It's Baaaaack: Summer Session 2017

Keep learning throughout the summer months with FREE professional development sent right to your inbox! Starting June 14th, we'll send you a weekly email with tips and insights focused on specific, highly-relevant PD topics.

Did we mention there are prizes?! Share a takeaway of what you learned and we'll enter you into a weekly drawing for a chance to win your share of $300 in prizes!

Living Life Online


Guest blog post by Scott Christensen, Learning Ambassador


Using the internet has become second nature. We expect access 24/7, in our homes, while we travel, in our cars and in the air. Without the ability to text, snap, post, map, check in, or log in we feel lost. We now shop, do our banking, manage our credit cards, and connect via social media while at home and on the go. With this constant connectivity, we as consumers need to be sure we keep our personal data private and secure. Identities are stolen, data hacked, servers compromised, and passwords are stolen almost every minute of the day. In fact, reports of these events are becoming commonplace on the nightly news. As we live more of our life online, what can, and should we be doing to keep our information safe?

Be an eLearning Contributor

Have you ever watched an Atomic Learning series or learning module and thought, “Psh. I can do that?”  Well, good news! We are always looking for Subject Matter Experts to help us build resources for faculty, staff, and students. It’s a great way to showcase your talents and expertise —and earn some extra dough! While we’re always on the lookout for a variety of content, what we’re really searching for right now is:

  • Tableau®
  • Adobe® Animate
  • Adobe After Effects®
  • SAS®
  • Project Management
  • 3D Modeling

Are one or more of those topics something you are passionate about? Let us know!

Learn How to Become a Contributor

While you're at it, take a peek at our growing list of current contibutors. Check them out.

#SingASong: The Power of Singing

Guest blog post by Claudio Zavala, Learning Ambassador


I have to make a confession.  I’m a news junkie!  I listen to stay informed and to see what's happening in our country and around the world.  To be honest, a lot of what’s on the news radio and talk shows isn’t always upbeat.  One group is upset at another group for many reasons.  Other parties are not pleased at the progress of others.  If I’m not careful, it can make or break my day.  On Monday April 10, I decided to change the “channel’ on my drive to work.  I switched off the news station and chose to listen to music from my iTunes catalog.  My truck was blasting with some hits from Michael Jackson, rock anthems from AC/DC, cool melodies from Steely Dan, funk jams by Earth, Wind, and Fire, and I threw in some recent hits from Bruno Mars.  I’m sure I’m not alone in confessing that I do sing at the top of my lungs in the safe confines of my cabin.  I bet you're nodding your head at the last sentence.  When I got to work, my mood was a lot more upbeat.  There was pep in my step all because of a song!

The thought came to me as I got to work. “What would happen if we all broke out in song?”  The song Sing A Song by Earth, Wind, and Fire prompted my thoughts.  If you’re unfamiliar with the lyrics of the tune, here they are:

Making Room for Makerspaces


Guest blog post by Jeannine Shields, Learning Ambassador


You may have heard educators and creative folks discussing the #MakerMovement and the establishment of #makerspaces. What is a makerspace? It is a place for people to share resources, materials, and ideas to collaborate on projects together. Harnessing the power of this movement can enhance any classroom. There is an old Chinese proverb, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Letting our students approach a problem with trial and error embraced while problem solving will create lasting memories and much deeper understandings.


But I can’t afford a 3D printer!? That’s okay. Not every classroom can. The Maker Movement is not just 3D design through a printer. Students can create in 3D using clay, paper, pipe cleaners, pasta and so much more. Unleash their creativity. Three-dimensional merely refers to having a length, breadth, and depth. This can be accomplished through many inexpensive options. A 3D printer is fantastic, but please do not feel that you can’t begin without one.




We are thrilled about the submissions from the ISTE Hoonuit Contest! The creative posts were shared, so that other educators can grow and learn together. The winners were selected based on the creativity of the post and value of content for others learners. View the winning submissions below.


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Tech Integration Strategies Module



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Students as Digital Creators Module