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  • Navigating the Education Challenge

    , Education Practice Director, All Covered

    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…)

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    Protect Your Print – Secure Printing

    , Director, Business Development

    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…)

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    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…)

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    Preparing for PARCC Assessments

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    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…)

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    Cool Apps for School Teachers and Administrators

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    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…)

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