ISTE Hoonuit Contest

Are you interested in professional growth and an opportunity to attend ISTE 2017?  We are thrilled to announce our ISTE Hoonuit Contest where educators are rewarded for sharing what they learn!

Here are the details:

PRIZES
1 GRAND PRIZE Winner will receive free registration & a travel stipend for ISTE 2017
1 RUNNER UP Winner will receive free registration for ISTE 2017
5 Annual Hoonuit by Atomic Learning Subscriptions

 

HOW TO ENTER
Follow these steps and be entered to win:
  1. Login to www.AtomicLearning.com using your school's method of access.
    (Not at an Atomic Learning school? (Get free access now)
  2. Complete a module - LearnIt. DoIt. ShareIt. and ProveIt. (See list of accepted modules below)

The Best Holiday 'Card' That You'll Get This Year -- Really

In place of a traditional holiday card, we’ve written twelve insightful articles. This is our 3rd annual 12 Days of Learning, and each year we keep making it better and better. Feel free to share this resource out with your teachers and staff. These quick reads cover a variety of topics and are perfect for personal professional development!

To view the articles by clicking the image below or visit: http://www2.atomiclearning.com/12-days-of-learning.

Coming Soon: A NEW Way to Experience Professional Development

The entire Atomic Learning team has been hard at work researching and developing not just a better way to support teachers, staff, and students, but to transform teacher professional development and learning.

THE RESULT :

 

To align with this powerful outcome-based learning model, Atomic Learning's online professional learning resources will soon be delivered in a 'learning module' format—click the video below for a sneak peek:

Why is this change SUCH a big deal? With this shift, Atomic Learning now enables schools and districts to:

  • Reach teachers and students where they are at, in their moment of need
  • Leverage outcome-based learning to ensure teachers and students learn what they need
  • Provide activities to allow users to apply learning to their life/classroom
  • Encourage learners to connect, get feedback, and learn from others
  • Offer a way for teachers, staff, and students to document learning

Ready to learn more?
Contact Atomic Learning directly at atomic@AtomicLearning.com.

Already an Atomic Learning subscriber?
You will automatically have access to new learning module course format in the coming weeks! Contact your school's Account Manager for additional details.

FREE Online Course on #DigitalStorytelling & #Creativity

For a limited-time, Atomic Learning has unlocked the popular online module: Digital Storytelling & Creativity.

Digital Storytelling is a powerful tool to teach literacy, communication, and media creation skills. However, there are a number of options for organizing a project, conducting research, identifying digital media resources, and creating a story—all of which make it difficult to know where to start.

Learn the in’s and out’s for FREE at www2.atomiclearning.com/digital-story through June 30, 2016.

Intrigued? Be sure to contact Atomic Learning for information on unlocking hundreds of additional online learning modules, including:

•    Instructional Video Best Practices
•    Being an Effective Online Student
•    Creating Engaging Lessons
•    Growing a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
•    Successful Time Management
•    Microsoft Office 2016 and Office 365
•    Learning Management Systems (LMS) Training

If you've been meaning to give Atomic Learning a look, now's your chance!

Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know Atomic Learning?

If you are only using Atomic Learning for how-to technology training, you're missing out. While this used to be the core of our product, this content is now the bonus on top of a larger range of highly relevant topics in education.

Watch this brief video to discover what’s new at Atomic Learning—and feel free to reach out if you are interested in learning more about these resources for your school or district.

To help move learners beyond just knowing how-to use technology, check out a few of the available resources on the highlighted topics below:

Interested in learning more? Contact Atomic Learning at www.AtomicLearning.com/k12/request-information!

Focus on #SchoolSafety - Quick Tip on the Best Personal Safety Tool

Safety is becoming an increasingly critical topic at schools, colleges, and universities across the country. This quick tip from Personal Safety Expert, Anne Yatch, focuses on which tool to use if you don't know how to physically defend yourself.

Learn additional insights and empower individuals with the skills needed to take ownership of their own safety—now, in college, and beyond—with a specialized online safety awareness and prevention program focused on ensuring learners know how to trust their instincts, increase their observation skills, and develop an action plan for when faced with potential threats.

