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.

30 Jun

Infographic: Most Teachers Don't Feel Prepared to Use Technology in Classrooms

in classroom, edtech, education technology, educator, educators, infographic, teacher PD, teachers, teaching, tech integration, technology integration

From Techlearning.com where we found this infographic: "Although 90 percent of teachers believe that technology in the classroom is important to student success, 60 percent of teachers feel they are inadequately prepared to use technology in classrooms, according to research released by Samsung Electronics America and GfK."

29 Jun

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 6/29/15

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Congratulations to Kellie Hendricks 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!

Learn more.

28 Jun

Are you providing flexible training & learning opportunities?

in effective PD, just-in-time training, on-demand, online PD, professional development, teacher PD

One of our weekly giveaway winners recently shared how much she appreciates Atomic Learning's just-in-time training.

"I really enjoy Atomic Learning's wide range of subject options and the ability to digest the content in small blocks of time," Bernice Morrissey, Wheaton College, Norton, MA.

We all want more time, right? Atomic Learning provides teachers, staff, and students an on-going opportunity to quickly learn--when and where they need it most. With a robust online library of brief video segments, Atomic Learning provides the technology training and support needed without taking up valuable classroom time.

27 Jun

Using Office 365 - Guest Blog Post

in new, professional development, teacher PD, tech embedded classrooms, tech integration

Who better to speak to using Office 365 than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training herself?

Guest Blog Post by Teresa Potter, eLearning Contributor

26 Jun

Office 365 for Administrators

in administrators, new

Who better to speak to using Office 365 for Administrators than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training herself?

Guest Blog Post by Teresa Potter, eLearning Contributor

Microsoft has been quickly growing its online Office applications since 2008, including adding many collaborative tools. Many schools and organizations have adopted Office 365 for their institution, which brings with it a set of administrator tools. In the spring of 2015, Microsoft made several layout and a few organizational changes to the Office 365 administrator tools with the goal of simplifying these workflows.  Atomic Learning has recently added a series of tutorial videos for new Office 365 administrators to introduce them to the key features of the dashboard as well as give them an understanding of the overall organization of these tools.  

25 Jun

Tech for Students with Learning Disabilities - Guest Blog Post #sped

in Atomic Assist, Special Education & Assistive Technology, new

Who better to speak to the topic of Tech for Students with Learning Disabilities than the eLearning Contributor who developed the new training series himself?

Guest Blog Post by Sam Hostetler, eLearning Contributor

24 Jun

Sneak Peek: iOS9 and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Training

in Apple, new

Excited to see what's coming in iOS9 and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan? Log in and take a look at the 2 new Atomic Blast videos added to the Apple Tips & Tricks series. Keep watching for more updates to this training as new information is released.

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

23 Jun

District Administration Calls for Reader's Choice Top Products of 2015

in district administration

District Administration wants hear about products that accelerate progress, honor innovation, and amplify impact. Make sure your top choices get recognized!

Your Top Product nominations help other district leaders nationwide learn which solutions work best, and how these products increase overall district success.

Reader's Choice Top Products of 2015 Announced in the December Issue of DA.

Nomination Deadline: September 7. Nominate a product today.

23 Jun

Striving Towards District-Wide Adoption: Librarians & Media Specialists

in District-Wide Adoption
How are different areas in our customer districts using Atomic Learning? In the Striving Towards District-Wide Adoption blog series, we look at various departments and how our solutions meet their specific needs. This post focuses on Librarians & Media Specialists. 

The roles of the library and the librarians/media specialists have changed through the years; it now serves as a central collaboration center for students, as an access point for those who need access to digital content, as well as serving the traditional purposes of a library.

With a growing number of learners needing help around the clock, how can librarians and media specialists keep up? Atomic Learning’s library of more than 60,000 tutorials on over 250 commonly-used software applications!

Key training includes:

Atomic Learning offers a variety of workshops, projects, and tutorials relevant to what teachers are doing (or want to do) in their classrooms. Log in to see our digital content library. Don't have access? Request more information.

