EdNET Insights

The EdScoops for September 14

By Jodi Murphy | 09/13/2018 | 0 Comments
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It’s a super exciting week, here at MDR…EdNET kicks off in San Francisco today!  The EdNET team has been crazy busy preparing for the first of three EdNET events taking place nationwide.  Although I’m hanging back this year, I know for a fact it will be an amazing time with all the great programming and sessions […]

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What Technology Can Do in the Battle to Curb Cheating on Campuses

By Guest Contributor | 09/12/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Bill Loller, Vice President of Product Management for Turnitin Academic misconduct can have a profoundly deleterious effect on institutional reputation. The MyMaster scandal in 2014 left a black eye on Australian universities from which they are just starting to recover. All too often, misconduct is swept under the rug and fingers are crossed, hoping […]

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Can you Solve the Parent-Teacher Communication Dilemma?

By Melissa Pelletier | 09/12/2018 | 0 Comments
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My daughter’s first-grade teacher sent home a letter welcoming us to the new year and helping pave the way for her expectations. One of the main take-aways from the letter is how important a parent’s involvement is in their child’s academic success. She explained how parents are part of the team that helps build a […]

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Reporting Robots

By Guest Contributor | 09/06/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions Five years into my career as a television journalist, I was on live television and suffered every reporter’s biggest fear: I completely forgot my next line. With no prompter or script nearby, I paused and repeated my last line, hoping it […]

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The EdScoops for August 31

By Jodi Murphy | 08/31/2018 | 0 Comments
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I think it’s just about official that all schools are back into session now, or within the next week.  As we head into the long Labor Day weekend ahead, please take this time to enjoy the last of the summer (pains me to say that) and prepare for all the school year excitement ahead.  The […]

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Charles Blaschke – a personal remembrance by Anne Wujcik

By Anne Wujcik | 08/24/2018 | 0 Comments
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I’d been thinking that I might want to write a short column for MDR marking the start of the 2018-19 school year. I never expected that instead I would be writing to mourn the death of a dear friend – and industry icon – Charles Blaschke. On August 3, Charles had a terrible fall at […]

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Six Non-Profits and Associations That Aim to Fill the Gaps in School Internet Access

By Melissa Pelletier | 08/22/2018 | 0 Comments
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According to survey results in Teachers Talk Technology, MDR’s second publication in the State of the K-12 Market 2018 series, seventy-seven percent of the nearly 4,400 teachers queried indicated their school provides wireless Internet access for both faculty and students in most places on campus. In regards to the speed of that wireless internet access, […]

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What is Blockchain and How Can it be Used in Education?

By Melissa Pelletier | 08/20/2018 | 0 Comments

Blockchain is a new way of thinking about how we organize and utilize student (and even faculty) data online, providing them with a sense of ownership, ease of access, and immutability – and it just may take over the way we store education data in the future. What is Blockchain? Blockchain is a newer innovation […]

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The EdScoops for August 17

By Jodi Murphy | 08/17/2018 | 0 Comments
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This time of year, I get a little sappy and take a great deal of pride in what I do for a living.  Most of August and the beginning of September many schools will be opening their doors to welcome back students for another another year. While most of us didn’t get the summer off to […]

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The EdScoops for August 3

By Jodi Murphy | 08/03/2018 | 0 Comments
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There are lots of great things going on in our industry and each week I look forward to sharing them with you.  This week, I have to take a step back from that and share sad news while reflecting on a well-known person our industry most recently lost.  We are mourning the untimely death of […]

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Teachers are Looking for Ways to Bring Computational Thinking into the Classroom

By Melissa Pelletier | 07/31/2018 | 0 Comments
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You may be familiar with the phrase “computational thinking,” as it is one of the biggest trends in educational technology. ISTE listed the topic as one of the trends to watch, and we briefly covered what it means in our post about hot topics at the ISTE 2018 conference. What is Computational Thinking? The idea behind […]

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Five Inspiring Educational Charities & What They Can Teach Us

By Guest Contributor | 07/24/2018 | 0 Comments

Charity is all about building a better world, and what better way to do that than to equip the youngest generations with the skills and resources to fulfill their potential? Educational charities pursue that exact goal, looking to ensure that the future for our children remains bright even in the face of mounting global challenges. […]

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The EdScoops for July 20

By Jodi Murphy | 07/20/2018 | 0 Comments
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Are you all familiar with the ILA (International Literacy Association) conference?  It’s held every year during the summer for educators.  This year it’s July 20-23 in Austin, Texas.  Thousands of literacy educators, professionals, and advocates from around the world will gather to connect with and learn from leaders in the field.  Our WeAreTeachers team will […]

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Ask. Learn. Decide: A Re-Cap of Our Webinar on Market Research

By Melissa Pelletier | 07/19/2018 | 0 Comments

Whoever said, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you,” wasn’t in market research! In this post, we’ll recap a recent webinar we held on this topic, and cover the essentials on the best practices for conducting market research with educators and related audiences. Why do you want to conduct market research? You should establish why you […]

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MDR Releases Second Market Report for 2018: Teachers Talk Technology

By Melissa Pelletier | 07/12/2018 | 0 Comments
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Here is a preview of MDR’s latest research on technology’s use in the classroom, based on the feedback from nearly 4,400 educators. MDR’s Market Research and Marketing Teams have done it again, releasing the second report in the 2018 series, Teachers Talk Technology.  Administering a nationwide survey, as well as an online bulletin board to K-12 […]

