Gaining Buy-In: The 10-80-10 Model

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.

It’s important to understand these groups for a variety of reasons. Primarily because, once you know where an individual or group falls on the curve, you and your leadership team may be able to modify for implementation and adoption plan to better address their concerns or take advantage of early successes. A key consideration, however, is at what percent, a push for change meets critical mass and turns from a struggle to a natural flow.

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12 Effective Ways to Use Google Drive in Education

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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11 Online Resource for Mastering Adobe

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:

10+ Ways to Support Online Students

It's no secret that online classes are a popular option for many students, but many institutions struggle retaining these students. A recent article, 10 Ways to Help Your Online Students Feel at Home With Your Institution, written by Melora Sundt, Executive Vice Dean and USC Rossier School of Education, highlighted several key points worth passing along. So, without further ado:

Meet Our eLearning Developers: Tabitha Wiedower

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

Tabitha has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Instructional Design & Technology from Georgia State University.

Her professional experience includes Early Childhood Education, Gifted certification, Online Educator Certification, and Math Endorsement.

Tabitha's organizational involvement includes being Secretary for Decatur Farm to School, Afterschool Tech Club, and Tech-Related Professional Learning. She has had Extra Mile Nominations as well.

To see some of Tabitha's work with Atomic Learning, check out this series.


9 Social Media Rules for Educators

Preparing to dip your foot into the social media pool? Anne Barretta, adjunct professor at William Paterson University and Ramapo College specializing in communications, recently shared 9 Rules of Etiquette for Academic Twitter Use that we found worth sharing.

(Looking into trying a different social media site? You'll find that the majority of rules still apply.)

Check these out, and, when you're ready to get down to the nitty-gritty, be sure to check out Atomic Learning's online training courses designed to help educators dive into some of the many popular social sites, including Twitter for Educators, Facebook for Educators, and YouTube for Educators.

The four Cs:

  • Credibility.
    Always try to include a link to an authoritative source (trade publication, newspaper, blog) to validate your tweet. Don’t preach or tweet like a know-it-all. Your opinion alone is OK—but not all of the time.
  • Consistency.
    If you’re going to use Twitter professionally, tweet often and responsibly. Don’t just tweet for the sake of tweeting—be sure you have something relevant to say (check the Rs below).
  • Correctness.
    Accuracy applies to social media and, like it or not, you will be judged by your words. Be sure to spell them correctly and use them appropriately.
  • Creativity.
    Don’t just tweet the same thing everyone else is tweeting. Approach your subject from a different angle or perspective. Apply your unique knowledge and experience to your tweets. Be dynamic and original.

The five Rs:

8 Fabulous Features of iOS 8

Have you upgraded your Apple device to iOS® 8? If you haven’t, it is completely free (and, as our title suggests, pretty darn fabulous). To get you started exploring some of the great new features, Atomic Learning put together a short online training series on some popular new additions, including:

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