12 Ways to Energize Learning [Infographic]

Student engagement is always on the minds of educators, and, while it can feel overwhelming with all the moving parts—student retention, test scores, and more—you must start somewhere!

To help, we’ve pulled together a list of twelve ways you can shake up and energize learning with tried and true instructional strategies.

Ready to dive deeper into one (or all!) of these topics? Atomic Learning is here to help with professional online courses on each:

Infographic: The Science of Classroom Design

There's been a lot of buzz lately regarding effective learning spaces—classroom layout, color, noise (or lack thereof) and a variety of other factors can all have an impact on students' learning experience. As the infographic below points out, simple changes, such as how desks are arranged, can help encourage collaboration and discussion.

Be sure to check out the infographic and resources below for insights on making the most of your space.

12 Ways to Energize Learning

Student engagement is always on the minds of educators, and, while it can feel overwhelming with all of the moving parts—student retention, test scores, and more—you have to start somewhere! To help, we’ve created a list of twelve ways you can shake up and energize learning with tried and true instructional strategies for increasing engagement with your students. Learn more about each of the topics below with resources from Atomic Learning.

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9 Things Tech-Savvy Teachers Do on a Regular Basis [Infographic]

A large part of being a tech-savvy teacher is being ready, willing, and even eager to try out and implement new technology tools, especially those that positively impact student learning.

A challenge of being such a teacher is the speed of technological change, which begs the question: How does one STAY tech-savvy?

6 Ideas to Increase Parent Engagement [Infographic]

Parents and teachers have a shared interest in the success of individual students, yet there are often challenges to maintaining open communications by both parties. The infographic below, by National PTA, outlines six insightful ideas on how teachers can encourage and support parent and family engagement.

One of the basic tips outlined above that stands out focuses on communication—specifically about communicating “in a way that not only reaches them—but also generates a response.” This only reinforces the importance of two-way communication between teachers and parents.

For additional insights on fostering stronger communications, be sure to check out Atomic Learning’s online course, Improving Communications Between Teachers & Parents. The course explores best practices for communicating with students' families and tools that can make that communication easier, including apps for texting families from your computer, creating and sharing calendars, and more.

Don’t have access to Atomic Learning? Request information on how you and your entire school can access this course and hundreds of others focused on effective professional development, shifting instructional approaches, and other highly-relevant topics..

Infographic: 5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

Wondering what all they hype is about coding? Check out the infographic below for some powerful stats on how teaching computer coding now can have lasting impact on students' lifelong success. And, if you are ready to try the topic out with your students, be sure to check out Atomic Learning's Coding in the Classroom training.

(Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more info on how to access this course and hundreds of others!)

Infographic: Citizenship in the Digital Age

Technology is a powerful tool—and sometimes it's important to remember that power isn't always being used for good.
 
As this infographic illustrates, teens are particularly vulnerable to online threats and many are shaping their digital footprints in risky ways—for instance 54% of teens admit to frequently having private online conversations with strangers. And, beyond their safety, students are blurring the line between right and wrong—the average teen's media player contains 800 illegally downloaded or shared songs!
 
 
Atomic Learning has long realized the necessity of providing the skills required to preserve students' safety online and shape them to be responsible digital citizens. Ensure students (and teachers) at your school have the skills they need to have a safe, positive, and informative online experience with the Internet Safety Workshop, which covers topics a variety of topics ranging from Safety Tips to Teach Children to Protecting Your Online Reputation.
 
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Infographic: 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

Looking to gather and share ideas with fellow educators? Pinterest might be for you!

In their own words, "Pinterest is a place to discover ideas for all your projects and interests, hand-picked by people like you." Making it a great fit for teachers looking to create an organized personal storehouse of lessons and resources relevant to their classroom!

The infographic below highlights just a couple ways fellow educators are using Pinterest. If you are interested in giving it a try yourself, Atomic Learning offers a introductory online training course that covers the basics of setting up an account, organizing boards, and more—including ideas for sample boards to get you started!

Check it out at www.AtomicLearning.com/pinterest. (Don't have access? Request more info today.)

Infographic: Growth In Flipped Learning

Do you know what flipping is all about?
 
A Project Tomorrow and the Flipped Learning Network report found that 1 in 4 administrators indicated flipped learning as having a major impact on learning—more than both educational games and mobile apps.
 
Intrigued? Check out the infographic below to see just how much flipped learning has grown—and why! And, when your ready to explore it in your own classroom check out Atomic Learning's Flipping the Classroom Workshop.
 
