An Inside Look at #ISTE17

I had the opportunity to attend, share, and connect at the recent ISTE (International Society of Technology Education) conference in San Antonio, Texas. The event is like none other, so to recap the experience and compare notes with peers, I've documented my full conference experience: Sessions that I shared, events I attended, and great interactions I had during the conference.

Discussions w/ISTE on Student Voice
Before the conference began, I took advantage of the gathering of like-minded people to catch up with some of the amazing ISTE folks to talk about Augmented and Virtual Reality in education. I enjoyed chatting with these ladies and learned ISTE shares our interest and enthusiasm for empowering our students. It was refreshing to hear that #stuvoice (student voice) is going to continue to grow and thrive in our future classrooms.

Interested in learning more? Check out the discussion captured via Facebook Live.
Capturing Expectations + 360s
I was also able to take a few moments to capture a 360 images (below) that bring the popular #NotAtISTE experience to a new level. Check it out here.

I also “captured” my personal thoughts about the upcoming conference via a Periscope. This can be a great activity to set personal expectations and get in the right mindset for a conference - try it sometime!

Ignite Session
If you’re not familiar with them, the ISTE Ignite sessions feature various presenters with only five minutes each to share their passions—take my word for it, it is intense.
The lineup of speakers were incredible, and I was pumped to share From AR & VR to MR: Mixed Reality in EDU (view my slides). While preparing to go on stage, the behind the scene interactions were filled with fear, enthusiasm, and more fear. The common theme of “what did we sign up for” was mixed with “I'm so honored to be here”.

Atomic Learning & Versifit Technologies Are Now Hoonuit!

Combined Atomic Learning and Versifit Technologies have been operating in the education industry for over two decades, and offer a suite of products that have evolved as the ever-changing education landscape has shifted.

As Atomic Learning we have evolved our successful foundation of robust eLearning technical and technology training into also offering online pedagogical professional development. We now have over 8,000 educational institutions, 400,000 educators, and 10,000,000 students taking advantage of the most extensive online professional learning library for in the industry. Our name, however, is often still connected to our technical training roots.

Our sister organization, Versifit Technologies began in the industry as a custom software data management and analytics organization. Today we have expanded the offering which uses predictive analytics to help districts and schools of any size with accountability and school improvement, early warning and intervention, district financial and staffing operations, and student college and career readiness. Yet the brand is primarily known only for large data management projects.

Our solutions have flexed and changed in new and thoughtful ways to ensure we are always meeting the unique needs of education—now it is time for our name to catch-up!

Hoonuit, pronounced "Who knew it?" is the feeling you get when you learn something new, and represents a unification of our two organizations to create an infinite loop of knowledge and insight.

“We’re on a mission to help educators experience more “aha!” moments,” Paul Hesser, CEO at Hoonuit said. “Our solutions enable educators and administrators to assess and predict school and student needs, and for educators to take their own personal development path to tackle some of today’s most common education challenges, such as college and career readiness, student engagement and evolving instructional approaches.”

For more information or to receive a quote, visit or stop by booth 3441 at ISTE.




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

ISTE Hoonuit Contest

Are you interested in professional growth and an opportunity to attend ISTE 2017?  We are thrilled to announce our ISTE Hoonuit Contest where educators are rewarded for sharing what they learn!

Here are the details:

1 GRAND PRIZE Winner will receive free registration & a travel stipend for ISTE 2017
1 RUNNER UP Winner will receive free registration for ISTE 2017
5 Annual Hoonuit by Atomic Learning Subscriptions


Follow these steps and be entered to win:
  1. Login to using your school's method of access.
    (Not at an Atomic Learning school? (Get free access now)
  2. Complete a module - LearnIt. DoIt. ShareIt. and ProveIt. (See list of accepted modules below)

ISTE Standards for Coaches Series: Model effective tech integration

ISTE Standards for Coaches 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessments
Technology coaches assist teachers in using technology effectively for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences for all students.

“I don’t have time to integrate technology into my classroom.”

“I already have so much to do, I can’t add one more thing into my day.”

ISTE Standards for Coaches Series: Visionary Leadership

This is the first post in a series I wrote for ISTE entitled Living the ISTE Standards for Coaches. Enjoy!

Technology Coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.

Coaches should inspire and lead us down paths that are manageable, interesting and — as much as I hate to say it — intimidating. They should help us go places and do things that we may not have considered. Their role is to use the knowledge of the systems that we live and work in to create a vision for how to incorporate inspiring and engaging technology tools in the classroom.

The ISTE Standards for Technology Coaches (ISTE Standards•C) address the role that tech coaches play within a learning environment beginning with Standard 1: Visionary Leadership.

Read more.