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ISTE 2018 Highlights and Best Quotes from the Event

By Melissa Pelletier | 07/06/2018 | 0 Comments
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MDR went to ISTE, and all we got were countless helpful tips for digital learning, and endless connections with the education technology community. But seriously, we went to the “epicenter of Ed-Tech” and here are some of the highlights from the three-day event in Chicago. We laughed, we thought about a lot, and we had […]

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The EdScoops for June 22

By Jodi Murphy | 06/22/2018 | 0 Comments
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Unless you live under a rock, those of us education industry fanatics know that ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is next week.   I’m super excited to be attending this year along with all my other 20,000 educator friends. MDR will be hosting the exhibitor lounge and there will be LOTS happening (big announcements […]

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Student Centered Learning Through Adaptive Platforms

By Melissa Pelletier | 06/18/2018 | 0 Comments
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This article aims to inform education marketers and product providers about the possibilities with adaptive learning technologies. According to ISTE, student-centered learning allows students to become active participants in their own learning processes. What students learn, how they learn it, and how their learning is assessed are all driven by each individual student’s needs and […]

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Being a Global Citizen

By Guest Contributor | 06/12/2018 | 0 Comments

By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions My first trip overseas was to Egypt to see the Valley of the Kings and the Great Pyramids. I’d read every travel guide on the book shelf to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime immersion into the cradle of civilization. Warned of all […]

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ISTE Conference 2018 – What are the Hot Topics?

By Melissa Pelletier | 06/11/2018 | 0 Comments
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Ed Tech – the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference is almost here!  We’d like to provide you with an overview of what some of the hot topics are in Educational Technology, as well as a preview of themes we see emerging in […]

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The EdScoops for June 8

By Jodi Murphy | 06/08/2018 | 0 Comments
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Ahhh, the days are getting warmer (well, a little) and that means the end of the school year is fast approaching – or has approached for those in warmer parts of the nation!  With the end of the school year here, it’s a good time for us who work with the education industry to look […]

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The Importance of After School Programs – Lifelong Learning at Any Age

By Guest Contributor | 06/06/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Mike Durham – Founder and CEO Peachjar One of the things that makes humans so amazing is our ability to display grit, persevere in challenging situations, and use social skills to advance in our personal and professional lives. While it is believed that these abilities come naturally for some of us, nurturing plays a […]

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Understanding the Industry – Interview with Newsela CEO Matthew Gross

By Melissa Pelletier | 06/04/2018 | 0 Comments
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Welcome to our new article series called “Understanding the Industry.”  This will be where we look at businesses who are focused in the education industry and have a compelling story to share. These companies have established themselves by helping educators, and have wisdom to offer new and existing providers that will encourage innovation and effective […]

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GDPR – Understanding the EU’s Regulations as Education Marketers

By Melissa Pelletier | 06/01/2018 | 0 Comments
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The way personal data is handled in the European Union has changed, and therefore, the way Education Marketers do business in the EU must comply. We’d like to share with you exactly what General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is, and what it means for the education industry in terms of sharing personal information. What is […]

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The EdScoops for May 23

By Jodi Murphy | 05/25/2018 | 0 Comments
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Memorial Day is Monday and will provide many of us with a long weekend. The extra time is often used for fun and/or relaxation…and that’s great!  But, in the midst of the barbecues, beach trips, and enjoying the warmer weather, please don’t forget those men and women who gave their lives for our country. Memorial Day […]

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The Impact of Interactive Technology on the Future of School Education

By Guest Contributor | 05/22/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Paul Bartrum – Academies Partnership Manager, Avocor With new educational technology tools developing every day, the ability to create an interactive classroom is becoming easier than ever before. It may still be some time before we see the likes of interactive whiteboards in every classroom, or individual tablets on every student’s desk. However, an […]

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The School Purchasing Cycle – When to Add Your Product Into the Rotation

By Melissa Pelletier | 05/17/2018 | 0 Comments
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When is the best time to send a free demo of your product to a school? When will schools be open to running a pilot program with your business? When are the final decisions made in the school budget? The beginning or the end of the school year aren’t the times that schools spend their […]

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The EdScoops for May 11

By Jodi Murphy | 05/11/2018 | 0 Comments
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As you know (well, you better know!), this week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  We are so proud to be a part of an industry that supports this valued group of people.  Teachers provide so much inspiration, motivation, and future guidance to their students.  We are all thankful and appreciative of them every day, but this week […]

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Teacher Appreciation Week – Hearing the Teacher Voice

By Melissa Pelletier | 05/07/2018 | 0 Comments
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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and we’d like to take a realistic look at what it means to be a teacher in America today.  Some teachers have the resources, class size, environment, and salary that are well planned, well designed, fair, and balanced for their district and school. However, in many parts of the country, poor […]

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Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of All Students

By Guest Contributor | 05/03/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Guest Contributors – Anne Snyder, Ph.D., Sr. Learning Scientist, McGraw-Hill Education and Christine Gouveia, Ph.D., VP Applied Learning Sciences, McGraw-Hill Education In recent years, the education landscape has shifted to reflect a growing emphasis on social and emotional learning (SEL) in K-12 schools. We’re seeing strengthened efforts directed toward educating the “whole child,” and […]

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