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Atomic Learning

By Alice Kurtz - Posted Mar 1, 2011
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Company: Atomic Learning, Inc., 15088 22 nd Avenue NE, Little Falls, MN 56345, (866) 259-6890

Online at: www.atomiclearning.com

Price: Available by request at www.atomiclearning.com.

Note: There are a variety of subscription levels along with volume purchases and site license options.

Audience: K–12 students and educators

Format: A subscription service online

System Requirements: Internet bandwidth speeds of 512Kbps or greater, web browser, and Flash or QuickTime plug-in. PC: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. QuickTime player 6.5.2 or higher, or Flash Player 9.1 or higher. Adobe Reader 6.0 or higher, Java 1.5 or higher, Internet Explorer 8, or Firefox 3 or higher. Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher, QuickTime Player 7 or higher, or Flash Player 9.1 or higher, Adobe Reader 9 or higher, Java 1.4 or higher, Firefox 3 or higher, or Safari 3 or higher.

Description: Atomic Learning is a subscription service that offers online training and resources to educators and students for software, applications, and 21 st-century productivity skills. Training is delivered via short tutorial movies.

***** Report Card

Installation A

Content/Features A

Ease of Use A

Product Support A

Reviewer Comments: Atomic Learning delivers a library of thousands of short, easy-to-understand tutorial movies that can be used as a part of any professional development program or as an easily accessible software training resource. The videos are short and focused so that specific questions can be immediately addressed. By using a series of videos, users can get the most out of the technology that they use.

Products available are bundled into collections. For example, the Technology Skills Collection consists of nearly 50,000 tutorials on more than 205 software applications for both Mac and Windows platforms. These are available with closed captioning and in Spanish. The Assistive Technology Collection features video tutorials focused on the use and application of assistive technology. The 21 st-Century Skills Collection includes learner assessments accompanied by training paths, classroom technology integration, and progress reports to name a few. Atomic Learning teaches not only essential communication software but also demonstrates how to create curriculum-based technology projects; how to use a variety of tools including blogging, wikis, and podcasting; and how to manage applications such as Photoshop.

Installation/Access: Logon requires a password. If the password is forgotten, instructions for recovering the password will be sent via email. The video-tutorials load quickly and run smoothly as long as the user has the recommended bandwidth. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: A subscription to Atomic Learning gives 1-year access to whatever package has been subscribed to as well as any new tutorials that are added as the year progresses. The user receives additional educational resources and an online newsletter and tips. The movies are short and well-illustrated. The narration on the videos that the reviewer watched was clear and succinct. Text of the narration scrolls at the bottom of the screen. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Tutorials are searchable by specialization and category. Searching for a specific tutorial can be done with a keyword. Filters can be applied to further narrow the search. There is a tutorial for finding an answer to a specific question. Each module is expandable and collapsible. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Product support is available online at cs@atomiclearning.com or (866) 259-6890 ext. 8 Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Atomic Learning delivers a library of thousands of short, easy-to-understand tutorials. Its variable price structure is based on collections purchased and makes it affordable for a variety of institutions. The key to success as with most online video learning is for the user to have the correct bandwidth for smooth operation. Atomic Learning is a recommended purchase for schools wanting to develop, polish, and enhance 21 st-century technology in their classrooms. Highly recommended.

Reviewer: Alice Kurtz, 5/6 grade teacher, Irving B. Weber School, 3850 Rohret Road, Iowa City, IA 52246; (319) 688-1170; kurtz.alice@iccsd.k12.ia.us.


 
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