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 

 

Atomic Learning iPad App or CV Website

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The Atomic Learning iPad app is now available for free download in the iTunes Store.  The link below will get you there. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/atomic-learning/id556363952?ls=1&mt=8

Steps to follow:

  1.  Go to the Atomic Learning iPad App
  2. Click login
  3. Enter your user name (same as your windows login)
  4. Enter your password (same as your windows login)
  5. Click “Advanced”
  6. Enter the Realm Name:  cvsd
  7. Tap “Go”

 

 

Or you can access Atomic Learning from our CV Faculty/Staff, Student or Parent Website. Search the Atomic Learning Database for Suggested Workshops, Suggested Projects or Suggested Tutorials for your professional development opportunities.

To review the video on how to find tutorials and use the Atomic Learning Interface please view this Tutorial Video.  Remember to log into Atomic Learning before clicking on the Tutorial Video link.

 

In the module Browse Available Training and Projects, you can select a tab across the top row for Suggested  Spotlights, Workshops, Projects or Tutorials!

Workshops are topic based and look at several tools that can be used in the classroom. Some of the workshop topics  include, Adapting a 21st Century Skills Project to the Classroom, APA Research Paper Basics, Internet Safety Workshop, and Netbooks in the Classroom.

Projects include lesson plans that can be adapted for your classroom based on the tool you would like students to utilize.

Tutorials are for specific tools and will focus on how to get started to very advanced. When you search for Excel you will find 11 versions of Excel and every type of training from Intro to Statistical Analysis Training.

Spotlights are often newer training modules !

 

2012 Summer Technology Professional Development Suggestions

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Summer break is just around the corner and many of you have already started planning for vacation, workshops, R&R and other activities. I wanted to take a few minutes to remind and inform all of you about the technology integration options that are available to our staff this summer. There is a multitude of opportunities offered by a variety of providers. The lists below is should provide everyone at CV with something they can learn and build on. If you know of other opportunities that may benefit any of our staff please add them as a comment. Also don’t forget about Atomic Learning and the new option to 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

CV School District – This summer the district will be providing a number workshops regarding technology and they can be found in My Learning Plan under the Summer Professional Development event.

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

IU 13 – One Day Workshops. You can view all the IU’s offerings through MylearningPlan.

  • Promethean Flipcharts for your K-6 Classroom June 26 Cost $0
  • Promethean Flipcharts for your 7-12 grade Classroom July 25 Cost $0
  • Google Docs For Beginners 7/26 Cost $50 Half Day Session 9-12
  • Google Docs For Beginners 7/31 Cost $50 Half Day Session 9-12
  • Google  Docs For Beginners 8/2 Cost $50 Half Day Session 9-12
  • Web 2.0 Tools Independent Study 7/26 Cost $50 Half Day Session 1-4
  • Web 2.0 Tools Independent Study 7/31 Cost $50 Half Day Session 1-4
  • Web 2.0 Tools Independent Study 8/2 Cost $50 Half Day Session 1-4
  • IU 13 – Courses that count for CPE’s. You can view all the IU’s offerings through MylearningPlan.

    Millersville University offers a variety of Ed workshops (EDW) and graduate classes.

    Harrisburg  University

    • Harrisburg University’s Educators’ Technology Clinics
      o Educators’ Technology Clinics- 8:00 AM- 2:50 PM
       Harrisburg: dates 7/16-7/18, 7/31- 8/02, 10/13
       New Oxford: dates 7/16-7/18, 7/31-8/02, 10/13
       Lancaster: dates 7/18-7/20, 8/1-8/3, 10/13
       SMHEC: dates 7/16-7/18, 7/31-8/02, 10/13
      o Saturdays, 9:00 AM- 4:20 PM at Harrisburg Campus on the following dates: 5/19, 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11

    Study Island Enhancements and News

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    With the leaves changing and the weather getting cooler I thought fall was officially upon us, but with snow in forecast maybe we are just skipping ahead to winter. With the end of the 1st marking period here here is some help to get Study Island running quickly and efficiently in your classroom.

    • Assign Relevant Topics – Use the View Standards Map button to help you align Study Island assessments with your curriculum. Create assignments in Class Manager for students to complete in the lab or as homework.
    • Set Expectations – Show your students how to view the Study Island lessons, explanations, and missed questions. Then create goals for your class based on Blue Ribbons earned, questions correct, or time spent studying.
    • Monitor Student Progress – Use School Stats to analyze overall student performance from last year. Identify topics students struggled with and plan supplemental instruction.
    • Helpful Report: From the School Stats page, check out the Suggested Topics Report

    Study Island has also recently released new enhancements including a mobile option.  To learn more about these enhancements, click here.

    Whether you are a Study Island expert who needs a quick refresher or a new visitor who wants to learn what all of the excitement is about, you should check out their webinar calendar to continue your growth using this tool.

    New Teacher Machines. Loaded with Windows 7.

