17 Dec

Creating Buy-In: The 10/80/10 Model

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The 10/80/10 model (or rule) is a theory of leadership that addresses group dynamics, and, though the theory originated in the corporate world, it is highly relevant in education as well. In the model, all the people in an institution fall into three distinct areas, with the vast majority (80%) falling into a central neutral zone, with the remaining 20% splitting equally between those that will readily embrace a change and those that protest any deviation from the norm.

Anytime that leadership must guide and transition individuals through change, such as adoption of a new technology or a shift toward learner-centered environments, these groups quickly come to focus. To better explain this, let’s look at each segment individually.

Positive 10%
These are the people that go above and beyond. If they weren’t the ones to push for change in the first place, they are the early adopters who, once you give them the tools (or they find them on their own) they’ll get straight to work. This group typically likes to try out new things, and if given the chance, will willingly share their success.


Neutral 80%
The middle section represent the masses, and, in comparison to the Technology Adoption Curve, they represent the Early Majority and Late Majority. Typically, those in this segment are those that don’t receive much attention because they just are. They come to work and do their job without complaint, question, or suggestion.



Negative 10%
This group is often identified as the “squeaky wheel”, and are highly resistant to change. While some may (eventually) transition to change with focused guidance, extra instruction, and extensive support, others simply have no desire to change current practices and behaviors.


16 Dec

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Nick Tieri

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Continuing the series introducing you to our eLearning Contributor team, we'd like you to meet Nick Tieri.

Nick received an Applied Associates of Science Degree in Video Production & Applied Associates of Science Degree in Multimedia from Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

His professional experience includes being a Commercial Producer for Hubbard Broadcasting since 2009. He also worked as a Videographer and Commercial Producer for Dreamworld Studios from 2005 to 2009. He still enjoys working as a Videographer and Director for Robbinsdale School District 281 which he has done since 1999.

Nick is a Member of the Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter, and has received the Midwest Emmy Award in 2012, and was nominated for Midwest Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2013.

16 Dec

Using Hot Corners Feature - Guest Blog Post

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Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Today I wanted to share with you how to use the Hot Corners feature on laptops.  Many high school students are using this feature to quickly change their screen display if they've been goofing around and not doing their schoolwork. However, Hot Corners is also a great way to get to your desktop or Mission Control quickly.

Basically, Hot Corners is a way to change screen display by moving your mouse to one of the four corners of your screen. You have to set up the activation of your corners in System Preferences.  

To do this:
Go to the Apple in the upper left corner --> System Preferences --> Mission Control. Then, you will see a Hot Corners button. Use the dropdown menus to choose what happens in which corner. You can even preview each corner while still in System Preferences menu, too, in case you're not sure what some of the options are in the dropdown menu.

Maria Burnham is a passionate Library Media Specialist at one of our partner districts in Minnesota, Sauk Rapids-Rice. She shares her passion for technology in education with her peers in a weekly email highlighting tips and tricks to engage users in technology and Atomic Learning, which she cleverly named “Mondays with Maria.” That weekly email is where this guest blog post came from. We will continue to post Maria’s inspiration from time to time, feel free to share with others! You can follow her on twitter:

15 Dec

Weekly Giveaway Winner - 12/15/14

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Congratulations to William Clements from Del Valle ISD in Del Valle, TX, our Weekly Giveaway t-shirt winner!

Not sure what the Weekly Giveaway is? Log into Atomic Learning for your chance to win! New tutorials featured and winners each week so continue to stop back for your chance to win!

12 Dec

12 Effective Ways to Use Google Drive in Education

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Looking for new ways to use Google? This infographic highlights 12 Effective Ways to Use Google Drive in Education.

Intrigued, but aren't sure how to use Google? Atomic Learning has training on how to use many of the most popular Google applications, including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Mobile Apps, and many more!

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This article is a part of Atomic Learning’s 12 Days of Learning. A special blog series dedicated to spreading holiday cheer by helping you learn something new with quick tech-rich articles.  Learn more at http://al.atomiclearning.com/12-days-of-learning.

11 Dec

11 Online Resource for Mastering Adobe

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Adobe software can be a key tool for graphic designers, video editors, web developers, photographers, and everything in-between.  Whether you are a frequent user of Adobe Photoshop, or you read the list below and thought ‘What’s Muse?’ there is always room to learn something new. Make sure to get the most out of your software investment, by mastering some or all of the programs listed below:

  1. Acrobat
    Experience the full power of PDF
  2. After Effects
    Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics
  3. Audition
    Sound your best
  4. Dreamweaver
    Website and mobile app design
  5. Edge Animate
    Create interactive and animated web content
  6. Flash
    Interactive experiences, game design, and mobile device packaging