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Open Education Resources Going Mainstream

By Maureen Hance | 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 Read More »

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Helping Schools Reap a Higher ROI on Mobile Learning

By Guest Contributor | 01/30/2018 | Comments Off on Helping Schools Reap a Higher ROI on Mobile Learning
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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 Read More »

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

By Maureen Hance | 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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Final Scoops

By MDR Marketing Team | 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 Read More »

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No Farewells, Just Rock that Retirement – She Snoops for Scoops!

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/17/2018 | Comments Off on No Farewells, Just Rock that Retirement – She Snoops for Scoops!
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It’s Official! More than 26 years ago, a young, smart and passionate professional offered to help a friend. She was a former teacher, a school administrator, a director of technology and curriculum serving children with learning disabilities at Briarwood School and a consummate connector. She wanted the best for education and kids. And, she believed Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for January 12

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/12/2018 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for January 12
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for January 5

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/05/2018 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for January 5
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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 Read More »

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Progress on State Accountability Plans; Capacity Challenges

By Maureen Hance | 01/05/2018 | Comments Off on Progress on State Accountability Plans; Capacity Challenges
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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 Read More »

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5 Ways to Fill the STEM Pipeline

By Guest Contributor | 01/02/2018 | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Fill the STEM Pipeline
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 29

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/29/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 29
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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 22

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/22/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 22
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Just days before Christmas, and all through the house….life is ever-so-busy busy but wonderful. I hope you are winding down in advance of the holiday weekend but don’t miss your scoops on the way out! Ch-ch-ch-changes….. Shawn Lepper has joined AWE Learning as National Director of Sales. Shawn was previously Global Director of Business Development Read More »

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Where Machine Learning Goes Wrong (And Right) for Education

By Guest Contributor | 12/19/2017 | Comments Off on Where Machine Learning Goes Wrong (And Right) for Education
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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 Read More »

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

By Maureen Hance | 12/15/2017 | Comments Off on Slow FY18 Budget Progress, Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act Starts in Earnest
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 15

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/15/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 15
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 8

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/08/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 8
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 1

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/01/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 1
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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 Read More »

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

By Maureen Hance | 12/01/2017 | Comments Off on Further Reform for the FCC’s Lifeline Program and Other Education News
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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 Read More »

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

By Guest Contributor | 11/29/2017 | Comments Off on Are Today’s Students Really Ready for College, Work, and Life?
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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 Read More »

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

By Guest Contributor | 11/21/2017 | Comments Off on Community Service: An Overlooked Measure of Personal Growth and Predictor of College Success
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 17

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/17/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for November 17
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 10

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/10/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for November 10
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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Gates Foundation to Fund School Networks

By Maureen Hance | 11/03/2017 | Comments Off on Gates Foundation to Fund School Networks
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 3

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/03/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for November 3
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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 Read More »

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Exciting Changes Here for EdNET News Alert & EdNETinsight.com

By Maureen Hance | 10/27/2017 | Comments Off on Exciting Changes Here for EdNET News Alert & EdNETinsight.com
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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 Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 27

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/27/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for October 27
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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…. Read More »

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Student Data Privacy Debate Resurfaces

By Maureen Hance | 10/26/2017 | Comments Off on Student Data Privacy Debate Resurfaces
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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 Read More »

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Learning in the 21st Century

By Guest Contributor | 10/26/2017 | Comments Off on Learning in the 21st Century
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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 Read More »

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Why Tried and True is Here to Stay in Tomorrow’s Classrooms

By Guest Contributor | 10/20/2017 | Comments Off on Why Tried and True is Here to Stay in Tomorrow’s Classrooms
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Scott Evans – Marketing Manager, Califone Imagine what a classroom will look like 30 years from now. You might envision students wearing virtual reality headsets and robots acting as teachers. But, what if these classrooms still used tried and true technology, such as a standard projector or a traditional calculator? With so much buzz around Read More »

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