EdNET Insights

Bridging Research and Practice in Social and Emotional Learning

By Guest Contributor | 05/02/2019 | Comments Off on Bridging Research and Practice in Social and Emotional Learning
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By Dr. Anne Snyder, Sr. Learning Scientist, McGraw-Hill Education Attention to social and emotional learning – among researchers, district leaders, classroom teachers, and content providers – has perhaps never been greater. With the recent release of large research projects, such as the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s A Nation At Hope, as Read More »

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What Education Marketers Can Learn From “Operation Varsity Blues”

By Guest Contributor | 04/03/2019 | Comments Off on What Education Marketers Can Learn From “Operation Varsity Blues”
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By Lisa Wolfe, President, L. Wolfe Communications There are many lessons to be learned from the college admissions scandal–dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” by federal agents. The simplest one might be for parents: “Don’t do that,” as WeAreTeachers Editorial Director, Hannah Hudson, recently discussed on Headline News. But there are also important lessons that education marketers and Read More »

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Our Experts Speak on National Records and Information Management Month

By MDR Marketing Team | 04/02/2019 | Comments Off on Our Experts Speak on National Records and Information Management Month
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April is National Records and Information Management month! We sat down with one of our data experts, Anne Goto, to weigh in. Days are getting longer, the birds are singing, and there’s a hint of warmth in the air – it’s almost spring! It’s the time of year that we want to throw open the Read More »

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#AllBooksforAllKids

By Guest Contributor | 03/26/2019 | Comments Off on #AllBooksforAllKids
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions As a child, I read every single Ramona Quimby, Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High book ever written. Yes, I was a child of the 80s. When I think back on the extensive list of books on my home library shelf, Read More »

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How to Support Teachers with SEL Initiatives in the Classroom

By Kristina James | 03/19/2019 | Comments Off on How to Support Teachers with SEL Initiatives in the Classroom
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Ok, so we’ve all heard about SEL. But, do you know how it is “officially” defined? Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, Read More »

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Empowering English Learners with Inclusivity, Research-Driven Instruction, and Technology

By Guest Contributor | 03/11/2019 | Comments Off on Empowering English Learners with Inclusivity, Research-Driven Instruction, and Technology
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By Ed Lamprich – Vice President, English Language Learner Strategy, McGraw-Hill Education A diverse and growing group of students, English learners continue to have a strong influence on the ever-changing K-12 landscape. Their unique needs and assets often sit at the heart of many districts’ equity plans, offering opportunities for administrators to rethink strategies for Read More »

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The Explosion of Video in the Classroom

By Guest Contributor | 02/27/2019 | Comments Off on The Explosion of Video in the Classroom
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How Publishers are Making Videos “Teacher-Ready” By Gina Faulk – General Manager, EdGate Correlation Services What adult is not amazed (and sometimes exasperated) with the modern student’s prolific video watching? Students are downloading Netflix videos to their handhelds so they can fill time on the school bus. From their laptops they watch gamers stream that Read More »

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Educators Are the Key to the Future STEM Workforce (Here’s How Businesses Can Help)

By Kristina James | 02/26/2019 | 4 Comments
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We’ve been hearing buzz about STEM and STEAM education for some time now, but it’s not yet old news. In fact, some school districts are still trying to figure out how to implement these programs. Most educators support the concept, but project-based and experiential learning are at the core of STEAM education, and many educators Read More »

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Churn, Churn, Churn: Thoughts on Change in Education

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/29/2019 | Comments Off on Churn, Churn, Churn: Thoughts on Change in Education
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There’s a perception that nothing ever changes in education. After all, there’s a very good possibility that the schools in your town are more than 40 years old. However, even though the structures look the same, it’s a very different story when you look inside. If those old, familiar walls could talk, here are a Read More »

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4 Ways to Help Tomorrow’s Leaders Develop the Right STEM Skills

By Kristina James | 01/22/2019 | Comments Off on 4 Ways to Help Tomorrow’s Leaders Develop the Right STEM Skills
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Thank you to Manufacturing.net for publishing my guest article on the importance of developing the right STEM skills. Students today are twice as likely as their parents to enter a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics industry, which is good news to the organizations creating more jobs in these fields each year. The problem, though, is Read More »

