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Why Now? The Adoption Answers You Need for Faculty

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 31, 2017 5:31:00 AM

It’s a distraction, an onerous bit of red tape or just an abstract requirement that seems out-of-step with classroom reality: Your earnest early-adoption notice ends up deleted, routed to junk mail or ignored because faculty don’t understand why you’re sending requests out so early.  If you want teachers to cooperate with the official bookstore schedule, it’s critical to anticipate their questions, understand confusion and offer succinct, concrete answers.

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Is Your Administration Cutting Costs or Creating Them?

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

“People in those staff jobs have it made,” my friend said, rolling her eyes. “They get paid really well and do nothing.

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How Social Media Adds Value to K–12 Education

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 26, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Students live on social media. Their smartphones have become a natural extension of their arm at increasingly younger ages. There is a world of information at their fingertips. Want to learn how to code? Hear about the latest video game? World events? Pretty much anything you can think of, there is a YouTube video for that. But, who is teaching children to spot the real sites from the fake ones? How will they critically assess what is fact and what is opinion? How do students defend themselves against online bullying or prevent themselves from becoming the bully? In short, where do children learn digital citizenship?

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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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