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Infographic: Three Steps to Using Technology to Create Successful Learners

As the ever popular John Dewey quote states, "If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." The infographic below, The Innovation of Education, outlines a three step approach to effectively using technology to support learning both in and out of the classroom.

 

No matter what step you and your district's teachers are currently at, Atomic Learning offers a variety of tools to support creating successful learners. Here are just a few examples:

Stay On Top of Current Trends:

Become an Innovator:

Infographic: Tech Planning vs. Zombies

Most people would rather face a zombie apocalypse than build and implement a district-wide technology initiative.

Why? Because while ideas are exciting, translating these ideas into executable, strategic goals is not only daunting, but frightening. Check out this infographic with some fun facts.

Infographic: Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Mobile Learning

Whether you are planning a 1:1 iPad initiative, in the midst of a BYOD program, updating from textbooks to eBooks, or using mobile technology to flip your classroom, the infographic below, put together by CoSN, outlines the areas where schools and districts stumble when it comes to implementing mobile technology in the classroom.

While it's wordy, it's well worth a read.


Ready to get started putting your plan together? Atomic Learning has created a free Collaborative Communication Workbook to ensure your district has a clear vision for the future and is on the right track!

Infographic: Social Media Citation Guide

According to a recent NMC Horizon Report, “Social media is changing the way people interact, present ideas and information, and judge the quality of content and contributions.“  That being said, videos, tweets and posts have their time and place in research papers—just make sure to cite them properly!

Here is a quick reference guide we found on how to properly cite commonly used social media pieces:

(Image source: http://teachbytes.com/2013/04/09/how-to-cite-social-media-mla-apa-formats/)

Whether your students need a little extra help with proper citation or you simply want to be proactive and encourage good digital citizenship, be sure to check out Atomic Learning's Avoiding Plagiarism Training. It’s a great way to tackle a problematic topic, and, because it’s online, you can easily assign students to watch it outside of class and reserve critical instructional time for questions and discussion.

Once students understand what needs to be cited, be sure to share additional online workshops on proper citation of a variety of formatting styles:

Don't have access to Atomic Learning?  Request more information today!

P.S. Be sure to share these valuable resources with your librarians and Media Specialists!

New Tech Toys? There's Training for That!

Find yourself gifted with a new device this holiday season? You're not alone. According to the consumer electronics experts at Cnet, consumers were anticipated to spend at least 50% of their holiday shopping budgets on electronics! The infographic below breaks down the 'toys' that many were looking to give (and receive) this holiday season.

CNET Holiday 2014 Survey infographic

If you received a new device this season, Atomic Learning can help you along the learning curve with training on many of the most popular tech gifts, including:

Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more information on how to access these online training courses and hundreds of others at www.AtomicLearning.com/more.

 

 

Cyberbullying Stats: Did You Know?

Did you know that 3 million—yes, million— kids are absent from school each month due to bullying? Or that 81% of youths shared that it's easier to "get away with" bullying online? As the infographic below illustrates, cyberbullying is a growing (and dangerous) problem for today's students.

October marks National Bullying Prevention Month, make sure your teachers, staff, and students are aware of the signs of cyberbullying and have the skills they need to stay safe online with Atomic Learning's online Internet Safety workshop.

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Infographic: Minding Your (Digital) Step

Technology is a powerful tool—and sometimes it's important to remember that power isn't always being used for good. As this infographic illustrates, teens are particularly vulnerable to online threats and many are shaping their digital footprints in risky ways—for instance 46% of 14-17 year olds admit regretting something they posted online while 2 out of 5 teens have friended people they don't know online.
 
Atomic Learning has long realized the necessity of providing the skills required to preserve students' safety online and shape them to be responsible digital citizens. Ensure students (and teachers) at your school have the skills they need to have a safe, positive, and informative online experience with the Internet Safety Workshop, which covers topics a variety of topics ranging from Safety Tips to Teach Children to Protecting Your Online Reputation.
 
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Putting Together the Technology Puzzle

"Technology doesn't come naturally to me, it's like a puzzle. So, Atomic Learning helps to put those pieces together."
Kasie Davis, Art Teacher at Stults Road Elementary
Richardson, Texas
This quote,  from one of Atomic Learning's Texas users, inspired us to share a popular tool regarding working with various departments and groups at your district—ironically enough, using puzzle pieces as a visual.
 
 
Interested in learning more about how Atomic Learning can help your district put the pieces together?
 
Download a printable PDF version or learn about available resources for each of these important stakeholder groups at www.AtomicLearning.com/k12/success.

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