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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - Hockaday School [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jul 31, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: With a desire to share his love of learning, Jason Curtis entered the education industry as a classroom teacher 21 years ago. Now, as the Director of Technology and Information Resources for the Hockaday School, Jason has more of a behind-the-scenes position for encouraging that love of learning in students. In our conversation with Jason, we talked about how technology can enhance the role of the teacher in personalizing education for individual students.

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MBS Direct Expert Q&A: K–12 Digital Market

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

The Digital Marketplace for K–12 schools is changing. Carrie Watkins, senior digital consultant, shares how MBS Direct can help school navigate their way through the digital world.

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Stay Informed With MBS Direct

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Education and technology are constantly evolving. The best practices one day might change or be improved by the next. Learning from the experiences of other schools and staying in the know about the latest offerings in field keeps your school on the cutting edge of education and provides benefits. The latest course materials options can affect your bottom line, student success rates and the job-satisfaction of teachers. Making the wrong choice can negatively impact these same areas. That’s why it is important to research new topics and innovations as well as listen to the experiences other schools have forging the same waters.  

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - Bolles [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jun 5, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: At the Atlas Conference in April, we talked with Jennifer Moore, an instructional designer at the Bolles School, about what it means to be a guide for students and faculty, as well as the energy that education needs right now. With all the advances of the past few years about how we approach classroom education, Jennifer talks about how it's hard not to be excited about the future of education.

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - EcoRise [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on May 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: For the past eight years, EcoRise Youth Innovations has been helping students recognize they can make an impact on their environment. In this podcast with Jonathan Stott, deputy director with EcoRise Youth Innovations, we discuss the importance of introducing ecoliteracy and sustainability topics across the curriculum. Jonathan talks about giving students hands-on experience with projects that directly affect their schools and communities and giving students experience with potential career paths they may not have otherwise explored.

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - SkyePack [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Mar 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Faculty members are looking for more customization options to align their content with the learning objectives of the course. However, limited time for research and resources makes it difficult for some to build a course pack from scratch. SkyPack is offering more customization and more control over pricing.

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Trending Topics in Education: Luma [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Feb 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Alternative content for more specialized courses is not easy to find. Courses like driver’s education and nursing programs have few open content options. Seeing an opportunity to generate content which is more specialized and offer institutions a more robust portfolio, teaching veteran Gina Anderson created Luma.

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Trending Topics in Education: Desmos [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jan 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Math is one of the most divisive subjects students encounter in their academic career, with some students coming away from it enthralled, and some hoping to never see another fraction again. Desmos is working to help students love math by changing the verbs from "calculate" and "execute" to "create" and "discuss." Dan Meyer, a former classroom math teacher and chief academic officer at Desmos, talks about the need to bring the noise back to the math classroom by unplugging the headphones, and getting students working together to love math.

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Trending Topics in Education: Soomo Learning [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Dec 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM

After spending several years working to make content more engaging, Soomo Learning's Founder and Course Designer David Lindrum realized it was the immediate application of new knowledge that led students to be successful. In this podcast, David talks about how Soomo's data-driven approach helps faculty identify which students need the extra help and the best time for that intervention.

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Trending Topics in Education: Episcopal School of Dallas [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Nov 7, 2016 5:42:00 AM

In this podcast, we'll chat with Martha Bowden about her role as Lower School computer teacher and technology coach at the Episcopal School of Dallas. She'll talk about ESD is approaching digital citizenship at the middle school level, as well as the importance of student-driven learning in today's schools.

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