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

By Guest Contributor | 10/20/2017 | 0 Comments
MDR classroom tech

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 Vicki Bigham | 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 Anne Wujcik | 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 Anne Wujcik | 10/13/2017 | 0 Comments
The Risk of Dirty Data Report

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 Vicki Bigham | 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 Anne Wujcik | 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 Vicki Bigham | 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 Anne Wujcik | 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 Vicki Bigham | 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 Anne Wujcik | 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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Vicki’s Scoops for September 15

By Vicki Bigham | 09/15/2017 | 0 Comments

Ok friends, happy Friday! The Snoop is headed to Scottsdale tomorrow as our team prepares for EdNET 2017, and I sure hope you are headed there, too. It will be an amazing time, both in learning from the programming planned and with that all-important networking. I hope you have your sessions and appointments planned, but […]

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Arts in Education, House Passes FY 2018 Appropriations Bill

By Anne Wujcik | 09/15/2017 | 0 Comments

Last week, the Education Commission of the States released “Beyond the Core: Advancing Student Success Through the Arts.” The report details research that shows that arts education can have dramatic effects on critical 21st century skills, such as creativity, teamwork and perseverance. Further, while arts education supports success across student groups, disadvantaged and at-risk students […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for September 8

By Vicki Bigham | 09/08/2017 | 0 Comments

Wow, end of this short but busy week and hair on fire—so much going on as we prepare to bring you the best EdNET ever! You’re going to love it! Hope your week has been a good one, friends. Stop what you are doing and check out this week’s scoops and, of course, look to […]

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Senate Education Appropriation Approved

By Anne Wujcik | 09/08/2017 | 0 Comments

Well it appears we now have a three-month Continuing Resolution that will keep the federal government operating until mid-December. The House is voting on the legislation on Friday and it is expected to pass largely on the strength of Democratic votes. The CR comes as part of the deal the President crafted along with leading […]

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You Are What You Measure

By Jodi Murphy | 09/02/2017 | 0 Comments

Are we asking customers the right questions, in the right way, and frequently enough? At a recent EdNET, several sessions challenged us to evaluate how hard we make it for our customers to tell us how they feel about our products. And whether we should be asking 20 questions when one will do. During his […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for September 1

By Vicki Bigham | 09/01/2017 | 0 Comments

What a week it has been. We are so thankful Hurricane Harvey has moved away from us in Houston and pray it does not harm any others on its path. We took in some water and dealt with some flooded streets, but that is nothing compared to the devastation so many have suffered. We have […]

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49th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll

By Anne Wujcik | 09/01/2017 | 0 Comments

PDK released the results of its 49th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools this week. While polls of the public about topics like American education reflect public opinion at one point in time, it is true that this specific poll has a long history and can provide a lot of […]

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Beyond the Contract

By Marta Oddone | 08/28/2017 | 0 Comments
Beyond the Contract

Congratulations, you got the contract! But don’t pop the champagne just yet. For educators, signing a contract with your company is just one of many milestones in a long journey. Educators need vendors who are partners, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with them as they champion your product from sales pitch to successful implementation to the next budgeting […]

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Curriculum as Reform

By Anne Wujcik | 08/25/2017 | 0 Comments

I’m seeing a lot more discussion of curriculum as a key factor in improving student learning. Robert Pondiscio and Checkers Finn at Fordham, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris in the Reinventing Curriculum blog published in the T.H.E Journal, and of course E.D. Hirsch. A new policy spotlight from Chiefs for Change—Hiding in Plain Sight: Leveraging […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for August 25

By Vicki Bigham | 08/25/2017 | 0 Comments

Well, this has been a busy week to remember for the Snoop! I got scooped as you learned of my retirement at the end of this year, I have started amazing EdNET session planning calls with speakers, we got my sister through a big surgery, and now we are making preparations in advance of Hurricane […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for August 18

By Vicki Bigham | 08/18/2017 | 0 Comments

Let’s hear it for the end of another week as we prepare for the weekend. The Snoop has her hair on fire as our team works to bring you the best EdNET ever, but I always have time to gather and share the scoops with you too so please read on for your weekly dose […]

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Education Next Poll, Interoperability

By Anne Wujcik | 08/18/2017 | 0 Comments

Education Next released its 2017 Poll on School Reform, its 11th annual survey of a representative sample of the American public. The 2017 Education Next survey, conducted in May and June of this year, polled more than 4,200 respondents, including oversamples of parents and teachers. The web site includes an interactive tool that allows users […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for August 11

By Vicki Bigham | 08/11/2017 | 0 Comments

Woo hoo, it’s Friday, friends—and I haven’t been this excited about Friday since last Friday! Go check out the scoops I have for you as we end this week…. New roles for colleagues and friends…. While many ed tech startups are comprised of young, eager new faces to the industry, one new startup is bucking […]

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FCC Confirmations, Spending for College Course Materials

By Anne Wujcik | 08/11/2017 | 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is up to its full complement of commissioners at last. Before recessing for its summer break, the Senate confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr as two new commissioners. Chairman Ajit Pai, who needs to be reconfirmed before the end of the year, will have to wait until the fall for his […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for August 4

By Vicki Bigham | 08/04/2017 | 0 Comments

Here we are, rolling into August—hard to believe. The Snoop is running these days—I hope your week has not been as crazy as mine! Summer is drawing to a close, and here in Texas, many teachers are reporting back to school in the next week or so, with students to follow. I don’t know where […]

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Dynamic Learning Project, ESSA Evidence Regs

By Anne Wujcik | 08/04/2017 | 0 Comments

Google just doesn’t quit, with a new demonstration of its commitment to the education market, Google and Digital Promise have announced a new partnership—the Dynamic Learning Project—that will address the what the organizations describe as an emerging “second level digital divide” which is created by major differences in the ways teachers and students use technology. […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for July 28

By Vicki Bigham | 07/28/2017 | 0 Comments

OK, you heard it here, and some of you will want to thank me. Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day, an international celebration of sysadmins. And we know they deserve the love, right? They keep us up and running, often working their magic at impossible hours. Please thank your System Administrator today—my husband and business […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for July 21

By Vicki Bigham | 07/21/2017 | 0 Comments

Whew, this week flew by! But that brings us back to Friday, and that works for the Snoop. How about you? And before you head out, you know the drill….check my scoops! New roles for colleagues and friends…. Anuraj Soni has been appointed as the Global Head of Professional Services for AIM Software, a leader […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for July 14

By Vicki Bigham | 07/14/2017 | 0 Comments

It is most definitely July in Houston—not the best time to visit here. “Hot town, summer in the city….” But you know you can count on me for the hot scoops of the week so please read on now…. New roles for colleagues and friends…. The education nonprofit MIND Research Institute’s Board of Directors has […]

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Vicki’s Scoops for July 7

By Vicki Bigham | 07/07/2017 | 0 Comments

Happy Friday, everyone. I can remember a time when things slowed down in the summer, but no more, right? Just keep pushing on! But do take a quick look at the scoops I have for you and some EdNET updates before your weekend starts—and when it does, I hope it is a terrific one! New […]

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