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iPad Initiatives Need PD

A recent blog post entitled "Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools"  gives advice to schools embarking on an iPad initiative. While the article gives some great ideas for a successful implementation, the resounding conclusion prevails: Without professional development and a set plan in place, educators in individual classes might be stumped by how to set up iPads for different uses. This is why Atomic Learning created the Atomic Mobilize solution, a repository of online professional development resources and planning tools focusing on helping educators realize the full potential mobile devices provide in the classroom. What Atomic Mobilize Includes:     Planning for Success     Logistics     Ensuring Effective PD     Leading Change     Teaching Life Skills     Classroom Management Strategies     5 Minutes to Success     Success Stories     Adapting a Lesson     Additional Lesson Ideas & Training
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A recent blog post entitled "Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools" gives advice to schools embarking on an iPad initiative. While the article gives some great ideas for a successful implementation, the resounding conclusion prevails:

Without professional development and a set plan in place, educators in individual classes might be stumped by how to set up iPads for different uses.

This is why Atomic Learning created the Atomic Mobilize solution, a repository of online professional development resources and planning tools focusing on helping educators realize the full potential mobile devices provide in the classroom.

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What Atomic Mobilize Includes:

  • Planning for Success
  • Logistics
  • Ensuring Effective PD
  • Leading Change
  • Teaching Life Skills
  • Classroom Management Strategies
  • 5 Minutes to Success
  • Success Stories
  • Adapting a Lesson
  • Additional Lesson Ideas & Training

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A recent THE Journal article entitled Stop Buying iPads, Please discusses the popularity of iPads in education, and questions whether these schools and districts buying the iPads have a plan a place for the devices. "Let's create and publicize initiatives in teaching and learning that are supported by professional development, new curricula, authentic assessment, and yes, technology—along with all the other tools we know are part of true and lasting change in education." Enter Atomic Mobilize, a repository of online professional development resources and planning tools focusing on helping educators realize the full potential mobile devices provide in the classroom. Atomic Mobilize includes not only PD and planning tools, but also stories, examples and resources from fellow educators that illustrate how mobile devices can transform education and create highly personalized learning experiences for students. Learn more.

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Becoming an iPad Empowered Educator

Most successful initiatives are fueled by strong planning and implementation, but rooted in inspiration. The Success Stories section of the Atomic Mobilize solution shares key reflections from successful mobile programs to inspire school leaders and teachers to embrace mobile learning as an important part of a contemporary education. For example, Atomic Mobilize subscribers can follow the journey of a junior high math teacher as he embraces technology and empowers himself and his students through incorporating iPads into his classroom lessons. It has almost become an addiction, I'm always looking for new strategies, new things I can throw into the classroom to make the class more interactive. -Tim Weidmann, Avery Middle School Math Teacher, Avery, TX Whether you 're just starting to think about an 1:1 initiative or you’ve fully embraced the mobile revolution, we invite you to learn more about Atomic Mobilize.

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Educator Who Quits Over iPad Initiative Has a Change of Heart after Online Training

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Mobile Learning PD Course Offers Educators Classroom Projects and Lessons

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