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Is Apple® Slacking Off in the Classroom?

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 23, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The hardware costs more, the apps are neither free nor teacher-tested and the most popular education item lacks a keyboard. Now that Microsoft® and Google® have kicked up efforts to capture the K–12 market, what — if anything — is Apple doing to compete?

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The Business Academic Disconnect

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As today’s students look for greater financial return on education, administrators must wake up to a harsh reality: Business leaders think schools offer dismal preparation for jobs. Even the most stellar graduates may struggle in the workplace if curricula fail to reflect corporate expectations.

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5 Ways to Make Meetings Work

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Meetings, meetings, meetings: ‘Tis the season in the land of academia for get-togethers, end-of-term finalizations, and endless confabs about all that stuff you must resolve before faculty are buried in prep for finals.

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Using Big Data for Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

College dropout rates continue to increase while enrollment falls. Many factors undoubtedly contribute to this trend, but ultimately it falls to the school to curb the decline. Which is why many colleges and universities have turned to their data to look for answers. Recently the focus has shifted from dissecting past data to a more proactive approach of compiling information on current students to better help them through predictive analysis.

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The Rental Reference

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Rentals offer students upfront savings on their course materials, but not all rental programs are created equal. It is important to make sure you find the right rental program that meets your school’s individual needs.

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The Roads to Course Materials Adoptions

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

Timely adoptions are important to the school because they cut costs, save students money and help ensure student success by having all of the required materials available before the start of class. The closer it gets to the end of the semester the more vital for faculty to make and turn in adoptions so the next semester can begin without a hitch.

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3 Ways You Need to Reach Faculty About Adoptions

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

In my first week at MBS, I told a colleague something about faculty book adoptions that stunned him. He was writing a blog about why it’s essential for administrators to ensure teachers get adoptions in early.

“Impossible,” I said.

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Social Media in a K–12 Environment: The Pros and Cons

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

Social media has undeniable popularity. With the majority of U.S. adults on at least one platform, social media is becoming deeply ingrained into our culture and means of communication. How does it affect K–12 schools and teachers? Where can social media offer benefits to the classroom? Where can it fall short?

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7 Ways You Need to Spotlight Students' Bottom Line

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Winning the heart of today’s student means showing you care about the two things: money and career.

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The Struggle With Personalized Learning

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

Personalized learning is a hot-button topic in education. The initiative has many proponents who believe in the benefits tailored education offers: Bill Gates, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings — just to name a few. For years, the topic has been in the news, but change has come slowly, if at all. What will it take for personalized education to gain a better foothold in more classrooms?

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