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For my second badge I have my students work on their tech basics. These are things like how to open documents, the difference between save and save as, and how to save files to our school server. Most of my badges build upon the badge before. So as you can see, now that the students know how to use their Netbooks, now they need to know how to do work on them. I store all of the lessons (videos) on our Atomic Learning account.Read More
I start with Netbook Basics as my first tech badge because my students need a solid understanding of how their main piece of technology works before they can do anything else. For this badge the students review all the parts of the netbook so they know what everything does, they also must know the proper name for everything. There are no “do-hickeys” or “thing-a-bobs,” they must use the correct name. It is so much easier when a student comes and asks me for a VGA cable instead of; “You know that thing that connects to that other thing.”
Students also learn the Netbook Rules, so that we can minimize damage and mis-use.
Although students would love to jump into filmmaking, first they need to know how to run what they already have.
-Brad Flickinger, tech teacher, Bethke Elementary
This week I had some visitors at my school who were checking out the badges program that we use in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. They were amazed at how effective the program was, but were shocked that the students could use Atomic Learning. They thought that Atomic Learning tutorials were just for teachers.
I showed them one of the badges for Graphic Design where a student has to design an event poster for our school. They use Microsoft Publisher and in the instructions it simple says that if there is anything they do not remember or understand about using Publisher, they are to use Atomic Learning.
This is a huge time saver for me as a teacher, and if a 3rd grader can use Atomic Learning effectively, then none of us have an excuse.
Atomic Learning has just released two new trainings…
In the fight between old and new, there is only one app this online training course will use: iMovie®. With the release of Mac® OS X Mavericks®, there’s a new iMovie, and it’s pretty cool. Along with some interface changes, we’ll check out how to create movies and trailers, how to use the new iMovie Theater, and the different ways to share your iMovie creations. After we cover the new stuff, look for future releases, where you’ll learn more about how to get up and running with iMovie, from importing and sorting media, to adding effects, titles, and transitions.
Mac® OS X 10.9 Mavericks® is the totally free update to Apple’s® Mac OS X operating system. In this online training series, we’ll hit on some of the most popular new features first, checking out how to use tabs in the Finder and consolidate Finder windows by merging them into tabs, as well as reading books in iBooks® for Mac, and searching for and sharing Maps locations and directions. After those bases are covered, watch for deeper dives into how to get started using Mac OS X, including using the Finder and Dock, tagging files, using Notification Center, integrating Facebook® and Twitter™ into the OS, and using Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Messages. Although many changes are subtle, the powerful Mavericks moves you one step closer to total integration with all your devices through social networking and iCloud®. Check out this series to learn how to get started.
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