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Can Microsoft Overtake Google’s Classroom Dominance?

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

Earlier this month, at the company’s EDU event, Microsoft revealed they are returning to the world of education in a big way. Introducing new equipment, apps and pedagogical innovation that could give Google a run for the top spot, competing on all levels — including cost.

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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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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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Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart: The CAVE

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As one of the first in the nation to have a fully wireless one-to-one program, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, is no stranger to being a pioneer in innovative educational practices. The all-girls PK-12 school started a student helpdesk program that gives the students hands-on experience with fixing their school computers, boosts their self-confidence and strengthens their problem-solving skills. 

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Bring the World to Your Classroom

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

Every day new technology is introduced that makes the world a little bit smaller. You can talk with people in all corners of the internet-touched world almost as easily as you can step outside and meet your neighbor. You can tour other countries and learn about their cultures and experiences with a few swift clicks on the keyboard. Higher education and K-12 students can benefit from the variety of experience that these virtual learning tools bring into a classroom. All it requires is a strong internet connection and a willingness to learn.

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Virtual Reality in Schools Brings Real World to Life

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

More than 87 million virtual reality headsets were sold in 2016. Often used for gaming, watching programs and education, the VR market is expected to explode from $1.5 billion in sales in 2015 to almost $40 billion in the next five years. How will your school take advantage of the industry boom?

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MBS Direct's eGlossary: A Primer on the Digital Dialect [Download]

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM

While experts still argue about the details, one thing is clear: digital course materials are here to stay. With such a meteoric rise of such a complex subject, it’s no wonder a lot of buzzwords cropped up in an attempt to define, explain and establish each element that makes up the digital learning experience.

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What in the EdTech?

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Nov 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This past week, I traveled to several of our partner schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area. I received tours of maker spaces where students 3D-printed working electric guitar frames, heard about Invention Conventions where students come up with inventions that could change the world, and a student-run ad agency that did social media management and design work for outside companies.

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MBS Direct: No Magic Bullets, Just Solutions

Posted by Bill Dampier on Nov 4, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Education is changing today faster and more frequently than perhaps any other time in recent history. Technology has a place in the classroom that's evolved beyond the overhead transparency projectors and solar-powered pocket calculators many of us remember from our education. However, that doesn't mean that technology is achieving its full potential. In other words, educational technology keeps changing with many new players offering promises of single-handedly transforming how your students learn.

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Could Your Next Teaching Assistant Be an AI?

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 27, 2016 9:20:57 AM

"Siri, may I have a pass to go to the bathroom?"

It's a pretty weird question to ask your iPhone at home, but some ed tech experts believe this is the future for your classroom. As technology becomes more advanced — and students become more comfortable with it — there's a real shot that AI programs could do everything from helping educators run their classrooms to finding commuters the right buses to get to their destination.

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