Interested in preparing your faculty, staff, and students with Real World Safety skills? Learn more.

Still undecided on your 2016 New Year’s resolution? Make a resolution to learn!

We’ve all heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit. This, however, is a myth, according to an article in Forbes Magazine. When it comes down to it, it takes sacrifice and commitment to reach success with forming habits, which cannot happen in a matter of days.

This theory can also apply to your New Year’s resolution. Have you thought about what your New Year’s resolution might be? It doesn’t need to be driven by numbers or statistics (i.e. Lose 15 pounds, or Save $2,000). Why not make it your resolution to learn something new every day?

Whether it takes 21 days or not, make it a habit to build up your personal and professional development on a daily basis. Lifelong learning is a critical skill that we should all try to not only foster in students, but also in our own lives.

And, since 2016 has officially arrived, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite resources together in the Atomic Learning 12 Days of Learning to get you started. Need more ideas? Simply log into your Atomic Learning account using your institution’s method of access and utilize the ‘Discover’ tab to see some of the latest and greatest learning resources now available.

Happy New Year from Atomic Learning!

Focus on #SchoolSafety - Quick Tip on Identifying a Threat

Safety is becoming an increasingly critical topic at schools across the country. In the video below, expert Anne Yatch, a former Anti-terrorism and International Security Expert, shares insights on how to identify a threat beyond stereotypes.

Being prepared with such information helps you to protect yourself and those around you in a potentially dangerous situation—it might just save your life.


Empowering individuals with the skills needed to take ownership of their own safety—now, in college, and beyond—is a great way to help ensure teachers, staff, and students alike stay safe. With a specialized online safety awareness and prevention program focused on ensuring learners know how to trust their instincts, increase their observation skills, and develop an action plan for when faced with potential threats, Atomic Learning is here to help.

Great for graduating seniors heading off to college and/or moving away from home, available topics include:

Interested in preparing your school community with Real World Safety skills? Learn more.

NOTE: Some content may not be suitable for all ages.

12 Days Until the end of the Year – Make them Count!

With the holidays fast approaching and the year coming to a close, it can be hard to find time for professional development. We’ve made it easy for you to get the most out of the last 12 days of 2015!

Take a look at these twelve, quick and helpful articles on critical topics facing education.  Whether you read one-a-day or take them in all at once is entirely up-to-you.

ICYMI: Ring in the New Year with 12 Days of Learning

7 Tips to Take Ownership of Your Professional Development

While schools and districts offer formal professional development, teachers themselves also have the opportunity to learn on their own. Yet with such busy schedules, some teachers struggle to find the time or drive to participate in self-driven learning.

So why should teachers find the time? One article stated it best:

“What makes a professional stand apart from others in his or her field? Of course, she has the educational chops and the hands-on experience that makes her well-rounded and widely respected in her field. But true professionals don’t stop there. In fact, they never stop – especially when it comes to learning.”

For those looking for a place to start, we’ve gathered together seven tips to begin implementing right away:

Research Study: Less than 1 in 3 Teachers are Satisfied with PD

Teachers Know Best, a recent study contracted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that less than 1 in 3 teachers are highly satisfied with current professional development offerings. Here’s an excerpt:

All told, $18 billion is spent annually on professional development, and a typical teacher spends 68 hours each year—more than a week—on professional learning activities typically directed by districts… Yet by many measures, including the views of teachers themselves, much of this effort and investment is simply not working. In interviews, teachers say that too many current professional development offerings are not relevant, not effective, and most important of all, not connected to their core work of helping students learn.

The level of dissatisfaction shared in the study is an area for potential concern for districts.

Varying Approaches to Teacher Professional Development

An article published last year by the folks over at the Stanford d.school walked through the various types of teacher professional development currently available, including a brief overview of each. The author Melissa Pelochino, an experienced educator, goes on to share her thoughts on why these types of professional development aren't working for today's educators, here's an excerpt:
Most teachers participate in all of these types of professional development concurrently. The result is confused, overwhelmed teachers who find it difficult to know what to focus on first and who have a hard time remembering what they are working on and for whom. I have seen many teachers develop “cheat sheets” to help them keep track of all of the professional development they are participating in. Often, the PD calendar is set at the beginning of the year and is not responsive to the immediate and changing needs of the students and staff.
 
