Utilizing Copyrighted Items in Your Custom Materials

Posted by Chris Posa on Dec 4, 2020 9:53:30 AM

Curriculum leaders today are finding that creating their own learning materials is the ideal solution to meet the demands of today’s classrooms, and that including copyrighted items helps increase the quality of those materials. XanEdu Publishing specializes in helping K-12 content creators and educators safely and effectively utilize best-in-class materials.

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Topics: K12

Curiosity as a Planning Tool

Posted by Chris Posa on Oct 28, 2020 4:10:56 PM

We have spoken to hundreds of educators over the years who have decided to forego the mass-produced textbook in favor of curriculum they build themselves. Why do these educators go through this work? One common inspiration is that custom curricula allow for the telling of stories and creation of connections between people and cultures in ways that are often left out of the traditional narratives.

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Topics: Custom Publishing, OER, K12

Copyright and Licensing in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by Chris Posa on Oct 26, 2020 8:34:10 AM

In March 2020 we were instructed to work from home due to concerns over the pandemic. The same scenario played out for many employees who could perform their jobs remotely across the U.S. and around the world. This was the case for K-12 teachers, administrative staff and students as well.

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Topics: Custom Publishing, K12

3 Inspiring TED Talks Every Learner, Trainer, and Teacher Should See

Posted by Cortney Peters on Aug 4, 2016 5:07:49 PM

Looking for a bit of inspiration or clarity on various learning topics? We've developed a list of TED Talks that should be seen by learning and development or teachers/professors should watch. 

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Topics: Higher Education, Corporate Learning, K12

6 Tips for Engaging the Distracted High School Student

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 24, 2016 4:11:08 PM

The distracted high school student isn’t always easy to spot. Sometimes, it can be the student who is passing, doing acceptable work, but who just isn’t grasping or retaining what they’ve learned. Often, students will do what it takes to pass their classes, but don’t leave with the fundamental messages the teacher intended for them.


So what is the key factor that distinguishes perceived success from actual knowledge retention? Student engagement. We all know that it takes student engagement for learners to fully grasp what they’re learning, but engaging each and every student can feel near impossible.


Consequently, if the students aren’t engaged, then they will likely not be grasping the material for long-term use. They will do the bare minimum needed to pass the class, and leave without fully understanding the breadth of what they've been taught.


Engaging students, however, is a tricky thing to do- especially in high school. Social implications, sports, and extracurricular activities can take precedence over school work at times, and makes engaging students really tough. So we’ve developed a list of six ways to better engage the modern, distracted high school student to ensure that learning is conducive to success.

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Topics: K12

5 Evolving Trends That Are Enhancing K-12 Learning

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 22, 2016 4:19:14 PM

Trends in learning have changed and progressed throughout the years, but with the onset of technology in education, there is now a trend that’s here to stay. Schools everywhere are integrating technology into their curriculum because the results are undeniably positive.

Students are honing the skills necessary to succeed in the tech world we live in simply by incorporating technology into their everyday lives. As the education system continues to change, we want to acknowledge and ponder some of the trends that are propelling k-12 education to the next level.

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Topics: K12

5 Misconceptions About Blended Learning in K-12

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 10, 2016 4:50:44 PM



With the rise of technology, many college level courses have migrated from entirely in-person, to partly, mostly, or even entirely virtual. As colleges and universities everywhere have found improved student outcomes and happier students with connectivity, K-12 schools have begun adopting more blended and online learning options.


Often when it comes to virtual primary education, there are some objections, questions, and concerns. We’ve gathered a list of five common misconceptions about blended learning in K-12 schools, and the reasons they simply aren’t true.

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Topics: K12

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