Brevard County Adopts Atomic's Tech Training
01.31.2007—Florida's Brevard County Public Schools has implemented a new professional development and student training program using Atomic Learning's online training tools. Atomic is a developer of Web-based software designed specifically for training educators and students on the use of technologies. According to the company, this latest deal with Brevard County brings the total number os students and teachers using its software to more than 1 million and the total number of schools in Florida using its tools to more than 1,200.
"If we are to continue assessing the technology skills of all teachers, it stands to reason that we must also provide equitable resources aimed at perpetually building those skills," says Matthew Frey, manager of Brevard's Educational Training and Customer Support team, in a prepared statement. "While face to face training will always have its place, logistically it is nearly impossible to reach every teacher that way. With Atomic Learning, Brevard's teachers will have access to a full complement of software training resources. Best of all, those resources are a few short clicks away at the exact moment a teacher needs them."
Atomic's training is delivered via tutorial movies, available on demand, that are geared toward answering specific questions on the use of common software applications used in education. At present, Atomic's training library contains more than 25,000 tutorial movies covering more than 10 individual applications. Atomic also provides project-based lessons designed to help teachers incorporate technology into the curriculum, as well as workshops to "help improve technology literacy for faculty and staff."
Atomic's training is used in about 5,000 universities K-12 schools in 30 countries.
Brevard County Public Schools operates 124 individual schools, including 64 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 22 high schools, 11 combination schools, and 13 adult schools. In fall 2005, the district employed 8,653 full-time staff and served more than 75,000 students in prek-12.
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