By on May 24th, 2016 | Comment on this post

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How much did your college experience contribute to your success as a leader?

  • Tremendously — I am forever indebted to my alma mater: 13%
  • A lot — My college education has had a big impact on my career: 31%
  • Somewhat — It’s contributed but only in certain areas: 28%
  • Not much — My success doesn’t have a lot to do with my education: 22%
  • Not at all — I didn’t attend college or it hasn’t contributed at all: 7%

Hail alma mater dear. You get out of something what you put into it. If you feel you’re not getting a lot out of your college experience (as 50% of you indicate), perhaps you’re not taking advantage of all the assets available to you.…

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By on May 24th, 2016 | Comment on this post

Michael BrennerSome of the brightest minds in marketing are coming together at the ANA/BMA 2016: Masters of B2B Marketing conference in Chicago June 1 to 3. SmartBrief will be there, too, and to kick things off, we asked Michael Brenner, CEO of Marketing Insider Group and co-author of The Content Formula, to preview some of what he’ll share at the event.

First, you are a marketing executive who recently launched his own company. Can you tell us what it’s been like to make that transition? Do you have any advice for marketing executives who are interested in a similar path?

I started sharing my expertise online a few years ago on my blog. That led to requests to do webinars, then speaking engagements. I was fortunate enough to join a startup called NewsCred and build a strategy business for them prior to launching my own business. I see each step as an extension of that early commitment to share my experiences and insights online and to build a supportive community that helped me so much along the way.…

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By Caroline Murray on May 24th, 2016 | Comment on this post

Spanish teacher Caroline Murray shows how language teachers can use Showbie to assess conversational proficiency.

Language teachers finally have an answer to the question of how to effectively and efficiently assess conversational proficiency in an organized, one-stop-shop way. For me, it’s Showbie.

Showbie is a free app for iOS devices that allows teachers to assign, collect and review student work electronically. The app accepts almost any type of upload and lets you hand write on images and PDFs (using digital ink). This has made it ideal for me when assessing conversations.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Upload an audio prompt, such as a voice recording or downloaded audio file. You can upload different audio files for each student, copy/paste files from one student to another, or upload one per class.
  2. Upload a PDF of the rubric.
  3. Listen to the audio files, then record your response directly into the app.
  4. Assess the student’s work in Showbie by writing directly on the rubric, typing in comments or recording feedback.
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By on May 23rd, 2016 | Comment on this post

children-183007_1280--589From virtual dissections to 3D printing, an update on the latest ed-tech product and service offerings.

 Cengage’s new science modules let high-school and college students perform virtual dissections, explore chemical elements and reactions and conduct virtual research, among other activities.

Dremel released the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 and a free app that lets users print, monitor jobs and download designs, using their mobile Android or iOS device. A video showing students using the printer is available online.

Parchment debuted an infographic that shows evolution of education, from traditional to digital environments, with a glance at what lies ahead in the future.

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will keynote NEXT2016, Schoology’s user conference, taking place July 11-13, in Miami Beach, Fla.

Proximity Learning’s online special-education program includes features for tailored instruction and student management. The program, available on from desktop and mobile computers, may be used for small groups and individual students.…

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By Alaina Love on May 23rd, 2016 | Comment on this post

May is the month of new beginnings. Just ask any recent graduate with a freshly minted diploma clasped tightly in hand.

They’ve slogged through the salt mines of advanced programming, navigated the carbon bonds of organic chemistry and agonized through weeklong problem sets in engineering. They’ve labored to understand the relevance of Cicero’s speeches to modern political rhetoric, and poured through thousands of pages of literature in search of an insight from Shakespeare or Thoreau that they could apply to the world they will inherit. And they are now at last, free — launched out into the exciting and very scary world of becoming contributing members of a society that is both characterized by its many flaws and heralded for its fine points.

In the course of pursuing a degree, however, these future leaders have spent much of their education learning about other people, other places and other things. The journey to truly understanding the legacy that they will compose and leave to others some 40 years from now is just getting underway.…

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