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Meeting Your Needs for Common Core Planning

Is your district struggling with developing a strategic plan to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards? Atomic TechCore, a suite of tools for school leaders to build their Common Core implementation roadmaps, is now available.
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Is your district struggling with developing a strategic plan to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards? Atomic TechCore, a suite of tools for school leaders to build their Common Core implementation roadmaps, is now available.

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Atomic TechCore consists of a set of customizable planning and collaborative network tools that assist administrators in identifying the professional development and technology needed for their district to transform teaching to align to Common Core standards, and in communicating the resulting findings and implementation plans to those impacted within the district.

The Atomic TechCore solution includes:
• Planning tool for school leaders
• PD and lesson plans for teachers
• Lesson assignments for students

For additional information and a free demonstration of the Atomic TechCore solution, click here.

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Atomic TechCore Supports Districts in Meeting Tech Components of Common Core Standards

Atomic Learning announces the early availability of the new Atomic TechCore solution. Atomic Learning is an edtech leader known for its professional development and tech integration tools for the K-12 market. The Atomic TechCore solution was developed in response to district needs to address the technology components embedded in the Common Core State Standards. To learn more about how Atomic TechCore supports your districts Common Core implementation, visit http://al.atomiclearning.com/techcore.  

The Costs of Common Core

In a recent article, Education Week reviewed ways to trim the cost of implementing the Common Core State standards. Suggestions to limit expenditures include: Moving away from hard-copy textbooks and doing more sharing of online materials. Using computer-administered technology to offer formative assessments. Delivering professional development through a mix of in-person and online instruction.  States, districts, and charter providers must be willing to stop purchasing goods and services from their existing vendors if they don't meet their current needs, and seek out new vendors willing to take advantage of the opportunities the new standards present.  While Atomic Learning agrees that all of the ideas have merit, we offer an additional solution: using a collaborative approach to plan the implementation of the new standards. Atomic TechCore includes: Planning tools for school leaders PD and lesson plans for teachers Lesson assignments for students Creating an efficient plan to implement the standards is the first step to reducing the overall costs of implementation. Atomic Learning has a tool to ensure school leaders and teachers use all resources currently available within their district, and determine which additional resources may be required.   Contact Atomic Learning for additional information about how the Atomic TechCore solution can help you with your implementation plan!

Helping Districts Develop a Common Core Vision

As Education Week's "Developing a Common Core Vision" post on Learning Forward's PD Watch states: Implementing new standards is not a light-switch change... Taking adequate time in the early stages to develop a vision around which people will coalesce, understanding and building on what has worked in the past, and clarifying the assumptions that are driving decisions will save effort and resources over time and keep the focus on the desired outcome--all students ready for college and career. Atomic TechCore was developed for this purpose. Consisting of a set of customizable planning and collaborative network tools that assist administrators in identifying the professional development and technology needed for their district to be successful in meeting Common Core standards, Atomic TechCore then aids in communicating the resulting findings and implementation plans to those impacted within the district. Learn more about how the Atomic TechCore solution can help your school or district.

Reducing the Costs of Implementing the Common Core State Standards

A recent article in Education Week asks the question “How Much Will the Common Core Cost?” The article highlights money-saving ways to implement the Common Core State Standards, the largest implementation savings are linked to using technology in three areas: curriculum materials, tests, and professional development. At Atomic Learning, we didn’t design Atomic TechCore to save districts money on implementation costs; we designed a product that would allow educators and administrators to collaborate to determine the best way to incorporate the new Mathematics and English Language Arts standards into curriculum. This meant encompassing professional development, lesson planning, and student delivery, in addition to rubrics to gauge learning metrics all in one tool. Learn more.

Helping Prepare Teachers to Implement Common Core State Standards

A recent Education Week blog post discussed survey results that revealed teachers are aware of Common Core State Standards, but when asked how prepared the teachers were to implement the standards in their classroom there were mixed feelings."Word has definitely gotten out among teachers about the Common Core State Standards, new survey data suggest, but many educators do not feel fully prepared to teach them."Atomic Learning recently announced the launch of its Atomic TechCore solution, developed in response to these needs to address the technology components embedded in the Common Core State Standards. For additional information and a free demonstration of the Atomic TechCore solution, click here.

Integrating the Common Core State Standards in Elementary School Classrooms

This year, Atomic Learning is following three teachers as they implement the Common Core State Standards in their classroom. One of those teachers is Tabitha, a Georgia teacher facing the challenges of implementing the standards into her 3rd grade classroom. In her Atomic TechCore series, Tabitha has addressed planning, technology tools, and specifics for teaching math, ELA, and science aligned to the CCSS. Additional video journals: English Language Arts in High School: Catlin's Story Mathematics in Junior High: Tim's Story Learn about CCSS-aligned lessons, using appropriate tools and other attributes of the Atomic TechCore solution at our website.

Integrating the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

Does the thought of implementing the Common Core State Standards strike fear into your heart? Does knowing that more than half of the standards have a technology component seem daunting? Let Atomic Learning help. Atomic TechCore provides educators help with unpacking the standards as well as technology infused lessons that align with the CCSS.

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New Lesson Tool Added to CCSS Planning Solution Addresses ELA Standards

The Atomic TechCore solution from Atomic Learning helps school leaders and educators plan and execute a solid road map for curriculum to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards. New to the Atomic TechCore solution is the lesson entitled "Fish Tank: Research, Writing, & Presentation," which uses an online wiki to create a collaborative environment where students present and discuss information related to an allegorical story they have read. Students will learn Internet search techniques, as well as how to evaluate the information they find on the Web for credibility and accuracy.  They will learn how to incorporate the information they find into their own posts on the wiki, provide constructive criticism to the posts of others, and accurately site their sources. Students will be encourages to make connections and follow through on researching their own essential questions that lead to a better understanding of the underlying concepts embedded in this lesson. Not an Atomic TechCore subscriber? Request a demo.