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Tablets: Study Tool or Digital Distraction?

Posted by Dean Asher on Apr 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

While print continues to be the most popular medium among students, digital materials are continuing to make inroads in US and international education. eBooks often carry cheaper sticker prices than print books and we’ve already shared with you a number of sites and apps that can make studying in the digital age easier, but do the games and distractions tablets place in students’ hands outweigh the benefits?

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The College of Idaho and Cox College Stay on Campus After Going Online

Posted by Dean Asher on Mar 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Who said taking bookstore operations online meant you had to lose your physical staff? The College of Idaho and Cox College were both able to maximize savings for their students and minimize headaches for staff by switching to an MBS Direct online bookstore, and both schools kept a physical merchandise store on campus. The result: everybody gets what they want. Students can always be sure to get the right course materials for their class in the cost-saving options they prefer, while the school doesn't have to deal with the hassle of managing inventory. Furthermore, the schools can concentrate on items with higher profit margins like spirit gear that students in turn can try on and touch in-store.

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JCA Looks to the Future with a Digital Plan

Posted by Dean Asher on Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Laura Pahl
By Laura Pahl, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Technology at Joliet Catholic Academy

Joliet Catholic Academy (JCA) is a College Prep, co-educational high school of approximately 700 students, located in Joliet, Illinois. JCA is always committed to providing our students the very best level of education. We hold true to our mission of inspiring growth in knowledge and faith and we always strive to cultivate opportunities for academic excellence.

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See What Others Are Saying about Digital Learning

Posted by Dean Asher on Mar 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The Alliance for Excellent Education's Digital Learning Day was March 13. Educators from all over the country met and discussed digital learning and how it can supplement a teacher's curriculum and augment student success. Additionally, All4Ed hosted a series of webinars leading into the big day on tips for going digital and other related topics. If you missed it, don't worry — you can catch up here. But we highly advise you to check this video out if you're interested in implementing digital learning materials in your school or program but aren't quite sure how to start.

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Print vs. Digital — the Student’s Perspective

Posted by Dean Asher on Feb 11, 2015 10:00:00 PM

These days, it seems easier than ever to repeat the popular mantra: "Print is Dead."

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Which Startups Are Transforming STEM Education?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jan 22, 2015 2:45:00 AM

With science education in the United States continuing to fall behind the rest of the world, some companies have taken it upon themselves to try and change that. Huffington Post's Vip Sitaraman has compiled a list of seven such new companies doing their best to change the future of students thinking of entering a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field. You can find a brief excerpt of Sitaraman's article below, or read his entire post here.

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Ed Predictions for 2015

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 18, 2015 10:00:00 PM

With the new year comes new opportunities, industry standards and challenges for students and educators. This early on, there are also a lot of predictions about what some of those things will be. NPR talked with education professionals and compiled some of their biggest predictions for 2015. You can check out some here, and see the full list on NPR's education blog.

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Catch Up on our Free Webinars

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 19, 2014 10:00:00 PM

MBS Direct doesn’t end at your Online Bookstore. We try to engage in an ongoing conversation with our partner schools to make sure they know everything they need to move forward and be successful in an increasingly digital world.

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Tech in Education Requires Educating on Tech

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 2, 2014 5:30:00 AM

Screen time. No, it's not the amount of time a TV show or movie devoted to a particular actor — these days, it's the amount of time students are spending engaged with technology through a screen. This can be a blessing, but also comes with issues that need to be addressed.

See how some people in the education world are handling it in this story by NPR. Follow the link to read or listen in full.

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Explore Space From Your Classroom

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Sep 14, 2014 11:00:00 PM

Satellite startup Ardusat is doing its best to make space exploration available to teachers and students around the country. The company's satellites, which are shown in the video below, are being made available for classroom use; students will be able to program them to take a number of specific measurements from around the planet. You can read more about the satellites here, and we hope that you enjoy learning more about this exciting new tool!

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