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Vicki’s Scoops for December 29

By Kristina James | 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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Vicki’s Scoops for December 22

By Kristina James | 12/22/2017 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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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 Maureen Hance | 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 Kristina James | 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 Kristina James | 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 Kristina James | 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 Maureen Hance | 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 Kristina James | 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 Kristina James | 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 Maureen Hance | 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 Kristina James | 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 Maureen Hance | 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 Kristina James | 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 Maureen Hance | 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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Why Tried and True is Here to Stay in Tomorrow’s Classrooms

By Guest Contributor | 10/20/2017 | 0 Comments
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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 […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 20

By Kristina James | 10/20/2017 | 0 Comments

Woo hoo, it is Friday! The Snoop is ready for a weekend. How about you? But first, you know the drill: check out this week’s scoops! New roles for colleagues and friends…. PAPERbasket, the new ed tech ROI startup is making waves as schools and companies start to hear of its solution. With its first […]

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DoE Grant Priorities, Screen Time

By Maureen Hance | 10/20/2017 | 0 Comments

Secretary DeVos has proposed 11 priorities and related definitions for use in the Department of Education’s discretionary grant programs. These proposed priorities and definitions are intended to replace the Department’s supplemental priorities published on December 10, 2014. Though the bulk of the Department’s money funds programs that operate under a set formula – like Title […]

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MDR’s School Spending Update 2015-2016

By Maureen Hance | 10/13/2017 | 0 Comments
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We recently released our annual School Spending Update for the 2015-2016 school year. Below you will find a summary of the findings. MDR’s proprietary school expenditure research shows U.S. K-12 public schools increased instructional spending by 3% in the 2015-2016 school year to $12.8 billion. The national average for All Instructional Materials (AIM) spending was […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 13

By Kristina James | 10/13/2017 | 0 Comments

Hi everyone and happy Friday—and, happy Friday, the 13th! Those who know me know I am not superstitious, and after all, what’s not to love about Friday? Before you head out to that weekend, check out my scoops for you…. Friends and colleagues in new roles…. bulb, an emerging leader in digital portfolio software, has […]

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Technologies Coming and Going

By Maureen Hance | 10/13/2017 | 0 Comments

Campus Technology has been releasing snapshots of the results from its 2017 second annual Teaching with Technology Survey. The snapshots focus on one aspect of the research reporting, for instance, on college faculty’s use of blended learning or their take on the most valuable classroom technology tools. The one that caught my eye today reported […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 6

By Kristina James | 10/06/2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to October, everyone. The changing season and promise of cooler weather seems to give everyone a lift. We have experienced another terribly sad week and another terribly devastating event. I see that today is World Smile Day. Sometimes receiving a smile from someone else, even a stranger, or giving one to another person can […]

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State of the Market Research

By Maureen Hance | 10/06/2017 | 0 Comments

Last week MDR published “School Trends: Principals’ Perspectives on Instructional Initiatives and Purchasing Decisions,” the final report in the 2017 State of the K-12 Market series. Previous reports examined the market from the perspective of classroom teachers and district-level administrators responsible for curriculum and instructional technology. This comprehensive approach allowed us to get a unique […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for September 29

By Kristina James | 09/29/2017 | 0 Comments

Happy Friday, friends! Since we didn’t have time to post news last week due to our being in Scottsdale for EdNET 2017, I am sure you are ready for a fix of my scoops, but first, pour another cup of coffee and prepare to sit back for a while, as I have a ton of […]

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STEM Priority for DoE

By Maureen Hance | 09/29/2017 | 0 Comments

Earlier this week, President Trump directed a memo to Secretary DeVos that encouraged the Department of Education to use $200 million from the Department’s budget to fund grant programs to support “high-quality STEM education, including Computer Science in particular. The memo also encouraged the Department to “prioritize helping districts recruit and train teachers capable of […]

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