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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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Visions In Education Gives Students Options

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Visions In Education is a tuition-free public charter school providing a high-quality, standards-based education to homeschool families and independent study high school students in California. The school offers families looking for an alternative to traditional public schools with flexibility in their child’s education.

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Under the Influence: Social Media Takeovers

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 12, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A commercial comes on, what do you do? Get up and walk away, fast forward because no one watches live TV anymore, or ignore it while you talk to your family or play on your phone. This is the problem all brands, regardless of size, are running into. How can you reach a targeted audience in a way that won’t be easily tuned out?

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The Return on Rental

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A growing number of students are choosing not to purchase their course materials because of the cost associated with them. The practice causes the problems one would expect: more student stress as their grades take a hit, teacher frustration at students not being prepared and a lot of finger-pointing from everyone. The students blame the school. The faculty, in turn, are unaware of how their role can impact the cost to the student. Few people understand the whole process beginning to end — but everyone has an opinion. Students and families want more cost-savings options. After new, used and digital course materials, what’s left? Rental.

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War of the Wireless Devices

Posted by Lori Reese on May 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Which works best in the classroom — iPads™ or Chromebooks? Educators have debated that ever since Apple’s tablet and Google’s laptop first appeared on the market in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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The Northwest School Takes a Fresh Approach to Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The Northwest School in Seattle, Washington, believes real learning happens outside of one’s comfort zone. Their unique and creative approach to education not only engages students, but prepares them for the rest of their lives by encouraging independent thought, analysis and sharing of ideas. Focusing on academics and arts, the faculty encourage students to take a fresh approach to problem-solving.

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5 Ways a Campus Text Messaging Program Can Work for You

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

If you want to get student communications right, you probably suspect issuing a school email isn’t enough. Email remains a fabulous vehicle for the deskbound: office workers check theirs about 30 times an hour. But for those on the go — like students and faculty — it's unreliable.

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Blink, Laugh, Share, Forget

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

Those four words capture Generation Z in a nutshell, according to marketing consultancy The Future Company. The age group born between 1995 and 2015 will comprise more than a third of the US population by 2020.

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Four Ways MBS Direct Makes Marketing Your Buyback Easier

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

Buyback is a great way for students and families to save money on the cost of their course materials, which increases their satisfaction with their educational experience. However, a lot is happening at the end of the semester, making it far too easy for buyback to come and go without students being aware it happened. With the hectic end-of-year pace, MBS Direct wants to make it as simple as possible for you and your students to have a great buyback.

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All Saints Episcopal School Helps Students Discover Their All

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

All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas, is an independent college preparatory school whose focus is on nurturing individual student’s talents and interests. Providing a well-rounded education that offers a challenging curriculum, embraces creativity and self-expression, and excellence in athletics, is an essential part of the education students receive at All Saints.

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