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How St. Bernard High School’s STEM Program Fuels Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education have a lasting impact on students’ lives. To make sure all students are given their best chance to succeed, St. Bernard High School offers the only single-gender STEM program within a Catholic co-educational setting in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Heather Carmody, STEM Coordinator and STEM Department Chair at St. Bernard High School, spoke with us about their STEM program and how it enhances the student experience and helps foster a love of science and mathematics in students.

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How to Build an Effective Survey in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Student retention is a problem across campuses. Understanding how students feel about your school is an essential part of identifying the areas that with improvement can help you provide students with a better experience and increase satisfaction. Surveys give your school insight to what students think, their priorities and how you can better help them achieve success. But, how do you create a survey that is measurable, moves you closer to your goals and produces usable information?

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Four Ways MBS Direct Makes Marketing Your Buyback Easier

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

Buyback is a great way for students and families to save money on the cost of their course materials, which increases their satisfaction with their educational experience. However, a lot is happening at the end of the semester, making it far too easy for buyback to come and go without students being aware it happened. With the hectic end-of-year pace, MBS Direct wants to make it as simple as possible for you and your students to have a great buyback.

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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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Blink, Laugh, Share, Forget

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Those four words capture Generation Z in a nutshell, according to marketing consultancy The Future Company. The age group born between 1995 and 2015 will comprise more than a third of the US population by 2020.

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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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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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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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Streamline Adoptions With Course Director

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 9, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Multitasking is a way of life, especially for teachers and administrators. Rarely are there enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do. While course materials adoptions are important for a variety of reasons, managing them often becomes one more task that takes precious hours.

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How Enhanced eBooks Can Save Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

It’s a disease schools must cure: Undergraduates hate reading.

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