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Going Mobile?

A few years ago, the Federal Communications Commission approved a pilot program focused on supporting school-issued mobile devices, so long as the programs could prove the devices would lead to increased achievement. What does that mean to your district? iPads, 1:1 initiatives, going mobile…these phrases are both exciting and intimidating. Where does your school start planning for a mobile initiative? For those schools that don’t want to reinvent the proverbial going mobile wheel, Atomic Learning can help!
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A few years ago, the Federal Communications Commission approved a pilot program focused on supporting school-issued mobile devices, so long as the programs could prove the devices would lead to increased achievement. What does that mean to your district? iPads, 1:1 initiatives, going mobile…these phrases are both exciting and intimidating. Where does your school start planning for a mobile initiative? For those schools that don’t want to reinvent the proverbial going mobile wheel, Atomic Learning can help! Helpful tools include:

Atomic Mobilize (Coming Soon!): A repository of online professional development resources and planning tools to help educators realize the full potential mobile devices provide in the classroom.

Atomic Learning App (Coming Soon!): The Atomic Learning App will make utilizing Atomic Learning easy; follow the link to be notified when the App becomes available!

Keeping Kids Save Online: Meeting E-rate Requirements for Internet Safety and Reporting (Coming Soon!): This Atomic Learning Spotlight will be available the end of June; it will focus on meeting the E-rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

A Study of the Impact of the Atomic Learning Professional Development Solution on Student Achievement: Learn why Atomic Learning is a trusted source for online professional development.

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