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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 Aug 7, 2017 5:30:00 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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Can Virtual Reality Become the Perfect Learning Aid?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Something is always changing or improving in technology. If you turn your back on the industry too long, a new piece of tech will have been developed, implemented and on the way out before you even knew you missed it. Right now, some of the most exciting developments are coming out of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, but what implications will they have on the world of education?

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5 Tips for Handling Rush

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 3, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As the school year draws near, so does the course materials rush. Along with the pressure to ensure everything arrives before day one, come calls and visits from students, faculty and parents — some polite, some angry, some frantic.

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Barnes & Noble Education, Major Educational Content Providers Commit to Fight Counterfeit Textbooks

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 2, 2017 11:39:40 AM

Press Release:

Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson today announced an agreement with Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. to implement the industry’s Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices. The best practices were developed to assist publishers and distributors in combating counterfeits of print textbooks, a growing problem facing the industry.

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The Pros and Cons of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Open Educational Resources are a hot topic in education. Students need ways to lower costs. Naturally, they look to schools to provide them with better solutions. In turn, many schools look to OERs to help accomplish that goal. However, these no-cost options are just a piece of the course materials puzzle.

Let’s look at strengths and weaknesses of OERs.

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Streamline Adoptions With Course Director

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Multitasking is a way of life, especially for teachers and administrators. Rarely are there enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do. While course materials adoptions are important for a variety of reasons, managing them often becomes one more task that takes precious hours.

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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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Google Glass: Changing the Face of Enterprise

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Administrators wondering how to best prepare students for the changing workplace need to look again at Google Glass. That’s right: The wearable mini-computers are back and the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition® may change the way many of us do our jobs.

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5 Things Successful Executives Do to Increase Productivity

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Too often people need more hours in a day. The lists of tasks that need to be completed grow rather than shrink in size, especially when you are the central decision-maker for a school. Meetings, interruptions and office politics eat away at your time. Here are five ways some of the country’s top executives manage their time to increase productivity.

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Feed Student Hunger, Fuel Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 26, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As food insecurity and homelessness among college students grow, the once parodied image of the starving student eating everything in sight ceases to be a laughing matter. Higher education for many is the pursuit of a better life. Along the journey toward that idealized destination, some students will face impossible hardships: surviving on one — if that — meal a day, finding a safe place to sleep each night and struggling to make it through each day until graduation. Without assistance, some will be forced to drop out.

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