Annual Meeting Outlines New Enhancements and Security Measures

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Oct 21, 2016 3:30:00 PM

The MBS annual sales meeting took place in Columbia, Mo., October 18-20. Highlights included the unveiling of a new online bookstore, enhancements to the MBS Systems with security and ease of use in mind and more digital solutions designed to keep costs down and course materials in student’s hands on time.

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EdTech Predictions from Yesteryear: What Came True and What's Still Waiting

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 13, 2016 5:00:00 AM

No one has a crystal ball, but we all like to try and make predictions about what's next for education. It can help us imagine the direction our students' education will be going in for the future, and it helps us better prepare our technological plans and infrastructure. With technology shifting so rapidly, however, it's easier said than done. Sometimes going back even five years reveals predictions that were well off the mark.

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Highest Customer Satisfaction from Streamlined Implementation Process

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Oct 11, 2016 5:15:00 AM

The lack of communication and direction with a textbook provider can result in poor customer satisfaction, headaches and focus moving away from the educational process. The MBS Direct Implementation Team seeks to not only enhance communication with the provider, but also lay out a map for future success.

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Cape Henry Collegiate Makes It Easier than Ever for Families to Purchase Their Students' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Cape Henry Collegiate is known for its academics, but if you ask Head of Middle School Amanda Hayes, families choose the Virginia independent school for its focus on knowing, valuing and challenging each of their pre-K through 12th grade students. With 900 students and a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, it's fairly easy to do.

So when their previous course material fulfillment provider struggled to provide the same level of attention and care to providing families with quality materials and service, the school knew it may be time to find a better fit.

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Four Tests to Check if You're Not Ready to Be on Snapchat

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 5, 2016 11:33:16 AM

 Snapchat's the latest and greatest social media platform among teens and young adults, and schools everywhere know it. Many are beginning to incorporate Snapchat in their social media strategies alongside stalwarts like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in an effort to better reach current and prospective students and drive up engagement.

If you haven't considered it yet, now's a great time to utilize Snapchat at your school — so long as you're ready for it. Inside Higher Ed provides some great insights into how to tell if you have the foundation in place for a successful Snapchat strategy, or if your plan needs more work.

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Hinsdale High School District 86 Offers More Equitable Cost Savings for Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 4, 2016 5:00:00 AM

For the past six years, Hinsdale High School District 86 has been perhaps one of the most unique districts in the United States.

It's not uncommon for public schools in the Chicago area to administer a textbook or course material fee to families to cover costs for their student's education, but in an effort to reduce costs, Hinsdale's two high schools — Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South — opted to have families purchase their own materials from a third party.

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Trending Topics in Education: Fountain Valley School [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Oct 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Toni Olivieri-Barton, library technology educator from Fountain Valley School of Colorado joins the podcast to talk about hands-on learning with and without technology. Fountain Valley School provides students with opportunities to explore the world around them, both outside their window and across the globe. Toni talks about how being a connected educator helped her grow while also setting a good example for students.

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MBS Direct Saves Students More Than $32 Million in the 2015-16 School Year

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Sep 30, 2016 10:56:12 AM

Students and their families saved more than $32 million in the 2015-16 school year due to multiple MBS Direct programs and strategies. Serving both K-12 and Higher Education customers, MBS Direct shipped more than 3 million items serving more than 625,000 students, offering a variety of options that not only saved money at the time of purchase, but also decreased the cost of ownership of course materials. Some of the options that lead to customer savings include a variety of purchase options based specifically on customer needs, availability of materials at the time of purchase and aggressive pricing on textbook buybacks.

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Accessibility Concerns for Digital Content Which Are Easy to Overlook

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM

One of the great things about educational technology is its seemingly limitless potential. It allows both instructors and learners to achieve more and bridge gaps across location, language and other barriers that traditional course materials cannot.

However, not all digital course materials are equally accessible. Sensory and mobility impairments, learning disabilities and other issues can prevent some students from being able to utilize their digital content.

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6 Questions Faculty Have About Creating Custom Course Materials

Posted by Kate Seat on Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There are a variety of reasons to consider creating a custom course pack, including lowering the cost of course materials for students and adopting more curriculum-specific content. And there are many different ways to create this custom content, ranging from completely hands-on (where the instructor chooses each resource individually), to a concierge approach, which engages a team of experts to complete the entire process. So why aren't more instructors choosing this option? 

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