As an edtech blogger I get to review quite a few products and services each year. Some things I like and incorporate into my school, some things I like but don't need, some things I want but can't afford and the remainder are things which I do not care for, to put it mildly. Which brings me to the edtech training subscription service called Atomic Learning.
I have had an Atomic Learning account for the past five years and it has saved my edtech-bacon a few more times than I would like to admit. If fact, I couldn't really imagine being able to do my job effectively or efficiently without it. I have never found anything that compares to it - in price or product.
So let me tell you about three of the ways I use Atomic Learning in my elementary school...
- Tutorials: these are probably what Atomic Learning is most known for. Every time I need a little help with an application, like our district moving to Office 2010 from 2003, I will use their little 2 to 3 minute videos to keep me on the cutting edge. After all, I am the tech guy in my building so I had better know what I am talking about. I also send teachers to these tutorials so that I don't have to stand over their shoulder teaching them step by step how to do something. This way I can be in 20 places at once. So I am up to date (they are adding new tutorials every week), and more efficient in my job.
- Workshops: it is by using their themed workshops that I got into podcasting and filmmaking with me students. It's like having my own little professional development course that I can take at my own pace. Plus, it is way better than regular PD because Atomic Learning never wastes my time. I only watch the lessons that are applicable to me. I have no time to waste in my job so I like the fact that I don't have to be stuck in boring ol’ PD meetings. Instead, I do most of mine while sitting on my couch with my iPad.
- Spotlights: this is something fairly new for Atomic Learning. They shine a “spotlight” on a new concept and show you everything you need to know to get better at it. They feature “best practices” so that I can be better at what I do. I go to tech conferences to steal ideas for my school and these spotlights kind of remind me of mini conferences, they give me ideas that I usually start using the very same day.
In the end we are all just looking for better ways to get the job of teaching done, for me Atomic Learning delivers.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School.