Keep learning throughout the summer months with FREE professional development sent right to your inbox! Starting June 14th, we'll send you a weekly email with tips and insights focused on specific, highly-relevant PD topics.
Did we mention there are prizes?! Share a takeaway of what you learned and we'll enter you into a weekly drawing for a chance to win your share of $300 in prizes!
You're invited to join a special email series that highlights both professional and personal development—and did we mention there are prizes involved?
Focusing on self-improvement, Atomic Learning's Summer Session provides weekly tips to break down critical topics, such as increasing student engagement and shifting instructional practices, into an easy-to-digest format.
And, to encourage learning and reflection, each time you share a takeaway you’ll be entered for a chance to win $300 in prizes!
Ready to get started? Simply visit www2.atomiclearning.com/summer-2016 for details.
Once you've signed up, be sure to share this opportunity with friends and colleagues using this printable flyer, or sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
For more ideas on promoting this free opportunity and better utilizing your institution's Atomic Learning subscription this summer, contact our dedicated team of Account Managers and Integration Specialists at 866.259.6890 or cs@AtomicLearning.com.
If you are a teacher (or work closely with them), it's no secret that summer isn't necessarily about rest and relaxation. In fact many educators spend the summer catching up on the latest and greatest teaching strategies and technology—recharging and getting energized for the following school year.
A recent article highlighted several ways that teachers could "become an edtech ninja". Here's a few of our favorites from the list, as well as a couple of our own!
Attend a Conference
In the words of @jmattmiller "The beauty of a summer conference is time to reflect and act. School-year conferences are usually followed the next day with getting back to business as usual with no time to implement what was learned."
Of course, depending on where you live, the options vary. One of the biggest is ISTE 2015—June 28th through July 1st in Philadelphia—if you can't make it, you can always follow #ISTE2015 on Twitter.
(If you ARE planning to attend and want to chat, drop us a note!)
There are a huge variety of ways to digitally connect with peers and thought leaders today—among the most popular are Twitter and Pinterest. If you're new to one or both, Atomic Learning's training for both is available here.
Already have some experience under your belt? Be sure to check out this Weekly Twitter Chat List!
Join Summer Session
If you're an Atomic Learning user, this is a must. This special email series uses fun topics related to summer break to focus on self-improvement, such as Planning a Vacation…or Stay-cation, with resources on popular Google™ Calendar, Maps, and Earth applications—and did we mention there are prizes involved?
Each time you share a takeaway from the topic highlighted in the email, you'll be entered for a chance to win over $500 in prizes—and qualify your school as well! See details.
Is there a software application you know you are under utilizing but you haven't found time to learn all the features? Did you recently upgrade to a newer version of a tool you use all the time?
Have you been wanting to include video in your classroom but don't know where to start? Interested in flipping the classroom, but you need some help with creating the video? Using video storytelling in the classroom helps you present information in a new way, to engage students.
Are you new to online teaching, or are you looking to flip your classroom? Or maybe you just want to add online discussions to provide deeper learning opportunities for your students. Successfully transitioning from a brick and mortar class to an online or blended learning environment is challenging. It goes beyond understanding new tools, (though that's important, too).
Are you looking for ways to connect your classroom to the rest of the world?
As technology continues to evolve, the risks to children online evolve as well. What does this mean? Parents and educators need to stay up-to-date with dangers children face online. Whether it’s exposure to strangers on gaming systems, on social networking sites, or on mobile devices, we need to know these dangers and what actions to take in order to prevent them.
Summer Professional Development Series: Searching for, Evaluating and Using Web Resources in Your Classroom
The internet has given us a lot of information, both good and bad. Sometimes it is hard to know where to start! Atomic Learning has assembled a collection of resources to make it easier for educators and students to determine which resources are best in the Training Spotlight: Searching for, Evaluating and Using Web Resources in Your Classroom.
Last week our Summer PD Tips focused on Avoiding Plagiarism. This week, we delve into a related topic: respecting copyrights. How can you help your students enhance digital content while still respecting the ownership of creative works produced by others?
Do your students truly understand what plagiarism is? The digital nature of today's world makes it easy to use someone's ideas without citation. Some students don't even know that what they are doing is wrong. How can you help?
Have you ever sat through a lecture bored to tears? Or have you sat through student presentations that consisted of them reading off a wall of text on a slide? Considered flipping your classroom but don't really know where to start when it comes to producing video? Be it in person, in a vodcast or a podcast, making sure the audience is engaged is the key to success.
This week, thousands of educators were at ISTE 2014, the annual conference focused on educational technology. In honor of the occasion, this week's Summer PD Tips is focused on the ISTE-Standards S. The NETS standards focus on technology skills that students need to be college-and-career ready. Topics covered include:
Do you like the idea of including an online, social aspect to your classroom, but you don't have a clue as to how to start? Edmodo is a free and easy way for students and teachers to collaborate online. You can use it as a part of your class or as a way to connect with other educators (and Atomic Learning users) online.
For this edition of Summer PD Tips, I asked my friend, Kim, a second grade teacher, what she would most like to learn about this summer. When I initially asked the question, it was "what application would you like to learn more about?" She couldn't come up with an answer, because she really didn't care what technology was going to be used, she was focused on the end result: using technology to teach a standard.
Interactive whiteboards have been appearing in classrooms for around a decade, but there are still a lot of educators who aren't sure how to make the most of them. If you are one of those teachers, or if you just want to brush up on your skills, Atomic Learning can help!
Have you been wanting to learn more about technology integration but had problems finding the time, or confused about where to start? Are you less-than-enthusiastic about boring professional development that doesn't seem related to what's happening in your classroom? Or do you understand the basics of technology integration, but you would like to see new ideas? Let Atomic Learning help!