Touch Screens Replace Textbooks In Little Falls

The use of iPads in the classroom has been an experiment this school year, but Little Falls district officials and teachers say it has gone so well, they’ve decided to purchase an additional 1,450 of the tablet computers for next year. iPads will be in the hands of all students in grades 5-12. Read more.

 

Little Falls District Expands Pilot iPad Program

iPads are making their way through the Little Falls School District and beginning next school year, every fifth- through 12th- grade student in the district will be equipped with one.

The Little Falls School Board recently unanimously approved the Project Resources to Engage All Learners or Project REAL for short, which includes purchasing 1,450 iPads.

Satisfied Customer Shares her Story at TCEA 2011

Trish Panknin, Director of Information Services at Tuloso-Midway ISD in Corpus Christi, Texas shared with us her Atomic Learning story when we caught up with her last week at the TCEA Annual Convention. An extra special thanks to Trish for her TCEA session on iCamp where attendees learned how she incorporates Atomic Learning into her technology camp to take teachers beyond the "how to" stage to the "integration" stage.

Texas Educators: Earn Professional Development Credit While Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Educators in the state of Texas now have an opportunity to learn how to use emerging technologies and apply them to the classroom while earning Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements. Atomic Learning has recently been approved as a provider by the Texas State Board of Education enabling staff in districts that have a subscription to earn CPE credits for tutorials they view from Atomic Learning’s vast library of tutorials.

Project RED Findings Show Signs of Education Reform

Schools are in a technology implementation crisis. While education technology best practices have a significant positive impact, they are not widely and consistently practiced. Nine key implementation factors emerged as primary ingredients for improved student educational outcomes.
 
See the overview of the findings and factors here.

Technology Integration eBook Now Available

A must-read resource providing valuable insights and ideas to create an effective technology integration program. This ebook investigates the challenges to effectively using technology in the classroom and discusses key points of an effective technology integration program.

Here's an excerpt from the Preface by Tim Holt: 

New Video Challenges Educators to Think Differently

Don Johnston, software developer and advocate for students with special needs, recently released a video entitled "The Case Against Assistive Technology." The video challenges educators to think differently about reading and writing accommodations in the everyday classroom. How will it change your classroom?

The More We Fail, the More We Learn

Teaching is a profession where you have to constantly adapt and adapt on your feet, so hitting technology roadblocks should be handled no different.  Use your Technology Specialist to your advantage to learn from technology stumbles, and continue to try something new.

Pre-Designed Projects Make Tech Integration Easy

Do you find yourself challenged with integrating technology into your classroom?  Atomic Learning makes it easy – providing hundreds of pre-designed projects you can add to your curriculum. And, most of the projects can be easily modified and adapted to fit your class and present your topic of choice. Here are a few samples to get you started.

Escape From the Rainforest – Microsoft Word application

Atomic Learning Launches Blended Learning

A new, comprehensive PD solution is now available to help educators achieve their ultimate goal of positively impacting student achievement in the classroom. To complement the extensive technology training and tech integration projects already available to subscribers through its website, Atomic Learning adds these high-impact courses facilitated by live instructors.

SIIA Releases Trends Report on K-12 and Postsecondary Education Technology

Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2010) - The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces the release of its most recent report on the K-12 and postsecondary education technology markets - officially titled the SIIA Trends Report for Education Technology.

Authored by various members of the education industry, the report highlights industry shifts and emerging trends as they relate to five main topics: K-12 learning management systems, postsecondary learning management systems, online learning, state of the states, and mobile computing.

Higher Education Customers - How Do You Use Atomic Learning?

Greetings once again from the higher education team here at Atomic Learning! We have been putting our heads together to try to bring you the latest and greatest ideas on how you can use Atomic Learning on your campus.

1. As a help desk extension - is your help desk only open limited hours? Is your help desk staff sometimes overloaded, especially when upgrading applications like Microsoft Office? With a site license you can direct your users to Atomic Learning for tutorials on how to perform specific functions when your help desk is not available, or during busy times of the year!

2. Faculty Training - some faculty and staff members in your organization are great at keeping up on technology and integrating it into the classroom. Others are overwhelmed while budget cuts keep them running from class to class. Atomic Learning a great tool to keep your faculty updated on technology they use everyday - whether it's a tutorial on how to add a course link in your LMS, or how to schedule an appointment on their Outlook calendars!

Training & Staff Development for 21st Century Teaching at Lincoln Public Schools (Just Enough, Just in Time, Just for Me)

The first run of this webinar went very well and provided such valuable information that we've decided to do it again.
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 12 pm PST / 3 pm EST
 

Click here to register for this FREE event

In order for students to have 21st century skills to succeed and compete in today's global workplace, districts first need to develop those skills in their teachers. How do you build a professional development program that creates a solid understanding of the skills and develop the ability to integrate them into the classroom?

Join us as a panel from Lincoln Public Schools shares best practices and collaboration between departments to create a successful training and staff development program to help their teachers – and students – succeed with 21st century learning.

Read about the presenters

Feds release new national ed-tech plan

Although funding concerns remain, the National Ed-Tech Plan is a promising start to turning around education, ed-tech advocates say.
Although funding concerns remain, the National Ed-Tech Plan is a promising start, ed-tech advocates say.
The new National Education Technology Plan, released March 5, sets an ambitious agenda for using technology to transform teaching and learning, ed-tech advocates say–and a call to action that is long overdue.

The plan, called “Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology,” calls for engaging and empowering learning experiences for all students; standards and assessments that measure key 21st-century skills and expertise; a shift to a model of “connected teaching,” in which teams of interconnected educators replace solo classroom practitioners; always-on connectivity that is available to students and teachers both inside and outside of school; and a rethinking of basic assumptions, such as seat time, that limit schools’ ability to innovate.

 Read more at eschoolnews.com

Digital Workshop from PBS - 21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital Age

This project by PBS and the MacArthur and Park Foundations aligns well with recent posts on digital learning. It starts this evening.

More and more educators are tapping into the power of digital media and technology for teaching and learning. The variety of information resources available online is simply staggering. Explore how teachers and students are using the power of social media to promote students' active engagement, critical thinking and literacy skills.

Blogging –The New Model for Building Collaboration in the Classroom

For students around the nation, blogs have become far more than the latest technology buzzword. For many, blogging can be a key method of communication on a social level. While many students already blog in their free time, incorporating blogging technology into the classroom can have many benefits through the use of a medium that already interests students and makes learning more interactive and engaging.

Atomic Learning and Assistive Technology

Atomic Learning has developed a fantastic resource for those wishing to implement assistive technology in their classrooms. Assistive technology can be tremendously beneficial to all educators, not just those in special ed environments.

We offer an entire library of assistive tech tutorials as a companion to any Atomic Learning subscription, or as a stand-alone resource. It's an inexpensive asset that can really have an impact with individual students.

Free Laptop Initiatives eBook

Educators around the world are working hard to bring their classrooms into the 21st century. Technology implementation and integration are among the greatest challenges facing today’s schools.

US DoE Challenges Students with Video Contest

In two minutes or less, America's students have an opportunity to show the nation and the world how far education can take them and how they will achieve their dreams.

On September 8, President Barack Obama called on the nation's students to take greater responsibility for their education. Now, the U.S. Department of Education is asking students to respond by participating in a national video contest titled “I Am What I Learn.” (read more)

New Atomic Learning Website Introduced at NECC

Atomic Learning is working to bring much exciting new functionality to its users. At NECC 2009, the team introduced a new website to visitors for the first time. While not yet available to everyone, the new site is being experienced by several districts for testing and evaluation. It will make Atomic Learning even easier to use, share, and explore.

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