PD is still being delivered in a 20th-century lecture style, and most of it looks the same: teachers sitting in rows, staring at computers or cellphones while a person at the front of the room talks at them and refers to a computer screen from time to time...

Prepping for Back to School with #ALsummersession

Ready or not, the school year is ramping up to get started.

Want to change up your lessons before students converge on you? Now’s your chance!

Below are a few ideas to reawaken your inner teacher—to get started, simply login using your school's method of access.

Coding in the Classroom
Reading, writing...coding? Considered to be a new 'literacy' to prep students for the future, coding is more than a great way to engage students! This online resource will introduce coding concepts and tools to help you get started in the classroom.
Learn about Coding in the Classroom!

An Overview of Learning Methodologies
Want to help your students be lifelong-learners? Of course you do! Check out this online resource on new approaches to teaching that focus on creativity, re-examine Bloom's Taxonomy, and foster higher-level thinking skills in learners at all levels.
Learn about Learning Methodologies!

Minecraft & Project-Based Learning
Ready to explore the world of game-based learning? Check out Minecraft! This online resource will walk you through not only getting set-up, but includes project ideas and templates from the experts at the popular Craft-Academy!
Learn about Minecraft & Project-Based Learning!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Capture Summer with Digital Photography #ALsummersession 

Enjoying summer fun in the sun? Capture moments to remember and share!

If your photography skills aren’t necessarily at the level you’d like, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered.

To get started, simply login using your school's method of access and check out the links below.

Digital Photography Basics
A family portrait is obviously different than a snapshot for eBay, but most people take all photos the same. Whether your camera is a fancy DSLR or just the one built into your smartphone, these tips and tricks will help you capture the best pictures possible!
Learn about Digital Photography Basics!

iPhoto (OS X Yosemite)
Get ready to turn good shots into great ones with simple editing tools, then wow them all by sharing your photos in fun slideshows, on social media, and even create photo books. iPhoto isn't just a collection of pictures—it's a collection of possibilities!
Learn about iPhoto!

Photoshop Creative Cloud
The editing capabilities of Photoshop are seemingly endless—and daunting for newbies. Learn the basics of polishing your summer photos in no time flat with an online resource focused on the basics. Get ready to crop, retouch, and more!
Learn about Photoshop CC!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

CEU Professional Development Program Proves Successful in NC District

As many schools do, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in Charlotte, NC provides CEUs (continuing education units, AKA credits) to teachers who participate in professional development. CMS developed a program that awarded their staff for the time they spent in the Atomic Learning solution. We were quite impressed when we heard how much success their program was having and just had to share.

Managing Your Time During Summer Break #ALsummersession

As the expression goes, “time flies when you’re having fun”—and if summer is one thing, it’s fun!

Make sure you don’t miss out on all that this summer has to offer by logging in using your school's method of access and checking out the links below.

Effective Decision Making Training
Have a lot to do, but not much summer left to do it all? Weigh your options and prioritize appropriately with this online resource. And, if you're still undecided about what you can and can't fit in, there's even a video on "Perils of Indecision"...cue dramatic music!
Learn about Effective Decision Making!

Time Management Training
Summer is flying by. Don't waste the precious time you have left! In this online training, you'll learn how to take control of your life in practical and realistic ways that you can implement right away—including insights on how to combat procrastination!
Learn about Time Management!

Effective Meetings Training (Yes! Meetings!)
We know what you're thinking...Effective Meetings!? It's still Summer! However, the skills that are needed to conduct effective, efficient meetings also apply to life outside of a conference room. Check out this online resource for insights on getting things done!
Learn about Time Management!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Be Your Own Technology Help Desk #ALsummersession

Having computer issues during the summer can be a disaster. Equip yourself with the knowledge to act as your own personal technology help desk with these online resources!

