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AUGUST 31, 2018
This week, a special guest emerged briefly out of retirement to write an in-memoriam to a dear friend. Below, Anne Wujcik shares her fondest memories of Charles Blaschke and the legacy he leaves behind. We'd again like to extend our condolences to Charles's family and friends since his unexpected passing earlier this month. Charles will have two services to honor his life and work in September.

Other posts this week include not just the hot scoops, but hot topics too! Blockchain is a new way of thinking about how we organize and utilize student (and even faculty) data online, and it just may take over the way we store education data in the future. In Educator Hot Topics we feature lots of back-to-school articles that are sure to inspire you. Be sure to check out all our latest posts, reports and events!
By Anne Wujcik

I'd been thinking that I might want to write a short column for MDR marking the start of the 2018-19 school year. I never expected that instead I would be writing to mourn the death of a dear friend- and industry icon - Charles Blaschke. On August 3, Charles had a terrible fall at his summer home in Machipongo on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The doctors tried, but it was not to be with his wife Kathy and sister Ellie by his side, he passed away on Sunday, August 5th.  

By Jodi Murphy

September is upon us and that means we are feverishly getting ready for EdNET here at MDR! EdNET New York is sold out, but there's still a spot or two left at our other two conferences, so get in while you can. And, we made the scoops this time around...so even more buzz happening.

By Melissa Pelletier

Blockchain is a new way of thinking about how we organize and utilize student (and even faculty) data online, providing them with a sense of ownership, ease of access, and immutability - and it just may take over the way we store education data in the future.

By Bernadette Grey, Chief Strategist at MDR 

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation estimates that by 2026, more than 20 million people will be living with cancer or be survivors of cancer. While we frequently talk about dealing with a diagnosis, what it takes to beat the odds, and how to support a friend or family member with a cancer diagnosis, we rarely bring children into those discussions.

By Melissa Pelletier 

According to survey results in Teachers Talk Technology, MDR's second publication in the State of the K-12 Marketing 2018 series, seventy-seven percent of the nearly 4,400 teachers queried indicated their school provides wireless Internet access for both faculty and students in most places on campus.

By Jodi Murphy

The doors have officially opened at schools all around the US (with some still enjoying the last few days of Summer!) and some teachers already need some help. Check out these relatable meme's, picture books and more that can help kick off the new year!

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