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    Next school year a large majority of the teaching staff (mostly elementary) will be getting new teacher machines. The machines will be a Toshiba Tecra and will come loaded with Windows 7 operating system. For many teachers this will provide a different look and feel from what they are use too. While many of the functions and features are the same the location and method to get to them may be different. Last year many of the secondary staff and few elementary staff where updated to a similar machine and the Windows 7 operating system and their transition from XP to 7 went very well.

    The district is not providing any formal or specific training on the new operating system, but that does not mean there is not learning opportunities for staff to acquire the knowledge on  how to use it. I am recommending that staff who are getting a new teacher machine next year, or who currently have one and need a review, take 30 minutes out of the summer and watch tutorials and getting starting tips on windows 7.  My Suggested resources for acquiring this knowledge are;

    1. Atomic Learning – Windows 7
    2. Microsoft – Getting Started with Windows 7

    Learning the new operating system would even qualify for a half day individualized summer workshop. Check out my previous blog post, Atomic Learning as a Special Workshop Request for Summer, for information on how to get act 48 credit.

    I think you will find the new operating system to faster and more user friendly. I know that love the search feature in my files and under the windows button to find email, programs, files, and folders that have created and can’t remember where I located them.

    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

    Blogging Workshop Review

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    As a review of today’s activities and as a way to archive, store, share and continue the blogging learning that took place today, I am asking that you post a comment with a general reflection and answers to the following questions.

    Thanks for you support, cooperation, hard work and open mind through out the day.

    • What did you learn about blogging today?
    • What other blog(s) did you find that you will subscribe to or at least check back on throughout the year? (Don’t use the examples I provided :))
    • What are you future plans for the blog your created or other blogs you might want to?

    Summer Technology Suggestions

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    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 2010 Summer workshop event in My Learning Plan. Also don’t forget about Atomic Learning and even Google for your “Just in Time” training needs.

    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.

    Millersville University

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

    Wilkes University and Blended Schools – Become a certified Blendedschools.net instructor and earn 3 college credits. All the information is below.

    Harrisburg University – Offers 3 courses in “learning technologies” provided in many different locations. Check out the course descriptions below and the schedule and locations.

    I will be in and out of the office all summer instructing workshops and planning for next year. If you would like to meet, discuss or work on anything just let me know. My schedule of availability is at http://chrissmith.youcanbook.me and feel free to email me throughout the summer with any questions.

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    PA Standards Aligned System (SAS)

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    This week I had the pleasure to participate in the PDE state wide conference unveiling and promoting SAS. The system is in place for many reasons, but the one that stands out to me the most is to standardized teaching and learning across the state. For PDE’s Explanations check out a the about SAS on http://www.pdesas.org/

    PA_SAS

    I really love the idea of one place and location for all of the information, resources, curriculum,  standards, etc.

    The tool even has a location for teachers to create their own web page and maintain a portfolio. It is in the teacher tools section at the top right hand side of the website.  The section looks clean and easy to use. I worry that is about 3 years to late. Many districts, including ours,  have already deployed many other tools that provide very similar things.  We have Moodle, Wikispaces, and On Hand schools to name a few . All of which are providing  locations and ideas similar to the SAS. While I invite the idea of one single location for all of these six circles,  I fear the reaction from our staff when I tell them they need to move to this “new” system.  Our administration and teachers need to look at this tool and measure its value for our need.

    I am posting this for those of you who are early adopters and testers. If you are interested in what the state is doing to “heard all of cats” that they, and us, have let out of the bag when it relates to curriculum, instruction, technology and standards. This Standards Aligned System is the latest and greatest.

    Enjoy looking around. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I will point you in whatever directions I can. This is fairly new to me as well. So I will be exploring and learning with you.

    Addtional Information to the Post added 1/2/2010

    You can find most of the answers to your questions in two spots
    www.pdesas.org and the collaborative wikispace the 1100 participants used during the conference – http://pasas.wikispaces.com/
    the discussion threads have a lot of answers (http://pasas.wikispaces.com/message/list/home)

    My big take aways from the entire project and conference are-
    Standards
    PDE main site has changed and there is not direct link for standards. All standards are now on the SAS website and the only new standards approved are Math and Communications. There are also no longer any business ed standards, but there were rumors that they will be adopting the NBEA standards.
    Assessment
    The assessment area and assessment builder show a lot of potential for districts and staff to clarify and unify assessments.
    Curriculum
    The curriclum framework listed here is based on the work of Wiggins and McTighe (Understanding by Design) and is “suggested and recommended” not required by the sate. I truly don’t believe it will be required, but I do think that they will aligning the Keystone exams to this, so in a round about way they will be making a state wide curriculum.
    Instruction
    There are a lot of good videos displaying effective instructional strategies to share with your staff who need help in that area.
    Materials and Resources
    There are good materials, but a lot of them are currently resources from New York State. PDE via grants have employed 10-20 districts to create new materials and resources for this system using Thinkfinity (the old Marco Polo). So I expect much more to come in this area.
    Interventions
    These are just posted files that many of us are already aware of when it comes to interventions.


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