Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Free PC Maintenance & Security Workshop

Mark's "PC Maintenance & Security" Video SeriesHere is the Web link to the best class I have ever put together: http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/pc_cleansecure

I recorded this video training series two summers ago, and it has been well received across the country. An AtomicLearning.com membership is $100 per year, but you can view ALL of AtomicLearning's content for free for the next 14 days if you request a 14-day demo account. To do this, just fill out the form on one of the free course outline pages, or off of the Home page.


There are a lot of great online software training sites available now. Total Training, Lynda.com, CBT Nuggets and VTC are other great names. All cost about the same for a yearly membership (around $300), but AtomicLearning has a few advantages over these sites. First, it is geared toward teachers. AtomicLearning is the only site that offers "Lesson Accelerators," which are pre-designed lessons which are geared toward learning and using a particular software program to teach a specific topic. Also, AtomicLearning is by far the cheapest software training site (about 1/3 the price of the others). Their video training clips are also much shorter and more to-the-point than those found in the other sites mentioned above. Those sites, such as Lynda.com and Total Training, are geared toward professional Web and graphic designers, and are aimed at a much higher and more professional computer learning curve. Atomic is geared toward a more basic level of understanding, so that the user can get in and get out, and learn a lot in a very short time. That is why I like it, and I remain a member of the site to this day, as well as one of their developers.

One of the newest features now available on the site is the Atomic Learning Toolkit, which includes the excellent new "Atomic Desktop" software that can be downloaded, installed and allows any member to search for a specific tutorial video immediately. It is a good search tool that was not available previously. Sure, you can always go to the site and search, but now you can search for tutorials from the convenience of your desktop, without even going to the site ahead of time.

AtomicLearning has always been a great service for learning operating systems, software, Web tools, and to enhance classroom instruction. And it just keeps getting better and better, with video tutorial series on most of the latest Adobe and Microsoft products, as well as the best products that Google has to offer, Web 2.0 applications, and much, much more. Give it a try and see what you can learn, and make sure you let me know what you think of my "PC Maintenance and Security" series.

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