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 Functional Requirements

PC:
Operating System: Windows XP SP2, or Windows Vista
Browser: Internet Explorer 7 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/worldwide-sites.aspx) or higher, or Firefox 3 (http://www.mozilla.com/firefox) or higher
Player: QuickTime Player 6.5.2 (http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/quicktime652forwindows.html), or Flash Player 9.1 (http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_getflashplayer) or higher
Bandwidth: Minimum 128 kbps, Recommended 512 kbps
Adobe Reader 6.0 (http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_get_reader) or higher
Java 1.5(http://www.java.com) or higher

   Mac:
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher
Browser: Safari 3 (http://www.apple.com/safari/download/) or higher, or Firefox 3 (http://www.mozilla.com/firefox) or higher
Player: QuickTime Player 7 (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/) or higher, or Flash Player 9.1 (http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_getflashplayer) or higher
Bandwidth: Minimum 128 kbps, Recommended 512 kbps
Adobe Reader 9 (http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_get_reader) or higher
Java 1.4 (http://www.java.com) or higher

 Teaching and Learning Features

 
21st Century Skills and Professional Development Collection
Atomic Learning‘s 21st Century Skills Collection includes professional development resources and curriculum materials to empower educators to infuse 21st century skills into the classroom.  The collection includes access to 21st century skills training and resources, teacher and student assessment with prescriptive training paths, assigning tools, preference filters, key word and state standard search, VLE or LMS integration, classroom tech integration projects, technology workshops, e-portfolio, progress reports and more.
Technology Skills Collection
The Technology Skills Collection consists of nearly 40,000 tutorials on more than 120 software applications for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Closed captioning and tutorials in Spanish are also available.
Assistive Technology Collection
Assistive Technology Collection features easy to understand video tutorials focused on helping educators use and apply assistive technology.
Tutorial offerings include training on special education software, assistive technology devices, and software accessibility features. In addition, tutorials are also searchable by specialization and category.
Custom Training Upload
The ability to upload custom content into the Atomic Learning platform that  allows institutions to create their own “Atomic Learning” with content/courses that are relevant to the individual learner. 
Outcome-Oriented Measurements and Studdent Progress:
Atomic Learning provides a pre and post-assessment option for staff and students. The pre-assessment provides a roadmap to guided the student through the resources necessary to improve literacy and integration. The post-assessment validates the measures taken through Atomic Learning’s training paths of workshops, projects, and tutorials for staff and students. Progress is also measured through classroom projects for students, correlated to subject areas. Students follow step-by-step instructions on various projects as evidence of their understanding of the materials.
Additionally, the Atomic Learning system assists the instructional designer with supporting the teacher. It allows the teacher to focus on the pedagogy and not be distracted by the technology. By combining Atomic Learning's 1-3 minute tutorials with pedagogical concepts, students are provided with a complete learning experience.

 Differentiation of Instruction

The majority of Atomic Learning content is delivered via video while a number of projects and workshops include downloads that aid in learning. These downloads consist of .pdf, image, and other file types that allow the learner to replicate the project using the same materials used in the video. Workbooks and project guides - generally used by an instructor - assist users in thinking how to leverage the content into curriculum.

Tutorials teach specific functionality of an application and are most useful in answering “how do I do this"?  Atomic Learning’s award-winning library of tutorials addresses the technology challenges of institutions with features including:
• short, targeted, Web-based software training and support.
• “atoms of learning”, the Atomic Learning training and support are provided in the form of short, 30 second to three minute tutorials that walk the user, step-by-step, through how to perform the desired task.
• an expanding library of more than 50,000 tutorials on over 120 of the most popular software applications used by higher education institutions,
• 24/7 access to self-paced Atomic Learning training, designed to meet the schedules of learners for training when they need it,
• multiple playback options based on user preferences and learning needs (e.g. each series can be played from beginning to end in a “software course” scenario, or they can be played as individual answers to specific “how to” questions).
A project is a start-to-finish, step-by-step task practice that results in an artifact that demonstrates the user’s understanding of the skills necessary to create it.  Its primary purpose is to enhance learning by providing context for a skill or series of skills. 
• makes more sense to view sequentially
• teaches user how to apply the tool
• results in an end product
• defines application purpose
• explains why by giving a purpose
A workshop provides supportive information on a discipline or set of disciplines, possibly including strategies and models for the discipline(s).  It’s intended as a resource that is always available and can be referenced multiple times over whatever time frame the user is involved in the discipline.  It may answer some “how” questions, but its primary focus is “what” and “why.”  Workshops are a comprehensive view of the topic - not focused completely on the functionality of any specific tool.

