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  • Today’s Lesson: The Top 3 Trends in Education

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

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    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…)

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    Houston, TX office collecting food items during our national 2015 Food for Thought Drive.

     

    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.

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    Girl and microscopeThis 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…)

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    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…)

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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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