Atomic Learning as a Special Workshop Request Updated 2014

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In MyLearningPlan (MLP) under the “LearningPlan” tab and the “Fill-In Forms” section there is an option for staff to submit a “Special Workshop Request Form.” This form allows staff to submit workshop requests for activities that may not be provided by CV, the IU or other providers listed in MLP. This provides great flexibility and differentiation for staff members to learn and develop on their own. Everyone is at a different level when it comes to technology skills and the implementation into their classroom. Since we have staff across the spectrum when it comes to technology it is nearly impossible to provide the individualized training and workshops necessary for each staff member, but that is where a tool like Atomic Learning combined with the districts willingness for individualized professional development comes together to provide you with the just in time, differentiated, self paced development that you need.

So how does this work?

  1. Browse Atomic Learning tutorials under SEARCH or Spotlights to see if there is any tools or skills that you want to work on. I have listed and linked some suggestions below, but you may want to refer to ISTE Assessment results and consult with your supervisor/principal for suggestions as well.
  2. Determine how many hours it will take for you to view the videos, work with technology and create an example or write a reflection about what you completed. As a general rule of thumb, “project based” activities will be a half day workshop (3.25 hrs) and a “workshop” activity will be a full day workshop (6.5 hrs). If you are just going to watch tutorials to learn a new tool you will want to sign up for a half day workshop (3.25 hrs)
  3. Go to MyLearningPlan and submit a “Special Workshop Request Form.” You must fill in all the field that are highlighted in Red. For the Workshop Title make sure you include the technology tool, project or workshop that you are working on and the words Atomic Learning. For example, Atomic Learnings Creating an Online Course workshop or YouTube for educators workshop in Atomic Learning. In the Description make sure you answer these questions; What is the goal for this activity? How will this be incorporated into your class and/or curriculum? What evidence will you provide? The URL for Description is not required, but I suggest linking to whatever atomic learning video series, project or workshop you plan on working on.
  4. For example the YouTube for educators is located at http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/yted_wkshp. The dates you select can be the same or the completion of the workshop could take place all on the same day. The listed end date is when the district will expect you to have your workshop complete and your evidence submitted. Complete the rest of the required field in Red.  This link will take you to an example form in PDF format displaying how the form should be filled out in My Learning Plan.

So you have found the tutorial, project or workshop your interested in, submitted the form and received approval. Now What?

  1. Log into Atomic Learning and begin working through the tutorial, project or workshop you selected. Your hours and time viewing videos will be logged automatically. If the video is showing you how to do something I suggest you have that program or website open and model the tutorial as you go.
  2. After you watched the videos, created your project or developed your website you should upload all of the work, links, files, etc. you created to your ePortfolio on Atomic Learning.
  3. Log onto MyLearningPlan and mark you activity complete. Insert comments to let you supervisor know what and where they can find the evidence of your learning from that activity.

I hope many of you take this opportunity to individualize your professional development and, as I mentioned above, here is a list of suggested workshops.

Spotlights Tutorials
  Google

Prezi-web based presentation tool.

Skype – video conferencing

Twitter-Mirco-blogging

Microsoft Office 2010 

 

2011 Summer Technology Suggestions

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Once again, summer break is just around the corner and I wanted to provide you with some information that may help you in improving and developing your technology skills and instruction. This summer the district will be providing a number workshops regarding technology and they can be found in the 2011 Summer workshop event in My Learning Plan. Also don’t forget about Atomic Learning and the new option so use it for a full day or half day special workshop request. For more info on that option check out our previous blog post called, “Atomic Learning as a Special Workshop Request

Below  are some other opportunities, I suggest, that go above and beyond a workshop and provide either act 48 hours, professional credits or graduate credits.

Blended SchoolsBlackboard Basics Train the Trainer

IU 13 – Courses that count for CPE’s. You can view all the IU’s offerings through MylearningPlan. I suggested and linked  a few activities below.

Millersville University offers a variety of Ed workshops (EDW) and graduate classes. I suggested and linked a few activities below.

Other Opportunities

Active Educator held at Derry Township HS, August 11th from 8-3:30 PM info and registration. Participants should also submit a special workshop request form in MLP.

  • $15 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch
  • 3 morning sessions lead by expert Promethean users
  • Afternoon Make and Take

Atomic Learning as a Special Workshop Request for Summer

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In MyLearningPlan (MLP) under the “LearningPlan” tab and the “Fill-In Forms” section there is an option for staff to submit a “Special Workshop Request Form.” This form allows staff to submit workshop requests for activities that may not be provided by CV, the IU or other providers listed in MLP. This provides great flexibility and differentiation for staff members to learn and develop on their own. I have had the opportunity to work with almost all of our staff in some capacity and there are two things I am sure of. One, everyone is at a different level when it comes to technology skills and the implementation into their classroom and two, our staff is making improvements when it comes their use and implementation of technology. Since we have staff across the spectrum when it comes to technology it is nearly impossible to provide the individualized training and workshops necessary for each staff member, but that is where a tool like Atomic Learning combined with the districts willingness for individualized professional development comes together to provide you with the just in time, differentiated, self paced development that you need.

