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Education Market Association’s EDspaces Conference is a must attend

By Kristina James | 11/14/2018 | 0 Comments
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Last week, I had the privilege of attending EDspaces for the first time.  Held each year in different cities across the US, this three day event is hosted by the Education Market Association, who we recently partnered with in the design and development of our latest research study. MDR not only attended EDspaces – getting […]

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The EdScoops for November 9

By Jodi Murphy | 11/09/2018 | 0 Comments
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This time around I’d like to give a shout out to the EDspaces conference this past week in Tampa, FL.  If you aren’t familiar with Edspaces, it’s a conference around the conversation of the future of learning environments. It’s a yearly conference where education leaders (architects, distributors, Pre-K – 12, colleges, universities, independent manufacturer representatives, exhibitors, […]

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Help Teachers Navigate Open Education Resources

By Melissa Pelletier | 11/08/2018 | 0 Comments
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Teachers are short on time and it’s up to us, with the products and services we create, to give them back more time in their days. Companies in the education industry emerge and rise to the top because of their ability to give educators what they want – and traditionally that has included high quality […]

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Investing in Hope: The Ripple Effects of Public Education Investment

By Melissa Pelletier | 10/31/2018 | 0 Comments
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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, schools can be the heart of a community. The age of the school building, the condition and currency of the materials used, the access to technology…parents and students draw conclusions about how society values them from their school environment, and lack of investment in public education […]

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The EdScoops for October 26

By Jodi Murphy | 10/26/2018 | 0 Comments
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You know the devastation that Hurricane Michael had on the Florida panhandle this month.  Here at MDR, we speak to schools every day, all day, and this impacted region of the U.S. has been top on our list. In this week’s scoops, I’ve included some comments we’ve been hearing from schools in the impacted areas.  We […]

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What Changes Would Teachers Make to Create the Ideal Classroom?

By Melissa Pelletier | 10/15/2018 | 1 Comment
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Does the classroom space and design have an importance to teachers and affect how students learn? Of course it does, and we heard direct from teachers on what they think. Discussions about school environments and how space affects the learning process are happening nationwide: at conventions, school board meetings, and in the classroom. Modern design […]

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The EdScoops for October 12

By Jodi Murphy | 10/12/2018 | 0 Comments
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I’m so excited to say this time around that MDR is deserving of being included in the Kudos!  Our WeAreTeachers team has been selected as a winner in two categories in the The 2018 Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards! Custom Content/Marketing category: Social Media/Online Community – Honoring any online community or social media network that […]

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A Review of EdNET 2018

By Guest Contributor | 10/11/2018 | 0 Comments

By Maggie Bittner – EdNET Conference Manager Wow…what a great EdNET 2018 season we had this year!  We hosted three sold out education marketing events in September: in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Engaging speakers, engaging topics, engaged attendees. All walked away with a ton of great tactics and ideas to help them build […]

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Empower Teachers as They Create Student-Centered Learning Environments

By Guest Contributor | 10/10/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Cassondra-Corbin Thaddies, National Curriculum Specialist, McGraw-Hill Education When district leaders undertake a transition to introduce personalized learning in their schools, the technology adoption and integration phases often become all-consuming. It’s important to remember, however, that the ultimate goal of personalized learning is, not just to introduce technology in the classroom, but to construct a […]

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Top Five Requirements for New Education Apps

By Melissa Pelletier | 10/04/2018 | 0 Comments
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Are you in the final phases of your education app development and want to make sure you’ve got a robust product that’s ready for the market? Or, are you in the development period and want to ensure your idea has the best chances for success?  Doing your homework is critical not only for student outcomes, […]

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The Impact of Learning Spaces on Student Success – MDR’s Latest Report

By Melissa Pelletier | 10/01/2018 | 0 Comments
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MDR is THE industry source for market insights into the education sector, through ongoing surveys and research, and by publishing reports that not only inform about current trends, but also provide strategies for working with educators. Today, we are announcing the third report in the State of the K-12 Market 2018 series, The Impact of […]

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The EdScoops for September 28

By Jodi Murphy | 09/28/2018 | 0 Comments
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Holy cow…EdNET is a wrap! Those who attended are giving us rave reviews, so thank you.  Having developed a new format for this year, there’s always a little trepidation heading in, but we are thrilled with the responses we’ve received thus far. We are taking in all your feedback and will be incorporating all the […]

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Understanding the Industry – Interview with Ergonomic Furniture Manufacturer Ergotron

By Melissa Pelletier | 09/28/2018 | 0 Comments
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In this article series, 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 problem solving for the education market.  For this post, we’re […]

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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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