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…)
It’s the season when we peer into the future and predict what may lie ahead in 2016 and beyond. As one of the leaders in the graphics communications industry, it allows us the fortitude to speak with leading printers and research analysts, polish our crystal ball and interpret what we see as the coming challenges and trends of this evolving market that will affect your business.
For the most part and quite frankly obvious, we see that the trend of declining print and the challenge of how to combat it will continue. The solutions today and in the coming years will lead the way were we to change the conversation in regard to the divergence of print spend by decision-makers. Today’s print spend is very different and in contrast with e-distribution of content and the changing social platforms whereby companies are redistributing marketing dollars towards them. Konica Minolta’s integrated services portfolio is helping printers expand their services, which would allow them to take advantage of this industry shift.
Recently, my son was mowing the lawn when a tie rod broke, completely disabling our lawn tractor. With our recent strategic alliance with 3D Systems, I immediately thought that if I only had a 3D printer, I could just print out a new part, install it and get the tractor up and running in no time.
We are indeed excited to announce our official entrance into the market as the first of its kind – our partnership with 3D Systems makes Konica Minolta the first original equipment manufacturer in the United States to offer 3D printing solutions through the traditional printer and office equipment sales channels. As a result of this new alliance, we plan to offer customers a full suite of 3D printing services and solutions. (more…)