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.

28 Oct

Workshop: Bloodborne Pathogens

in educators, effective PD, online PD, professional development

Bloodborne Pathogen training is a necessary and mandatory requirement to meet for many educational institutions. This workshop is designed to provide a basic understanding of bloodborne pathogens, typical means of transmission, as well as common best practices on prevention and clean-up.

This online course is intended for use as a tool in increasing the viewer's awareness of bloodborne pathogens and general protocol. Check with your leadership to see if this training could also satisfy local requirements.

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21 Oct

Workshop: QR Codes in the Classroom

in professional development, teacher PD, teachers, teaching, tech embedded classrooms

Looking for a way to use QR Codes as an instructional aide? One common way to use QR Codes is in conjunction with video tutorials and we've included videos demonstrating how to create instructional videos using Explain Everything™ on the iPad®, as well as uploading those videos to YouTube™ in this course.

You'll also find videos demonstrating how to create and use the QR Codes. Finally, there is a set of videos meant to generate a few ideas for using QR Codes in the core subjects of art and health/physical education. Intrigued? Take a look.

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17 Oct

Helping Improve Communication Between Parents & Teachers

in online PD, parents, professional development, teacher PD, teachers, teaching

Curious about best practices for communicating with your students' families? This online workshop will help you learn about some tools that can make that communication easier.

The tools covered in this course include apps that allow you to text families from your computer, send professional looking newsletters, create classroom websites, set up classroom chatrooms, and share your calendars with families. Intrigued? Take a look.

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

15 Oct

Meeting the Challenge: Creating and Delivering Meaningful Training

in support, voice, Customer Support, custom training, 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."

 

Watch this brief video to learn how one district provides differentiated training for teachers and staff, and how they are creating custom training for teachers, staff, and students that aligns to their district needs and goals. Learn more about Atomic Learning's My School's Training Solution.

09 Oct

Student Leadership: How to Create a Student Technology Club

in professional development, student achievement, teacher PD, tech directors, tech integration, technology integration

One of the balancing acts of a Technology Coach or Integrationist is how much time is spent on trouble shooting versus helping teachers embed technology in their curriculum.

Join Technology Coach Sarah Porisch in this workshop as she explains what goes into creating a Student Technology Club. Not only does this offload some help desk duties from staff, but also installs important leadership roles in students and has a positive effect on school culture. Intrigued? Take a look.

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03 Oct

Parent Partnership in Education: Resource Roundup

in parents, student achievement, teachers

This edutopia resource roundup discusses the importance of parent communication and gives parents options to help keep the communication lines open with teachers.
 

Experts agree that parent involvement in education is one of the biggest predictors of student success. So where can parents begin? We've compiled a list of articles, videos, and other resources to help you engage productively with your kids' teachers and school.

Read more.

30 Sep

Learn to Connect Globally Through Video Streaming

in PLC, effective PD, global collaboration, professional development, teacher PD

Looking for a way to connect with other educators and classrooms around the world using free video streaming resources?

This workshop will help you create live videos that offer global collaboration, sharing of knowledge, convenient meetings, classroom presenters, and more.

Build your professional learning network with others that share the same interests and participate in events all over the globe. Intrigued? Take a look.

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28 Sep

Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents

in digital literacy, internet safety, parents, student achievement, teachers

This edutopia list of resources discusses the importance of parents being involved in their children's journey of digital literacy to make it easier (and safer) for everyone involved!

Kids are growing up on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter -- spending hours every day creating, communicating, and connecting in digital spaces. Whether you’re a tech-savvy parent or a technophobic one, you’re probably looking for tools to help your family navigate the many issues that come along with our media- and technology-saturated society. Read more.

25 Sep

Improving Communication with Parents

in parents, professional development, student achievement, teacher PD, teachers, teaching

This edutopia article discusses the importance of parent communication and gives several options and tools to help with keeping the communication open between parents and teachers.

There are many options out there. The best tool is face-to-face. This is not about replacing that time-tested communication model. Unfortunately, for many reasons, face-to-face is not always possible, so we need to supplement and offer alternatives. What can you offer to maintain open lines of communication with everyone, regardless of their ability to speak in person?

