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New Series: Trending Topics in Education [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Feb 19, 2016 9:09:06 AM
Topics: digital content, ed tech, podcasts

MBS Direct is proud to announce the launch of a new podcast series that will highlight our partner companies and schools who are making important and interesting contributions to the field of education in general, and academic content specifically.

A podcast is worth a thousand words. Maybe a few more if we talk fast.

A look down any conference schedule shows the questions that faculty, institutions and EdTech companies are asking about long-held assumptions in education. A lot of aspects of education are ready for a new perspective, and many schools and companies have already started to tilt their heads.

MBS Direct is lucky to work with a lot of these companies and schools, the ones that are thinking about education a little differently and creating tools that help schools and students be successful. In looking for a way to share those relationships with all of our partner schools, we decided to create a series of podcasts where we interview people from those companies and schools so they can tell their stories.

Introducing "Trending Topics in Education"

By featuring these relationships, we hope to give our partner schools an understanding of what’s happening in the content market, how they can use some of these new tools and hear new ideas from fellow faTrending-Topics-with-Carrie_Direct-Network.jpgculty and administrators. These podcasts are short, with most of them coming in under 15 minutes.

We just launched our first podcast, featuring LAD Custom Publishing. Lance was kind enough to be our guinea pig, and we’ve already learned a lot about the sound quality of our conference rooms. Watch for more podcasts to be highlighted here on Direct Network, or you can follow us on Soundcloud.

Trending Topics in Education

Here are some of the companies and schools you’ll hear from:

  • Mizzou K12 Online (accredited online courses for remediation and advanced STEM topics)
  • eMints (professional development for technology integration into curriculum)
  • Boundless (content platform for low-cost digital textbook alternatives)
  • Pluralsight (online courses in computer science, great for flipped and blended classrooms)
  • zyBooks (online interactive courseware for programming and computer science courses)
  • Brent LaRowe, Registrar at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Martha Bowden, Lower School Computer Teacher at the Episcopal School of Dallas
If you would be interested in being featured on our podcast, please contact Carrie Watkins on Twitter @CarrieJWatkins or email us at [email protected].

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About Carrie Watkins

Carrie has been with MBS Direct since Valentine's Day 2011. Her favorite thing about her job is the fact that she's constantly learning. A big part of her day-to-day is traveling around the country to learn about new products and services MBS Direct can provide to partner schools, and then bringing those ideas back into the office to work on with her team. Away from the office, Carrie loves traveling with her son, who wants to be a marine biologist. They especially enjoy going to aquariums and zoos together, with the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago being their favorite.

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