To get started, simply login using your school's method of access and check out the links below.

PC Maintenance Training
Having a problematic PC? Get to the bottom of your technology woes with this online resource that explores several common problems—including malware—and steps you can take to prevent future issues, including using firewalls, scheduling scans, and more.
Learn about PC Maintenance!

Being Savvy Online
Is your digital footprint squashing your reputation? Make sure you are aware of online dangers involved with online banking, gaming, and shopping—and learn how to protect your personal data from scams and identity theft with this online resource.
Learn about Being Savvy Online!

Computer Training
Computers have become a standard household tool—yet most of us don't use them to their fullest potential. Learn how you—yes YOU—can set up a wireless network, improve your computer's speed, and many other time-saving computing topics.
Learn about Computing!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

 

Tools to Stay in Touch Over Summer Break #ALsummersession

While relaxing is a critical part of summer, it’s also nice to keep in touch with friends and colleagues to share and hear about their activities and lives during break.

Not feeling overly social? You can still give your brain a fun workout exploring new ideas online!

To get started, simply login using your school's method of access and check out the links below.

Staying Connected
Whether you are a social media newbie or an old pro, explore something new with this online resource that covers using Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Picasa in your personal life—be it creating a family hashtag or sending gifts via Facebook.
Learn about Staying Connected!

Twitter
What can you really say in 140 characters or less? Turns out, quite a bit! Learn the basics on setting up an account and profile, then dig in with @mentions, #hashtags, lists, and much more. Try it out and you'll be hooked, or, in this case, twitterpated.
Learn about Twitter!

Pinterest
A visual bookmarking tool, Pinterest allows you to find, organize, and share links—from anywhere on the web—in one central location. From a DIY project for your home, to resources for upcoming classes, there's something for everyone on Pinterest!
Learn about Pinterest!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Planning a Vacation...or Stay-cation with Google #ALsummersession

Whether you choose to travel by land, air, or sea, build your excitement and polish the itinerary with a bit of help from Atomic Learning. With online training on a variety of online tools, we’ll help you get ready to jet—in no time flat.

No summer getaway in your future? Make your stay-cation one to remember by taking virtual tours of popular tourist destinations—without dealing with baggage fees—using Google Earth!

To get started, simply login using your school's method of access and check out the links below.

Google Maps
Stretch your vacation by using Google Maps to plan pit stops along your roadtrip route or near airports for layovers. Afterall, in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, "Not all who wander are lost." And, if you DO get lost, Maps is handy then too!
Learn more about Google Maps!

Google Calendar
Schedule a vacation that works for everybody! With Google Calendar, a handy (and free!) online tool, you—and anyone you invite—can access and modify scheduled activities—making it easy to ensure your itinerary covers all the details.
Learn more about Google Calendar!

Google Earth
If a stay-cation is more your speed this summer, you can still be a globetrotter with Google Earth! Check out the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids of Giza, Taj Mahal—and other locales that would otherwise blow your budget—without leaving air-conditioned comfort!
Learn more about Google Earth!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Atomic Learning Admins: Make Learning Fun!

Dulce Gonzalez of Laredo ISD in Texas was the lucky winner of our Atomic-Cache contest recently and she shared that she appreciated the "scavenger hunt" type learning path because she watched courses that she typically wouldn't have gone to within Atomic Learning.

Have you tried the scavenger hunt resource within the "Get the Word Out Ideas" area? Take this a step further and create your own "atomic-cache" contest with your teachers and staff (possibly even strategically, if there's something you really want them to learn about that you know they won't go to on their own!) It can be as simple as having them watch one video or a complete course to find a "nugget" of information. If they tell you the timestamp of where they found this information, they get a prize, or are entered into a random drawing for a prize.

Quick Tip for Zooming in on Your Browser Screen - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Here's a quick tip. If you're projecting a website, and it's tough to see from the back of the room or you need to show something that's little on a webpage, you can easily zoom in on your screen by pressing command and the "+" (plus) key.  To zoom back out, press the command and the "-" (minus) key.

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