3 Methods of Broadband Expansion

By Guest Contributor | 02/12/2021 | 0 Comments
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By Guest Contributor Caroline Gilchrist, Skyward, Inc. In a world of connectivity, pockets of darkness remain. Twelve million children in the U.S. lack the internet access or devices they need to participate in remote learning. This disparity has only become more apparent—and devastating—amid the pandemic. Are you looking to light up Read More »

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Six Hot Topics in Education for 2021

By Guest Contributor | 02/05/2021 | 0 Comments
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By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Now that the second half of the school year is underway, let’s take a look at the hot topics in education for 2021. Although COVID-19 has put added pressure on the education system, many of this year’s topics are the same ones that the community has dealt with for ages. Read More »

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How 2020 Shifted Perceptions of Technology in the Classroom

By Kristina James | 01/15/2021 | 0 Comments
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That’s what MDR learned after surveying nearly 1,000 K-12 teachers in October 2020 after this far from ordinary year in education. There are some silver linings to be found in education’s pandemic response, and we explored teachers’ experiences and attitudes. Educators are highly positive towards technology in the classroom, with 54% indicating it was very Read More »

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Is this EdTech’s big moment? Hear from teachers

By Kristina James | 07/09/2020 | 0 Comments
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A Gallup report from fall 2019, Education Technology Use in Schoolsopens PDF file , found that slightly over half of teachers (53%) said they would like to use digital learning tools more often in teaching. Teachers are getting that opportunity now with EdTech (i.e., educational technology) adoption on fast forward, and Read More »

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STEM Curriculum that meets the Cool Factor

By Guest Contributor | 09/04/2019 | 0 Comments

By Gina Faulk – General Manager,  EdGate Correlation Services Like many busy working moms I was recently last-minute Googling birthday ideas for my 10-year-old son.  One particular item popped up that caught me by surprise. Not because it involved slime (always popular) or Nerf (If I find one more stray Nerf Read More »

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About ISTE 2019

By Maureen Hance | 07/12/2019 | 0 Comments
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If you weren’t able to make it to Philly for ISTE this June, or if you went but feel like you couldn’t see EVERYTHING, never fear! MDR was there and we’ve prepared this Top 10 list of the big takeaways from this meeting of the minds between educators and EdTech. #1: AI and the Good Read More »

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Adding Technology in the Classroom: What the Future Holds for K-12 Education

By Colleen Galligan | 06/20/2019 | 1 Comment

Google for Education has recently compiled a list of the hottest trendsopens PDF file relating to technology in the classroom. The information was so compelling that we thought you should know what they had to say. The following eight topics have become a top priority for educators and parents around the world. 1. Digital Responsibility Read More »

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Social and Emotional Learning + Technology Education

By Guest Contributor | 06/18/2019 | 0 Comments
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This Compatible Combo hits Classrooms Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Technology Education?  Traditionally these are not two subjects that we would lump together.  However, as SEL is increasingly becoming mandatory curriculum in schools, educators must determine where to fit SEL in.  We know that SEL is already being integrated into core subjects so why Read More »

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The Explosion of Video in the Classroom

By Guest Contributor | 02/27/2019 | 0 Comments

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 Read More »

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What are the top education apps in the classroom today?

By Maureen Hance | 11/26/2018 | 0 Comments

With all of the applications and websites to supplement the curriculum out there for teachers to choose from, it can make an education marketers head spin.  What platforms rise to the top in terms of use and popularity? Regardless of their specific purpose, content or feature-wise, the top education applications do share some similarities.  The Read More »

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Help Teachers Navigate Open Education Resources

By Maureen Hance | 11/08/2018 | 0 Comments

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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Top Five Requirements for New Education Apps

By Maureen Hance | 10/04/2018 | 0 Comments

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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Understanding the Industry – Interview with Ergonomic Furniture Manufacturer Ergotron

By Maureen Hance | 09/28/2018 | 0 Comments

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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Can you Solve the Parent-Teacher Communication Dilemma?

