Across the country, there is a substantial need for more teacher and leader professional development around the Common Core. Meeting the raised expectations of higher standards will require teachers to educate in profoundly different ways – not just in understanding what the new standards include and how they differ from the states’ old standards, but also how to make the instructional shifts needed for students to succeed.
For tech integration to be successful, it starts with the teacher. Atomic Learning recently partnered with NJ EXCEL to provide professional development to licensed teachers in NJ to further their education to become Principals and Administrators.
Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist
If you're anything like me, your Google Calendar has been the only thing keeping your professional and personal life from spontaneously combusting because of its many features in integrating with email, reminding me of upcoming events, and playing nicely with my Smart Phone so I know what my day looks like no matter which device I'm using.
Are you looking for ways to track your Professional Development? Would you like to pull up your progress or view your completed series? Did you know you can receive a Certificate of Completion for your time and training? If you have asked yourself these questions, please join us for a live 15-20 minute webinar to explore these tools.
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Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist
Our April technology learning path is focused on organization/spring cleaning in an attempt to get us better prepared for ever-popular end-of-the-year back-up!
If you've been in your Google Drive today, you may have noticed a new menu option at the top of your Google Docs titled "Add Ons." There are many handy dandy little tools now available to you in Google.
So often someone will say to me, "You know, I really love Google Docs, but...." and then they will go on to talk about some of the limitations of the free software. These Add Ons might be a solution to some of the problems you've experienced in Google Docs. Or they might just make your life a little bit easier.
Taken as a whole, the findings from this research support the high-participation use of Internet-based, on-demand PD for improving teacher efficacy and improving student performance. Given the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of this PD delivery approach, such methods should be considered as credible strategies for addressing needs for continuously improved teacher efficacy and better student achievement.
Okay, let's face it, we've all listened to a presentation or two that was less than engaging. This month, we will talk about some different options for spicing up a presentation.
Let's start with Keynote. If putting together a presentation in Keynote, there are many tools that might make your presentation a bit more interesting.
If you're ever looking for a truly great book about change, look no further than Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. When I started reading Switch, I was doing so as a professional learning opportunity related to business. Atomic Learning's entire purpose is really about helping people navigate change as they seek to unleash the power of ever changing technology in their teaching, learning and life. Therefore, we are an organization that is constantly looking to also embrace change as we adapt to the new challenges and opportunities that learners face.
I quickly learned that Switch is far from just a business book. It is really about better understanding how we, as humans, respond to changes in all aspects of life - from trying to adopt healthier eating or exercise to negotiating with a teenager to working with colleagues.
According to the Digital Learning Day web site, Mountainview Elementary, the school set aside a day “to encourage both hands-on, interactive and digital, technology-based activities to push the boundaries of learning”. And, while you can hear more about Mountainview’s story and success stories on the Alliance for Excellent Education YouTube Channel, Atomic Learning invites you to celebrate Digital Learning Day by making your own commitment to fully and effectively integrate technology.
A recent article by eSchool News shared stories of districts putting the brakes on their mobile initiatives because of poor planning or lack of teacher training marring the success of iPad implementations.
For any new program to work, teachers need professional development and technical support...
Does your district provide access to Atomic Learning, but you haven't explored all of the resources yourself? Atomic Learning customers are invited to this free online training session to learn more about the key features of Atomic Learning for professional development and classroom tech integration. This session will cover:
- An overview of professional development tools
- Resources to integrate today’s technology into your curriculum with one easy search
In conjunction with Autism Awareness Month, we're excited to announce a new self-paced Atomic Catalyst course entitled "Technology across the Autism Spectrum."
Edutopia recently posted an article, Teacher Development Research: Keys to Educator Success. The article focuses on effective professional development, and looks at three key areas to determine success:
In this series of online training tutorials, we'll cover a variety of ways to set, control and check that data entered into Microsoft Excel 2013 is valid. From creating error messages to checking data, this series will cover how to get the most out of the data validation functions in Excel.
This online training series will help you save time and effort by teaching you the ins and outs of the most common formulas used in Microsoft Excel 2013.
Throughout the course of this school year, Atomic Learning has been following several teachers to see how they are transitioning classroom lessons to implement the CCSS.
Is your school considering a bring-your-own-technology initiative? Check out this overview video of one of our newest training series recently added to our Atomic Mobilize solution.
Need more help with your mobile initiative? Take a look at Atomic Mobilize here.