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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!
For this edition of Summer PD Tips, I asked my sister-in-law, 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. I am guessing a lot of educators feel like Kim. For you, Atomic Learning offers an easy way to search for classroom projects that integrate both the standards and technology easily. Simple browse by standards & subject at our website. The projects you find will include an example project, a project overview for teachers, and step-by-step instructions for students to create the project. Looking for an example? The following is a Common Core Mathematics standard: CCSS.Math.Cont.2.MD.C.8 Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Through the search, you will find several projects to meet this standard. Once you select the project you are interested in, you are ready to go. If you can't find what you are looking for, most projects can be modified to suit your needs. The technology doesn't need to change, just the content that suits the needs of your class. Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more information to find out how your district can move technology users from awkward to awesome by using Atomic Learning.
This week, thousands of educators are at ISTE 2013, the annual conference focused on educational technology. In honor of the occasion, this week's Summer PD Tips is focused on the ISTE NETS-S Standards. The NETS standards focus on technology skills that students need to be college-and-career ready. Topics covered include: Creativity & Innovation Communication & Collaboration Research & Information Technology Operations Critical Thinking Digital Citizenship Many of these themes are also echoed in both the Common Core and State Standards. Great! But how do you integrate the NETS-S into your classroom? Atomic Learning makes it easy: simply search by ISTE NETS-S standards at our website to get new ideas that are grade-level appropriate. You can use the projects as-is, or modify the content to make it in-line with the additional standards you are planning on meeting in your lessons. Check out the available ISTE NETS-S classroom projects to help your students achieve in your classroom and beyond. Don't have access to Atomic Learning? Request more information to find out how your district can move technology users from awkward to awesome by using Atomic Learning.
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!
A recent Web 2.0 Classroom blog post discussed one of the hottest topics at ISTE was flipping the classroom. Aside from that buzz, Steven Anderson shares the concept of flipping staff development in his article. Anderson suggests using free social sites like Google Docs and Edmodo to start your staff collaborating online. Atomic Learning has training for both of these (and more!) to train your staff efficiently and provide you more time for collaboration when you're face to face. As Anderson says, "Try the Faculty Flip" today!
Atomic Learning showcases its latest technology training at ISTE 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition, held in San Antonio, June 23–26. The company will release six new technology training offerings to expand its resources of more than 250 education-specific software application and device tutorials. These additions highlight the most recent versions of popular programs, enabling teachers to master updated interfaces and features. Atomic Learning also will host a poster session, “It’s Not an iPad Initiative, It’s a Learning Initiative,” led by Carmen Garcia, director of instructional technology for McAllen ISD, Wednesday, June 26, at 11 a.m. CDT.