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The EdScoops

By Jodi Murphy | 02/16/2018 | 0 Comments
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Off into retirement she goes! The irreplaceable and tireless Anne Wujcik is now officially retired. For us as a company, it’s impossible to measure her impact or thank her adequately for her wisdom and passion over the years. We are, and will continue to be, inspired by her commitment to education and we will strive […]

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Federal Education Funding Progress – One Small Step at a Time

By Anne Wujcik | 02/16/2018 | 0 Comments
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It seems only fitting that in my last official pre-retirement column, there’s some education funding news to share. On Feb 12, the president released his budget request for FY 2019. Last week, following a few hours of government shut down in the wee hours of Feb 9, Congress extended the current Continuing Resolution that is […]

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Open Education Resources Going Mainstream

By Anne Wujcik | 02/02/2018 | 2 Comments
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Open education resources (OER) are finally moving into the mainstream. At postsecondary institutions, OER has begun to expand beyond the small group of dedicated early adopters. Driven in part by pressure to address the high cost of college textbooks, the list of colleges that launched open learning initiatives boomed in 2017. In K-12, OER is rapidly […]

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The EdScoops

By Kristina James | 02/01/2018 | 0 Comments
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Greetings education friends!  While, I know you are completely missing Vicki (who wouldn’t miss that sparkling personality?), but “Snoops for Scoops” must carry on as we know you all love to know the happenings in the education industry.  Here’s a brief scoop of what’s new this week… New Roles James Collins is joining FableVision Studios as […]

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Helping Schools Reap a Higher ROI on Mobile Learning

By Guest Contributor | 01/30/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Brian Sharp, CEO of SmartEdTech Hoping to give every child access to unlimited learning opportunities, K-12 schools are spending billions of dollars on Chromebooks, tablets, and other digital devices each year. But, there are a number of key challenges that stand in the way of achieving a mobile learning return on this investment. Hart […]

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Nation’s Schools Earn a “C” from Education Week Quality Counts

By Anne Wujcik | 01/19/2018 | 1 Comment
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Education Week released the 22nd edition of Quality Counts this week. This year, Quality Counts will be issued in three installments, allowing a more in-depth approach to the data underpinning the report. This first installment presents the annual “report card” that Education Week delivers to grade the nation’s and the states’ education progress. I doubt […]

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Vicki’s Final Scoops

By Vicki Bigham | 01/19/2018 | 1 Comment
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Happy Friday, friends! As usual, I have the week’s scoops for you, as well as a personal message of gratitude as I slide all the way into retirement and bring you my final column. Never fear—the scoops will continue—because keeping this community connected is important to MDR and all of us. But right now, check […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for January 12

By Vicki Bigham | 01/12/2018 | 0 Comments
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Whew! It has been one cold week in the United States. I could not believe the East Coast had temps colder than Mars! I hope everyone is thawing out and staying warm. As usual, I have the week’s scoops for you. Check out the news from this week…. Ch-ch-ch-changes…. Dr. Warren Simmons has a new […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for January 5

By Vicki Bigham | 01/05/2018 | 0 Comments
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Happy new year, friends! I hope yours was a blessed and restful holiday season. It was very special here, and now off we go into a new year. I know you enter 2018 with new hopes and energies for your work in the industry. There are challenges ahead, but I know they are none that […]

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Progress on State Accountability Plans; Capacity Challenges

By Anne Wujcik | 01/05/2018 | 0 Comments
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The Department of Education has provided initial feedback to almost all the states that submitted their ESSA accountability plans in fall 2017. States have been asked to clarify elements of their plans or fix problems. How many states will actually make changes remain to be seen, as does the capacity and intent of the Department […]

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5 Ways to Fill the STEM Pipeline

By Guest Contributor | 01/02/2018 | 0 Comments
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Vernon Johnson, President and CEO, Accelerate Learning The demand for workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to outpace the supply of trained workers in the United States. Yet, of the 50 million students in public elementary and secondary schools, the vast majority will not major in a STEM field or graduate with […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 29

By Vicki Bigham | 12/29/2017 | 0 Comments
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Are we really saying good-bye to 2017, friends? It is so hard for me to believe. They say each year goes by more quickly, and I know that to be true. Take a minute now before we ring in the new year to check out one final (but good!) scoop for this year. News from […]

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The Turquoise Wedge – Future Ready Library Framework

By Guest Contributor | 12/27/2017 | 2 Comments
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Britten Follett. Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions Confession: As a kid, I read Trivial Pursuit question cards for fun. Based on that little confession, it’s probably not a huge surprise to anyone reading this that my great-great grandfather started a book business 150 years ago. Reading is in my […]

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Where Machine Learning Goes Wrong (And Right) for Education

By Guest Contributor | 12/19/2017 | 0 Comments
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Vibhu Mittal, CEO, Edmodo The rise of inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube has put Machine Learning at the center of the conversation for Ed Tech. Machine Learning is clearly a powerful tool that can enrich lives and save time, but YouTube’s example has shown how educational services need to be careful when using it. Machine […]

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Slow FY18 Budget Progress, Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act Starts in Earnest

By Anne Wujcik | 12/15/2017 | 0 Comments
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Congress continues to work on several pieces of legislation that need to be in place before it moves on to finalize the FY 2018 federal budget, which is now three months overdue. Meanwhile it looks like another Continuing Resolution will be passed to take us into the new year. There’s no real impact on the […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 15

