The Direct Network


Coding for Kids

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Alarm clock, digital coffee maker, smartphone, car, elevator, email: Whether you know it or not, your life revolves around code. That’s why K–12 schools devoted to arming kids with valuable 21st century skills are building the computer programmer’s skill into the curriculum.

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Ed Tech Showdown

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Google, Microsoft and Apple are vying for the coveted K–12 market. These three corporate giants have products and services they say will help overwhelmed educators carry their workload, boost student achievement and increase student interest. In some ways, all the products offer similar solutions, but there are also differences in the functions they are capable of supporting. Today, we are going to break down what each product is capable of achieving in the classroom.  

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Stay Informed With Direct Network

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Direct Network helps you stay ahead of the curve by providing:

  • Course materials insight: OER, rush, adoptions, buybacks and online bookstores
  • Cost saving strategies for schools and students
  • The latest industry and educational technology news
  • Stories about how other schools adapt to the ever-changing educational landscape
  • How to maximize MBS Direct’s services and tools

Here are some posts you might have missed.

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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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Code U: Computer Coding in the Core Curriculum

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

A set of job-ready skills, an income-boost, a promotion, a doorway to the middle class: Students want concrete results from college. How can you ensure your school’s degree will be worth more than the paper it’s printed on?

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Can Smartphones Replace Laptops?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Physical books are being replaced by eBooks — didn’t happen. Blu-ray is the next DVD — sorry, that was streaming. Smartphones are the new laptop — jury’s still out?

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Preparing Students for Careers

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 23, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The worldwide growth of artificial intelligence will change the job requirements of future generations. Preparing students to be successful in an increasingly digital world requires more than a college degree. Students need to start developing computer science skills at least by high school if not sooner. It will better prepare them for almost any future career they decide to pursue.

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Struggling With Retention? There’s an App for That

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Communication is key to retention. Without a sense of connection to the university, students flounder and stray. Some move to a new institution, some fail to meet grade requirements and some simply give up and drop out.

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Can Microsoft Overtake Google’s Classroom Dominance?

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Earlier this month, at the company’s EDU event, Microsoft revealed they are returning to the world of education in a big way. Introducing new equipment, apps and pedagogical innovation that could give Google a run for the top spot, competing on all levels — including cost.

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What Can the Right LMS Do for Student Success?

Posted by Lori Reese on May 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Love them or hate them: Learning management systems are here to stay.

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