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Carrie Watkins

About Carrie Watkins

Carrie has been with MBS Direct since Valentine's Day 2011. Her favorite thing about her job is the fact that she's constantly learning. A big part of her day-to-day is traveling around the country to learn about new products and services MBS Direct can provide to partner schools, and then bringing those ideas back into the office to work on with her team. Away from the office, Carrie loves traveling with her son, who wants to be a marine biologist. They especially enjoy going to aquariums and zoos together, with the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago being their favorite.

Recent articles by Carrie Watkins

Trending Topics in Education Podcast - Hockaday School [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jul 31, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: With a desire to share his love of learning, Jason Curtis entered the education industry as a classroom teacher 21 years ago. Now, as the Director of Technology and Information Resources for the Hockaday School, Jason has more of a behind-the-scenes position for encouraging that love of learning in students. In our conversation with Jason, we talked about how technology can enhance the role of the teacher in personalizing education for individual students.

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - Bolles [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jun 5, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: At the Atlas Conference in April, we talked with Jennifer Moore, an instructional designer at the Bolles School, about what it means to be a guide for students and faculty, as well as the energy that education needs right now. With all the advances of the past few years about how we approach classroom education, Jennifer talks about how it's hard not to be excited about the future of education.

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ATLIS Conference Showcases New Ideas for Teaching in K-12 Schools

Posted by Carrie Watkins on May 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The third annual Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools conference drew more than 400 educators, IT directors and curriculum integration specialists to Los Angeles, in the shadow of Universal Studios April 22-26. The first conference to focus on technology directors at private K-12 schools, ATLIS boasted workshops, school tours and an AR/VR RV.

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - EcoRise [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on May 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: For the past eight years, EcoRise Youth Innovations has been helping students recognize they can make an impact on their environment. In this podcast with Jonathan Stott, deputy director with EcoRise Youth Innovations, we discuss the importance of introducing ecoliteracy and sustainability topics across the curriculum. Jonathan talks about giving students hands-on experience with projects that directly affect their schools and communities and giving students experience with potential career paths they may not have otherwise explored.

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - SkyePack [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Mar 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Faculty members are looking for more customization options to align their content with the learning objectives of the course. However, limited time for research and resources makes it difficult for some to build a course pack from scratch. SkyPack is offering more customization and more control over pricing.

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Trending Topics in Education: Luma [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Feb 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Alternative content for more specialized courses is not easy to find. Courses like driver’s education and nursing programs have few open content options. Seeing an opportunity to generate content which is more specialized and offer institutions a more robust portfolio, teaching veteran Gina Anderson created Luma.

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Trending Topics in Education: Desmos [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jan 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Math is one of the most divisive subjects students encounter in their academic career, with some students coming away from it enthralled, and some hoping to never see another fraction again. Desmos is working to help students love math by changing the verbs from "calculate" and "execute" to "create" and "discuss." Dan Meyer, a former classroom math teacher and chief academic officer at Desmos, talks about the need to bring the noise back to the math classroom by unplugging the headphones, and getting students working together to love math.

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Alternative Content; Saving Money with Increased Options

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jan 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

What are the ingredients for perfect course materials? Start with something created by subject matter experts, add short, interesting videos, include embedded questions so you know how students are moving through the material and make it all customizable so you can tweak it in the future. Mix well and what do we get? Junction Education.

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Tips for Increasing the Amount of Digital Content in Your School

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Dec 9, 2016 5:30:00 AM

As more schools are bringing more technology into the classroom and encouraging students to have some kind of device as part of their in-class learning, it makes sense that students can access their course materials on that device as well. While publishers are converting more of their newer content to a digital platform, there is still a lot of material that is only available in a low-tech format.

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Trending Topics in Education: Soomo Learning [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Dec 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM

After spending several years working to make content more engaging, Soomo Learning's Founder and Course Designer David Lindrum realized it was the immediate application of new knowledge that led students to be successful. In this podcast, David talks about how Soomo's data-driven approach helps faculty identify which students need the extra help and the best time for that intervention.

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