So how does this work?

  1. Browse Atomic Learning tutorials, projects or workshops to see if there is any tools or skills that you want to work on. I have listed and linked some suggestions below, but you may want to refer to ISTE Assessment results and consult with your supervisor/principal for suggestions as well.
  2. Determine how many hours it will take for you to view the videos, work with technology and create an example or write a reflection about what you completed. As a general rule of thumb, “project based” activities will be a half day workshop (3.25 hrs) and a “workshop” activity will be a full day workshop (6.5 hrs). If you are just going to watch tutorials to learn a new tool you will want to sign up for a half day workshop (3.25 hrs)
  3. Go to MyLearningPlan and submit a “Special Workshop Request Form.” You must fill in all the field that are highlighted in Red. For the Workshop Title make sure you include the technology tool, project or workshop that you are working on and the words Atomic Learning. For example, Atomic Learnings Creating and Online Course workshop or YouTube for educators workshop in Atomic Learning. In the Description make sure you answer these questions; What is the goal for this activity? How will this be incorporated into your class and/or curriculum? What evidence will you provide? The URL for Description is not required, but I suggest linking to whatever atomic learning video series, project or workshop you plan on working on. For example the YouTube for educators is located at http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/yted_wkshp. The dates you select can be the same or the completion of the workshop could take place all on the same day. The listed end date is when the district will expect you to have your workshop complete and your evidence submitted. Complete the rest of the required field in Red. This link will take you to an example form in PDF format displaying how the form should be filled out.

So you have found the tutorial, project or workshop your interested in, submitted the form and received approval. Now What?

  1. Log into Atomic Learning and begin working through the tutorial, project or workshop you selected. Your hours and time viewing videos will be logged automatically. If the video is showing you how to do something I suggest you have that program or website open and model the tutorial as you go.
  2. After you watched the videos, created your project or developed your website you should upload all of the work, links, files, etc. you created to your ePortfolio on Atomic Learning.
  3. Log onto MyLearningPlan and mark you activity complete. Insert comments to let you supervisor know what and where they can find the evidence of your learning from that activity.

I hope many of you take this opportunity to individualize your professional development and, as I mentioned above, here is a list of suggested workshops. You can also to refer to the prescribed activities document that lists projects and workshops as the related to the ISTE NETS for Students.

Workshops

Projects

Tutorials

Adapting a 21st Century Skills Project to the Classroom

Facebook for Educators

Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom

Web 2.0 Workshop

Creative Commons Workshop

Tracking and Organizing Web Posts – Google Reader
Tour My School – Photo Story

Longitude and Latitude – Google Earth

Diigo-social bookmaring

Firefox-internet browsing

Glogster-online posters

Google Custom Search, Docs, Spreadsheets Intro & Advanced, Earth, Sites, Sketchup

Picasa-photo/video management, editing and publication

Prezi-web based presentation tool.

Skype – video conferencing

Twitter-Mirco-blogging

Voicethread-collaborative multimedia slide show

Blogs for Educators to Build your PLN

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PLN or a Personal Learning Network  is a connection of people who have similar professional interests who often share resources in an online collaborative environment.  How do you build a network?

ONE – look down your hallway in your school — do you have anyone who you can go to for advice on technology tools for your classroom and your curriculum? These people are in your school PLN already.

TWO – look in the Google Docs collections that have been shared with you, many of the building technology integrators have placed resources into folders for you to use. The collections are organized by grade level and subject area. The people who contribute lesson plans, flip charts and worksheets are in your District PLN because they have share with you. You can add items to these collections and share your resources with others on your grade level to build your PLN resources.

THREE – Look for educators and resources that are outside your physical environment. One way is to  follow blogs of other people.

  • save the websites in your bookmarks to visit later or
  • follow the RSS feed for entries. RSS is Really Simple Syndication. Like a magazine that is delivered these blogs can be delivered to your email in box, every time an author published a new post/edition or
  • send the RSS feed for entries to your iGoogle homepage or your Google Reader.

Build your own Virtual PLN. Choose  a few bloggers to follow. I have listed a few bloggers below:

CV School District Blogs

Technology Ideas for Classroom Teachers :

Or check out these blogs about Education Issues:

Why should you build your PLN? The potential to increase your area of expertise by reaching outside of your physical circle of professionals is an advantage for today’s teachers. It also meets the standards of the ISTE NETS for Teachers and for Students.   ISTE NETS-T3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning: D. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning. And ISTE NETS-S 3. Research and Information Fluency B. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.

Well now if you got this far in the article and you are thinking what is this Technology Coach talking about? You know what to do… send me a helpdesk ticket and we can meet and discuss your questions. I am looking forward to talking about Blogs and PLN with you! Comment on this blog post  to add the links to blogs that you follow that other teachers would find helpful.


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