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

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    Stephanie Keer

    Manager
    Government and Education Solutions


    Stephanie Keer is responsible for Konica Minolta’s Education and Government vertical markets, focusing on solutions that improve efficiencies in education. She is a Professor at NYU and the Lead Researcher of Living Values Education Organization. She is an avid scuba diver and meditator.

     

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    , U.S. Education Practice Director, All Covered

    Paul Heckathorn

    U.S. Education Practice Director
    All Covered


    Paul is the U.S. Director of the Education IT Services Practice and is responsible for strategy, marketing/sales, and internal adoption of the education vertical. In this role, he is focused on helping schools become future ready through digital transformation and working with school leaders and key stakeholders in K-12 to go through an ed tech assessment process to determine future readiness. He has previously served as part of the executive team for an education technology company (Questeq) and helped Questeq grow their brand recognition and services to K-12 schools in Pennsylvania. Paul has spent 20+ years in K-12 assisting schools with education technology planning, consulting, IT staff augmentation and outsourcing help desk and network infrastructure services. Paul has served on the Blackhawk School District School Board, served on the District technology committee as a community member and has been actively involved in the education community. Paul started his career working for a National hardware/software distributor (D&H Distributing) based in Harrisburg, PA. Paul graduated from Shippensburg University with a BA in History and holds certifications in sales, leadership and technology.

     

    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.”

    At Konica Minolta we couldn’t agree more which is why we are continually adding to our education solutions and products.  Meeting students halfway however, also requires thoughtful planning beyond just the classroom. With the many forms of technology and digital tools permeating the classroom and the school environment at large, our IT Services division, All Covered, joined us at ISTE to discuss everything from education infrastructure management mobility solutions and data privacy and security.

    And because we believe school security and safety have become increasingly important, we were excited to share one of our newest solutions, the SchoolGate Guardian School Visitor Management solution. SchoolGate Guardian utilizes cutting-edge software and real-time identity cross-checking, helping schools manage visitors seamlessly – while significantly increasing the safety of all staff members and students. SchoolGate Guardian’s software quickly scans any state-issued ID or license, time stamps the visit, and automatically archives all details of the visit. Along with that our Classroom Guardian class door barrier system, can protect a class with a quick-to-install, spring loaded barrier that teachers can lock into a door mount.

    This year we also showcased Dremel 3D printers with MyStemKits curriculum. These printers are designed to engage students as they witness their own computer-generated designs become tangible objects right before their eyes! This breakthrough technology allows K-12 educators to teach a wide range of subject matter interactively, delivering core academic knowledge while enhancing their students’ problem solving, collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

    While this year’s ISTE show was incredibly inspiring, the road ahead for educators still has many challenges, including digital equity among schools, the evolving role of teachers and scaling innovations. That said, we are excited to continue to support schools and educators alike by providing innovative solutions that in the end enhance learning. Because teachers should be able to concentrate on their core competency- teaching.

    July 03, 2018

    Solutions, Technology

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