It All Comes Down To This. #ISTE2014

Thousands of presentation submissions.  Months and weeks spent reviewing.  Long days filled with post-its making it all fit in the schedule. And it all comes down to this. ISTE 2014 kicks off this weekend!

Wondering which sessions to attend?  We have a few recommendations:

From Inspiration to Implementation: Planning Successful District Initiatives
Sunday, June 29, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m

Rod Smith, the CIO of Clayton County Public Schools, and Kara Gann will be talking about planning new initiatives in a poster session. If you have read our tech planning eBook, this is a must-attend session! Learn how both Rod and Kara have worked to implement learning initiatives using simple planning strategies to not only build a well-defined plan, but also to communicate the plan to other members of our team. They can answer questions and offer practical advice to make sure you are prepared to implement the great ideas you find at ISTE when you return to your district.

Leadership in an Era of Change
Tuesday, 07/01/14, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

What happens when two former ISTE board members get together to talk about leadership and change? Annette Smith from Teaching Books and Kara Gann will be discussing vision, value, and metrics and how the three work together in a successful implementation. They'll cover:

  • Setting vision: building consensus
  • Value: linking vision goals and objectives
  • Metrics: assessing success

And don't forget to become a part of the I AM AN [educator] movement!


The ISTE session planning war room.  

Infographic: Join the Ed Tech Revolution at #ISTE2014

Heading to the upcoming ISTE® conference (or trying to convince the district to send someone—preferably you)? The infographic below calls out some great statistics on ed tech, as well as highlighting some of the topics to be covered at this year's conference.
If you make it to Atlanta, be sure to stop by Booth #1942 to say "hi" to the Atomic Learning crew!

Ed tech revolution

Want a Free Shirt?

If you are like most people, you like free stuff.
At Atomic Learning we've got some awesome (and highly coveted) I AM [ an educator ] shirts to giveaway, and we've got two ways to get your hands on one!
  1. Claim one at #ISTE2014
    If you are planning to travel to Atlanta to attend this year's ISTE conference, be sure to stop by Atomic Learning's booth (#1942) to share your story at our free photo booth to claim your shirt! Not sure what to say? Mike Berago of Fenton High School in Bensenville, Illinois recently shared: I AM [ inspired by teachers' and students' resiliency ].
  2. Enter our Weekly Giveaway

Join the I AM [ an educator ] Project at #ISTE2014

At ISTE 2011, Atomic Learning launched the I AM [ an educator] sharing project to acknowledge educators (as well as those who inspire, encourage, and support them), and honor all that they do to ensure today’s students receive the best education.
A mere three years later, as we prepare to return to the annual ISTE conference, the project has had over 10,000 educators share how they are impacting education—and earned their coveted I AM [an educator] t-shirt!

I AM [an educator] at #ISTE13

If you're at ISTE in San Antonio, stop by the Atomic Learning booth #14092 and share what inspires you to be an educator -- you'll get an awesome "I AM [an educator]" t-shirt! If you've already gotten a t-shirt at one of our previous conferences and you're one of the first 50 to wear it at the booth, you'll get a matching backpack!

Suggest a Keynote for ISTE 2013

Each year ISTE works to recruit the best of the best to keynote at their annual conference and exposition. From Steve Jobs and Bill Gates to classroom teachers and award-winning photojournalists, they've had some amazing speakers!

ISTE 2012: I AM [an educator] Photos

Thank you to all who stopped by the Atomic Learning booth at the recent ISTE Conference. As promised, we wanted to share with you the video featuring highlights of the I AM [ an educator] photos. If you don't see your photo, you can view all the photos here.

SmartBrief Report from #ISTE12

At the recent ISTE Conference, Atomic Learning's Director of Product Management, Jonathon Blissenbach was interviewed by SmartBrief. Discussion of the new products from Atomic Learning, the Atomic Mobilize solution and Atomic TechCore solution was shared.

Read more.

Attending #ISTE12? Stop by the Atomic Learning Booth

What is your role in education? Stop by Atomic Learning booth #2623 at ISTE 2012, to share what motivates you. The I AM [an educator] sharing project was created  to acknowledge educators (as well as all those who inspire, encourage and support them), and honor all that they do to ensure today's students receive the best education.

When you stop by, not only will you get a free t-shirt, we'll also show you what's new at Atomic Learning. As you know, technology is constantly changing, so we're introducing some exciting new solutions to help you continue your quest to bridge the technology and curriculum gap. Come check out our new solutions to help you with mobile and Common Core initiatives (as well as learn about our new app!)

Seeking Best of the Best in Ed Tech

The ISTE Awards program recognizes the best of the best in ed tech each year, honoring exceptional educators who advance the field, demonstrate vision and innovation, and unlock student potential. ISTE recognizes all winners at its annual conference and exposition.