Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Content Update Alert: eFolio Minnesota

This collection has been available for some time, and now it's been updated to our new video format.

eFolioMinnesota™, Version 2 . . . a multimedia electronic portfolio designed to help you create a living showcase of your education, career, and personal achievements. All Minnesota residents, including students enrolled in Minnesota schools, educators, and others can use eFolio to reach their career and education goals.

View two free tutorials

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Content Alert: Keynote '09 - What's New? (Mac)

Amaze your audience with quality presentations that are easier than ever to create with the new features in Keynote® '09.

Watch a tutorial free

Friday, September 25, 2009

Free Laptop Initiatives eBook

Educators around the world are working hard to bring their classrooms into the 21st century. Technology implementation and integration are among the greatest challenges facing today’s schools.

To assist you in addressing these challenges, Atomic Learning has created an ebook discussing classroom laptop computer initiatives, and we’re sharing it at no cost. This valuable resource presents the key points to consider when developing a laptop computer implementation initiative. Download it here

At Atomic Learning, we believe in partnering with schools to enhance the educational experience through the practical application of technology. Let Atomic Learning help you bring technology to your classrooms effortlessly.

New Content Alert: NeoOffice 3 Impress - Intro (Mac)

NeoOffice® is a full-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database programs) for Mac OS X. Here's an introduction to using the presentation application of the suite, Impress.

View two sample tutorials

Thursday, September 24, 2009

US DoE Challenges Students with Video Contest

In two minutes or less, America's students have an opportunity to show the nation and the world how far education can take them and how they will achieve their dreams.

On September 8, President Barack Obama called on the nation's students to take greater responsibility for their education. Now, the U.S. Department of Education is asking students to respond by participating in a national video contest titled “I Am What I Learn.” (read more)

Atomic Learning offers several tools that could be instrumental in creating a video for this challenge, or for any reason at all.

Storyboard Pro is a FREE shareware program designed to give teachers, students, and home movie makers a tool to plan ahead when creating video projects. It allows moviemakers to plan shots, enter titles and descriptions, enter tips for the videographer or photographer, and much more. StoryBoard Pro is the work of Apple Distinguished Educator Bill Bierden.

Watch the tutorials and download Storyboard Pro here

Our Video Storytelling Guide is a comprehensive primer for learning the language of video.

Learn more and read the free preview

Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media, from Edutopia

Here's a great resource that goes beyond a simple list to break down suggestions by age group and offer solid suggestions for modern teachers.

Download Top Ten Tips (simple registration required)

New Content Alert: Illustrator CS4 - Advanced (PC)

As stated by Adobe®: "Adobe® Illustrator® CS4 software is a comprehensive vector graphics environment with new transparency in gradients and multiple artboards that invite you to explore more efficient ways to design." Take your knowledge of Illustrator CS4 to the next level with this advanced series.

Watch two free tutorials from this new series

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Content Alert: Atomic Learning Website Tutorials

Atomic Learning has changed dramatically for the better, with many new features and enhanced playback. We're working very hard to get everyone trained and migrated.

For those of you who have migrated but need a refresher, and for those who are just curious learners, we've created a tutorial collection on our new site. We added 11 new videos this week.

View them all here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Project Alert: Web Resources Workshop - Search, Evaluate & Use

This project is part of our 21st Century Skills package. Watch the first video

The tutorials in this workshop series will guide the user through four important questions that teachers and students will face when using Web-based resources for classroom projects:
  • How do I search the Web effectively?
  • How do I evaluate Web sites for authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency and coverage?
  • What do I need to know about plagiarism & copyright?
  • How do I properly cite sources?
A complete “Works Cited” listing of all resources used in the tutorials can be found in the downloadable resource packet that accompanies this workshop series.

Watch the first video

Archived webinar: Integrating Assistive Technology Tools for Writing into General Education

Integrating Assistive Technology Tools for Writing into General Education from Atomic Learning on Vimeo.

New Content Alert: Scratch

Here's something that could be a heck of  lot of fun for kids and teachers alike.

Scratch is a free programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art - and share your creations on the Web.

View two introductory tutorials free. 

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Content Alert: Statistical Analysis with Excel

Atomic Learning has created a new series on Excel for PC.

Microsoft® Excel, the powerful spreadsheet application, boasts a robust set of statistical functions. This tutorial series will guide you through each of those basic functions and demonstrate how you can perform more complex analysis by activating the Data Analysis ToolPak.

 View samples of this series.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Design the new AL and win a netbook!

Since our beginnings in 2000, Atomic Learning has had a ‘mascot’ named AL, giving a face to the company and helping to create a partner relationship with our customers. As he is today though, AL does not represent who we are at Atomic Learning nor does he represent the diversity of our customers. Therefore, Atomic Learning invites you to participate in a contest to design the new AL.

Please visit our Conversations network for more info.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Assistive Tech Webinar #1 Archived, #2 Coming Up!

Our first in a series of AT webinars, "Integrating Assistive Technology Tools for Writing into General Education", went well with fantastic attendance levels. Thanks to all who participated! You may review or share this webinar here.

Gayl Bowser, this webinar's host, has offered to answer questions on our Conversations network. She's also made her presentation slides available. Join the discussion!

The second webinar in this series, "Assistive Technology Integration for Teachers", will take place September 30 at noon CDT. This session will focus on how to integrate Assistive Technology in your classroom management routines, how to think about it in your anticipatory set and levels of participation, and in your rules, procedures, and goals.

You may register for this free webinar here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tech & Learning Top Ten Stories

As you head back to school, stay on top of what's hot with The Top 10 Most Read Stories on TechLearning.com
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Upcoming 21st Century Skills Roundtable Discusion

The first of our free roundtable discussions on 21st century skills will happen Tuesday, 9/14 at noon CDT. See this earlier post for more, and click here to register.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

First Assistive Tech Webinar Today (9/10/09)!

As mentioned in an earlier post, we're kicking off the school year with a series of webinars on assistive technology integration. The first is today at noon CDT. There's still time to register if you're interested.

After the webinars, we'll be continuing the discussions at our new Atomic Learning Conversations network. Please join us regardless of your attendance at the webinar.