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Joe Clarkin

About Joe Clarkin

Joe Clarkin is a former copywriter at MBS. When he’s not working or studying, you’re most likely to find him reading a book or watching a game.

Recent articles by Joe Clarkin

Apps That Will Help Your Classroom Organization

Posted by Joe Clarkin on May 18, 2016 4:00:00 AM

The K-12 classroom can be chaotic. Not only do you need to be knowledgable about whatever subject(s) you're teaching, but you're also trying to manage a room full of kids. The last thing you want to be is unorganized, and fortunately, there are some great apps out there that will help keep that from happening. Over at Education World, Keith Lambert has put together a list of "Five Incredible Apps for Classroom Organization." Check out a portion of the list below, and be sure to read the full post on Education World's blog.

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Effective Tips for Marketing Your Online Bookstore

Posted by Joe Clarkin on May 12, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Reaching your students with the right messages at the right time doesn't have to be complicated. All you need is a plan. In this presentation, we've compiled an easy-to-follow, step-by-step marketing timeline that will allow any school to maximize its marketing efforts!

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Are Tablets Becoming Less Popular?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on May 4, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Traditional, touch-screen only tablets used to seem like they were the next big thing in education. Now it seems like the times may have passed them by. Meanwhile, detachables - tablets that come with a removable keyboard - are exploding in popularity.

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Brebeuf Jesuit’s Professional Development Helps Teachers Grow

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 28, 2016 4:00:00 AM

When she first started at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School – located in Indianapolis – nine years ago, Assistant Principal Jen LaMaster described the school’s professional development programs as “hit or miss.” Back then, she was hired to ramp up the school’s professional development programs related to Educational Technology, and although she’s since moved into an administrative role, she jokes that Brebeuf Jesuit has come so far that they’ve made her old job obsolete.

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Simplifying Digital Content: New Developments in the World of Course Materials

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 27, 2016 4:00:00 AM

The types of course materials used in the classroom is constantly evolving. The primary trend right now is the implementation of more digital content options  something that makes sense in an increasingly digital world. In this video from Senior Digital Consultant Carrie Watkins, learn what you need to know about these new developments, as well as what types of options are at your disposal and where you can find them!

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Impress Your Boss & Lower Costs with SSI

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 21, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Cost is perhaps the most common, and controversial, topic when discussing course materials. Students and families often feel that prices are too high, but schools are put in a tough position because lowering costs isn’t quite as easy as some might think. Regardless, students and families are always looking for ways to save themselves money – whether it’s on the price of books or on what it costs to have them delivered – and your school may very well be the first place they turn to in order get the help they want.

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Improved MBS Direct Rental Service; Here’s What to Look Forward To

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 14, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Rental and digital options have shaken up the course material landscape, with each format increasing in popularity during the last decade. MBS Direct, leaders in course material initiatives, is introducing an improved rental program providing schools and their students with the type of service that offers flexibility and increased savings.

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Tips to Help Teachers Maximize Their Classroom Management Skills

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 13, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Learning how to manage your work is an important skill in any field, but it's especially true for teachers in charge of leading a classroom. For educators, an especially helpful method is dividing the strategies you plan to use day-to-day into categories. 

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Lessons Learned from the MBS Direct Database (From a 20-year Veteran)

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Apr 7, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Perhaps the core foundation of our business, the MBS Direct database contains 1.5 million titles (60,000 of which are specifically digital) – one of the largest in the industry. The depth and variety of this database opens up all kinds of things for our partner schools. It gives faculty members a huge selection of great titles from which they can make the adoption choices, and as a result, their students are getting better, more high-quality books. Plus, if a school wants to adopt a title that’s not currently in our database, our numerous publisher partnerships make it easy to get that title added in most cases.

We sat down with Director of Retail Database Mindy Stephenson to find out how MBS Direct consistently maintains such a large database, while simultaneously fulfilling all of our customers’ requests for additional titles.

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Connect Faculty with Innovative Course Materials

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 29, 2016 4:00:00 AM

The way students get their books has changed a lot in recent years. Many of those changes are the result of student desires  they crave a wider variety of content than ever, and are willing to look all over the place to get it. That means that schools and their faculty have had to work hard to keep up with the desires and demands of their students, and that the race to adapt probably won't slow down any time soon. So how can your school get ahead and work with faculty to make sure you're providing the latest, most cutting-edge content?

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