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4 'Cs' of Technology that Carry Over into the Classroom

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Does the IT staff at your school have the time to devote to forward-thinking technologies? Do you have a collaborative, meaningful partnership with your provider? 

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We cannot build the future for our youth—but we can build our youth for the future.”

The 4 “Cs” in education have become a fundamental representation for the National Education Association’s vision for 21st Century Education. Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication are all key components from the NEA to helping students of today – and tomorrow – prepare for college, for work, and for life.

Intertwined within these timeless  4 "Cs” assets today, of course, is the development of and proficiency with technology as students forge ahead in today’s digital era. For example, students must be encouraged to use technology to communicate innovatively and effectively. Additionally, technology plays a key role in effective student collaboration inside the classroom and, in some instances, across the globe.

In building our youth for the future, educators must own the ability to utilize technology to its full potential inside the classroom. With the strength of a reputable business technology partner, they can see beyond the drudgery of today’s routine IT tasks and have a better vision for the initiatives ahead.

Are these 4 “Cs” being covered by your current technology provider?

The 4 "Cs” of Technology that Carry Over to the Classroom:

1. Cultivate

The information you create and distribute ultimately comes down to efficiency. Through collaboration with your office equipment or managed service provider, you should seek ways to produce faster, more affordable output, streamline and even automate tasks with MFP integration and, whenever possible, leverage mobile technology solutions.

Your partner should be a "first call" when cultivating new ideas on how to tackle the “bigger and better” projects that will permeate the classroom.

2. Capitalize

Your school should be able to capitalize on every technology investment made. From long-term infrastructure stability and security, to responsive, proactive resolution to your routine IT issues, your team should have the ability to focus more effort on initiatives that improve students’ learning experience.

3. Control

The average office worker prints 10,000 pagers per year at an average cost of $725. From controlling print costs to internal print-related processes, a reputable office equipment provider can help you manage your print environment and reclaim your bottom line.

4. Consolidate

When workflows are better streamlined, everyone on campus gets more done.

The “Paperless Office” continues to be a buzzword connected to the idea of organizational consolidation. However, a recent report from Canon indicates that 36 percent of enterprises say they are printing more often than they were 12 months ago, while only 14 percent are printing less often.

Combined with document capture software and document management tools, your multifunction copier can scan student information, class assignments and test results for easier sharing and faster retrieval. Additionally, a document management solution can provide fast, easy access to documents that are both well secured and structured.

While the 4Cs in education help empower students to be think-tanks of tomorrow, the 4Cs of business technology liberate your on-campus technology team to apply these classroom initiatives. Does the IT staff at your school have the time to devote to forward-thinking technologies? Do you have a collaborative, meaningful partnership with your provider? If not, let's talk!

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