2. Seamless integration. Digital natives are used to using a single tap to send videos from their phone to smart TVs, music to wireless speakers, and video game content to their friends. If these students have to attach and email documents to themselves to share and collaborate, they’re likely going to get frustrated, or at least wonder why things have to be so clunky and complicated. Many ed tech partners are addressing this issue by providing connector apps that make moving a document from a smartphone, laptop, or tablet to an IFPD as quick and easy as playing music at a party.

3. Cognitive computing. Instead of figuring out the best way to get information where, when, and in the format you need it, let the IFPD itself figure that out for you. Cognitive computing is already finding its way into the boardroom, making meetings more intuitive and collaborative no matter where participants’ work takes them. With the rise of flipped classrooms, blended learning, and the explosion in online courses, these cognitive capabilities can go far in educational environments. These offerings find new ways to facilitate students’ and instructors’ collaboration (often in real time, from anywhere with an internet connection, even from their personal devices), with features such as transforming handwriting into crisp, clear text and automatically saving and distributing class materials—complete with relevant mark-up from the discussion. Cognitive computing can make resources available where, when, and how they are needed before users even realize they need them, taking swift, seamless collaboration to new heights.

For technology to empower digital learners, they have to use it. By providing intuitive, effective, efficient tools, you can put the power of digital collaboration in the hands of a wider variety of students, from discerning digital natives to nontraditional and older students who may not have as much technological experience.

About the Author:

Elisa Esposito is senior manager, channel marketing, higher education, K12, and SLG for Ricoh USA, Inc., responsible for vertical marketing strategy, development, and success to ensure strategic alignment for customer environments. Esposito has worked with Ricoh’s strategic partner, Blackboard, to create the industry’s first scanning and printing connector that unites information from a Ricoh multifunction device to integrate within Blackboard Learn, and also supported the partnership agreement between Ricoh and CANVAS.


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