If you want to see how other areas in your district can use Atomic Learning, download this district-wide solution flyer.

22 Jun

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 6/22/15

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Congratulations to Susan Isbell from Oklahoma City Public Schools in Oklahoma City, OK, 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!

21 Jun

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Cindy Rybaczyk

in eLearning Developers

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

Cindy been working for Galloway Township Public Schools since 1994, most recently teaching gifted & talented classes (GEM in grades 4-6 and PEP in grades K-3). Her responsibilities include developing units of study, writing curriculum, planning objectives, and instructing students.

She has also taught fifth grade. This included teaching communication arts, mathematics, social studies, science, health, and computer skills. I developed a system for staying in constant contact with my students and their parents from their homes.

She has also worked as the District Technology Coordinator for Galloway Township Public Schools. This position had her working closely with administrators, teachers, and support staff on all of their technology needs. Her responsibilities included planning, coordinating, and facilitating all aspects of technology in the K-8 school district of approximately 3,800 students and 500 employees.

To see some of Cindy's work with Atomic Learning, check out this series.

19 Jun

The Five Habits of Creative Teachers via @educationweek

in edtech, education technology, educator, educators, effective PD, professional development, teacher PD, teachers

An article on Education Week Teacher outlined some different ways to provide teacher professional development in attempt to add variety and creativity, because as it reads: "Traditionally professional development in education has been relegated to a couple hours sandwiched between an early dismissal and a volleyball tournament, or a one-day whirlwind of information."

The authors share what they learned from participating in a global MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) on the topic. Carrying their enthusiasm and passion for creativity in education on beyond the course, they developed their own MOOC called "5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers," offering "something innovative in the world of professional development: advice on building awareness and a creative mindset (versus focusing on a specific skill or tool)."

Based on reflections from the course, 5 habits evolved:

18 Jun

Celebrate #WeekofMaking with 'Creating Maker Lessons' Training

in online PD, professional development, teacher PD, teachers

Are you a part of the #NationOfMakers? Today, June 18th, marks the end of this year's National Week of Making!

In the words of President Obama at last year's White House Maker Faire:

“This is a country that imagined a railroad connecting a continent, imagined electricity powering our cities and towns, imagined skyscrapers reaching into the heavens, and an Internet that brings us closer together. So we imagined these things, then we did them. And that’s in our DNA. That’s who we are. We’re not done yet. And I hope every company, every college, every community, every citizen joins us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country. If we do, I know we’re going to be able to create more good jobs in the years to come.”

15 Jun

Focus on: Parents and Community

in voice, Atomic Learning, Customer Support, customers

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 blog series "Voice of the Educator."

 

Parent and community involvement in learning is a valuable part of any district’s mission. Did you know that with district-wide access you can share Atomic Learning training resources with parents and families within the district? Watch this brief video for ideas on involving parents – and start sharing today. For more ideas on how the resources can be used to support a variety of learners in your district check out: http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/success.

15 Jun

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 6/15/15

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Congratulations to Karen Culbert from Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, 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!

Learn more.

13 Jun

Engaging Lessons Using Multimedia - Guest Blog Post

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, educators, new, teacher PD, teachers

Guest Blog Post by Ron Farrow, eLearning Contributor

11 Jun

Top 5 New Courses Including Office 365, Genius Hour, and more!

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Who better to share what they think is the best of the best than those who determine what content is added to the Atomic Learning library? Our eLearning team recently shared with us what they thought were some of the top courses recently added to the site. We've also included why they think this content is so cool--we hope you agree!

Take a look, login, and learn!

