat down with Sylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classsroom, a book that is often referred to as "the bible of the Maker Movement in schools," to address these questions. Interested in hearing what they had to say? We've recorded their discussion as an on-demand webinar archive which is part of the Education Eavesdrop webinar series!
If you're ever looking for a truly great book about change, look no further than Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. When I started reading Switch, I was doing so as a professional learning opportunity related to business. Atomic Learning's entire purpose is really about helping people navigate change as they seek to unleash the power of ever changing technology in their teaching, learning and life. Therefore, we are an organization that is constantly looking to also embrace change as we adapt to the new challenges and opportunities that learners face.
I quickly learned that Switch is far from just a business book. It is really about better understanding how we, as humans, respond to changes in all aspects of life - from trying to adopt healthier eating or exercise to negotiating with a teenager to working with colleagues.
A recent eSchool News article discussed common pitfalls some teachers have faced when flipping their classroom. Have you thought about or tried flipping your classroom and struggled to keep your students engaged? Don't give up. Take some tips from your peers who have tested this practice and avoid the mistakes they've made.
To get flipped learning to work, and to have your students engaged, you have to make the videos and the homework more meaningful—this is the true spirit of flipped learning. ”
In conjunction with FETC 2014, the SIIA Education Division is happy to announce the launch of its seventh annual Vision K-20 Survey. The Vision K-20 Survey gives educators, administrators, and faculty members from K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions the opportunity to evaluate their current technology and compare it to prior results in a short online survey. This year, in addition to reporting progress over the last seven years, for the first time we will ask educators to identify how they are using mobile technology in the classroom.
For more information on Vision K-20, and to take the survey, visit the www.siia.net/visionk20. Initial aggregated results will be released at the 2014 Education Industry Summit (EIS) in May, with a final report released at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference in June.
If you are going to FETC, I want to hear from you! I will be hosting a session “From Awkward to Awesome: Learn from Product Innovation Models. ” What does that mean? When I was completing my Masters of Business Administration, I learned a lot about bringing a product to market. If you are wondering how that relates to education—it’s simple. Your district has strategic goals that are supported by different initiatives. Likely, there are some challenges in implementing the initiatives. Adoption by staff. Understanding what resources are needed and what resources you already have. Communication to school boards, parents, teachers, and the community as a whole. The list is likely endless. In my session, I’ll be discussing how we overcome these problems in business. Together, we will work through how to overcome your challenges to make sure your initiatives are a success.
In this online training series, you will learn about the following new features in Blackboard Service Pack 12: Global Navigation for a unified view of courses; enhanced calendar, test and discussion forum options; Retention Center for managing at-risk students and Video Anywhere for incorporating rich multimedia in courses.
In this online tutorial series, you’ll learn all the basics of using Outlook 2013 as your e-mail program. You will also learn about all the new and exciting new features such as tools that will help make the time you spend reading your email much more efficient, how to check for social networking updates without ever leaving Outlook and even how to check the latest weather forecast. You will also learn about these other Outlook elements: calendars and scheduling, contacts, notes, tasks, to-do lists and even how to print messages and attachments.
In this online training series, you will learn how to write SQL statements that enable you to query databases. The series will start with basic queries showing how to display data within a database and then move to more complex queries involving multiple tables. The training also covers many of the SQL functions that allow you to manipulate the data within the database. Upon completion of this series you will be thoroughly versed in SQL and writing queries for your database.
In this online training series, you will learn how to insert a picture into a slide from a file on your computer and from an online source in PowerPoint 2013. From how to crop and resize pictures on a slide to using the corrections and color tools, you will explore various picture editing features as well as how to create a photo album and learn to share it.
In this online training series, we will learn how to use shapes and SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013. Using the selection and visibility pane, we will insert, resize and add effects to shapes along with adding text to shapes. We will work with SmartArt graphics, including how to insert them into a presentation as well as how to modify and format the graphics.
In this series of online training tutorials, we'll cover a variety of ways to set, control and check that data entered into Microsoft Excel 2013 is valid. From creating error messages to checking data, this series will cover how to get the most out of the data validation functions in Excel.
In this online training series, we will learn how to use animations and the animations pane in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. From how to apply animations to recording and adding narration to a presentation, this training series will cover everything you need to know to add animation and transition effects and even sound to your PowerPoint slides.
In this 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.
This AutoCAD 2013 online training series covers many of the tools and features that you'll need for professional level two-dimensional drafting and three-dimensional solid modeling. Learn how to configure AutoCAD to work more efficiently, draw designs more precisely, and modify drawings like a pro. Whether you prefer to work with 2D drawings or 3D solids within your designs, this training series will give you the tools to get started today!
Take a look at many of the new changes that have been made to Microsoft® Office® Suite 2013, specifically Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. Not only has the user interface changed, but Office 2013 also includes many new features and commands that will allow you to customize your environment and help you become more productive. This online training series will give you a jump start on getting acquainted with the new look and features in Office Suite 2013.
Also added to the Atomic Integrate training library:
Atomic Learning is proud to have been a sponsor of the recent Region 6 Educational Video Competition.
All of the school districts in Region 6 were invited to submit video entries in three categories including: Technology as a Teaching Tool, Morning Announcement Video, and My School is the Best. Within each category, teachers and students in grades K-5 and 6-12 were invited to submit up to three videos per school.
More than 30 videos were submitted to the competition site which you can see here.
Congratulations to the winning teams -- teachers and students!
Throughout the course of this school year, Atomic Learning has been following several teachers to see how they are transitioning classroom lessons to implement the CCSS. Videos captured from these observations are part of the trusted ed tech training leader’s Atomic TechCore solution, a set of tools that assist school leaders in providing teachers the resources they need to address the critical technology components embedded within the Common Core State Standards.
Catlin Tucker is one of those teachers working through the challenges of implementing the standards in her California English classroom. Here's a preview of the training Catlin has helped develop to assist her peers in implementing the CCSS in their lessons: http://youtu.be/A25IqcouUns
Are you utilizing Microsoft® Excel® to its fullest? Here are three things you might not have known Microsoft Excel could do:
With Sparklines in Excel 2010, you are able to provide a more in-depth view of the data other than just simply using the numbers. Use Sparklines to show trends such as increases and decreases or economic cycles. Learn how to create Sparklines
2) Pivot Charts
Pivot Charts allow you to provide a picture for the data in your Pivot Table. Use Pivot Charts to help better explain data to your intended audience. Learn how to add a Pivot Chart
Take a look at Colorado elementary tech teacher, Brad Flickinger's blog where he recently shared why his school uses Atomic Learning (reason #46). An excerpt reads:
They’re always fresh, never stale. With education reform being such a hot-button topic in our country, us edtech people are being constantly sucked into the mix of reform ideas. Which is why I need to up-to-date on all the latest tech trends and ideas.
Developed in response to district needs, the Atomic TechCore solution from Atomic Learning consists of a set of tools that assist school leaders in providing teachers the resources they need to address the critical technology components embedded within the Common Core State Standards.
Atomic TechCore provides examples and resources, including:
ATLAS.ti™ is a powerful and intuitive tool for the qualitative researcher. The highly visual environment enables users to systematically manage and extract data and ultimately discover meaningful connections and begin the theory-building process.
This new online training series addresses the most fundamental tools available to the researcher, including primary documents, quotations and codes. The needs of the novice to the experienced user are addressed in this series as ATLAS.ti has just released version 7, which includes new functionality to support the qualitative process.
If you're using ATLAS.ti or plan to soon, you'll want to check out this training.
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