Generating a steady stream of revenue and ensuring document security are big objectives for a business of any size to survive. But many of them – especially small businesses – neglect to adopt a comprehensive means for tracking multifunction printer (MFP) usage and recovering costs. Additionally, many businesses don’t take the necessary precautions to protect and secure files across their organization. The result? They’re tossing a bundle of valuable funds into the wind while leaving their organization open to security breaches and threats. (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…)
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…)
If there’s one truth that has become strikingly clear to me, it’s that the holidays have, and always will be, a magical time. What makes these days so special is the meaning we create from them, and most of that meaning comes from giving. We give gifts, food, laughs and even memories to loved ones without a sign of hesitation. We celebrate our blessings, and we are reminded that kindness and generosity should reign.
December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. People across the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity. It’s a crucial day to think about how we can give back to those in need and take actions to recognize that others are less fortunate.
This past summer, my 12-year-old daughter attended the Beuhler Challenger & Science Center Rocket Girls Science and Astronomy Camp. It was a week-long day camp focusing on encouraging girls to use science, math and technology to shape their futures. They built and launched rockets and learned about astronomy and women in aviation. Especially touching to me was the session about Sally Ride, the first female in space, who was also a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, my alma mater. My daughter came home daily with new facts, excited to share her learnings, and reciting the names of the planets and facts about our solar system at every opportunity. Fueling passion for science, technology, engineering and math, often referred to as STEM, during childhood is extremely important to our nation’s students and our future as a global leader. (more…)
Hunger in the United States is on the rise, with studies proving that one in six Americans face hunger. What’s more important to consider is that hunger doesn’t only exist in the home, it is often brought to school, and this can deeply affect a child’s learning capabilities. In fact, three in five elementary and middle- school teachers say that they see children come to school hungry.
While more than 20 million students receive a free or reduced-price lunch on an average school day fewer than half of these students are provided the same bargain for breakfast, which is known to be the most important meal of the day. Teachers claim that having a nutritious breakfast increases concentration, leads to better academic performance and encourages good behavior in the classroom. (more…)
Mobile technology has changed the way people work, learn and communicate. Over the past few years, enterprise IT departments have embraced mobile technology and supported BYOD (bring your own device) policies. However, the mobile discussion isn’t limited to business. With 78 percent of teenagers using mobile devices, school districts have joined the BYOD conversation.
Leveraging mobile technology in the classroom helps engage students and makes learning more interactive. It is transforming the way students learn. It is also means that school districts need to adapt their IT infrastructure and policies to support a range of mobile devices and new online learning or social media tools. (more…)
In August 2013, it was determined that Affinity Health Plan — a New York-based managed care plan — owed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights $1.2 million for violating HIPAA as part of a patient data breach case, reported Healthcare IT News.
“An HHS Office for Civil Rights investigation indicated that Affinity impermissibly disclosed the protected health information of these affected individuals when it returned multiple photocopiers to leasing agents without erasing the data contained on the copier hard drives.”
HIPAA regulations are not to be taken lightly. It can cost businesses millions of dollars if the proper precautions are not taken when it comes to information sharing and organizational workflow.
There are those working outside the healthcare industry that need to equally protect sensitive patient information. Take, for instance, Summit Educational Resources, a private organization in New York that provides education and therapeutic services to those with developmental disabilities. (more…)
Studies show that a child’s exposure to books in their early childhood years is essential to the development of their literacy skills and is proven to be a strong predictor of their future academic success. Children from low-income families often lack access to books, as food and shelter are priority – this puts them at a disadvantage to their peers.
Supporting childhood education is important at Konica Minolta. As a technology and solutions company, we’re interested in promoting education to shape our nation’s next generation of leaders and thinkers. In March and April Konica Minolta furthered our mission to promote childhood education with the Books2BETTER program. This initiative encouraged Konica Minolta employees at branches nationwide to organize local book drives to support underprivileged young readers in their community by collecting new books for preschool and kindergarten aged children from low-income families. (more…)