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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 2017 Recap: Learning Doesn’t Take A Summer Vacation

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    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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    K-12 Schools Prime for Increase in Education Solutions

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    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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    From Our Experts

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    In 2010, Konica Minolta implemented a vertical marketing strategy and hired individuals like myself who were not from the office technology arena but whose expertise was in fields such as legal, healthcare, government, education, among others. Since that time, we have seen many of our dealers follow suit with vertical markets for their business. (more…)

    Customer Experience, From the Experts, Marketing, Strategy

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    As we quickly transition into a new year, I think back on 2017 and the rash of cyber security stories that made national and international news. Ransomware like WannaCry and NotPetya, the Equifax breach, SMBv1 and SSL vulnerabilities, etc. Even a global phishing scam used a fake Konica Minolta C224e scan to email message as bait.

    Most noteworthy in the printer industry were the major campaigns launched by various MFP and print providers. As it turned out, one of the most prolific printer security campaigns actually backfired when it was discovered that the very printer vulnerabilities described in the campaign were actually discovered on their own portfolio of enterprise printers. You couldn’t make it up if you tried. (more…)

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

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    blog-cb-082917 (1)You might recognize this as the title of a song by Fleetwood Mac, a very popular band in the 1970s and ‘80s. It’s a fun song to listen to but if you think about it, what it’s saying is really motivating and inspirational as well. It may be easy to get into a rut in our everyday lives and start acting like tomorrow will be just another yesterday. But the truth is, new challenges and opportunities are always all around us. Just look at all of the technological changes that have occurred in the last five to 10 years. It wasn’t  that long ago that Netflix introduced online streaming, the iPad was first launched, e-readers changed the way we read books and Keurigs’ single serve system revolutionized the world of coffee. (more…)

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

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    PrintFile sharing solutions are ubiquitous now. If you run a Google search for “online file sharing services,” you’ll get pages of possibilities returned like secure file sharing, secure file transferring, virtual data rooms, Google drives and every other imaginable solution out there. In today’s high-tech world, businesses of all verticals, but especially legal, deal with sensitive data understand the importance of sharing files securely.  With the likes of Konica Minolta and Workshare file sharing solutions, we’ve come a long way in how we now protect our client and customer data. (more…)

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

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    Print Management: The Forgotten Revenue Stream

    , Solutions Product Marketing Manager

    KMBS_LogoGenerating 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…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    education_imageWith 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…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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