How Hoonuit Can Benefit Your District: Curriculum & Tech

Hoonuit by Atomic Learning offers professional learning designed to meet the unique needs of schools and districts—including top concerns that curriculum and staff development, as well as technology integrationists, tech directors and library staff members, may have.

We've gathered a few of our favorites, that we thought you might be interested in:

Curriculum & Staff Development
Ensure your educators have the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to provide engaging, meaningful learning experiences with resources on:
   -  Writing Effective Learning Outcomes
   -  Differentiation Techniques and Basics
   -  Assessment of Learning: How Do They Know?
   -  21st Century Skills Concepts

Technology Integrationists
Help support the unique needs of teachers with resources focused on the effective use of technology in the classroom, including:
   -  Tech Integration Strategies
   -  Go Anywhere with Virtual Reality
   -  Coding in the Classroom

Technology Directors
Without relevant support, even the best laid tech plans can go awry. Ensure teachers, staff, and students are fully utilizing available tools on:
   -  Information Security Best Practices
   -  Being Savvy Online
   -  Software/Hardware How-to Resources

Librarians & Media Specialists
Libraries often serve as a go-to-resource. Help library staff to better support students with on-demand learning resources on:
   -  Research Paper Basics: MLA, APA & Chicago Style
   -  What Makes a Good Researcher?
   -  Avoiding Plagiarism

Classroom Project: What's for Breakfast

Since March is National Nutrition Month, and this week is National School Breakfast Week, the team at Atomic Learning wanted to take a moment to share one of our favorite projects: What’s for Breakfast.

This project promotes health literacy and supports awareness of global health issues, through the exploration of how to make sound nutritional choices about the foods we eat for breakfast. Using any spreadsheet application (example project uses Microsoft® Excel) to track and compare three unique breakfast menus.

And, the project is completely classroom-ready! Including step-by-step tutorials that walk students through creating the project, downloadable resources, and a teacher Project Activity Guide complete with student assessment rubrics and discussion questions, the project has everything you need to integrate it into the classroom and help students make conscience nutritional choices.

Understanding the 4 C's (and Why They Matter)

Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking—or what are commonly referred to as the 4 C's—are critical to preparing today's students for tomorrow's workforce. In the words of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the 4 C's are Learning and Innovation Skills that are "being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not."

More than likely, you've at some point viewed a Did You Know Video outlining how quickly the world changes, including startling stats for education, such as how the top in-demand jobs in 2010 didn't even exist in 2004, or how the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today's learners will have approximately a dozen different jobs before they turn forty...

With so much change, it's become nearly impossible for educators to give students the knowledge they need to succeed in life, so, instead of imparting facts and figures that may be quickly outdated, the approach of the 4 C's focuses on practicing skills that will create lifelong learners who are both college- and career-ready.

Let's take a brief look at each skill individually:

  1. Communication
    Effective communication includes not only the ability to express yourself both verbally and in writing, but also use and understand nonverbal communication, listening (including deciphering meaning and intent), and use media to support communications appropriately. Additionally, communication can include languages—to compete within today's global workforce. 

    TIP: To instantly make an impact on your own skills, view Atomic Learning's Effective Listening Training.
     

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.
 

Tools to help implement technology components of CCSS

Aligning curriculum to the Common Core is a major task many school leaders and teachers are working through. In this video, hear from a former district employee about a new resource to help school leaders in building and executing a solid Common Core implementation roadmap.

Learn more about Atomic Learning's Atomic TechCore solution.

Help Teachers Gain Interactive Learning Experience

Using a show-and-tell method, Atomic Learning's Atomic Integrate solution allows teachers to see first-hand how to teach 21st century skills. From professional development to classroom integration, Atomic Integrate provides a variety of just-in-time resources to empower educators with tools and training to ensure student success. CEU and graduate credit options are also available.

Curriculum Directors: Engage Lesson Plans with Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning gives the Curriculum Director resources to quickly find examples of how technology can support different subject areas and plan and implement Common Core State Standards. Through the use of Classroom ready projects, teachers learn to effectively integrate technology in the classroom, empowering them with forward-thinking training to prepare students for 21st Century careers. These resources can be used as basis for, or to augment, training sessions.

Spotlight on Aligning Curriculum and Technology

Technology is dramatically altering K-12 curriculum, but integrating digital tools into instruction can be challenging for educators. The Spotlight on Aligning Curriculum and Technology is a collection of articles hand-picked by the Education Week editors including:

How Atomic Learning Helps Curriculum Directors

Atomic Learning helps lighten the Curriculum Director’s workload in regard to guiding teacher’s integration of technology in their classrooms. Through workshops, projects, as well as PD tools like the PD workbook and ePortfolio, teachers can work at their own pace to achieve the goals the Curriculum Director has set for them.

The library of workshops available in Atomic Learning help teachers understand why to include technology in their instruction.  Workshops can be used individually or through your professional development program.

Tech integration projects give teachers guided practice integrating technology into their classroom while the PD workbook helps teachers analyze their own curriculum and plan how the PD will be written into the curriculum.

Webinar: Forging the Technology-Curriculum Link

To ensure the best results for students, it's important to be deliberate and thoughtful in the way technology is incorporated into the curricula. Just layering tech on top fails to take advantage of the technology tools' full potential.

Join this complimentary webinar to hear how those 'in the trenches' are working together to find the best ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Thursday, March 1st at 2:00 EST | 1:00 CST | 11:00 PST