Capture Summer with Digital Photography #ALsummersession 

Enjoying summer fun in the sun? Capture moments to remember and share!

If your photography skills aren’t necessarily at the level you’d like, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered.

To get started, simply login using your school's method of access and check out the links below.

Digital Photography Basics
A family portrait is obviously different than a snapshot for eBay, but most people take all photos the same. Whether your camera is a fancy DSLR or just the one built into your smartphone, these tips and tricks will help you capture the best pictures possible!
Learn about Digital Photography Basics!

iPhoto (OS X Yosemite)
Get ready to turn good shots into great ones with simple editing tools, then wow them all by sharing your photos in fun slideshows, on social media, and even create photo books. iPhoto isn't just a collection of pictures—it's a collection of possibilities!
Learn about iPhoto!

Photoshop Creative Cloud
The editing capabilities of Photoshop are seemingly endless—and daunting for newbies. Learn the basics of polishing your summer photos in no time flat with an online resource focused on the basics. Get ready to crop, retouch, and more!
Learn about Photoshop CC!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

CEU Professional Development Program Proves Successful in NC District

As many schools do, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in Charlotte, NC provides CEUs (continuing education units, AKA credits) to teachers who participate in professional development. CMS developed a program that awarded their staff for the time they spent in the Atomic Learning solution. We were quite impressed when we heard how much success their program was having and just had to share.

Managing Your Time During Summer Break #ALsummersession

As the expression goes, “time flies when you’re having fun”—and if summer is one thing, it’s fun!

Make sure you don’t miss out on all that this summer has to offer by logging in using your school's method of access and checking out the links below.

Effective Decision Making Training
Have a lot to do, but not much summer left to do it all? Weigh your options and prioritize appropriately with this online resource. And, if you're still undecided about what you can and can't fit in, there's even a video on "Perils of Indecision"...cue dramatic music!
Learn about Effective Decision Making!

Time Management Training
Summer is flying by. Don't waste the precious time you have left! In this online training, you'll learn how to take control of your life in practical and realistic ways that you can implement right away—including insights on how to combat procrastination!
Learn about Time Management!

Effective Meetings Training (Yes! Meetings!)
We know what you're thinking...Effective Meetings!? It's still Summer! However, the skills that are needed to conduct effective, efficient meetings also apply to life outside of a conference room. Check out this online resource for insights on getting things done!
Learn about Time Management!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Be Your Own Technology Help Desk #ALsummersession

Having computer issues during the summer can be a disaster. Equip yourself with the knowledge to act as your own personal technology help desk with these online resources!

To get started, simply login using your school's method of access and check out the links below.

PC Maintenance Training
Having a problematic PC? Get to the bottom of your technology woes with this online resource that explores several common problems—including malware—and steps you can take to prevent future issues, including using firewalls, scheduling scans, and more.
Learn about PC Maintenance!

Being Savvy Online
Is your digital footprint squashing your reputation? Make sure you are aware of online dangers involved with online banking, gaming, and shopping—and learn how to protect your personal data from scams and identity theft with this online resource.
Learn about Being Savvy Online!

Computer Training
Computers have become a standard household tool—yet most of us don't use them to their fullest potential. Learn how you—yes YOU—can set up a wireless network, improve your computer's speed, and many other time-saving computing topics.
Learn about Computing!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

 

Tools to Stay in Touch Over Summer Break #ALsummersession

While relaxing is a critical part of summer, it’s also nice to keep in touch with friends and colleagues to share and hear about their activities and lives during break.

Not feeling overly social? You can still give your brain a fun workout exploring new ideas online!

To get started, simply login using your school's method of access and check out the links below.

Staying Connected
Whether you are a social media newbie or an old pro, explore something new with this online resource that covers using Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Picasa in your personal life—be it creating a family hashtag or sending gifts via Facebook.
Learn about Staying Connected!

