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"Atomic Learning" Helping Teachers in Classrooms

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A new learning program will be sweeping through several schools next fall, allowing them to understand the technology in the classrooms much better.

It's a program that was needed according to several local school districts, and now that it is here, several educators see it making a world of difference.

It's called "Atomic Learning," and it's supposed to make life much easier for local educators.

"We were trying to find some sort of instructional program that would provide technology skills and training and fuse 21st Century skills and school districts," said ESU 10 Administrator Wayne Bell.

Kearney Public Schools is the first school district to put it to use, and several others are soon to follow next fall, but so far, reviews have been positive.

"There's probably a dozen teachers that, even though it wasn't required of them to go ahead and do the tutorials, they have been," Graci Gillming, ESU 10 Learning Trainer, said. "And that's one of the features of this too. They can track their progress and see what would have been the highlights for them. What are they interested in looking at?"

Park Elementary School and Kearney High School are two of several schools under KPS that have began utilizing the program, and one happy customer believes this can finally catch her up with the state-of-the-art classroom technology.

"It was an exciting thing for me to see this year, that I could actually maybe have my students go through the tutorial, and figure out how to use these things because they are so much more savvy than I am, so I'm learning the hard way, so it's a little help for me in the classroom," Park Elementary teacher Michelle Friesen said. "Knowing the students I have this year, they'd eat it up, and I'm sure they are going to be way ahead of me and teaching me how to do all this stuff. They already do that any-how, but I think when they go through these tutorials, I can't wait to see what they start doing with it."

Very few teachers have become accustomed to the new program this spring, but this coming fall, several other school districts will be implementing the program for their teachers and students to use.

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