January 2017

12 Ways To Energize Learning

12 Ways To Energize Learning

We´ve created a list of twelve ways you can shake up and energize learning with tried and true instructional  strategies for increasing engagement with your students. Learn more about each of the topics below with resources from Atomic learning.

  1. Genius Hour
    Genius Hour encourages creativity and innovation by allowing students to focus on a passion of theirs for 20% of their work time.
  2. Coding in the Classroom
    Introduce coding in your classroom. It allows students to stretch themselves and create programs that demonstrate their learning.
  3. The 4 Cs
    Foster collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity skills in the classroom through innovative and engaging uses of technology.
  4. Learning Centers
    Centers, stations, corners, or whatever you call them, can help students with independent and/or cooperative leaning, while adding student accountability and engagement.
  5. TPACK
    The sweet spot in teaching when content knowledge, pedagogical skills & technology use combines to create a truly exceptional learning experience. Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge
  6. SAMR Model
    Try integrating tech through the SAMR model. Explore each level (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, or Redefinition).
  7. Virtual Reality
    Extend learning opportunities beyond 2D flat images by bringing your students anywhere. Encourage them to interact with the world around them.
  8. Globally Connected
    Connect with other educators and classrooms that share the same interest as you. Participate in events all over the globe.
  9. Live Video
    Help students collaborate & practice positive digital citizenship by marketing a product using live video streaming, creating advertising materials, and more.
  10. Mystery Skype
    An educational game by 2 classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess  the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.
  11. Pass/Send a Problem
    Give small groups a problem to answer before passing it to the next group, then next, etc. When it circles back, pick the best answer.
  12. Smart(er) Gaming
    Help engage students by downloading games and customizing content to your area of focus and grade level. If you have a SMART AMP create an assessment!

Want to try a few of the items listed above? Log in to Atomic Learning, or visit www.AtomicLearning.com for more information.




Seven Damn Good Reasons To Drink Cup Of Coffee

Seven Damn Good Reasons To Drink Cup Of Coffee

1. Coffee Is Brain Food
Caffeine, the psychoactive stimulant found in coffee makes you feel more awake. Moreover, it blocks adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter

2. Strengthen The Mind
A Harvard Study showed that four cups per day lessened the risk of depression by 20%. While over half were likely to commit suicide. Studies suggest that you are 65% less likely to contact Alzheimer disease through drinking coffee.

3. Weight Loss
Studies suggest that 10% of fat is burned by obese people, while non obese people can say goodbye to around 29% of their body fat simply by drinking coffee. In addition, other studies have shown that your metabolic rate is boosted between 3-11%, which is another fat booster.

4. Reduce Risk Of Liver Cancer
Studies suggest that coffee reduces the chance of contracting both liver and colorectal cancer. In addition, coffee drinks may have a lower chance of contracting type II diabetes by 25-50%

5. Nutrients In Coffee
Through regular consumption, you are contributing to your recommended daily amount (RDA) of certain types of nutrients.

  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA
  • Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA
  • Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA

6. Enhances Physical performance
Studies suggest that performance levels improve by 11-12% on average. This is partly because caffeine releases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) into your blood.

7. Antioxidants
Given that most people do not eat much fruit and vegetables as they should do, coffee for most people provides the strongest source of antioxidants.

Seven Damp Good Reasons To Drink Coffee

9 Healthy Reasons To Keep Drinking Coffee

9 Healthy Reasons To Keep Drinking Coffee

  1. Increases Physical Performance
    When caffeine enters your bloodstream, it behaves like a fuel. An easy way to improve physical performance is to drink a cup of coffee roughly an hour before physically demanding exercise
  2. Coffee Is A Potent Source of Antioxidants
    Coffee shows more antioxidant activity than green tea and cocoa, two antioxidant superstars. Numerous studies have cited coffee as a major and in some cases, the primary dietary source of antioxidants for many people
  3. Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes
    According to a study in the diabetic journal, those who drink coffee tend to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  4. Improves Your Brain Function
    In addiction to boosting energy levels, caffeine also assists brain function. Coffee improves your reaction time, short term memory and cognitive function
  5. Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk
    According to a study by scientific American, they found coffee drinkers are less likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease later in life.
  6.  Coffee Can Make You Feel Happier
    Coffee’s famous for its mood lifting effect, although its protection from depression may not be attributed to caffeine. According to research, coffee’s mood-lifting effect can be traced to its antioxidants.
  7. Coffee Drinkers Have Longer Life Span
    According to a recent medical study people who drink coffee have a longer life span, as they are less susceptible to health issues such as heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure.
  8. Coffee Helps You Burn Out Fat
    Tiredness and obesity aren’t traits of coffee drinkers. Many fat burning supplements contain caffeine due to its fat-burning properties that are known to boost your metabolic rate by 3-11%
  9. Reduce The Risk Of Getting Skin Cancer
    Brigham & Women’s Hospital with Harvard medical school followed 112,897 men and women over a 20 year period and apparently, women who drink three or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t.

