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Next Generation Learning…Defined

June 17, 2011
at 12:49 pm PST

As a former marketer, I’m a lover of phrases.  But I particularly love phrases that mean something and that help you to tell a story.  One of my favorites is “Next Generation Learning.”  At Cisco, it often takes the place of that formerly-beloved phrase, “21st Century Learning,” which became oh-so-passe after about seven or eight years into the new century.

The reason I like “Next Generation Learning” is because it describes the evolution of teaching and learning and implies a staying ahead of the curve mentality.  It also describes the next generation of students, namely Millennials, who are gracing our schools, colleges, and universities today with a vibrant outlook on life and an enthusiastic embracing of technology.

It is the effective intersection between education and technology that defines Next Generation Learning.  And the technologies that we’re seeing both in and out of the classroom are clearly meant to improve learning by connecting more effectively with this next generation of students.

A great example is the first-ever all-digital textbook created by software designer, Mike Matas.  Based on Al Gore’s Our Choice, a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, this book draws readers in with vibrant imagery, a windmill that turns with a slight blow to the screen, and text that can be easily navigated and manipulated. 

Many other great examples will be seen at the ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) Show in Philadelphia from June 26th to June 29th.  At the Cisco booth, we’ll be demonstrating a number of these new technologies: TelePresence for Schools is a new way to increase access to learning and scale scarce resources.  Digital Media systems help to engage learners and enhance the learning experience, and Collaboration solutions improve the way that faculty, staff, and students work and learn together. 

Visit us at Booth #1333 to see these solutions and learn more about those next generation technologies that are add driving next generation learning.  We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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