Interested in becoming a Learning Ambassador? Join the Atomic Learning Ambassador team with other connected educators around the country. The purpose of the team is to build a community of educators who collaborate and grow through the support of the members. The Learning Ambassadors can participate in as little or as much as they'd like and each level attained opens more opportunity for the member.
Whether they recognize it or not, most people have a preferred way of learning. While some learn best by listening (think of those lecture classes in college), others may have to see a concept in action to learn the material (this is where lab work comes in), and the list goes on.
The trick is figuring out your individual learning style and then utilizing your strengths while being aware of your weaker areas. To help, we’ve worked with Dan Kuemmel, a specialist in learning technology, data visualization, and pedagogy, on an in-depth course on Learning Styles. As a preview, we’ve provided a quick peek at each of the seven types of learners below:
- Visual Learners
These learners turn words into pictures to retain information, and tend to excel with writing assignments and textbook readings. However, they can struggle with information that is only audio-based, such as a lectures or audio-recordings.
- Logical Learners
Logical learners thrive on processes, statistics, and making connections between ideas. Puzzles, riddles, and word games engage them, as well as charts and diagrams.
- Aural/Auditory Learners
These learners have great recall when hearing information be it a lecture, podcast, spoken directions, or even music.
- Verbal Learners
Verbal learners are most easily identified as those that need to ‘talk through’ a problem, either through verbal or written communication. They excel at writing essays and class discussions or debates, but can struggle with math and science concepts.
Investing in your own learning is the perfect gift to give yourself this holiday season. Here are 12 ideas to get you started:
It's "Angela Maiers Day" at Atomic Learning! We started the day by putting on our "You are a Genius" t-shirts and then joined an inspirational webinar with Angela Maiers herself.
As Angela said, "Culture = value + action. Believe in people. Prove their value thru your actions."
Genius Hour, or 20% time, is a concept that has been around since the mid 1900s. During this time, an employer—such as 3M® or Google™—allows their employees to focus on a passion related to their job for 20% of their work time.
Continuing the series introducing you to our eLearning Contributor team, we'd like you to meet Angela Maiers.
In her words, Angela's twenty five years as an educator and her passionate pursuit of literacy and learning have given her a wonderful variety of experiences, including classroom and university teaching, instructional coaching, research, writing, publishing, corporate training, and launching a global movement.
In today’s world, there are no limits for learners with passion, foresight, and a desire to grow.
Angela is at the forefront of New Literacy and Web 2.0 technologies. Her extensive knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of personal empowerment have made her a highly sought after keynote speaker and a vibrant courageous voice in both the business and education space.
Can't wait to check out Angela's courses? Join us for an exclusive opportunity to learn more and find out why Angela’s message is so critical for today’s school leader!
Tips for School Leaders: Transform School Culture with Angela Maiers
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
Want to see some of Angela's work with Atomic Learning? Listen in on her series on digital literacy, and be sure to check out the complete Angela Maiers Collection—exclusively offered by Atomic Learning.
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Game-based learning (or #gbl), is a growing trend in education. Gaining strength right beside gaming, is an increased interest in what have been dubbed "The 4 C's"—creativity in particular. It's not difficult to see a link between the two. In the words of creativity guru Roger von Oech, "Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."
In a recent article, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Apple Distinguished Educator Courtney Pepe, shared "4 games worth trying" for introducing gaming in the classroom. Among her four picks, was Minecraft™, a popular game where individuals dig (mine) and build (craft) 3D blocks in an imaginary world.
Pepe includes a fun example from Matthew Farber, a Social Studies teacher, who uses the game for project-based learning on American colonies by having students use Minecraft to "create worlds that are reflective of the original 13 colonies including crops, climate, and societal structure. They then create videos intended to showcase their understanding of their colonies." (see sample student video via vimeo).
Intrigued? (We sure were!)
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Guest Blog Post by Dr. Billie McConnell, President of Connected Consulting
As I work with teachers, I am reminded of my childhood experiences and how things have changed. My childhood was different from my children’s and today’s kids are even more different. Many of the experiences that I had have been lost to today’s children. But, I do admit that they also have some that I never had. (I will save the ones that I never had for another article.)
I played organized sports as a kid, but most of my sports were played on the playground, the street, or the front yard. No adults, just us kids. What happened if we had a conflict? We resolved it. No adults! If we wanted to keep playing, then we had to come up with a solution. We learned early how to resolve conflicts. We didn’t always resolve them using the best method, but that was a learning experience as well. Today, however, many of our students are involved in organized activities run by an adult. What happens when there is a conflict? The adult solves it. Children learn that someone else will solve the problem and they don’t get the chance to learn to deal with conflicts. (Hmm. That reminds me of many parent meetings that I had when I was a teacher and administrator.)
Guest blog post by Shari Fruechte, CAP-OM, Executive Assistant for Atomic Learning.
Learning, growing, and trying new things energizes me. Don’t get me wrong, just like most people after I commit to something new, I usually get a wave of “Oh no, what did I just get myself into?” However, I’ve learned that message is also a good indicator that whatever I am about to undertake is a growth opportunity.
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.
We recently introduced Training Spotlight pages which showcase a collection of existing training specifically related to emerging topics. Each Spotlight organizes training initiatives for users to best achieve results to impact student achievement and professional development efforts.
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.