23 Sep

Behavior Management: Your Guide to Classroom Strategies

in student engagement, classroom, classroom application, educators, effective PD

One of the constant struggles in education is behavior management. Teachers work hard to provide the best instructional environment and strategies for their students, but it often only takes one or two distracting students to have a major impact on the effectiveness of that instruction. Not only do these distractions take away from the instructional process for that student, but it can have an impact on the entire class.

Atomic Learning's new workshop on Classroom Management is a complete PD package for your teachers or even your entire school. You'll learn a variety of behavior management philosophies and the best strategies for effectively improving behavior in the classroom with a positive approach. Intrigued? Take a look.

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22 Sep

Is your district effectively engaging parents?

in parents, student achievement

Research* shows that improving parent and family engagement can have a dramatic impact on student achievement. In fact, students with involved families are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores
  • Pass their classes
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
  • Graduate and go on to college

Sounds great, right? After all, that's what the ultimate goal is: student success. We couldn't agree more. That's why a district-wide license to Atomic Learning gives not only your staff and students access to hundreds of learning resources, but parents as well. Are you engaging parents in your district? If not, you should. Contact your Account Manager for our Get the Word Out resources to share with parents at parent-teacher conferences or the next PTA meeting.

21 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/21/15

in winner

Congratulations to Amy Sterckx from Green Bay Area Public Schools in Green Bay, WI, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner!

19 Sep

Differentiating Reading Instruction for Main Ideas and Details - Guest Blog Post

in classroom application, classroom lessons, differientiating instruction, e-learning, educators, effective PD, online PD, personalized, student achievement, teacher PD

Who better to speak to the topic of Differentiating Reading Instruction for Main Ideas and Details than the eLearning Contributor who developed the new training series herself?

Guest Blog Post by Brandi Farrow, eLearning Contributor

17 Sep

Did you enjoy connecting? Continue the collaboration! #globaled15

in collaboration, global collaboration

Hopefully you were able to join in the global collaboration today as part of Global Education Day 2015!

Want to carry that collaboration energy onward and upward? Check out a few learning resources from Atomic Learning to integrate into your classroom:

Integrating the 4 Cs into Your Classroom
Globally Connected Through Video Streaming

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

17 Sep

How are teachers staying up-to-date on changing instructional practices?

in effective PD, professional development, teacher PD, teachers, teaching

When launching a mobile initiative of over 27,000 devices, McAllen ISD needed to prepare teachers for the influx of iPads in their classroom. They turned to Atomic Learning for on-demand professional development and tech integration training to get everyone up-to-speed.

Atomic Learning helps educators to ensure their instructional practices are relevant to today's learning environment, while helping them gain confidence with technology with resources like:

SAMR Training
An Overview of Learning Methodologies
Differentiating Instruction with Technology

16 Sep

Video: How to Save the World (or at Least Yourself) from Bad Meetings

in career skills

Can you relate? In this video, David Grady shares in a humorous way how you can save yourself from useless meetings! What comes to your mind when you find out you are in charge of a meeting? We always intend for meetings to be an efficient and effective use of our time, but often we find meetings to be ineffective and lacking in clear purpose. Take a look at this online training series, where Peg Imholte explains some of the inefficiencies of typical meetings and how to successfully organize and run effective meetings.

Looking for more career skills topics or want to subscribe to Atomic Learing? Learn more.

15 Sep

Take a Look – Are you utilizing these resources?

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."

 

You can help extend the reach of your help desk, and support teachers and students with training resources to meet the unique needs of both individuals and groups. Watch as one district shares that teachers don’t need to know how to use every available tech tool to be empowered and flexible in facilitating learning. Learn more.

14 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/14/15

in winner

Congratulations to Lee McCoy from Weston County School District 7 in Upton, WY,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!

10 Sep

Are you ensuring students are college- and career-ready?

in career skills, college-and-career-ready

There's been an increasing emphasis on college- and career-readiness for students, as well as a need for an enhanced skillset for teachers and staff. Providing access to Atomic Learning's career and soft skills training can help build sought-after skills for students, teachers, and staff--even parents!

