As an educator, my summers should be typically lighter with school sessions out. But since I represent Konica Minolta at the popular International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference each June, I get to teach administrators and educators about the latest technologies for educators we offer and hear from them about the hot issues on their minds. I recently attended ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, TX – along with about 20,000 other attendees – and learned a great deal from them myself. (more…)
With all of the wonderful benefits attributed to technology in our lives, the one that education enjoys most, I believe, is the collaboration it brings to students and educators. As an educator myself, when I peer into my crystal ball, I’m thrilled to see greater inclusion increasing thanks to two critical components streaming into school districts and their classrooms: More advanced educational technology and the necessary funding to pay for it.
Schools have collaborative learning technologies such as interactive whiteboards that have replaced ancient dusty chalk boards and online homework portals where students always have access to lessons and assignments – the latter being critical for students who missed a class. But there’s even more grandiose technology coming in 2017 and beyond not just because schools have to implement it to keep their classrooms as technologically current as possible, but because of decreasing costs of technological devices and more available funding. This is especially beneficial to urban school districts that previously couldn’t bring innovative technology to their students.
Here’s the technology that I see finding greater favor in educational environments: (more…)
Welcome to The National Education Association’s (NEA) 95th annual “American Education Week” which is an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. The teachers, teachers’ aides, administrators, etc. But as Konica Minolta’s national solutions manager for the education and government markets, and as a New York University adjunct professor, I’m privy to the lesser-known administrators and companies who make a difference in school districts behind the scenes – the unsung heroes – and I want to take this opportunity to honor them. (more…)
My role as a subject matter expert for Konica Minolta’s education solutions market couldn’t fit my personal passion for education any better. Aside from my role collaborating with our marketing and sales teams, I’m also an adjunct professor at New York University and a volunteer and board member at Living Values Education, a non-profit agency that teaches children how to live their own social, moral and spiritual values. It includes training teachers on conflict resolution and creating an anti-bullying environment. (more…)
The old saying goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
This is true as teachers and parents continue to seek ways to keep students interested in learning, now with the added distraction of technology invading kids’ lives. While smartphones may distract them as much as sports and raging hormones do, such innovations as 3D printing have been, thankfully, pulling their attention back to learning.
Here are three trends we see in education that will bring a renewed excitement to classrooms and campuses.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) is a term coined by Intel when the company saw its employees using their own personal electronic devices in the office. School administrators are witnessing this trend as students bring their own to schools and so are incorporating devices like phones, tablets and micro-PCs into their routines. Plus, they can increase productivity with innovations like our PageScope app, which gives students and teachers printing and scanning control on the go using wireless technology via our free app. We’ll see the BYOD trend continue as the prices of personal devices decrease and schools adopt and integrate them into the classroom. (more…)
Recently there has been a lot of debate around educational standards – individual state standards versus the national Common Core standard. In fact, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) field testing for the Common Core started in March. Roughly four million students across 36 states and the District of Columbia will take part in the field test this spring. The goal (for the field test) is to ensure that it works and can be executed in schools properly when PARCC testing formally begins in the spring of 2015.
In addition to examining specific aspects of the actual test, schools will be looking to see how their IT infrastructure and bandwidth handle online-based testing and if the tests work the same on PCs, laptops, tablets and on different browsers. With all the investments schools have made to prepare for PARCC testing, government and school officials as well as the public will be watching these field tests closely. (more…)
September is here and that means the kids are back at school! As an educator, I love reading how technology is helping to engage a new generation of students to learn. Interactive white boards, iPads and educational apps are now common tools in the classroom. But there are also a number of emerging solutions that help staff and teachers with basic administrative tasks.
In a school setting the multifunctional printer (MFP) is constantly being utilized and is the ideal device to help streamline workflows or communicate key school messages and policies. There are now downloadable apps (similar to those used on mobile devices) available specifically for MFPs that are designed to increase productivity and make school administrative tasks easier. (more…)