 School, Home & Community Instruction

A site or building license to Atomic Learning provides all staff, students, and parents of the licensed building access to Atomic Learning's resources. The library is available online, anytime/anywhere, with 24/7 365 access.

 Students with Disabilities

All services provided through Atomic Learning will be completed in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 36 CFR Part 1190 and 1191, “Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities”; and “Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines Proposed Rule”, published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2004.   Atomic Learning’s resources are not considered Sec. 508 compliant but we are Sec. 508 accessible and continually working towards 508 compliance.

Atomic Learning’s Assistive Technology Collection of resources and training, which have been developed to provide for students with disabilities as well their teachers, assistants, and parents.  Tutorials and workshops are close-captioned. In addition, specific special-education software and device training is available.

Section 508 Compliance: Atomic Learning is also committed to providing resources that are accessible for all end users. The following lists included what is currently integrated into the Atomic Learning site and future enhancements.
Current features:
• Closed Captioning for hearing impaired users; embedded synchronized speech within each tutorial for visually impaired users
• Alternate content for talking browsers, screen readers, text browsers or browsers on small devices
• Visual cues for all text links throughout site. Flash or Quick Time to display content as determined by the user
• Redundant text links for heavy visual graphical content
• Logical form and data layout text alternatives, targeted for screen readers
• Pages designed to prohibit flickering of any kind
• Useful links to plug-ins for page interpretation
• Forms and all elements of site are designed in such a way to prohibit time-out, providing all users with plenty of time to complete forms and view pages
• A completely text-based navigation structure provides all users with complete navigational items
 

 Research & Efficacy

Research Used to Validate the Proposed Materials
A study by Academic Business Advisors titled, "The Atomic Learning Library of Web-based Training: Research Basis for the Product Design, Structure, and Positive Impact on Students Learning and the Learning Environment," confirms that students’ who are comfortable with computers and who have the ability to use the computer as a tool, effectively employing application and other relevant “tool” software, exhibit significant gains in problem-solving skills and are more motivated and persistent in their learning than their less computer literate peers.

Atomic Learning tutorials provide students with the means to work independently and gain skills and competence in computer applications in the context of “needing to know” to solve a problem or realize a goal. Atomic Learning tutorials also enable students to work independently without needing to interrupt the teacher to be shown how to do something in Word or PowerPoint or one of the other many applications in the Atomic Learning library.  In addition, the study found a significant relationship between levels of technology implementation by teachers and their fifth-grade students’ achievement in reading and math
 

 Assessments & Progress Monitoring

Outcome-Oriented Measurements and Studdent Progress:
Atomic Learning provides a pre and post-assessment option for staff and students. The pre-assessment provides a roadmap to guided the student through the resources necessary to improve literacy and integration. The post-assessment validates the measures taken through Atomic Learning’s training paths of workshops, projects, and tutorials for staff and students. Progress is also measured through classroom projects for students, correlated to subject areas. Students follow step-by-step instructions on various projects as evidence of their understanding of the materials.

Additionally, the Atomic Learning system assists the instructional designer with supporting the teacher. It allows the teacher to focus on the pedagogy and not be distracted by the technology. By combining Atomic Learning's 1-3 minute tutorials with pedagogical concepts, students are provided with a complete learning experience.

REPORTING
Atomic Learning provides robust reporting on all teachers activity on the Atomic Learning site, including reporting by location, class, individual, assignment, month, etc. All materials can also be assigned to a specific group, teacher, or administrator.  Reports are teacher-friendly, and can be pulled by teachers if given administrator access to the reporting function.

Administrators can view site usage through an online reporting system. These reports show overall teacher activity by district, building, and include individual activity reports.  Reporting may be integrated with existing systems or applications utilized by IDOE.  By providing the Employee ID field when importing individual user accounts, this field can, in turn, be exported along with the individual usage data to allow the data to be integrated with other systems. 