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The Value of Little Free Libraries

By Guest Contributor | 12/05/2018 | Comments Off on The Value of Little Free Libraries
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By Britten Follett – Senior Vice President of Marketing and Classroom Initiatives, Follett School Solutions Each morning on my run, I pass three Little Free Libraries. While I admit it might be an excuse to grab a breather every now and then, I sometimes stop to see if there’s anything in the little libraries on my Read More »

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Education Market Association’s EDspaces Conference is a must attend

By Kristina James | 11/14/2018 | Comments Off on Education Market Association’s EDspaces Conference is a must attend
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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 Read More »

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Help Teachers Navigate Open Education Resources

By Maureen Hance | 11/08/2018 | Comments Off on Help Teachers Navigate Open Education Resources
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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 Read More »

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Investing in Hope: The Ripple Effects of Public Education Investment

By Maureen Hance | 10/31/2018 | 1 Comment
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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 Read More »

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What Changes Would Teachers Make to Create the Ideal Classroom?

By Maureen Hance | 10/15/2018 | Comments Off on What Changes Would Teachers Make to Create the Ideal Classroom?
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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 Read More »

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A Review of EdNET 2018

By Guest Contributor | 10/11/2018 | Comments Off on A Review of EdNET 2018
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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 Read More »

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Empower Teachers as They Create Student-Centered Learning Environments

By Guest Contributor | 10/10/2018 | Comments Off on Empower Teachers as They Create Student-Centered Learning Environments
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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 Read More »

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Top Five Requirements for New Education Apps

By Maureen Hance | 10/04/2018 | Comments Off on Top Five Requirements for New Education Apps
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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, Read More »

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

By Maureen Hance | 10/01/2018 | Comments Off on The Impact of Learning Spaces on Student Success – MDR’s Latest Report
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If you are looking for market insights into the education sector, MDR is THE industry source. Through our ongoing surveys, research, and other resources we inform education marketers about current trends and strategies for working with educators. Our latest report in the State of the K-12 Market series, The Impact of Learning Spaces on Student Read More »

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Understanding the Industry – Interview with Ergonomic Furniture Manufacturer Ergotron

By Maureen Hance | 09/28/2018 | Comments Off on Understanding the Industry – Interview with Ergonomic Furniture Manufacturer Ergotron
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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 Read More »

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

By Guest Contributor | 09/12/2018 | Comments Off on What Technology Can Do in the Battle to Curb Cheating on Campuses
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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 Read More »

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Can you Solve the Parent-Teacher Communication Dilemma?

By Maureen Hance | 09/12/2018 | Comments Off on Can you Solve the Parent-Teacher Communication Dilemma?
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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 Read More »

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Reporting Robots

By Guest Contributor | 09/06/2018 | Comments Off on Reporting Robots
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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 Read More »

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Charles Blaschke – a personal remembrance by Anne Wujcik

By MDR Marketing Team | 08/24/2018 | Comments Off on Charles Blaschke – a personal remembrance by Anne Wujcik
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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 Read More »

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

By Maureen Hance | 08/22/2018 | Comments Off on Six Non-Profits and Associations That Aim to Fill the Gaps in School Internet Access
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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, Read More »

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

By Maureen Hance | 08/20/2018 | 2 Comments
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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 Read More »

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

By Maureen Hance | 07/31/2018 | Comments Off on Teachers are Looking for Ways to Bring Computational Thinking into the Classroom
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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 Read More »

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Five Inspiring Educational Charities & What They Can Teach Us

By Guest Contributor | 07/24/2018 | Comments Off on Five Inspiring Educational Charities & What They Can Teach Us
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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. Read More »

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

By Maureen Hance | 07/19/2018 | Comments Off on Ask. Learn. Decide: A Re-Cap of Our Webinar on Market Research
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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 Read More »

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Student Centered Learning Through Adaptive Platforms

By Maureen Hance | 06/18/2018 | Comments Off on Student Centered Learning Through Adaptive Platforms
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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 Read More »

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