9 Healthy Reasons To Keep Drinking Coffee

Pain Relief Through Better Nutrition

Pain Relief Through Better Nutrition

One of the most overlooked health effects of our nutritional choices is the association with pain. Our pain receptors are stimulated by many things, one of which is inflammation. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that anti-inflammatory foods can play a significant role in controlling or even eliminating some forms of pain:

1. Migraine Headaches
30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches

Helpful Nutrients For Migraine: Increased water intake, riboflavin magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and mono-unsaturated fats in olive oil.

2. Costochondritis
An inflammation condition that causes chest pain, through generally not chronic or life-threatening. Can mimic cardiac symptoms, so that needs to be ruled out first.

Helpful Nutrients For Costochondritis: There are several ways to treat costochodritis with conventional medicine. Nutritionally speaking, anti-inflammatory agents such as ginger, curcumin or boswellin can be effective pain revilers

3. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease are inflammatory conditions in the small intestine and colon. Health care cost of more than $1.7 billion.

Helpful Nutrients For IBD: Help control symptoms by minimizing sweets & alcohol. Add omega-3 fatty acids, which may have an anti-inflammatory effect (salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines).
Nutritional deficiency risks (condition or associated medications): vitamins A,D, E, B12 and K, folate, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and Zinc.

4. Arthritis 
50 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis. That number is expected to reach 67 million by 2030.

Helpful Nutrients For Arthritis: Ease joint pain and alleviate weight and a diet high in omega-3 essential fatty acids.

5. Peripheral Neuropathy
Nerve damage caused by injury, autoimmune responses, nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism, among others. Symptoms include muscle weakness, numbness (usually hands and feet) and pain.

Helpful Nutrients For Peripheral Neuropathy: Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can often be controlled by maintaining an optimal weight, exercising, avoiding toxins, eating a balanced diet and limiting alcohol consumption

Pain Relief Through Better Nutrition

Fun Facts About Sharks

Fun Facts About Sharks

  1. Sharks, Just Like People, Have Diverse Body Types & Features
    Some sharks are polka dotted (whale sharks) or striped (young zebra shark), some have tassels on their face (wobbegong sharks) or very broad heads (hammerhead sharks). Some glow in the dark (lantern sharks). and some are even shaped like an eel (frilled sharks).
  2. Sharks Don’t Like The Taste Of You, Skunks Or Weasels
    Sharks generally give a “taste bite” to their potential prey, it’s hypothesized that sharks just don’t like the way humans taste and is why there is a high survival rate of shark victims. The same must go for sea otters (relatives of skunks and weasels) as they have never been found in a white shark’s stomach.
  3.  Sharks Do Whatever They Can To Stay Afloat
    Sharks bring in oxygen over their gills while swimming. However, they can certainly idle in which they’ll swallow air through their mouths. Also, to maintain buoyancy sharks have a liver filled with oil and fat that makes up almost 30% of their body weight.
  4. Sharks Nap After Aggressive Mating
    The most obvious physical difference between a male and female shark is the presence of claspers. This pair of appendages is used for internal fertilization. In an effort to ensure copulation males will bite the female to hold on for leverage. What’s incredible is that the females have evolved a much thicker skin than males to protect themselves during this ritual. After, the couple sinks down to the ocean floor to rejuvenate and refresh.
  5. Sharks Need Us
    While it’s not a good idea to go out and seek a hug from a shark, it’s important to learn more and recognize that sharks are a vital part of the ecosystem. With over 400 species of sharks worldwide, each one – from the smallest (dwarf lantern shark at 7 to 8 inches) to the largest (whale shark at over forty feet) is exceptional and special

Fun Facts About Sharks

How To Make French Press Coffee

How To Make French Press Coffee

Step 1
BOIL: Bring 3 and half CUPS-of filtered water to a rolling boil.

