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Behind the Scenes with Alice Waters: WebEx On-Demand Delivers Delicious Insights

In early 2009, Michelle Obama started working to get us re-focused on healthy eating. She brought back the White House garden with the goal of bringing homegrown food into the White House. This kind of garden was a dream of California chef Alice Waters.

Alice a leader in the movement to use locally grown organic foods.

She had discussed her idea for a White House garden with Mrs.Obama and she organized a Washington dinner before President Barack Obama’s inauguration that served foods bought from local producers at an area farmer’s market. Mrs. Obama and Ms. Waters made the headlines again yesterday.

We had a chance to meet with Alice Waters in her kitchen where we held a live WebEx with her in Berkeley! It was a terrific discussion and she even shared a quick recipe with us.

Click here to watch the WebEx.

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Cisco Announcements at InfoComm 2011: TelePresence Everywhere

Today at InfoComm 2011, Cisco announced several new advancements that make video easier to use and facilitate the adoption and deployment of telepresence across an enterprise. With these announcements, Cisco continues to deliver on our commitment to provide a market-leading high-quality telepresence experience for collaboration. TelePresence is no longer limited to the boardroom, and these new user-friendly features and capabilities make it easier for customers to easily connect and collaborate with others from any location.

Cisco’s Director of Marketing for Cisco TelePresence, Mike Kisch, describes these announcements and the key themes of InfoComm in the video below:

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Kicking off InfoComm 2011: Predicting What’s Next for Video

Welcome to InfoComm 2011! Over the next few days, we’ll be looking forward to learning more about new industry announcements and developments, and hearing more from our customers and partners at the show. This year’s InfoComm highlights the transition that companies are seeing: video is not just changing the way we communicate, but it is changing the entire way we work.

In the video below, Cisco Director of Marketing Randy Harrell describes how enterprise organizations today are identifying new strategic uses for video. Video adoption is no longer led by productivity; instead, business functions are now looking for how video can provide value to their customers and employees.

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The Update on Video Interoperability: What’s coming at InfoComm 2011

The countdown continues -- only a few more days until InfoComm begins in Orlando, Florida! We asked Cisco TelePresence VP/ GM Thomas Wyatt to take a few minutes and talk about a topic on every video customer’s mind: interoperability.

In the video below, Thomas describes the customer feedback he’s been hearing, including their biggest pain points when it comes to deploying and using video solutions, as well as his vision for interoperability in the future. Where do we see interoperability in the next 2-3 years?

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How Video Can Transform the Classroom: Join a Webcast with Eastport South Manor School District

Eastport South Manor (ESM) Central School District, located in Manorville, New York, was looking for a new way to reach and engage their students despite a tight district budget.

With Cisco’s video solutions, ESM was able to expand the boundaries of the traditional classroom and create a digital learning environment for their students. Video provided access to outside experts and increased video collaboration across the district.

Teachers were also encouraged to incorporate digital media into their lesson plans to increase student engagement across different subjects. For example, the Art Department recently produced videos showcasing artwork that was created by students.

Cisco and ESM will partner together on a webcast on Tuesday, June 14th to highlight why ESM adopted a video strategy, and the benefits they have seen from Cisco’s Digital Media Suite. Dan Espina, Director of Information Services and Technology at ESM, will join the webcast to discuss how video has changed teaching practices and day-to-day activities at the district, and  what’s next at ESM.

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