10 Jun

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 6/10/15

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Congratulations to Jessica Johnson from Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, MA, 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 Jun

New Tips Added to #Apple #Google #Microsoft #Adobe AL Insider Training #elearning

in Adobe, Apple, Atomic Integrate, e-learning, edtech, microsoft excel, new, professional development

Not familiar with these training series? You're missing out! In these online courses, you’ll find a variety of timely updates on Apple, Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and many other products and applications—including quick tips and tricks to make the most of your devices and software, as well as blasts of information from Atomic Learning’s in-the-know industry scouts on the “why”, “what”, and “how” behind using many of the industry's most innovative and powerful tools. Log in and take a look at some of the newest tips added to these popular series:

Apple Tips from AL Insiders

02 Jun

Applying the Genius Hour in the Classroom - Guest Blog Post

in Big Idea Workshops, classroom, classroom application, critical thinking, differientiating instruction, new

Who better to speak to the power of the Genius Hour concept in the classroom than the eLearning Contributor who developed the Applying the Genius Hour in the Classroom Workshop herself?

Guest Blog Post by Velvet Holmes, eLearning Contributor

What do you wonder?

01 Jun

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 6/1/15

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Congratulations to Cristina Alvarado from McAllen ISD in McAllen, 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!

28 May

Using Skype in the Classroom #skype #edtech #elearning

in classroom, classroom application, classroom lessons, edtech, teacher PD, teaching

A recent headline cross-posted on Tech&Learning caught my attention. It's amazing how technology--when used effectively--can create so much opportunity for collaboration in the classroom. WI educator Pernille Ripp sums up how she is effectively using Skype in her classroom with this statement:

Skype simply makes what we are doing better.  It gives us audiences, authors, experts.  It connects us with places around the world and gives my students a way to change the world.

Students speak to author Adam Gidwitz.

26 May

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 5/26/15

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Congratulations to Kevin Cox from Colby Public Schools USD 315 in Colby, 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!

24 May

Learn How to Draw Your Own Game Art #elearning #edtech

in Atomic Integrate, Atomic Learning, e-learning, edtech

You’ve got a great idea for a game. Maybe you’ve got the programming chops to code it all yourself. Now you need art. You can hire someone, but that can cost a lot of money. You can license art, but that might not give you exactly what you want. Atomic Learning has an online course that can give you the training you need to do some or all your app’s art production yourself.

Imagine being about to see a style of art or reference image and already knowing the steps to recreate something similar. That’s the true aim of this course. The wide range of topics in the course should make you feel confident enough to try illustrating any aspect of your game, be it the logo, hero, background or interface. We’ll even cover animation and discuss tips to exporting image sequences specifically for games.

23 May

The Course Copy Road to Nowhere - LTI Best Practices

in edtech, lms

Reposted from IMS Global Learning Consortium's Best Practices, which features best practices for reference when implementing LTI®.

21 May

Atomic Learning Admins: Make Learning Fun!

in customers, effective PD, get the word out, just-in-time training, online PD, professional development, teacher PD, teachers, tech embedded classrooms

Dulce Gonzalez of Laredo ISD in Texas was the lucky winner of our Atomic-Cache contest recently and she shared that she appreciated the "scavenger hunt" type learning path because she watched courses that she typically wouldn't have gone to within Atomic Learning.

Have you tried the scavenger hunt resource within the "Get the Word Out Ideas" area? Take this a step further and create your own "atomic-cache" contest with your teachers and staff (possibly even strategically, if there's something you really want them to learn about that you know they won't go to on their own!) It can be as simple as having them watch one video or a complete course to find a "nugget" of information. If they tell you the timestamp of where they found this information, they get a prize, or are entered into a random drawing for a prize.

20 May

Striving Towards District-Wide Adoption: School Board

in District-Wide Adoption
How are different areas in our customer districts using Atomic Learning? In the Striving Towards District-Wide Adoption blog series, we look at various departments and how our solutions meet their specific needs. This post focuses on the School Board. 

Because members of a district’s School Board are tasked with ensuring the success of district initiatives—particularly those involving costly technology—it is important that they are aware of technology tools and have all the information they need to make informed decisions.

19 May

What Can Google Chrome Extensions do for You? - Guest Blog Post

in edtech, online PD, professional development, teacher PD

Who better to speak to using Google Chrome Extensions than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training workshop herself?

Guest Blog Post by Stacci Barganz, eLearning Contributor