Step 2
GRIND: Grind three, 1/8 cup, scoops of coffee beans on a coarse setting. (Grounds should be large, not too powder-like)

Step 3:
SCOOP: Put three, 1/8 CUP, scoops of coarse coffee grounds in the bottom of your empty french press.

Step 4 
POUR: Pour your boiled water over-top the coffee grounds in the French Press and lightly stir the grounds with the water.

Step 5
WAIT: Place the lid on the French Press. Do not press down the plunger at this time, water sit for a full 4 minutes.

Step 6 
PUSH: After waiting for 4 minutes. Push down on the plunger, forcing all of the coffee grounds to the bottom of the French Press.

Step 7
ENJOY: Serve immediately after pressing and enjoy your fresh hand made, French Press Coffee

How To Make French Press Coffee

Benefits Of Roots Vegetables

Benefits Of Roots Vegetables

1. Provides Complex Carbs And Stretch

  • Obtain fiber, nutrients and complex carbs with little sugar
  • Fulfill carb cravings or a sweet tooth without bombarding the body with sugar and inflammatory refined grains

2. High In Fiber

  • Considered low glycemic foods that are absorbed slowly
  • Stay in digestive tract longer and keep you full
  • Prevent inflammation and disease formation
  • Help with digestion and prevent IBS and constipation
  • Associated with reduced risk for diabetes

3. Good Source Of Vitamins A And C

  • Lower inflammation
  • Protects skin and eye health
  • Fight free radical damage

4. Aids In Weight Loss

  • Fiber content fills up and helps lose weight
  • Lower in calories and on the glycemic index than grains
  • Don’t spike blood sugar as quickly or drastically as grains
  • Slows down release of glucose
  • Control appetite and delay hunger cues

5. Helps Maintain Healthy Skin And Eyes

  • Packed with beta carotene and vitamin C
  • Build and defend skin cells
  • Treat macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and skin

6. Contain Anticancer Antioxidants

  • Alkalizing and anti-inflammatory
  • Preserve cognitive function
  • Stop oxidative damage and degeneration of the brain

7. Lower Cholesterol And Improve Heart Health

  • Bind to cholesterol particles and helps carry them out of the body
  • Prevents plaque buildup in arteries

8. Fight Cancer And Cognitive Disorders 

  • Protect against dangerous overreactions to things like poor diet, exercise, UV light, pollution and environmental toxicity
  • Reduced inflammation correlated with lower risk for cancer and neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Benefits Of Roots Vegetables

From Head To Toe: Anatomy Of A Girl’s Health

From Head To Toe: Anatomy Of A Girl’s Health

Vaccination And Immunization
More than 23 million children around the world don’t receive basic vaccinations. Community Outreach and regular check-ups can help children receive life-saving vaccines

Hygiene And Sanitation
A lack of girls-only bathrooms can prevent girls from attending school in the developing world. But separate latrines for girls offer privacy, making it more likely girls will stay in school.

Girls are 3x more likely to suffer malnutrition than boys. School feeding programs are one way to keep children well-fed and in school.

Clean Water
Girls are often tasked with collecting water, travelling great distances to bring clean water home. A safe water source close to home means girls can use this time to attend school instead.

Active Leaving
Girls are less likely than boys to enjoy time to play because they are burdened with household chores. But sports programs keep girls off the sidelines, teaching them leadership skills, building confidence and creating positive change in a girls’s life.

Early Childhood Development
50% of girls don’t attend school in the developing world. Every year a girl stays in school, her income rises by 15% and her children are 5-10% more likely to survive.

Self -Esteem
Gender stereotypes and inequality can limit girls’ potential. Programs to promote livelihood and community participation can enhance girls’ confidence and ability to follow their dreams

Access To Health Care
7.6 million children under the age of 5 die every year. 2/3 of these deaths can be prevented with access to simple, affordable care, like immunization, medicine and adequate nutrition

 Sexual And Reproductive Health
1,500 teenage girls will die today from pregnancy or childbirth. Equipping delivery rooms and training birth attendants can give mothers and newborns a better chance for a safe delivery and a healthy life.

