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The Year Ahead in the Classroom – Wherever the Classroom May Be…

January 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm PST

After a well deserved break and perhaps a bit of indulgence over the holidays, we are now back to the books and looking ahead at what 2013 has in store for education.

Last year we watched as school districts embraced mobile learning and universities relied more on collaborative technologies. Those that took the leap and accepted new tools and educational models were rewarded with improved student performance, accelerated partnerships and more.

With a landmark year for education technology behind us, now is the time to harness the momentum and drive innovation forward in 2013. So as we slither into the year of the snake, here are four high impact trends worth watching:

  • Perfecting the Flipped Classroom:  As more teachers do the flip, they will reconsider how to empower students and hone in on the most effective ways to use class time. In 2013, we’ll be sure to see more innovation around this technology-enabled classroom model.
  • Transition to hybrid learning: With online courses on the rise, educators will experiment how to best integrate them with traditional teaching methods. This year schools and universities will hone in on the most effective formats for learning in the digital age.
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Customer Insight: Automotive Dealership Group saves $100,000 annually with Cisco Unified Data Center Solutions

January 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm PST

Are you in the market for a new car in this year? Automotive retailers compete for your business in one of the most competitive industries, so reducing infrastructure and operating costs is key to selling you a car at the price you want.

Hendrick Automotive Group is the second largest privately held automotive retailer in the US, with 7,000 employees and 80 dealerships. Watch the 3:39 minute video for more information on how Hendrick is running every mission critical application on UCS, saving more than $100,000 annually, and helping the IT department become a profit center while offering superior service to both their employees and customers.

You can read the entire story here, Hendrick Automotive Group

A Better Data Center with Cisco UCS

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How 3D Will Impact the Growth of Digital TV

Michele Baker CuthbertBy Michele Baker-Cuthbert, Guest Columnist

Remember the early days of 3-D movies as a kid and watching the classics, like the Creature from the Black Lagoon as it terrorized people from under water?

Whenever Hollywood comes out with a new 3-D movie, people get excited to attend due to the thrill of the movie. Many users consider the difference in experience between in-theatre vs at-home.

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Cisco’s Other Production Data Center

January 9, 2013 at 10:00 am PST

If sibling rivalry exists among Data Centers, our Richardson, Texas facility must be jealous.  Unveiled in 2007 as Cisco’s next-generation Data Center and subsequently toured by thousands of visitors, the site hasn’t received much attention since its younger brother came online in 2011. Read More »

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I Got 99 Problems But Application Visibility Ain’t One

Do you have trouble viewing, controlling, and troubleshooting the causes of poor end-user application experience?

You may be suffering from low application visibility in your network, a side-effect of the flood of devices pouring into your workplace, the phenomenon commonly known as BYOD.

Symptoms include: difficulty prioritizing mission-critical applications and subflows, incorrect network capacity planning, overloaded bandwidth, network downtime, poor quality of experience for users, and major headache for IT.

Luckily for you, Cisco has Application Visibility & Control (AVC) for Wireless!

Cisco AVC solves all the problems of low application visibility and more with its integrated suite of Cisco technologies, including Network-Based Application Recognition 2 (NBAR2) and NetFlow version 9. NBAR2 can identify more than 1000 applications and support application categorization, with the ability to update the protocol definition; while NetFlow version 9 selects and exports data of interest, allowing for easy consumption of application performance statistics by Cisco and third-party management tools.

Check out this short 2 minute video on the basics of AVC:

For more information, check out Cisco AVC for Wireless