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Preparing Students for Careers

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 20, 2018 5:30:00 AM

The worldwide growth of artificial intelligence will change the job requirements of future generations. Preparing students to be successful in an increasingly digital world requires more than a college degree. Students need to start developing computer science skills at least by high school if not sooner. It will better prepare them for almost any future career they decide to pursue.

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What Happens When Teachers Are Tech Leaders?

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 1, 2018 5:30:00 AM

These teachers stand out — and raise eyebrows. They integrate the latest technologies into their classrooms. They have popular Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs. They score lucrative speaking gigs at conferences on educational leadership. These are the  high-profile classroom teachers that companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon court with freebies —  everything from gift cards to iPads and free access to premium classroom software — and they are igniting debate about corporate-infused pedagogy. Should you encourage your teachers to seize such opportunities or forbid them from fraternizing with Silicon Valley elites?

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Is Adaptive Learning the Future of Education?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 31, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Adaptive learning is an intriguing idea. It is easy to see how the idea of utilizing technology to create a personalized learning process for students that adapts to the needs of the learner is a compelling one for educational institutions and students alike. After all, finding a way to reach and engage more students in a sustainable way is game changing.

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Struggling With Retention? There’s an App for That

Posted by Lori Reese on Dec 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Communication is key to retention. Without a sense of connection to the university, students flounder and stray. Some move to a new institution, some fail to meet grade requirements and some simply give up and drop out.

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Google Glass: Changing the Face of Enterprise

Posted by Lori Reese on Dec 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Administrators wondering how to best prepare students for the changing workplace need to look again at Google Glass. That’s right: The wearable mini-computers are back and the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition® may change the way many of us do our jobs.

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Is AI the Future of Education?

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

When the term artificial intelligence is used, it is easy to for the mind to wander to Isaac Asimov’s foreboding stories that contemplate when humans will become obsolete. However, AI is a part of most Americans everyday life. Whether we are trying to push our way through a company’s automated answering to get to a “real person,” using an ATM over a teller at the bank, checking anything on our smartphones or asking Alexa® what the weather will be like today, we encounter some form of technology designed to make our lives easier.  One arena that has been slower to bring AI into the fold is education, but with giants like IBM, Google, Apple and Facebook taking an interest in ed tech, resistance is futile. It is no longer a matter of if AI will permeate education, it is more a question of when and how it will change the way people learn.

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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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Coding for Kids

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

Alarm clock, digital coffee maker, smartphone, car, elevator, email: Whether you know it or not, your life revolves around code. That’s why K–12 schools devoted to arming kids with valuable 21st century skills are building the computer programmer’s skill into the curriculum.

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Ed Tech Showdown

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Google, Microsoft and Apple are vying for the coveted K–12 market. These three corporate giants have products and services they say will help overwhelmed educators carry their workload, boost student achievement and increase student interest. In some ways, all the products offer similar solutions, but there are also differences in the functions they are capable of supporting. Today, we are going to break down what each product is capable of achieving in the classroom.  

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Stay Informed With Direct Network

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

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  • Course materials insight: OER, rush, adoptions, buybacks and online bookstores
  • Cost saving strategies for schools and students
  • The latest industry and educational technology news
  • Stories about how other schools adapt to the ever-changing educational landscape
  • How to maximize MBS Direct’s services and tools

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