Anatomy of head to toe

Using Simple psychology To Increase Conversations

Using Simple psychology To Increase Conversations

No Matter how much technology advances, the triggers behind human behavior remain the same. With the right planning you can use psychology to increase conversations and improve your bottom line. Below are five techniques you can use to increase your conversations today!

1. Social Proof
Nobody wants to be an outsider or feel shunned from a social group. This desire to fit in can be harnessed by including social pressure in your marketing by showcasing how others are using and benefiting from your product. If a consumer feels like their peers approve of your product or service, they will feel a desire to approve as well. Example “This piece of contents is fantastic”

Use Cases:

  • Reviews 
    Including positive reviews at a conversation point helps reinforce the perception that converting is the right decision and that they will not regret providing their personal information.
  • Shares 
    The most ubiquitous form of social proof on the web these days is the number of social shares on a piece of content. Make sure to provide sharing options

2. Loss-Aversion
Humans are terrified of loss. Whether these instincts are a result of our hunter-gatherer background or we are just predisposed to value resources, we will do anything to avoid loss. You can use this in your marketing efforts by making consumers perceive a potential loss in not taking the action you require of them. Example: “Only a limited number available”

Use Cases:

  • Scarcity
    You want to make your audience feel like they will be missing out if they do not convert. Try limiting the time of an offer or the number of items being given away to increase the urgency.
  • Loss Frame
    By not converting, your audience risks losing something. These losses are easy to add into your conversation points with simple phrases like “stop wasting time and money”

3. Anchoring
The human brain is constantly looking for comparisons. We think in a tangled web of options, scenarios and outcomes in an attempt to always make the right decision. As a result of this pattern of thinking, we tend to compare all subsequent options against the one that came first, or the one that we perceive to have come first. Example: “With three new worksheets”

Use Cases:

  • Discount Sale
    Even if you were planning to change it all along, point out whenever you lower the price or requirements to attend an event or obtain a piece of content through a conversation point.
  • Bonus
    Adding additional content of some sort of bonus to your offers is an easy way to make your audience feel like they are getting more out of the exchange and it is more valuable.

4. Foot-In-The-Door
As mentioned before, humans are social creatures, always looking to form new connections. Once we’ve created a new social connection, we feel a compulsion to honor that bond, even when we don’t realize we’ve made one. That is why you are more likely to honor a request if you’ve already said “yes” to a smaller one. Example Facebook share, Tweets and LinkedIn Shares

Use Cases:

  • Social
    Simply sending a like or a tweet may prime consumers for further action down the road. Encourage your audience to get social with your company wherever possible.
  • Nurturing 
    The process of lead nurturing is based around the foot-in-the-door principal, building relationships with prospects slowly over time, providing content at the perfect moment

5. Authority
Humans will inherently trust figures of authority. If others believe a person to be a leader of some kind, we will often defer to that person as well. This is why celebrity and expert endorsements are often used to promote products. Luckily, Authority can be harnessed by a smaller company without the need for expensive endorsements. Examples “In Partnership with…”

Use Case

  • Thought Leadership
    You can create a type of celebrity spokesperson of your very own by establishing yourself or a member of your marketing team as a thought leader in your industry.
  • Content Collaboration 
    Strategic partnerships can create mutually beneficial opportunities in the form of useful content for your partner and added authority for your content and company


The Advantages Of Sheep Farming

The Advantages Of Sheep Farming

  • Mutton
    Mutton which is meat produced by sheep is enjoyed by lots of people around the world making it an in-demand produce.
  • Milk 
    Sheep milk contains nutrients that help in keeping a body healthy, some of the vitamins found in sheep milk is E, B and A which is very good in human beings
  • Grassland
    Since sheep graze the grassland they help restore balance through their urine and manure deposition. In return the grassland grows green.
  • Labour
    If you are a farmer that may have other unique interest  sheep won”t require you to be taking care of them, they can graze the fields while you pursue other interests
  • Lambs
    You are able to generate earnings merely by raising lamb on your farm because of its fiscal value. This can be done as your principal revenue stream.
  • Managable
    Sheep are easy to manage since they don’t require expensive housing and not reliance on expensive equipment for feeding.