EdTech

How AR and VR Will Revolutionize the Classroom

By MDR Marketing Team | 07/02/2018 | Comments Off on How AR and VR Will Revolutionize the Classroom
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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 […]

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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 […]

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ISTE Conference 2018 – What are the Hot Topics?

By Maureen Hance | 06/11/2018 | Comments Off on ISTE Conference 2018 – What are the Hot Topics?
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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 […]

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Understanding the Industry – Interview with Newsela CEO Matthew Gross

By Maureen Hance | 06/04/2018 | Comments Off on Understanding the Industry – Interview with Newsela CEO Matthew Gross
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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 […]

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GDPR – Understanding the EU’s Regulations as Education Marketers

By Maureen Hance | 06/01/2018 | Comments Off on GDPR – Understanding the EU’s Regulations as Education Marketers
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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 […]

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The Impact of Interactive Technology on the Future of School Education

By Guest Contributor | 05/22/2018 | 1 Comment
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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 […]

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The Complicated Relationship Between Schools and Software Vendors

By Maureen Hance | 05/01/2018 | Comments Off on The Complicated Relationship Between Schools and Software Vendors
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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 […]

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The Building Blocks of Engaging UX

By Guest Contributor | 04/03/2018 | Comments Off on The Building Blocks of Engaging UX
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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 means strategically synthesizing educational […]

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School Safety – Where We’re At, and Where We’re Headed

By Maureen Hance | 03/29/2018 | Comments Off on School Safety – Where We’re At, and Where We’re Headed
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No one wants to have to write articles about the need for increased school safety measures due to recent events, as the topic can bring feelings of panic, dread, and frustration to those who need to pay attention. But, this is the reality of the world we live in today, and hopefully some big changes […]

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Virtual Reality could be big in schools, but teachers want more content

By Maureen Hance | 03/28/2018 | Comments Off on Virtual Reality could be big in schools, but teachers want more content
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Say goodbye to school libraries that are little more than dusty rows of books. Slowly but surely, they’re becoming “maker spaces” where kids learn through hands-on tools and technologies. Schools are stocking these spaces with virtual reality, everything from Raspberry Pis to 3D printers to LEGO building stations. The latest technology to find its way […]

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3 Ways Augmented Reality Is Wowing Teachers and Students

By Maureen Hance | 03/23/2018 | 3 Comments
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Augmented reality might sound awfully expensive for classroom use, but companies like Google are opening up the AR market to educators. Last fall, Google released Expeditions AR to bring the world into the classroom with immersive lessons. With an Expedition kit, students can stare into the eye of a Category 5 hurricane before getting up close and personal […]

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Soft-Skills are Becoming a Stronger Component in School Accountability

By Maureen Hance | 03/16/2018 | Comments Off on Soft-Skills are Becoming a Stronger Component in School Accountability
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There is room for innovation in the classroom with the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with opportunities for states to choose “non-academic accountability measures” as a priority. Moving away from No Child Left Behind, the states have more leeway to decide how to design their budget to achieve their own goals, addressing […]

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Teacher Wish – One Platform For All Student Data

By Maureen Hance | 03/09/2018 | 2 Comments
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Teachers need to keep track of, collect, and juggle a ton of information: Student Information System details Learning Management Systems variables, modules, assessments Assessment data from different platforms for different subjects Personalized learning details for each student from apps and websites Any number of other data sets they’ve collected Now, imagine if all that information […]

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Where Are the Gaps in EdTech Products and Services?

By Maureen Hance | 03/01/2018 | 2 Comments
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Greetings! I hope to bring you weekly posts that investigate topics that are both intriguing and informative, to better help your business and marketing endeavors. This week, I looked into a few areas the EdTech industry could grow and improve in, for the foreseeable future. The Educational Technology market changes with the times, based on innovations, trends, research studies, and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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3 Questions Teachers Will Ask About Your Edtech Product

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/11/2017 | 1 Comment
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Got a coding app for kids? A parent-teacher communication tool? It could be the next classroom hit — or it could join the dozens of other duds that teachers don’t use. Edtech products come and go…which ones will be the stand-outs? Believe it or not, a 2015 study found that 65 percent of student licenses for digital […]

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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 […]

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To Succeed in Ed Tech, Become a Lifelong Learner

By Guest Contributor | 10/12/2017 | Comments Off on To Succeed in Ed Tech, Become a Lifelong Learner
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This is a guest post by Chris Piehler, Lead Storytller, PR with Panache! As I sift through my memories of EdNET 2017 (the sessions, the sun, the bocce), one essential lesson stands out: the importance, in our industry, of being a lifelong learner. No one exemplifies this more than our longtime EdNET host, Vicki Smith […]

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