Twitter
What can you really say in 140 characters or less? Turns out, quite a bit! Learn the basics on setting up an account and profile, then dig in with @mentions, #hashtags, lists, and much more. Try it out and you'll be hooked, or, in this case, twitterpated.
Learn about Twitter!

Pinterest
A visual bookmarking tool, Pinterest allows you to find, organize, and share links—from anywhere on the web—in one central location. From a DIY project for your home, to resources for upcoming classes, there's something for everyone on Pinterest!
Learn about Pinterest!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Planning a Vacation...or Stay-cation with Google #ALsummersession

Whether you choose to travel by land, air, or sea, build your excitement and polish the itinerary with a bit of help from Atomic Learning. With online training on a variety of online tools, we’ll help you get ready to jet—in no time flat.

No summer getaway in your future? Make your stay-cation one to remember by taking virtual tours of popular tourist destinations—without dealing with baggage fees—using Google Earth!

To get started, simply login using your school's method of access and check out the links below.

Google Maps
Stretch your vacation by using Google Maps to plan pit stops along your roadtrip route or near airports for layovers. Afterall, in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, "Not all who wander are lost." And, if you DO get lost, Maps is handy then too!
Learn more about Google Maps!

Google Calendar
Schedule a vacation that works for everybody! With Google Calendar, a handy (and free!) online tool, you—and anyone you invite—can access and modify scheduled activities—making it easy to ensure your itinerary covers all the details.
Learn more about Google Calendar!

Google Earth
If a stay-cation is more your speed this summer, you can still be a globetrotter with Google Earth! Check out the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids of Giza, Taj Mahal—and other locales that would otherwise blow your budget—without leaving air-conditioned comfort!
Learn more about Google Earth!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Atomic Learning Admins: Make Learning Fun!

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.

Using the Undo Send GMail Lab - Guest Blog Post

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Ever hit the "Send" button on an email and instantly remember something you forgot to add? Or you just regret the email entirely?

Try the "Undo Send" lab!  Upon hitting "Send" on an email, the "Undo Send" lab will provide a banner with an "Undo" link.  Click on the link after hitting "Send" and the "Sent" message will go to your "Drafts" folder instead.  

Careful, though!  You only have a few seconds to change your mind.  Once the yellow banner disappears, the message is now "Sent" and there's no getting it back.

To add this Google Lab to your email, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your email screen.  Click Settings --> then the word Labs on the top row.  In the "Search for a lab" box, type in Undo Send.  Then Enable the lab.  And you're done! 


Maria Burnham is a passionate Library Media Specialist at one of our partner districts in Minnesota, Sauk Rapids-Rice. She shares her passion for technology in education with her peers in a weekly email highlighting tips and tricks to engage users in technology and Atomic Learning, which she cleverly named “Mondays with Maria.” That weekly email is where this guest blog post came from. We will continue to post Maria’s inspiration from time to time, feel free to share with others! You can follow her on twitter:

OneNote for Organization and Collaboration - Guest Blog Post

Who better to speak to using OneNote for Organization and Collaboration than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training herself?

Guest Blog Post by Teresa Potter, eLearning Contributor

There are a lot of note-taking applications available, each boasting an easy way to collect information. However, one of the points many of these programs miss is powerful tools to organize that information. Microsoft OneNote has not made this mistake.
 
Microsoft OneNote provides a powerful tool to collect, organize, and reference information in a wide variety of formats. It allows you to type and paste information and media anywhere you would like on the page. The formatting is much more fluid than a word processing program. You can create pages, sections, and groups of sections to organize your information, and you can even create entirely new notebooks to gather your information. You can also attach documents right to your pages. Students can attach a Powerpoint presentation they gave and then reflect on their work all on the same page, and the attachment becomes part of the OneNote notebook. OneNote also allows you to create audio and video recordings and to play them back within OneNote.

Using the Faces Feature in iPhoto - Guest Blog Post

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

It's almost May, and for some of us, that means putting together end-of-the-year scrapbooks for our students or teams.  So today, I wanted to talk about the Faces feature in iPhoto to help you organize your digital photos.

