The Shirley Hord Learning Team Award honors excellence in professional learning. Based on Learning Forward's definition of professional learning, the award recognizes a school team that successfully implements the cycle of continuous learning for professional learning that results in student achievement. The deadline for applications is April 13, 2012.
An article we found on eSchoolNews from awhile back hasn't lost its luster. If you're planning a 1:1 initiative at your school, you may want to take note. By simply adding new technology to your school the program may not be effective, but when paired with teacher PD on the technology—it's a win-win for all.
Check out this video taken live at the TCEA Conference in Austin, TX where Scott from SEG Assessment shares how the use of Atomic Learning for teacher tech integration training impacts student achievement through the research he and his colleagues collected over the 2010-11 school year. To see the full research study results, download the report.
Are you struggling to find PD with relation to technology? Look no further, Atomic Learning IS your PD resource for tech integration!
In this video, customer Monica Nahas shares how Fort Bend ISD in Texas has successfully implemented the Atomic Learning PD solution to encourage tech integration to positively impact student achievement.
SEG Measurement, a recognized education research firm and Atomic Learning partner, completed a thorough analysis of the impact of teacher technology integration training on student achievement during the 2010-11 school year. You can read more about the results here, but what we found interesting (and thought you might too) are the top 10 Atomic Learning resources the teachers used.
Atomic Learning and Project Tomorrow invite all schools and districts to participate in the 9th annual Speak Up National Research Project. Speak Up provides a quick and easy way for your students, parents, teachers, librarians and administrators to have a voice in local, state and national discussions about emerging technologies in education.
Plus, every participating school and district gets back their own stakeholder data from the online surveys to use for grant writing, ed tech plans, budgets, professional development and community engagement. No need to create your own surveys – Speak Up does all the work for you! Just register your school or district at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2011/, pick a password and promote the survey link to your community.
Colorado tech teacher, Brad Flickinger, blogged about what he learned when he discovered Atomic Learning Spotlight training topics when he logged into Atomic Learning recently.
"The first thing to impress me were the Goals — they are broken down into three quick-read bullet points of Identify, Reflect and Plan. I could quickly review them and see if this was the right course for me. It was, so I continued."
Read more here.
In the last year, a major change happened in education. The change is not one which grabbed headlines, but it did strongly influence education throughout the United States. Everyone involved in education knows of the Common Core State Standards, but very few understand how the new standards will influence classrooms on a day-to-day basis.
Funding for education is always a concern, but when tight budgets force heavier workloads and elimination of positions it becomes even more important. Investing your grant dollars in Atomic Learning eases the strain on your tech and professional development teams so they can continue to bring effective embedded professional development to your district.
We got a great question from our friends at the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in Australia about how to make the transition from Microsoft Office 2003 to Office 2010 - skipping 2007 altogether. Take a look!
Districts across the U.S. are utilizing numerous resources to provide teachers with a well-rounded professional development program. While the use of multiple resources allows districts to provide comprehensive training, it creates a challenge for end users in accessing resources from various websites and managing multiple log-ins.
To begin addressing this challenge, Atomic Learning and School Improvement Network announce a collaboration to provide shared resources to guide educators on a path to technology-empowered learning.
Atomic Learning users can now find a collection of existing training specifically related to effective online teaching and learning in one location through a new series of spotlights on technology professional development topics. As online and blended learning courses have become more prevalent, the differences between online and face-to-face instruction have come to the forefront.
The fun folks at Northwest ISD in Fort Worth, TX recently extended their creative American Idol-inspired AL Idol videos to Atomic Learning and we couldn't wait to share with you!
If you’re moving to Office 2010 or 2011, make Atomic Learning a key part of your PD plan to make the transition smooth. Forward these links onto your team–and save yourself some training headaches–your team can check out the tutorials they need, when they need and want to.
Office 2010 (PC)
Office 2011 (Mac)
Early research indicated that if teachers had access to enough equipment and training, classroom integration would follow. However, when technology is involved, this isn’t always so easy to assume the norm. Various barriers are preventing technology to fully integrate teachers’ classrooms. From personal fears to technical issues, classroom integration is being affected negatively. Keep these pointers in mind to keep up your end of the barrier bargain:
Dr. Joy Rousseau of Arp ISD in Texas shares how she learns new things through Atomic Learning with a time investment as short as 30 seconds to a minute.
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, how-to training, and classroom tech integration. This session will cover:
- How to access just in time training
- An overview of professional development tools
- Resources to integrate today’s technology into your curriculum with one easy search
Learn how to create a customized professional development program in 4 easy steps. First, complete a 21st Century Skills Professional Development Worksheet to clarify the goals of your program. In phase 2, look at using an assessment to determine where skills training might be best applied. Then, look at skill development itself. In the final segment of the 4-part process, you'll discuss analyzing progress. Read more.
Atomic Learning is proud to announce its partnership with the Google™ Certified Teacher Academy for Educators and Administrators. With a select group of 50 teachers invited each year, Google Certified Teachers represent an outstanding group of educators dedicated to bringing innovative technologies to today’s students. As they complete the certification training, they are provided with one year of access to Atomic Learning ’s 21st Century Skills and Tech Integration professional development solution to support their professional development and tech integration goals.
When you stop to think about your professional development goals, chances are most are attainable without too much effort. However, to achieve the big goals—it takes many small steps.
Educators in the state of Illinois now have an opportunity to learn how to use emerging technologies and apply them to the classroom while earning Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs). Atomic Learning has recently been approved as a provider by the Illinois State Board of Education enabling staff in districts that have a subscription to earn CPDUs for tutorials they view from Atomic Learning’s vast library of tutorials.