Bottle the Energy of #ISTE2016

For many, conferences such as ISTE are a great place to gather ideas and learn best practices...But what happens after the conference? How do you keep the learning going year-round?

To help make the most of the great information being shared at conferences—and bottle up a bit of the excitement—we’ve pulled together some of our favorite resources aligned to the focus areas at the ISTE 2016 conference.

Simply click on any of the links below that are of interest to you to preview the available resource, and contact Atomic Learning for details on how to unlock full access for your entire school or district!

 

FREE Online Course on #DigitalStorytelling & #Creativity

For a limited-time, Atomic Learning has unlocked the popular online module: Digital Storytelling & Creativity.

Digital Storytelling is a powerful tool to teach literacy, communication, and media creation skills. However, there are a number of options for organizing a project, conducting research, identifying digital media resources, and creating a story—all of which make it difficult to know where to start.

Learn the in’s and out’s for FREE at www2.atomiclearning.com/digital-story through June 30, 2016.

Intrigued? Be sure to contact Atomic Learning for information on unlocking hundreds of additional online learning modules, including:

•    Instructional Video Best Practices
•    Being an Effective Online Student
•    Creating Engaging Lessons
•    Growing a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
•    Successful Time Management
•    Microsoft Office 2016 and Office 365
•    Learning Management Systems (LMS) Training

If you've been meaning to give Atomic Learning a look, now's your chance!

Looking for Summer PD? Check out #ALsummersession

You're invited to join a special email series that highlights both professional and personal development—and did we mention there are prizes involved?

Focusing on self-improvement, Atomic Learning's Summer Session provides weekly tips to break down critical topics, such as increasing student engagement and shifting instructional practices, into an easy-to-digest format.

And, to encourage learning and reflection, each time you share a takeaway you’ll be entered for a chance to win $300 in prizes!

Ready to get started? Simply visit www2.atomiclearning.com/summer-2016 for details.

Once you've signed up, be sure to share this opportunity with friends and colleagues using this printable flyer, or sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

For more ideas on promoting this free opportunity and better utilizing your institution's Atomic Learning subscription this summer, contact our dedicated team of Account Managers and Integration Specialists at 866.259.6890 or cs@AtomicLearning.com.

Break the Cycle: Teachers are Key

At Atomic Learning, we work with schools and districts across the country and around the globe on a daily basis, and, even though the populations of these schools are very unique and the initiatives and programs vary, we hear many of the same challenges on everything from student engagement and instructional practices to utilizing technology and ensuring safe learning environments.

Ultimately, these challenges all center around ensuring student success, and on a national level there are some sobering realities:

  • Half of students are disengaged1. This is one of the factors that leads to an average of 5,000 students dropping out of school each day2.  While the number has declined in recent years, it's still a staggering and unacceptable rate.
  • When a school loses a student, there is a financial impact. On average, schools lose over $12,000 of funding per lost student3.  
  • Recognizing that teachers are key to reducing this cycle, consider this: Typical professional development has a real cost of $6,000-12,000 per year, per teacher4.  However, most teacher PD only has a 10% transfer rate into instructional practice5.  That means that not only is PD costly and time-intensive, but isn’t doing what it needs to in order to impact students.

Fortunately, there are proven ways to help break this cycle.

Personal Safety Tip: Location, Location, Location

If you are ever faced with a potentially dangerous situation and need to make a 911 call, do you know where you are? Not just your general location, but details such as the street you are on and the building or house number?

Unlike with traditional home phones, a mobile phone may not allow a 911 operator to determine your exact location. Always make a conscious effort to be aware of your surroundings and know your location—you never know when you may need it.

Did you like this personal safety tip? Receive 4 more!

Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know Atomic Learning?

If you are only using Atomic Learning for how-to technology training, you're missing out. While this used to be the core of our product, this content is now the bonus on top of a larger range of highly relevant topics in education.

Watch this brief video to discover what’s new at Atomic Learning—and feel free to reach out if you are interested in learning more about these resources for your school or district.

To help move learners beyond just knowing how-to use technology, check out a few of the available resources on the highlighted topics below:

Interested in learning more? Contact Atomic Learning at www.AtomicLearning.com/k12/request-information!

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