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  • School Security for our New Normal and Beyond

    Mass notifications and screening students, faculty, staff and visitors should be in every school plan

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    The ongoing pandemic has forced schools and districts to change the way they operate. Depending on local guidelines, the new school year looks different than any other previous year. Some schools are reopening with precautions in place, others are choosing hybrid models, and some are conducting all classes online. As schools resume either in-person or via remote learning (or a hybrid of both), mass notification systems can quickly and effectively keep stakeholders and communities informed. This has become even more crucial recently because information changes rapidly and on an almost daily basis. Mass notification systems can help schools overcome the speed and reach of communicating with administrators, staff, students and the community at large. (more…)

    From Our Experts

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    Customized Content Apps for Better Collaboration and Efficiency

    Students and faculty revel in the new and improved Dropbox app

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    , Manager, Digital Workplace and Office Products

    Digital innovation is the cornerstone within education, especially when it comes to higher education. The need to work anytime, anywhere and quickly switch back and forth from online to in-person has been accelerated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The need to have flexible solutions at home and on campus is more crucial than ever before. University faculty, staff and students need to be able to adapt quickly and seamlessly with easy-to-use collaboration tools. (more…)

    From Our Experts

    7 Lessons and Resources for Higher Education

    Pivoting to Online Learning from In-class Experiences is Complex but Doable

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    As campuses across the country closed and sent students home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, faculty members moved their classes online at an unprecedented pace. Online courses and distance education were once thought of as the opposite of what a college experience should be, with “sub-par learning experiences” or for-profit companies acting as educational institutions. But now, online learning has quickly become a necessity to keep classes going and colleges and universities alive. (more…)

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    Konica Minolta & All Covered – Synergy for the Win!

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    The definition of synergy is the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations to produce a combined effect that is greater than the sum of their separate effects. And, Konica Minolta Business Solutions truly would not have been awarded the Buyers Laboratory Inc (BLI) PaceSetter Awards for the K12 and Higher Education Verticals without the support and collaboration of its IT services division, All Covered. (more…)

    Thought Leaders

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    How to Secure Your School: Six Steps for Improvement

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    , co-founder School Gate Guardian

    There are several different ways we can help schools with physical security needs. Examples include active shooter situations, family abductions, problematic teacher/student relations, as well as vandalism. The unfortunate reality of today is that these scenarios, almost unthinkable a generation ago, have occurred with increasing frequency. Schools today regularly practice ‘active shooter’ drills, complete with classroom lock downs and door barricades. (more…)

    Technology

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    At ISTE 2018, It’s All About the Student!

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    , U.S. Education Practice Director, All Covered

    It has been our 7th year participating at the International Society for Technology in Education conference (ISTE) and 2018 did not disappoint!  While no single technology led the show this year, student learning and helping teachers be more effective was at the center of discussion.  This idea was further punctuated by keynote speaker David Eagleman, (https://www.eagleman.com/) when he described the science behind learning. To paraphrase him, students have moved from “just in case learning” such as the history of a country you may need to know about, to “just in time learning,” like how to solve a math problem, which can be looked up instantly via technology.  For digital natives, otherwise known as today’s students, this is the norm.  And with that idea in mind, educators are on point to think and teach differently.  As he puts it, “the onus is on educators to meet their students half way.” (more…)

    Solutions, Technology

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    iste-2017As 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…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    Driving Innovations in K-12 Education

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    At Konica Minolta, we have a strong mission to drive STEM education in the U.S., using technology to advance thinking and foster creativity around innovations that address 21st-century challenges. We are a technology company, but we are also driven to make a difference for students, specifically by supporting the diverse learning experiences within their educational environments, and piquing their interest in developing the designs of our future. (more…)

    From Our Experts

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    The K-12 learning environment has had a big year of change with regard to the incorporation of emerging technology (think: augmented reality and virtual reality). We also expect to see a fascinating year ahead, with education institutions putting more basic solutions in place as the necessary building blocks for greater technological innovations. I’ve recently reviewed eSchool Media’s Annual Trends Report: 25 Trends for 2018[1] and am thrilled to see that expert educational opinions about trends across the nation mirror what we, at Konica Minolta see in terms of technology integration taking place in education this year.

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    Konica Minolta Wins American Security Today Awards

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    Konica Minolta has been expanding and transforming its business by building off our strong imaging legacy. This transformation includes everything from offering IT services to helping reshape workspaces and most recently with our Workplace of the Future™ solutions. It’s a mighty undertaking, so it’s very satisfying when a third-party comes along and acknowledges just how successful our transformation has been. I’m very pleased to say that this occurred last week when we won multiple awards in the government security sector from American Security Today (AST). (more…)

    Content Management, From the Experts, Security, Solutions, Technology

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