In an effort to improve service, one partner district’s IT team completed an online course on customer service, sharing: “The information and techniques presented were very helpful and proved that nobody is more deserving of over-the-top service than the teachers and employees of our district.”

With resources like the following, you, too, can better prepare learners:
Communication training
• Personal development resources
• Tools on preparing for college

08 Sep

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 9/8/15

in winner

Congratulations to Robyn Talley from Lamar CISD in Rosenberg, TX, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner!

04 Sep

Differentiating Reading Instruction #differentiatedinstruction #reading

in new

Looking for a way you can maximize your efforts in differentiating instruction in the Reading classroom? Focusing specifically on the skill of Main Idea and details, this series will give you the strategies, tools, and resources for differentiating your instruction and utilizing guided reading groups to help all students learn. You will learn best practices for lesson set-up, assessment, ability grouping, differentiated resource use, whole class vs small group, and much more. Take a look today!

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Request more information.

31 Aug

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 8/31/15

in winner

Congratulations to Kathryn Summers from St. Louis County Special School District in St. Louis, MO, 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!

27 Aug

Recognizing Our Genius with Inspiration from @AngelaMaiers #youmatter

in leaders, leadership, learning, professional development, school leaders, schools, student achievement

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It's "Angela Maiers Day" at Atomic Learning! We started the day by putting on our "You are a Genius" t-shirts and then joined an inspirational webinar with Angela Maiers herself.

As Angela said, "Culture = value + action. Believe in people. Prove their value thru your actions."

 

Other key takeaways from Angela's webinar include:

25 Aug

Tech Tuesday: Creating Awesome Presentation Slides - Guest Blog Post

in Tech Tuesday

Guest Blog Post by Edmund Cabellon, Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs, at Bridgewater State University

24 Aug

FREE Webinar: Transform School Culture with @Angela Maiers of @choose2matter #youmatter

in school leaders, webinar

How can a school leader truly make a difference? With experienced educator and renowned speaker Angela Maiers as a guide, this discussion will help spark important conversations about how you impact learning, digital literacy, and 21st Century Skills at your school.

24 Aug

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 8/24/15

in winner

Congratulations to Mary Leigh Arnold from Broward County School District in Sunrise, FL, 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!

23 Aug

It’s time to change #SchoolCulture because #StudentsMatter

in leaders, leadership, learning, professional development, respect, school leaders

We've all had those moments that leave a lasting impression. That's the affect Angela Maiers has had on us. We want you to experience this same feeling, so we've partnered to bring her message to you.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to learn more and find out why Angela’s message is so critical for today’s school leader.

Tips for School Leaders: Transform School Culture with Angela Maiers
Thursday, August 27, 2015 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
Register now.

Can't attend live? Register anyway and you'll get the archived recording to watch at your leisure.

19 Aug

Meet Our eLearning Developers: @AngelaMaiers of @Choose2Matter #youmatter

in educators, leaders, leadership, learning, school leaders, webinar

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

In her words, Angela's twenty five years as an educator and her passionate pursuit of literacy and learning have given her a wonderful variety of experiences, including classroom and university teaching, instructional coaching, research, writing, publishing, corporate training, and launching a global movement.

In today’s world, there are no limits for learners with passion, foresight, and a desire to grow.

Angela is at the forefront of New Literacy and Web 2.0 technologies. Her extensive knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of personal empowerment have made her a highly sought after keynote speaker and a vibrant courageous voice in both the business and education space.

Can't wait to check out Angela's courses? Join us for an exclusive opportunity to learn more and find out why Angela’s message is so critical for today’s school leader!

FREE Webinar
Tips for School Leaders: Transform School Culture with Angela Maiers
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
Register now.

Want to see some of Angela's work with Atomic Learning? Listen in on her series on digital literacy, and be sure to check out the complete Angela Maiers Collection—exclusively offered by Atomic Learning.

Don't have access? Request more information today!