By Maureen Hance | 09/12/2018 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 Read More »

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Charles Blaschke – a personal remembrance by Anne Wujcik

By Maureen Hance | 08/24/2018 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 Read More »

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MDR Releases Second Market Report for 2018: Teachers Talk Technology

By Maureen Hance | 07/12/2018 | 0 Comments

Here is a preview of MDR’s latest research on technology’s use in the classroom, based on the feedback from nearly 4,400 educators. MDR’s Market Research and Marketing Teams have done it again, releasing the second report in the 2018 series, Teachers Talk Technology.  Administering a nationwide survey, as well as an online bulletin board to K-12 Read More »

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Powering Successful Digital Transformations in School Districts

By Guest Contributor | 07/10/2018 | 0 Comments
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By Guest Contributor Marty Lange – SVP, Chief Product & Operating Officer, McGraw-Hill Education School Group I’ve recently returned from ISTE 2018, where I connected with school district leaders and educators who are at various stages within their district’s digital transformation journey. Many are still in the early phases of implementation and navigating interoperability issues, Read More »

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ISTE 2018 Highlights and Best Quotes from the Event

By Maureen Hance | 07/06/2018 | 0 Comments

MDR went to ISTE, and all we got were countless helpful tips for digital learning, and endless connections with the education technology community. But seriously, we went to the “epicenter of Ed-Tech” and here are some of the highlights from the three-day event in Chicago. We laughed, we thought about a Read More »

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How AR and VR Will Revolutionize the Classroom

By Colleen Galligan | 07/02/2018 | 0 Comments

Thank you to ReadWrite for referencing us in this great article. With our business and personal lives moving to the digital environment, it makes sense that education — from elementary school through to college, trade schools, and professional development courses — will also migrate to a more technologically focused model. And that includes the influence Read More »

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Student Centered Learning Through Adaptive Platforms

By Maureen Hance | 06/18/2018 | 0 Comments

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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ISTE Conference 2018 – What are the Hot Topics?

By Maureen Hance | 06/11/2018 | 0 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Ed Tech – the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference is almost here!  We’d like to provide you with an overview of what some of the hot topics are in Educational Technology, as well as a preview of themes we see emerging in Read More »

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Understanding the Industry – Interview with Newsela CEO Matthew Gross

By Maureen Hance | 06/04/2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to our new article series called “Understanding the Industry.”  This will be where 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 Read More »

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GDPR – Understanding the EU’s Regulations as Education Marketers

By Maureen Hance | 06/01/2018 | 0 Comments

The way personal data is handled in the European Union has changed, and therefore, the way Education Marketers do business in the EU must comply. We’d like to share with you exactly what General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is, and what it means for the education industry in terms of sharing personal information. What is Read More »

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The Impact of Interactive Technology on the Future of School Education

By Guest Contributor | 05/22/2018 | 3 Comments

By Paul Bartrum – Academies Partnership Manager, Avocor With new educational technology tools developing every day, the ability to create an interactive classroom is becoming easier than ever before. It may still be some time before we see the likes of interactive whiteboards in every classroom, or individual tablets on every student’s desk. However, an Read More »

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The Complicated Relationship Between Schools and Software Vendors

By Maureen Hance | 05/01/2018 | 0 Comments

The Necessity of School Software Software is no longer a privilege or a nice-to-have, it is a necessity for a functioning school – with student data, learning data, and the myriad of other details that entail running a school, and supporting the education of the school’s students. At this point in time, the question isn’t Read More »

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The Building Blocks of Engaging UX

By Guest Contributor | 04/03/2018 | 0 Comments

A user experience expert shares his best practices on how software designers and educators can better collaborate to inspire joyful learning. By Sean Oakes – Principal and Creative Director at SOS Brooklyn and Backpack Interactive When starting to design a smart user experience (UX), you need to think big. In EdTech, this Read More »

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