Don Johnston Partners with Atomic Learning - Online Professional Development Helps Educators Make Efficient Use of Assistive Technology in the Classroom

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Dedicated to helping U.S. school districts get the most out of their assistive technology (AT), Don Johnston has partnered with Atomic Learning to present a NEW special offering—The Don Johnston Online Training Collection. This extensive online video library includes many of the most popular and widely used hardware devices and software found in schools today.

"We’ve worked with educators and AT specialists for 30 years and they always tell us that implementation is their biggest challenge," said Ben Johnston.

Dedicated to helping school districts get the most out of their assistive technology (AT), Don Johnston, a leading publisher of AT tools and literacy software for children with special needs, has partnered with Atomic Learning, an online professional development education service provider to present a NEW special PD offering—The Don Johnston Online Training Collection.

The Don Johnston Online Training Collection video tutorials are short, to the point, and searchable. Teachers and AT specialists can use this extensive ‘on-demand’ professional development (PD) training collection to learn how to use and infuse assistive technology into both special and general education classrooms for the benefit of many student populations.

The training tutorials and video library include many of the most popular and widely-used hardware devices and software found in schools today, such as BoardMaker, Co:Writer, Read:OutLoud, ClassMate Reader, NEO, Dynavox V and Vmax, JAWS, and more. In addition, educators will learn about all of the accessibility features found in Windows, Acrobat and MAC OS X.

"We’ve been working with Don Johnston to expand our AT training tutorials to include the finest reading and writing accommodations to support students’ accessibility needs,” said Kathy Schroeder, Director of Marketing for Atomic Learning. “This new collaboration brings the AT field one step closer to having an in-depth PD training resource they can use at their fingertips."

Educators can complete most tutorial sessions in a few minutes and view them at their own convenience anytime and anywhere there is Internet access. A simple interface makes it easy for PD coaches and administrators to check in with participants, follow-up on individual or group trainings, schedule refresher courses, and run reports to monitor user activity. An annual subscription includes unlimited district access. Pricing is based on the size of the district’s student and teacher population. Subscribers receive new updates throughout the year.

"We’ve worked with educators and AT specialists for 30 years and they always tell us that implementation is their biggest challenge," said Ben Johnston, Director of Marketing for Don Johnston Incorporated. "This partnership with Atomic Learning provides an essential PD resource that helps AT specialists better implement the software and hardware devices they have. Thousands of students in schools today need AT tools to perform their best. The Don Johnston Online Training Collection will now help their teachers effectively use these tools to their fullest potential."

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About Don Johnston Incorporated:
Don Johnston empowers educators with specialized accessible technologies and supported reading and writing tools for students with cognitive, physical, and learning differences. Since 1980, the company has partnered with literacy experts, assistive technology specialists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, teachers, researchers, universities and scientists to develop over a dozen assistive technology products. The company also publishes Start-to-Finish®, a collection of paperback, audio and computer books for students who read below grade level.

About Atomic Learning:
Atomic Learning, Little Falls, MN (http://www.atomiclearning.com/ ) is focused on promoting the practical application of technology in education by empowering educators with online training and resources. Tens of thousands of schools, colleges, and universities select Atomic Learning as an integral part of their professional development program, which includes technology integration and technology support initiatives.

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