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 

 

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

    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

    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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    Blogging with Word 2007 and Google Docs

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    Did you know you or your students can add blog posts right from Microsoft Word 2007?

    Did you know they could also make a post from a Google Doc? Well guess what they can. Now you can have all the form and function of a Word or Google Doc and the nice amenities such as spell check and use them to create, edit and post to your blog.

    Watch the video below on how to set up your blog to allow this type of posting and how to use Microsoft Word 2007 to post.


    Watch the video below to see how to set up Google Docs to post to your blog.


    Summer Workshops

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    This summer I will be offering facilitating to different types of workshops. One is Active Inspire which is the newest version of Prometheans Active Board Software. This program is very powerful and works similar to previous versions but allows for much easier integration and transition from other tools, such as, Smart’s Notebook and Microsoft’s Power Point. The other opportunity is an exploration day which will allow the teachers to choose a specific or a few specific tools they want learn, develop, and implement into their curriculum.

    The official titles and descriptions and dates as per My Learning Plan are:

     

    Promethean Active Inspire

    Current Promethean users will be introduced to the new Promethean Active Inspire software that will be installed on their machines when they return for the 2009-2010 school year. Learners will be introduced to the new software and features as well has instructed on how to migrate from either ActivePrimary or ActiveStudio to ActiveInspire. Participants will learn how to navigate, edit, and develop flipchart presentations as well as create assessments using Activote or ActiveExpression devices.

    The dates this workshop will be offered are; 6/25, 7/15, 8/13, 8/20, and 8/24. The training will take place at the HS from the hours of 8AM – 3:30PM.

    Technology Exploration Day

    Technology Exploration Days are designed for staff members to spend the day with a computer professional/technology integration coach to explore various types of technology tools, topics and projects. If there is a group of teachers that has a specific need for the day it can be customized to meet the group’s need. Otherwise, staff should sign up and come prepared with a lesson, topic, or unit that they would like to incorporate technology into. Examples of the tools available for exploration are, but not limited to; Web 2.0 (wikis, blogs, digital storytelling, social networking), Online Classroom Learning (Moodle, Blackboard), Video Conferencing (Skype, Oovoo, Polyvision) It is important to note: these opportunities will focus on tools that are available to all staff so interactive whiteboard technology will not be a topic unless an entire group signs up for the date and requests it. Also teachers will be required to develop and submit lesson, topic or unit plans for satisfactory completion of the workshop.

    The dates this workshop will be offered are; 6/12, 6/16, 6/24, 7/16, 7/21, 8/12, and 8/18. The training will take place at the HS from the hours of 8AM – 3:30PM.

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    Communicating and Collaborating with Forums and Wikis

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    This is a follow up from a training called.  “Collaboration with Moodle Forums and Wiki’s.”

    The training was focused on NETS Student Standard 2, Communication and Collaboration, which states, “Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.”

    Collaborating With Moodle Forums

    Having students post to online (Moodle) forums provides them an opportunity to discuss and collaborate online. This is similar to a discussion students may in a class discussion. The key difference is the discussion is viewable and accessible 24/7 for teachers and students to reflect on, so that the learning can continue to take place and it is providing them with an opportunity to learn/practice their 21st Century Skills.

    Key features to using Moodle

    · Students all already have an account. They log in with same username and password they log onto computer with.

    ·    If you want to create a Moodle page just contact me.

    ·    All of them Moodle content is hosted on our district servers, is free, and will not be going anywhere.

    Creating forums in Moodle

    1.      What is a Moodle forum activity?

    2.      How can I use forums in the elementary classroom?

    3.      If you want to create a Moodle page just contact me

    Collaborating With Wiki’s

    What’s a wiki?

    1. We now are hosting our own Wikispaces private label site. http://www.cvsd.wikispaces.net
    2. Create an account! I recommend username be firstname_lastname and password be similar to the one you log into the computer with. (This one will not change every 30 days)
    3. Once your account is approved, go back to http://www.cvsd.wikispaces.net and make a new spaces.
    4. Your space name should refer to the Course, Grade, Teacher name, Team , Activity, etc.
    5. Use wiki space video tours to learn how to use your new wiki!
    6. Continue developing and creating your wiki and use the help link in the top right hand corner of each page to guide you.

    Personalizing and Sharing the Internet

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    We discussed and learned about Delicious, Igoogle, and Page flakes.

    This is a follow up from a training called.  “Managing and sharing the internet.”

    The training was focused on NETS Student Standard 2, Communication and Collaboration, which states, “Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.”

    SOCIAL BOOKMARKING

    Check out the video on social bookmarking here

    Create a delicious account at https://secure.delicious.com/register (use firstname_lastname as your user id, so others can find you!)

    Install buttons on you teacher machine or home machine by clicking here and following directions.

    Import the bookmarks already on your computer(s).

    Start tagging sites and being social. My user id is Christopher.smith23 and my user id is McGaw

    Visit the Wikispaces site for a tutorial on Delicious

    CUSTOMIZING THE INTERNET

    Page flakes – create and share only the web information you want with your students

    1.       Video on how to create an account

    2.       Video on how to customize your page flakes or for another good customizing video click here

    3.       Video on how to share your page flake(or page casting)

    4.       Video on how to customize your page flakes or for another good customizing video click here

    5.       Video on how to share your page flake(or page casting)

    Visit the Wikispaces site for a tutorial on Pageflakes

    iGoogle – take the sites and web information you use and like with you to any computer!

    Visit the Wikispace site for a tutorial on iGoogle

    1.       Create an Igoogle account click here (use your school email account)

    2.       Video on how to customize your iGoogle page

    3.       iGoogle Page with directions for you!  CFF Wikispace Page*iGoogle


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