Working at Cisco, one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the variety of ways in which the company’s technologies are used. As a mom, I’m very interested in ways children learn and in particular how technology enables learning. The story below is about the incredibly creative ways Earvin “Magic” Johnson is using Cisco technology to help children learn.
In addition to being a Hall of Fame basketball star, Mr. Johnson is a businessman and advocate for both urban growth and economic revitalization through his work with The Magic Johnson Foundation. The Foundation is working with Cisco, using Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, to help extend distance learning, hold remote seminars and raise funds for Johnson’s 18 Community Empowerment Centers located in urban areas throughout the country.
The Foundation allows both inner-city youth and adults to be part of remote learning programs, such as digital design and computer hardware, and to help communities excel in areas their other schooling or workplaces do not provide. The centers have already served more than 300,000 young people, and some centers have seen test scores improve by as much as 75%.
The programs include peer-to-peer mentoring, digital storytelling, robotics, and web design. The 18 center directors already share resources and information via web conferences. Something really cool that’s planned for the first quarter of next year is that students will be able to use the technology to work on global collaborative projects.
Watch Magic Johnson transform long distance learning and connect face-to-face with children of all ages at his Magic Johnson Empowerment Centers in New York, South Carolina and Cleveland. You’ll be glad you did.
by LeAnne Schrotzberger, public relations manager, Cisco