Reporting shows specific tutorials viewed by individual and time spent, so as to provide IDOE with a measure for professional development progress and possibly giving continuing education/professional development credits

 Alignment to Tennessee Standards

To assist educators in fulfilling tough state assessment standards, Atomic Learning has worked with an independent assessment company to correlate our tutorials and Lesson Accelerators to state standards and the ISTE NETS-S framework. Atomic Learning’s technology skills collection, tech integration projects and workshops are currently aligned to the ISTE standards.

 Professional Development

Professional Development Topics:
What is meant by "21st century skills?" How do they relate to what I should be teaching in my classroom?  These are just some of the questions that you might be asking when you hear the term "21st century skills." In this series of tutorials, we will present what we mean by the terminology and how it relates to the models and frameworks that have been developed by other organizations. After viewing each of the tutorials, we hope you will be able to answer:
• What are the common themes and concepts that tie all the models and frameworks together?
• What is meant by "21st century skills" and why is knowing about them important?
• What does the concept or skill look like in practice?
• How can I make it work in my classroom?
In addition, teachers will be introduced to the tools and resources available on this site for furthering their own professional development and transforming your own classroom.
21st Century Skills Teacher Assessment
Assess teacher comprehension of 21st century skills based on
ISTE NETS-T 2008.  The Teacher Assessment provides a gauge for technology skill levels and helps teachers develop personalized learning paths to incorporate 21st century skills into the classroom. The process is simple:
Teachers take assessment, found in My Training, to identify gaps. (20-35 minute assessment)Based on testing results, teachers will
• Be assigned the 21st Century Skills Concepts series.
• Perform skills-based projects in the curriculum to target gaps.
• Adapt and implement skills-based projects in the curriculum to infuse 21st century concepts into the classroom.
• Provide supervisor with completed Professional Development Workbook as proof of application of learned skills.
Professional Development Projects and Workshops
Atomic Learning provides learning that teaches the user a technology by creating a project or via a broader discussion of the technology topic in workshops.   For example, our “Statistical Analysis with Excel” series not only teaches the user how to use Excel but is also immediately applicable to students in a Statistics or advanced Math course.  Additional examples of project-based learning and workshops include:
• a workshop on APA Style Research Papers
• multiple tutorial series on Microsoft Word (versions 2000-2010) with intro, intermediate and advanced training available
• project teaching MLA Citations using Word
• multiple projects centered on Resume Creation using the various versions of Word
• tutorial series on Microsoft Excel (versions 2000-2010) with Intro, Intermediate and Advanced training available
• multiple training series around the various Texas Instrument Calculators
• specialized training series around Excel, such as the pivot table and charting workshops and the training on statistical analysis using Excel. 
• training around social media, including our new Facebook for Educators training workshop, as well as our basic training on Twitter.
• workshops on Searching the Web, Web Resources and Creating Effective Presentations (e.g. how much font is too much font, too much text, etc.)
• Our ability to link all our training directly into LMS course pages, course blogs, course wikis, e-mails and more. 
• Adapting a 21st Century Skills Project to the Classroom
• APA (6th Ed.) Research Paper Basics
• Blogging Workshop
• Creating an Effective Presentation Using PowerPoint
• Creating an Online Course Workshop
• Creative Commons Workshop
• iPad as an i-Reader - An Orientation for Educators
• Netbooks in the Classroom Workshop
• PBworks - Wiki Workshop
• PC Maintenance and Security
• Podcasting and Vodcasting Workshop - iLife '06
• Podcasting Workshop - An Introduction to Audio Podcasting
• Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom
• Web 2.0 Workshop
• Web Resources Workshop - Search, Evaluate & Use
This is only a sample of projects and workshops that support training on specific tasks that is immediately applicable to coursework or job-related tasks.

Teachers will have access to their individual tracking and reporting via the reporting functionality. 
Additionally, Atomic Learning’s platform – the e-portfolio feature - allows for teachers to upload completion certificates, completed projects and other forms of course completion where by administrators can run activity reports to track the completion of PD and communicate progress and/or approval.
 

 Cost

 Cost for Atomic Learning building license is based on full-time teacher population at the building, but provides access to all non-teaching staff, students, and parents at no additional fee. Subscriptions are based on 1 calendar year. Discounts for multi-year purchases are as follows: 2 year - 5%; 3 year - 15%; 4 year - 17.5% and 5 year - 20%. Please contact Heidi Thielen for specific pricing.

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