By Vicki Bigham | 12/15/2017 | 0 Comments
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Happy holidays, happy holidays….joy everywhere, it seems. What a wonderful season of love and gratitude. Rejoice and celebrate – the reasons are endless! And, to spread a little joy of my own, I have just a couple of scoops for you. Read on…. Woot! Woot! A promotion…. Michael T. Fay, MBA has been promoted to […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 8

By Vicki Bigham | 12/08/2017 | 0 Comments
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Happy Friday, everyone! Ho –Ho –Whoa! I am so in the holiday spirit, but there is still work to get done this month, so work we must. But it is an enjoyable task to bring you the scoops so read on now to see what’s new this week…. New roles for colleagues and friends…. North […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 1

By Vicki Bigham | 12/01/2017 | 0 Comments
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Well, Thanksgiving is behind us, and here comes Christmas and Hanukkah! However you spend it, we are rolling into the holiday season, though things aren’t slowing down much yet. But I have the holiday spirit—what a joyful time of the year. And I hope I bring you some joy with my weekly scoops. Go check […]

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Further Reform for the FCC’s Lifeline Program and Other Education News

By Anne Wujcik | 12/01/2017 | 0 Comments
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I’m using my space this week to include information and links to things you may have missed over the past few, very busy weeks. I know I am already finding it challenging to keep up and the holiday flurry has just begun. Read on for updates on what’s happening with Title IV-A grant money, the […]

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Are Today’s Students Really Ready for College, Work, and Life?

By Guest Contributor | 11/29/2017 | 0 Comments
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Cheryl Vedoe – CEO, Apex Learning While national dropout rates have decreased and graduation rates have increased over the past 10 years, there is still concern that high school students are not graduating well prepared for college or career. Based on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results, just under 40 percent of […]

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Community Service: An Overlooked Measure of Personal Growth and Predictor of College Success

By Guest Contributor | 11/21/2017 | 0 Comments
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Michele Pitman, Founder, intelliVOL We generally assume that students who volunteer time in community service have an advantage when applying for college or scholarships. Unfortunately, up until 2008 when x2VOL was released by intelliVOL there was no system to digitally record and verify student service hours, which made it difficult to confirm the amount of […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 17

By Vicki Bigham | 11/17/2017 | 0 Comments
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Hi, everyone! My scoops for this week are all about accolades! Read on to see who is in the limelight…. Woo hoo! The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), in partnership with EdScoop, recently announced the creation of a K-12 EdTech Time Capsule. They have now revealed the time capsule contents, the culmination of a national […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 10

By Vicki Bigham | 11/10/2017 | 0 Comments
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Happy Friday, everyone. We hope you love the new newsletter format! And as usual, I hope you love my scoops—check them out now! Ch-ch-ch-changes…. Mary Cullinane has a new role as Partner at Community Barn Ventures. Mary was previously Chief Content Officer and EVP of Product Planning, Development, and Marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Community […]

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Shaping the Future of “Reading to Learn” Using Data, Science, and Automation

By Guest Contributor | 11/06/2017 | 1 Comment
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Andrew Friedman – President and CEO, Learning Ally With the close of the EdNET2017 conference, it is apparent that the ed tech community remains vigilant in tackling both the age-old problems in public education and the rapid shifts that compel our industry forward to develop the best products and services that will significantly benefit our […]

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Gates Foundation to Fund School Networks

By Anne Wujcik | 11/03/2017 | 0 Comments
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The Gates Foundation has established new funding priorities for its K-12 education investments. The Foundation expects to commit $1.7 billion to K-12 over the next five years, with 60% of that amount devoted to curriculum development and a new network building initiative and 15% directed to charter schools. But the foundation has not totally abandoned […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 3

By Vicki Bigham | 11/03/2017 | 0 Comments
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It’s been a busy week here and lot of fun with trick-or-treating earlier this week and then cheering on the new World Series champs! How about those Astros? Woo hoo! But there will be no tricks here as I bring you this week’s scoops. See what I have for you! New roles for colleagues and […]

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Exciting Changes Here for EdNET News Alert & EdNETinsight.com

By Anne Wujcik | 10/27/2017 | 0 Comments
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Over the last several months, MDR’s marketing team has been busy refreshing the MDR look and feel. We have a fresh new logo and a new web site, updated marketing solutions, and a renewed commitment to helping education marketers stay connected to schools and their leaders. Long-time readers will know that the EdNET News Alert and […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 27

By Vicki Bigham | 10/27/2017 | 0 Comments
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Ooh, Fall is in the air, and Snoop is loving it. It sure makes it challenging to be at my desk working when I want to be outside, but with the weekend upon us, we can all get outside and enjoy the season. But first—check out this week’s scoops…. New roles for colleagues and friends…. […]

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Student Data Privacy Debate Resurfaces

By Anne Wujcik | 10/26/2017 | 0 Comments
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In case you missed it, the Department a of Education (ED) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are hosting a workshop on December 1 to examine what they call the “intersection” of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The overall goal is “to gather information […]

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Learning in the 21st Century

By Guest Contributor | 10/26/2017 | 0 Comments
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Cheri Sterman – Crayola Director of Education, and Vice Chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. Education today has shifted away from giving children answers that adults already figured out. Instead, teachers pose real-world problems for students to solve. Art-integration, project-based learning, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) help students articulate higher-level questions and […]

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