Using technology to inspire, engage and motivate students

Javier Lopez discusses why having the right technology in place must remain high on the education agenda

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There’s no denying the importance of good education. In fact, it’s more important now than ever before for institutions to ensure they are prepared to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of providing a crucial education journey for today’s students. 
The rollout of vaccines across Europe looks set to mark the beginning of the end for one of the most volatile periods in history for educators and students. While re-opening safely will be a challenge, the pandemic has also taught us that we should be prepared for the unexpected. 
It can be easy to write technology off as the solution to many education challenges due to perceived barriers such as cost and implementation. Yet, technology can play a critical role in supporting the learning journey and is more attainable and beneficial than many realise.  

Engaging returning students

After months of online classes at home and being separated from their classmates, students could struggle to settle back in to learning in the classroom environment. Teachers responsible for producing learning materials for their lessons can use these materials to help re-engage students, inspiring them while they re-adjust back to classroom life. Scientific studies have highlighted the positive impact colour can have on learning and interaction1. This can be easily achieved quickly and cost-effectively with the right printer technology in place. 
Typically, staff share printers which are usually located in a print room. Being unable to access a printer close to the classroom can be challenging for teachers who may need to print materials to support their lessons and need access to a reliable colour printer that is easy to use and produces professional quality results. OKI Europe’s range of award winning A4 and A3 colour printers and MFPs for the education sector are compact enough to fit in where space is limited, whether in the classroom or back office. They can provide the performance, reliability, diverse media handling and most importantly, the vibrant colour output teachers need to make learning materials as engaging as possible. 

Reducing budgetary burdens

Educators are no strangers to budgetary issues, and this isn’t a problem that will disappear any time soon. Reductions in public funding across Europe mean universities are in tough and complex financial situations, according to the European University Association’s Public Funding Observatory2. The economic impact of the pandemic could see budgets reduced even more, and not just for universities but schools and colleges too. 
Institutions print a huge array of collateral, from learning resources and worksheets, test papers and student work to administrative documentation and marketing collateral such as brochures, posters, flyers and leaflets. They often rely on third party print suppliers to support the differing needs which can lead to high costs as well as high levels of wastage of unused materials.
With unrivalled media flexibility, OKI’s colour printers and MFPs can cost-effectively handle all the printing requirements an education establishment may need with no waiting times and no wastage. This includes learning materials and course work to brochures, flyers, and leaflets as well as signage such as floor banners and window stickers to keep students safe as schools, colleges and universities reopen. All of this can be printed on demand, in-house.

Adapting through the power of print

It’s clear there are many challenges that educators are having to respond to on a daily basis, and who knows what other obstacles might be around the corner. It’s now more important than ever for educational institutions to be able to adapt in order to safeguard the future of every student. 
Please note, for information on specific media that should be used with OKI printers for the applications specified on this page, please contact your local certified dealer or contact us.

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