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Innovating the Education Experience with BYOD

When I was a student in elementary school, we had desks, teachers, and blackboards (not even whiteboards!). My interaction with technology in the classroom was limited to an exciting experience playing Oregon Trail, a software game that my teachers leveraged as a hands-on experience for students to see what kinds of challenges pioneers faced going west in the 1800’s.  When I think about how deeply entrenched technology is in education today, I realize my teachers were quite ahead of the curve!

Anyone who has witnessed a child play with a smartphone can attest to the fact that technology comes easily to kids. Educators today are well aware of this situation and have been creating innovative ways to engage the interest in technology with school curriculum. Kids now “know” technology as a part of education starting as early as kindergarten.   Whether it’s a laptop carts, tablets in the classroom, smart boards, or leveraging the internet as a pure teaching tool, the availability of technological resources places no limits on how education can be delivered and innovated.

A Pew Research survey on 2,462 teachers indicates that 73% of their students use mobile devices to complete assignments, 45% use e-readers, and 43% use tablets. Technology in the classroom is not a future trend, it is already here.

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EdChat with Cisco Experts on Technology Trends and Solutions

Edu-Virtual-Forum 540x420 Cisco Now v3Education leaders and innovators around the world are transforming education today. Please join us on March 19th (Americas and EMEA) or March 20 (Asia Pacific), for the Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders, to see how they are shaping the future of education.

During this free global conference, which you can attend from the convenience of your desktop or mobile device, you can participate in live roundtable discussions on leading-edge strategies and practical solutions that are improving the quality of education.  The Forum opens with a keynote session with Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, and Dr. Ellen Junn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San Jose State University, on Trends Shaping the Future of Education. The keynote will followed by  breakout sessions for K-12 schools and higher education. There will also be a virtual exhibit hall featuring resources and information on how Cisco solutions can help transform teaching and learning.

The Virtual Forum will also feature live Moderated Chat sessions with Cisco education experts on the technologies supporting the latest trends in education including BYOD, flipped learning, social collaboration, ICT education, desktop virtualization and more. We’ll also include a session in Brazilian Portuguese.

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Sneak peek of the Exhibit Booths at the Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders

This quarter, I had the privilege to work on a stretch assignment in the Education Marketing Team, to manage the Exhibit Booth and the dashboard for the Virtual Event Forum for Education Leaders, 2013.  It will be held on March 19 (Americas, and EMEA) and March 20 (Asia-Pacific), and will feature sessions with nineteen education thought leaders and innovators who  transforming education today.

I didn’t know what I was signing up for other than my colleague, Gary Serda, telling me it was going to be easy.  From bi-weekly, weekly, daily meetings, planning an event is anything but easy.  However, it’s been a very rewarding experience being able to work with colleagues in the Field, Sales, Events and so many others to learn about their passion and commitment to Education.  Read More »

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Cisco Education Virtual Forum Spotlights K-12 Leaders Who are Shaping the Future of Education

240x200-NEWBannerCisco is pleased to present the Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders, 2013 – a free global conference that K-12 school leaders can attend from the convenience of their desktop or mobile device. Join us on March 19 (Americas and EMEA) and March 20 (Asia-Pacific) to hear education innovators from around the world who are transforming education today.  You can participate via live chat, in roundtable panel discussions on leading-edge strategies and practical solutions that are improving the quality of education.  The Forum opens with a keynote followed by  three breakout sessions for K-12 schools and higher education.

Keynote Presentation

Connecting the Unconnected—Amazing Trends that are Shaping the Future of Education

Today, education systems are facing unprecedented challenges. To address these challenges, education leaders are capitalizing on new technology trends to drive innovation and shape the future of education. This session will explore the impact of these emerging trends on teaching, learning and research in K-12 and higher education. Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium and founder of the Horizon Project, is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on education. His research and insights will help education leaders plan for a rapidly changing future. Ellen Junn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San Jose State University, is at the forefront of developing new instructional delivery models. She will provide practical guidance on how new teaching methodologies and alliances can help universities meet their highest aspirations for students.

K-12 Schools Breakout Sessions

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Cisco at Going Global 2013: Internationalising Higher Education

In just a couple of hours Cisco will be taking part in one of the largest and most important gatherings for the internationalization of tertiary education. Going Global is an open forum hosted by the British Council that attracts over 1200 participants from 80 countries including education ministers, senior policy makers, presidents and vice-chancellors, researchers, international directors and leaders from the business community. This year, the gathering will take place from March 4 until March 6 in Dubai with discussions anchored under the theme: “Global education: knowledge-based economies for 21st century nations”. 220 speakers will share their insights and experiences on three specific tracks: Research and Innovation, Development of skilled knowledge workers, and the Internationalisation of tertiary education.

This year, Cisco has engaged as Gold Sponsor of the summit and as such it will have a very ample presence including a guided visit to the Cisco campus in Dubai, a panel in the main program of the Going Global Summit, and a 12 sqm exhibition stand. During the Cisco Site Visit on March 4, we will take 40 delegates through a deeper understanding of Cisco’s vision for 21st Century learning as well as the latest technologies and solutions that support high quality education, help improve student outcomes and expand research capabilities. Nigel Thrift, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick will be our guest speaker and we will use the occasion to officially launch our most recent case study on Higher Education transformation: “Powering the Globally Connected Campus ”.

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