Saving Battery Life in OS X Mavericks - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

In Mac 10.9 (called Mavericks), one of the neat features is to now see which apps are using up the most battery.  

If you are like me and typically have multiple applications running at the same time, you might notice that your battery dies down faster.  To see which apps are taking up the most battery, click on the battery icon at the top of your screen.  You will see a message in grey that says "Collecting Power Usage Information."  

Is Your District Innovative?

If your district is taking innovative approaches to learning and PD, District Administration magazine wants to hear from you!

Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program created by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. District Administration is looking to recognize established initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits, and that could be replicated by other districts.

Infographic: Teachers <3 Technology

Technology has become a pervasive tool in the classroom, as this infographic illustrates, but are teachers equipped with the skills they need to not only love technology, but use it effectively? Make sure they are prepared with Atomic Learning's award-winning online professional development and classroom resources that cover everything from software how-to questions and effective integration to mobile learning implementation and addressing the tech components of the Common Core.

Project: Water Works!

Did you know that tomorrow is World Water Day?
Created by the United Nations to raise awareness of the sustainable management of water resources, World Water Day occurs each year on March 22nd. To help recognize this important day, Atomic Learning is highlighting the Water Works! 21st Century Skills Project, which utilizes free Google™ Earth software to tour lakes and rivers around the globe that are running dry.

Getting Started with the Maker Movement

Tinkering, crafting, active learning, MacGyver-ing, whatever you call it, a wave of creativity, collaboration and invention called the Maker Movement is revolutionizing education... but what exactly IS the Maker Movement and WHY should schools care?
Atomic Learning's own Kara Gann recently sat down with Sylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classsroom, a book that is often referred to as "the bible of the Maker Movement in schools," to address these questions. Interested in hearing what they had to say? We've recorded their discussion as an on-demand webinar archive which is part of the Education Eavesdrop webinar series!

Webinar: Finding Classroom Tech Projects in Atomic Learning

Whether you’re an elementary, middle school, or high school teacher, Atomic Learning has classroom projects for your grade level and subject area using the technology you already have.  

Select a link below to register for one of these 15-minute webinars to learn how to find a project to use with your students.

Share Your Bright Spots - What's Working for You?

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.

Flipping Your Classroom? Don't Make These Mistakes

A recent eSchool News article discussed common pitfalls some teachers have faced when flipping their classroom. Have you thought about or tried flipping your classroom and struggled to keep your students engaged? Don't give up. Take some tips from your peers who have tested this practice and avoid the mistakes they've made.

SIIA Survey asks how K-20 Educators are Using Mobile Technology in the Classroom

In conjunction with FETC 2014, the SIIA Education Division is happy to announce the launch of its seventh annual Vision K-20 Survey. The Vision K-20 Survey gives educators, administrators, and faculty members from K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions the opportunity to evaluate their current technology and compare it to prior results in a short online survey.

Going to #FETC14? I want to hear from you!

If you are going to FETC, I want to hear from you! I will be hosting a session “From Awkward to Awesome: Learn from Product Innovation Models. ” What does that mean? When I was completing my Masters of Business Administration, I learned a lot about bringing a product to market. If you are wondering how that relates to education—it’s simple. Your district has strategic goals that are supported by different initiatives. Likely, there are some challenges in implementing the initiatives. Adoption by staff.

Coming Soon: Blackboard 9.1 - Service Pack 12 Training

In this online training series, you will learn about the following new features in Blackboard Service Pack 12: Global Navigation for a unified view of courses; enhanced calendar, test and discussion forum options; Retention Center for managing at-risk students and Video Anywhere for incorporating rich multimedia in courses.

Coming Soon: PowerPoint 2013 - Working with Pictures Training

In this online training series, you will learn how to insert a picture into a slide from a file on your computer and from an online source in PowerPoint 2013. From how to crop and resize pictures on a slide to using the corrections and color tools, you will explore various picture editing features as well as how to create a photo album and learn to share it.

Coming Soon: PowerPoint 2013 - Shapes/SmartArt Training

In this online training series, we will learn how to use shapes and SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013. Using the selection and visibility pane, we will insert, resize and add effects to shapes along with adding text to shapes. We will work with SmartArt graphics, including how to insert them into a presentation as well as how to modify and format the graphics.

Coming Soon: Excel 2013 - Evaluating Data Training

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.

Coming Soon: PowerPoint 2013 - Animations & Effects Training

In this online training series, we will learn how to use animations and the animations pane in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. From how to apply animations to recording and adding narration to a presentation, this training series will cover everything you need to know to add animation and transition effects and even sound to your PowerPoint slides.