We’ve often spoken out on our commitment to our community, and have tried to exemplify it through our actions. We have witnessed how technology has grown in a relatively short time, which has given us some perspective… namely, how important it will be for any and all modern organizations to embrace the technology that is now available.
This perspective has motivated us to take a more active role in sharing the many benefits that technology can bring to organizations of all kinds. We’ve been attending several events lately, including the South Dakota Dental Association Exhibitor Show and the 19th TIE (Technology and Innovation in Education) Conference.
We have found great value in these events, as they are an excellent opportunity to share the inherent value of a managed service approach and the technology that can be leveraged with it. In many ways, these events are similar to those put on by the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce - another spectacular networking opportunity that we have happily participated in.
Of course, we should also mention that these events have also given us the chance to learn about some of the organizations that host these events. Take, for example, TIE.
TIE is an organization committed to improving the educational environment, providing educators with training to help more effectively convey their lessons to the impressionable young minds entrusted to them. In addition to TIE being one of our Rapid City neighbors, we’ve found that they have a mission that resonates with our own initiatives. Just as we want to help businesses improve their operations by adopting new and improved IT solutions, TIE promotes the same concept within childrens’ education.
Their argument is that the current system of education was put together almost 100 years ago, when the world was a very different place. The Industrial Revolution was in full swing, so it should be of little surprise that the educational system as it currently stands is designed to be very similar to a factory. Each class is given standardized assignments and lessons with little time for personalization, advancing to the next stage after they have completed these assignments successfully and have passed their standardized examinations.
TIE is committed to changing this, embracing the networks we have today to create a more personalized approach to education. This “learner-centric program” takes each individual student into account in order to elevate each to their own highest potential. Rather than progressing through grades at a predetermined pace, a particular learner’s challenges are taken into account and their educational experience shaped to match.
TIE and the other members of the Mass Customized Learning National Alliance are actually co-hosting another event, the National Customized Learning Summit, from the 16th to the 18th to discuss this customized approach to learning in a variety of sessions.
At the end of the day, the team here at KT Connections is all about making sure that you and your users are properly educated on how to securely and productively utilize the technology at your disposal. We’re committed to improving our community in our own way, and to ensuring that we are prepared for a more technology-centric future.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the solutions we can help you incorporate into your operations, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 605-341-3873. We’d be happy to help you out.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.