Once you've imported pictures into iPhoto, if you click on the Faces option on the menu bar on the left, you can then go through all of your pictures and identify the faces of your students.  

Google Drive View - Guest Blog Post

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

In Google Drive, remember that you can view your Drive folders and files in list view (default) or in "Grid View" if you prefer.  

One advantage to the Grid View is that you can see a preview of pictures uploaded to your Drive better than in list view.

To change to Grid View, look for the 2 x 2 grid of squares in the upper right corner of your drive screen.  

Atomic Integrate Solution is Named 2015 PD Award Finalist

We are proud and excited to share that the Atomic Integrate solution was named a Cool Tool Award Finalist in the Professional Development division in the 2015 EdTech Digest Awards.

EdTech Digest recognizes the best and brightest tools, leaders, and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution.

Myth: If you build it, they will come

Despite its effectiveness in the Field of Dreams baseball flick back in 1989, the motto “If you build it, they will come” doesn’t hold true when referencing technology initiatives.
 
It can, in fact, be disastrous.
 
Yet the headlines of ed tech publications and even national media are regularly plagued with headlines of failed 1:1, mobile, and other tech initiatives. And, while there are of course multiple factors that are contributing to the lack of adoption in schools, many of them come right down to planning and communication.
 
Simply doling out devices to teachers and students and expecting it to suddenly impact test scores is overly optimistic. There MUST be training and professional development—and not just on learning the basic “how-to” operations of the latest technology device, but specifically focused on helping teachers, students, and the school community understand how technology can be used to transform the learning experience by building lifelong skills that are included in multiple frameworks include the Common Core State Standards and ISTE® Standards among others.
 

Webinar: Building Teacher Technology Competencies

You want your teachers to use technology to teach, but how do they learn what to do? Join this webinar to find out how Mineral Wells ISD is transforming their classrooms by challenging teachers with projects that integrate technology at all levels.

You'll hear first hand from Dr. Gail Haterius, Superintendent, Greg Bird, Director of Technology, and Consultant Trish Panknin about the iRam program they've put in place and how it can be replicated in your district.

Making a Folder in Your Bookmarks Bar - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

I have found that I prefer using my Bookmarks Bar vs. going up to the Bookmarks Menu at the top of the screen, particularly for those sites that I use often.  However, with so much Google Drive use and shared access to documents, there are many sites/links in which I'd want easy access but they don't all fit on my Bookmarks Bar (by the way, the Bookmarks Bar is that small gray space underneath where the URL address lives).  

So I've started to make folders of links that are relevant.  For example, with all of the shared documents I have regarding our high school laptops, I've created a folder for all of the spreadsheets and forms I need.  

To create a Bookmark Bar folder in Chrome:

Go to Bookmarks --> Bookmarks Manager.  In the top left of the screen, click on Organize --> Add Folder.  You can rename the folder by either right-clicking on it in the menu list on the left OR in the Bookmarks Main Menu, when you hover over the folder, you'll see a drop-down menu on the far right where you can edit the name.  To put current bookmarks in that folder, simply drag and drop your current sites in to that folder.

Add Images into Google Forms - Guest Blog Post

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

I recently came across this article about adding an Image into your Google Forms!

So awesome, I just had to share!

Atomic Learning has many, many wonderful tutorials on using Google Forms; check out the list of videos here!

 


Maria Burnham is a passionate Library Media Specialist at one of our partner districts in Minnesota, Sauk Rapids-Rice. She shares her passion for technology in education with her peers in a weekly email highlighting tips and tricks to engage users in technology and Atomic Learning, which she cleverly named “Mondays with Maria.” That weekly email is where this guest blog post came from. We will continue to post Maria’s inspiration from time to time, feel free to share with others! You can follow her on twitter:

Boomerang for GMail in Chrome - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

In this blog post, I want to share with you Boomerang for GMail. It's an application add-on that connects with your GMail and appears at the bottom of your new email messages. Basically, the add-on allows you to:

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