I had the privilege to shadow Kathy Mulvany from Cisco Corporate Affairs through the Connected Women Executive Shadow Program and wanted to share what a fantastic experience that was. I shadowed her marketing strategy sessions as well as her next fiscal year planning meetings. During our time together, I was most intrigued by the stories she shared with me from her recent trip to Africa, where she met a number of individuals who have been impacted by our social investment programs, including students from the Cisco Networking Academy. Read More »
Recently, Paul Lanyi and Irene Sandler of Cisco sat down with Dr. Susan Holliday, executive director, Technology & Information Services at Capistrano Unified School District in San Juan Capistrano, CA to discuss how enterprise video content solutions are helping schools use video in new ways. Their conversation, Is Video Training Better Than Being There? delved into the specifics of:
- How to record and watch video content on any video-enabled device, whenever your audience wants to view it.
- How to enable users to search, comment on, recommend and share video content.
- How to perform valuable analytics on video content.
- How to repurpose video content across your organization for training, education, and meetings.
The intersection of learning models and technology provide a unique opportunity to improve education outcomes, as evidenced at the recent Global Education Leaders’ Program in Helsinki- the sixth meeting for school system leaders from countries, states and cities around the world. All twelve are building student capabilities for a knowledge economy, and their roadmaps are well-advanced. But there’s a problem. For once it’s not the curriculum students should follow or how they should be assessed. It’s the interconnection between the learning model and the enabling technology.
Helsinki is a good place to think about such things. Through rigorous selection processes and respect for professional status, the Finns have built a formidable teaching force which consistently achieves the best exam results in the world. But they openly recognize that a traditional instructional model is now failing to convey the softer skills that students and employers are looking for.
My name is Tom Patton, and I am a student at the University of Oregon and a Cisco intern. Presently, I support Cisco’s Education Marketing Team. In this position, I have had the unique opportunity to observe a number of emerging trends in education, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
This blog describes my thoughts on the technological transformation made by the Katy Independent School District. Recently, the district implemented a BYOD program, an initiative that encourages vs. limits, technology in the classroom. The results have been jaw-dropping.
It seems school grants have become commonplace as education budgets continue to be cut, and therefore, the fight to win a grant is increasingly becoming more difficult. I recently had an interesting conversation with Stephanie Jones, Manager of the Cisco Grant Services Team, and Hillary Janison, Regional Grant Manager for Cisco about Putnam County School System (PCSS) in Tennessee. PCSS worked with the Cisco team to implement a comprehensive grant initiative to bridge the distance gap between the state’s classrooms.
The wide physical distribution (17 campuses) of students among multiple classrooms throughout the state presented PCSS with a number of challenges, including inability to sustain IT and teaching resources, manage personnel, and provide appropriate opportunities for advanced learners. Additionally, faced with an ever-shrinking pool of personnel and classroom resources, PCSS officials knew they would need to maximize their efficiency. Read More »