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Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart: The CAVE

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As one of the first in the nation to have a fully wireless one-to-one program, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, is no stranger to being a pioneer in innovative educational practices. The all-girls PK-12 school started a student helpdesk program that gives the students hands-on experience with fixing their school computers, boosts their self-confidence and strengthens their problem-solving skills. 

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Bring the World to Your Classroom

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Every day new technology is introduced that makes the world a little bit smaller. You can talk with people in all corners of the internet-touched world almost as easily as you can step outside and meet your neighbor. You can tour other countries and learn about their cultures and experiences with a few swift clicks on the keyboard. Higher education and K-12 students can benefit from the variety of experience that these virtual learning tools bring into a classroom. All it requires is a strong internet connection and a willingness to learn.

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2017 Retail Predictions: The Shift Is on As Brick-and-mortar Stores Fade

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 30, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Retail sales in 2016 were dominated by eCommerce and technology driving purchases. The forecast for 2017 shows more of the same and thinning ice under the feet of some big name businesses.

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New Online Bookstore; Tailored for Today’s Student Success

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A new Online Bookstore being rolled out to MBS Direct partner schools during 2017 was redesigned from the ground up with the goal of efficiently and effectively communicating with students, providing them with the course materials they need when they need them.

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Pen and Paper Rock Keyboard

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

More classrooms are using tablets and laptops as notetaking tools and teaching aids. However, research is showing technology in the classroom may not help students learn as effectively.

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Virtual Reality in Schools Brings Real World to Life

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

More than 87 million virtual reality headsets were sold in 2016. Often used for gaming, watching programs and education, the VR market is expected to explode from $1.5 billion in sales in 2015 to almost $40 billion in the next five years. How will your school take advantage of the industry boom?

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6 Questions to Ask Before Moving Textbook Management Online

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jan 12, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Transitioning to an online bookstore is a big deal. You know it's designed to be more convenient and cost-effective for everyone, but it is still going to be a significant change for your school. There are some questions you are going to want to ask yourself to make sure the choice you're making is the right one.

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Greatest Hits of 2016: A Look Back at Direct Network's Best Posts

Posted by Wendy Gish on Dec 22, 2016 12:29:12 PM

Higher Education and K-12 institutions who decided to make changes, giving their students more options, lower costs and an easier way to obtain their course materials. Podcasts with industry leaders about emerging trends in education. MBS Direct announcements and insider knowledge. Tips for school administrators and officials to increase their students' success and lower their educational costs. 

We've published some great content in 2016 if we say so ourselves, and based on our viewership statistics, it seems you agree. In case you missed them the first time — or just want to read them all again — here's a list of our most viewed and shared stories and articles from this year.

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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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Why Choose a Private School Education?

Posted by Kate Seat on Dec 8, 2016 5:30:00 AM
For many families, the decision to enroll their children in a private institution is based on factors ranging from a desire for a specific type of learning environment to the advantages private school can provide as a precursor to higher education.
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