Explore ideas on engagement and innovation in this week’s most popular posts [1/19/2015]

Have you been keeping up with our new content? Check out this roundup of our popular posts of the week, or our previous weeks’ Best of posts.

1) Data backup & business continuity June 2013 survey

In 2013, we distributed a survey to see what types of backup habits and solutions were being used by small to medium-sized businesses. We’re also surveying for a 2014 followup, so if you or a colleague familiar with your organization’s backup service wanted to give us 5 minutes for responses, that would be awesome!

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2) 4 essentials to engage your team

In this post by Newmind C.E.O. Matt Vollmar, he expounds on one of our core values- “make things better.” One way to make things better in the workplace is to produce the most productive and engaging environment possible, and his recipe for this environment breaks down to: common vision and identity, connectedness, progress tracking, and recognition.

3) Samsung Chromebook 2 Review (XE500C12)

We finally got a chance to review the newer model of the Samsung Chromebook 2, set apart by its longer battery life, lower cost, and an Intel processor. Some users have called it the “true successor” to the Samsung 303c.

“While Samsung claims up to 9 hours, I was able to reach about 7.5 while streaming video with the brightness and volume set to 50%. More reserved usage should have no trouble hitting between 8 and 9 hours on a single charge- over 2 hours greater than its predecessor, the Chromebook 303c”

4) Newmind’s Dan Jefferies talks “innovation” at DESIGNEDtoLEAD conference November 14th

The founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Newmind group has participated in a number of conferences and panels at WMU, and in November he gave students a talk on practical innovation. Get a snapshot of his session in this article.

“I think we can all be innovators to a greater or lesser extent, it’s just about having an idea and trying to make it a reality. It doesn’t have to be a new idea to the world, it can just be new to your target group.”

5) iPads vs. Chromebooks for education in a 1:1 environment

With news breaking recently that sales of Chromebooks in education have surpassed iPads for the first time, this article is given some interesting context. In it, Tyler Triemstra breaks down the usability and physical differences between Chromebooks and iPads, according to classroom use.

 
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About

Garrett Wenger is a storyteller and marketer at Newmind Group, and a native to Kalamazoo, MI. He received his BFA in English Literature from Western Michigan University, and has heritage in Southwest Michigan’s creative writing community. He published his first book of poetry in late 2013, and he has been featured in numerous literary journals.